Here’s a gaggle bombshell for you: Rove is out.
Q One more, more or less unrelated. It’s been reported in several places that Rove is the point man to taking charge of the hurricane recovery. Is that the case?
MR. McCLELLAN: No. That’s false.
Q Is there such a person?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think anyone ever checked that. It just was one of those things that started appearing, and no one ever bothered to check it.
Q Is anyone in charge?
MR. McCLELLAN: The President.
Sounds like Abu Al Gonzales has some Brownie in him.
Q Scott, when he was asked yesterday about the foiled terrorist plots, Attorney General Gonzales identified shoe bomber Richard Reid as one of the 10. But when a list came out last night, Reid was not one of those listed. Who put the list together? Was the FBI involved in its preparation? And why was there —
MR. McCLELLAN: It was put together by the intelligence community. And I’d have to go back and look at the list; there was certain information that was not included because of national security reasons. So I’m not sure that that’s exactly accurate. I’d have to go back and look at the list.
And finally, your Daily Les.
Q Midway through his speech on the war on terror, the President said, “The United States makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror and those who support and harbor them because they’re equally guilty of murder.” And my first question, since the Palestinian Authority surely harbors Hamas, which I’ve heard you say the President recognizes as a terrorist organization, what about the $1.6 billion U.S. that have been given to the Palestinian Authority?
MR. McCLELLAN: Hamas is a terrorist organization. And we made it clear that Hamas needs to be disbanded. That is a responsibility of the Palestinian Authority under the road map.