Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

So, you think this is a good gaggle question from ABC’s Terry Moran, do ya?

Q How is it going to help the people of Texas practically prepare for this storm that the President is going to fly in to take a firsthand look at preparations and show support for first responders? How is that going to practically help them do what they have to do?

Wait until you read the follow-up.

Q But it sounds like a bit of a photo op, one that he’d prefer over playing the guitar at the airport photo op before Katrina.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, let’s correct the record on that. There was a reporter from your news organization that was backstage during that event. That was an event to go and thank our troops and talk about the war on terrorism. And it was not an event, as you may have portrayed to some people that are watching this out there by this simple statement. It was —

Q He didn’t pick up the guitar while the hurricane was rolling into Louisiana?

MR. McCLELLAN: — much more than that. The person that was entertaining our troops there presented a gift to the President. So I think you need to make that clear to everybody who’s watching this or to your viewers. And it was one of your colleagues at ABC News who was backstage taking a picture of that.

Q It was a very good picture and I’m proud of her, but the question I have —

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, but that picture was taken by someone — hang on, hang on, Terry — that picture was taken by some people way out of context. And it was portrayed that the President was simply doing that, and that’s not the case, as you and I know.

Q The point was that he was over there and not —

MR. McCLELLAN: As you and I know, I had announced shortly before that, that we were returning the next morning. As you and I know, we had announced the President — the day before — all the briefings he was participating in. The President spoke the day before. He spoke that day about the hurricane. So let’s just set the record straight.

Chimpy gets caught playing favorites with the governeors again.

Q One more. The President indicated today, as you did, that he spoke to Governor Perry last night and again this morning, but has not spoken to Governor Blanco since he was on the ground a few days. Since Louisiana is also at great threat, why is the President not speaking personally to Governor Blanco?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Admiral Allen has stayed in very close contact with her. General Honore probably has, as well. They’re going to be briefing later today. She indicated that she had made a request to Admiral Allen for additional federal troops, and so you’re going to hear from Admiral Allen a little bit later today. But we stay in contact with them at very high levels throughout this time period.

Q Not high enough for the President to speak to her?

And finally, who the fuck is Bianca?!?!

Q Who makes up the list of reporters that he is allowed to call on?

Q Yes, where’s Bianca? (Laughter.)

MR. McCLELLAN: Who makes up the list? It depends on the reporters that show up. I don’t think she had a question. But the President —

Q Who is Bianca, anyway?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the President had his most recent press conference this afternoon just a short time before I was out here, took questions from I think everyone who was there.

Q — you count that as a press conference?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think it was a 30-minute briefing and several questions taken. I think I would call it a press conference.

Q Does anyone know who she is?