Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Dang, Little Scottie held two gaggles yesterday. The first one was meatless, but the second was not so bad.

Gagglers asked about Brownie’s blame-gaming…

Q Has he been watching or been briefed on Michael Brown’s testimony before Congress today, and does he have any reaction to it?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, he hasn’t really caught any. He’s been visiting with senators and congressmen on board the flight. I talked to him briefly about some of the hearings that were going on, and I think maybe Joe Hagin did, as well. But, you know, just very briefly.

Q He’s blaming Louisiana officials for the slow response to the storm. Do you agree with that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Washington tends to focus on finger pointing. The President is focused on problem solving.


Q Does the President think it’s appropriate that Michael Brown is doing consulting work for FEMA?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that’s a question probably to ask to the Department of Homeland Security; I think that they’ve responded to it. I think he’s only on that for about a 30-day period from the time that he announced his resignation.

Q Does the President think that’s okay, that 30 —

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the President supports Secretary Chertoff and the Department of Homeland Security, and I think they’re probably in the best position to answer any questions about it. I’m not sure that you can just simplify it into just a broad statement.

And President Photo-op.

Q Has the President ever heard during all these meetings over the past several days, you know, with all due respect, Mr. President, it’s great to see you, but your visits are disruptive; some of our leaders here are being pulled out of other key meetings they could be attending. Has anybody ever expressed that kind of concern to him?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, not at all. In fact, quite the opposite. These local officials, state officials are all very appreciative of the President coming down, because one thing the President can do is make sure that we’re very focused at the federal level, and that we are cutting through bureaucracy and cutting through red tape to get state and local officials the help that they need. And so I think all the officials were very appreciative of the President coming down there.