Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Just a quick obsession today, and let’s kick it off with a question Little Scottie won’t begin to answer.

Q Scott, did the administration have concerns about the potential economic impact of the removal of Iranian oil from the world market?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think, Ken, that right now, what we’re focused on is making sure that Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon. And that’s trying to get us to — it’s an interesting way to come at the question of what action may or may not be taken when the matter is referred to the Security Council.

Right now we’re focused on discussing those issues with our friends and partners and others.

Q Is it true that any reduction in supply from anywhere is —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not going to get into that kind of speculation.

Q It’s already happening, though, isn’t it?

MR. McCLELLAN: Peter, do you have one?

And close with your Daily Les.

Q Scott, in your statement yesterday, “It is unfortunate for the American people to see such an ugly side of Washington during the hearings for our nation’s highest court.” Which senator, if any, would you say was uglier than Senator Kennedy?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, a couple of things, first of all. Judge Alito has shown over the course of the last week to the American people that he is a brilliant, honorable and decent, open-minded and fair jurist. He is someone who will represent the American people well on our nation’s highest court. He is someone we can all be proud of.


Q In other words, you can’t think of anyone uglier, can you, than Kennedy? And I want to go to a second question. Given Vice President Cheney’s recent health problems, the President has given thought as to who should replace him should he become incapacitated, hasn’t he?

MR. McCLELLAN: The Vice President is doing a great job and the President looks forward to continuing to work with him for the next three years.