In today’s gaggle the press wouldn’t stop needling Little Scottie about Chimpy’s record-breaking five-week vacation.
Q Would you say the President goes back to Washington well rested?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, as you all know, this has been, as usual, a fairly busy month. There are a lot of important priorities going on, and we — here in Crawford, we have the Western White House. I mean, the White House just picks up and moves with the President. And he has kept a pretty busy schedule this month, and he has also remained focused on a number of important priorities for the nation.
Q Does he need a vacation?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think those of you who travel with the President recognize that this is not what you would call a vacation. This is the President’s home, he always enjoys coming here. But when you’re President, you’re President 24/7. And he always enjoys returning to Texas, he always enjoys getting out and traveling around the country and hearing from people out in the heartland, and what’s on their minds. [Note: this offer not valid for Cindy Sheehan.]
Later, we learn that the New Orleans fly-over was not the President’s idea. I suppose he would have rather been playing his guitar.
Q Scott, can you say if the President requested this fly-over?
MR. McCLELLAN: The President certainly wanted to do it. I think that it had been discussed among the staff with the President, but the President certainly wanted to do it, as long as we weren’t going to be disruptive of what was going on in the region.