Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Today Scottie played dumb — he’s a method actor, I hear.

Q Okay I just have one question. In the roll out on the State of the Union, you know, and all the trips that he’s taking, how much does politics — the midterm politics play in the deciding where we’re going, where he’s going?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the President is traveling around the country, and talking to the American people in greater detail about the initiatives he proposed in the State of the Union. As the President said and as I emphasized just a minute ago, the President’s focus is on the priorities of the American people. And these are priorities that they care most about. And this has really one aim — this American Competitiveness Initiative has one aim, to make sure America continues to lead the way when it comes to innovation and competition as we move further into the 21st century.

Q Midterm politics is not playing a role in where he’s deciding —

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know why you’re even — I don’t know what specifically brought that question up.

Q A lot of races out there.

Later, Scotie left his asterisk hanging out for all to see.

Q Is he going to talk about the asbestos subject in his speech today?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I don’t think he’ll have* — because today’s speech is really on the areas that Dr. Marburger and Claude Allen outlined to you all. But I just wanted to bring it up, because the Senate is looking at moving forward on it. It’s a high priority for us, and it’s something that’s been — that the Congress has been working on over the last few years, and we hope they can move forward on it and get it done.

* He will mention it.