The gagglers want to know if the president practices what he is preaching this week.
Q Does the President use any solar energy at the ranch? Or does he or any member of his family use a hybrid or flex-fuel car?
MR. McCLELLAN: Let me get you an update on that. There is some stuff they do to improve energy efficiency, I believe. But let me check on that.
I guess that’s a no.
What about the president’s new fictional science advisor?
Q Do you take Michael Crichton on the issue seriously?
MR. McCLELLAN: What’s your question?
Q There’s a story —
MR. McCLELLAN: I think what I can point to — I’m not going to get into talking about private meetings he’s had, but look at the initiatives we’ve outlined, look at the leadership the President is providing to address the challenges of climate change. It is an issue that we take seriously, and that’s why we’ve been investing billions in research and development to better understand the science of climate change. That’s why we’ve initiated partnerships, like the Asia Pacific Partnership, to address these issues, as well.
Q But Michael Crichton as an expert or a novelist the President enjoys reading?
MR. McCLELLAN: The President read his book, and he was glad to have the opportunity to visit with him.
Q — believes as expert opinion?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think you should look at what we outlined, Jessica. If you want to ask the President about it, you are — you’re welcome to do that at some point. But I’m not going to get into talking about private meetings that he has.
And apparently Dear Leader thinks turning over the keys to our most strategic ports to a nation that attacked us on Spetember 11, 2001, is A-OK.
Q Scott, is the President comfortable with this port ownership issue?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I actually talked about that last week. There is a process that’s in place to address these issues, when it comes to foreign investment and national security issues. It’s the CFIUS process. And the CFIUS process — during the CFIUS process transactions like this go through a rigorous review process. And that’s important. Secretary Chertoff talked a little bit about it yesterday. But that’s the process that is set up for these types of matters. And they work to get assurances through that process before proceeding forward.
Q He’s not going to intervene in the process, then, despite calls from members of Congress —
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m going the leave it where I did.