Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

This mornings gaggle was held aboard Air Force One en route to Dublin, Ohio.

As of 10:28 A.M. EST when the gaggle was held Little Scottie did not know that Cheney had agreed to be interviewed by Fox’s Britt “Snowball” Hume.

Q Scott, is there any indication that Vice President Cheney will make any comments about the shooting? A lot of people, including Republicans and Democrats, are saying that the Vice President should come out and express, you know, how sorry he is publicly about what happened.

MR. McCLELLAN: A couple of things. First of all, the Vice President has expressed his concern through his office for Mr. Whittington, for his health and well-being. He is a friend of the Vice President’s and we are all keeping Mr. Whittington in our thoughts and prayers. We want to see him recover fully and return home. I know the indications are that’s what he has expressed to friends, as well — at least, friends of his that — I’ve heard them talk publicly about that. And I know no one is more concerned about Mr. Whittington and his well-being than the Vice President. He has expressed that publicly through his spokeswoman and his office.

In terms of any updates on his schedule, I don’t have any updates on his schedule.

One gaggler nearly asked the Gaggle Beer Question.

Q Has the Vice President not spoken up until this point because there is this question about his health and some potential questions about any legal issues that might arise?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know about that. I know that the Vice President is first and foremost concerned about Mr. Whittington’s well-being, and that was his first focus in the immediate aftermath of the accident — he wanted to make sure he was getting taken care of and that he continues to receive good medical care.

Popular President Watch: Although Chimpy is flying to Ohio today Senator Mike DeWine, in a tight race to hold onto his Senate seat, declined to appear with the president.

Q Are there any lawmakers with him?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes. Senator Voinovich, Congresswoman Pryce, Congressmen Hobson and Tiberi.

Q Will the governor be at this event?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, he’s going to meet us there, apparently at the event. Yes.

Q What about DeWine? Why not DeWine?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’ll check.(*) We typically reach out to the various members.

Q Both, right? If they’re Republicans —

MR. McCLELLAN: I imagine we did, but I’ll double-check. I don’t know if he’s meeting us there or not. Let me double-check that.

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(*) Mr. McClellan: My understanding is Senator DeWine stayed back in D.C. because of previously scheduled commitments.