So of course the minute I said there wasn’t anything posted Scottie goes and puts up a target-rich briefing full of unintentional hilarity, such as his attempt to convince the press the Preznit was paying any kind of attention to world affairs in the 1970s:
Q Scott, the President took a question at his meeting about Mark Felt. And he seems to describe some of these things in a rather superficial way, talking about Watergate as a sort of big story. I’m sure he — I’m sure he agrees it’s more than just a big story. And I just wonder what he thinks, as President of the United States, what the legacy of Watergate is for an administration, for people in high office.
And, secondly, when he said that — he was asked if he was a hero, if he thought he shouldn’t have acted the way he acted — he said, well, I’d be interested to learn more about him and circumstances. It sounds like he’s reserving judgment on whether he thought Mark Felt did the right thing. Did he do the right thing in the President’s view?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, I don’t think so. I think what — in the President’s views, it’s not his place to judge, as he said, and we’ll leave the analysis to historians and to the media. There’s going to be plenty of that. We’re already seeing some of that in the media now that it is known who Deep Throat is.
And in terms of the President, he was just talking about it from his own perspective, about what it was like at this time when he was younger and many in his generation were looking upon this whole situation with great interest, and it was a mystery of who Deep Throat was, and now that mystery has been solved. So I think he was just reflecting on it from his standpoint. I wouldn’t take it as any more than that.
Q What does he think the legacy of Watergate is?
MR. McCLELLAN: We haven’t discussed that in the last 24 hours, if that’s what you’re asking. But I think he’s expressed his view in terms of this latest development and what was known.
Then, we have the press tittering over the tantalizing possiblity of Laura/Lynne 2008:
Q Oh, no, no, no. I’ll ask another one. Vice President Cheney suggests that perhaps First Lady Laura Bush should run for President in 2008. If so, who would she choose as her running mate? (Laughter.)
MR. McCLELLAN: Mrs. Bush is a tremendous asset to this administration, and we appreciate all that she does. She just had a great, successful trip to the Middle East, and I think that the President and Mrs. Bush have made it pretty clear that once his term is up, they intend to go back to Texas and get about doing other things.
Hee, it’s so funny! That noise? Yeah, that was just my head smacking into the wall, don’t concern yourselves.
Lastly, somebody’s check didn’t clear this month, because meeeeeow:
Q But isn’t this classic lame duck, when you’re looking at Social Security? You can talk as much as you want, but it doesn’t —
MR. McCLELLAN: Oh, I think that issue — that issue —
Q — he only has a few more — doesn’t have much time.
MR. McCLELLAN: In terms of Social Security?
MR. McCLELLAN: This is a difficult issue. If it were easy, it would already have been solved. It is facing serious problems. The President has made some important progress by reaching out to the American people. The American people recognize that there are serious problems facing Social Security. That was step one. Step two is working with Congress to move forward to address that problem that faces Social Security. So I think most people kind of reject any such characterization that you made at the beginning.
Man, I can’t wait until Holden gets back next week. He speaks much more fluent bullshit than I do, maybe he can tell me which half of those questions were jokes.