A very good question from yesterday’s gaggle:
Q Is there any contradiction in all of his talk about open societies and freedom and free speech, and yet every city we go to is virtually locked down when we come through it, mostly for security reasons? Doesn’t it send a message that he’s coming through locked-down cities?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think I’d view it quite the same way. The President is really looking forward to this trip for each stop along the way. It’s been a really good trip so far, and the President is looking forward to finishing the trip in Georgia. I think it’s an opportunity for people in these areas to hear directly from the President of the United States, and for us to herald the great things that they are doing to move forward on the path of democracy. Like I said, I expect a rather large crowd tomorrow, and I think people understand the necessity of the security precautions that are taken, particularly when we’re in a time of war.
American security personnel keep watch over Freedom Square with binoculars during U.S. President George W. Bush’s speech in downtown Tbilisi, Georgia, Tuesday May 10 2005.