Today on the Gaggle, there’s a lot of serious talk about the energy bill and Helen jamming her questions directly up Scottie’s ass and displaying an attitude I think we all love a whole lot, but I’d like to focus on something that barely gets a mention, and that something is:
Here’s Scottie’s response to a reporter’s question:
Q Scott, last night on the Tonight Show, Jay Leno, who apparently is subbing for Johnnie, displayed a video of the President at the Capitol yesterday. In that video, the President walking away from the press lifts his hand and raises a finger. Mr. Leno interpreted it as, shall we say, a finger of hostility. Each of our fingers has a special purpose and meaning in life. (Laughter.) Can you tell us what finger it was he held up?
MR. McCLELLAN: Ken, I’m not even going to dignify that with much of a response. But if someone is misportraying something, that’s unfortunate.
Q Well, it was not a finger of hostility?
MR. McCLELLAN: Ken, I was there with him, and I’m just not going to — I’m not going to dignify that with a response. I mean, I haven’t seen the video that you’re talking about, but I know the way the President acts. And if someone is misportraying it, that’s unfortunate.
Misportraying? The fuck? First of all, that isn’t even a word. Second, it’s a video. Did he or did he not give the finger to a video camera? I mean, this isn’t hard. I saw the video. If you clicked on the link above, you saw the video. What finger did it look like he held up to you?
And frankly, I don’t want to get too het up about this, because the President’s been giving us the finger for four and a half years now, and I’m kind of relieved that at least now he’s doing it openly. But I am disturbed that Scottie’s either implying that he, the reporter, is blind, or that the video was in some way doctored, or that a video can be “misportrayed” without being doctored, which is just dumb. Er. Than usual, for this crowd.