In today’s gaggle coverage I want to focus your attention on the excellent questions asked by two gagglers who I normally use as punching bags.
First up, Raghubir Goyal asks about progress in Afghanistan.
Q The question is — the question is that ex-Taliban foreign minister in Afghanistan, Mr. Wakil Ahmed — Mullah Wakil, he said that his government made a mistake by hosting Omar Mullah and also Osama bin Laden. And now he’s running for the parliament as the leader of the Taliban. And also in — according to a Pakistan newspaper, Omar Mullah, he criticized Afghanistan and the U.S. strategy — or the joint statement yesterday.
My question is that now we’re talking about Omar Mullah is still alive in Pakistan or somewhere because he’s making statement from Pakistan. And ex-foreign minister is running on the Taliban ticket in Afghanistan.
MR. McCLELLAN: You’re speculating things there.
Q And the ex-foreign minister is running on a Taliban ticket, so where do we stand as far as terrorism is concerned in the future in Afghanistan and the democracy?
MR. McCLELLAN: There has been a tremendous progress in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is no longer a safe haven for terrorists. Afghanistan now has a democratically elected President in place, and as you heard from the two leaders the other day, we stand firmly behind the people of Afghanistan as they move forward on building a lasting democracy and sustaining that democracy.
Nice one, Goyal.
Next, a fabulous question from none other than my buddy Les Kinsolving.
Q There are news reports this morning that parents and children who were guests of the President, when they visited Congress, wore stickers with the wording, “I was an embryo.” And my question is, since all of us were once embryos, and all of us were once part sperm and egg, is the President also opposed to contraception, which stops this union and kills both sperm and egg?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President has made his views known on these issues, and his views known —
Q You know, but what I asked, is he opposed — he’s not opposed to contraception, is he?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, and you’ve made your views known, as well. The President —
Q No, no, but is he opposed to contraception, Scott? Could you just tell us yes or no?
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think that this question is —
Q Well, is he? Does he oppose contraception?
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I think the President’s views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life —
Q If they were clear, I wouldn’t have asked.
MR. McCLELLAN: — and if you want to ask those questions, that’s fine. I’m just not going to dignify them with a response.
Hoo-boy, Les has some big brass balls. “If they were clear, I wouldn’t have asked.” I love that line!
After seeing how Jenna and NotJenna turned out, let’s hope the president does not oppose contraception.