Quite often, when the White House fails to promptly post gaggle transcripts, I visit TalkRadioNews.com as they often post gaggle summaries written by their reporter in the briefing room. These summaries are sueful because they let me know that a gaggle did indeed occur, and what was generally discussed. Normally I don’t obsess on TalkRadioNews’ obsession with the gaggle, but today reporter Gregory Gorman’s summary included this juicy exchange between Little Scottie and Heavenly Helen.
Press Secretary Scott McClellan suggested that this evening’s press conference will focus on two priorities, Social Security and energy. The White House believes that these are two important issues facing the American people and the President has been focused on both for a long time. McClellan also suggested that the President will speak in specific ways during the press conference about how to make Social Security permanently sound and how to reduce the United States’ reliance on foreign sources of energy.
Helen Thomas asked McClellan if the President would be taking questions in a more free-for-all format instead of taking, “only questions that are safe”. She commented that this is “getting to be a real pain”.
McClellan disagreed with her characterization that the President only takes safe questions. He commented that the President usually begins with questions from the larger news organizations and that he takes suggestions of which questions to take in the beginning but that he moves on to others afterwards.
HA! Go Helen!