Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Oh my, I have some catching up to do. Little Scottie put up two gaggle transcripts over the weekend, one from Friday and another from a rare Sunday gaggle.

On Friday there was much interest expressed in the ongoing rearrangement of deck chairs on the USS Chimptanic.

Note to Harriet Miers: any time Little Scottie uses the word “absolutley” twice in describing the security of your position in the White House that’s a hint that you better start stocking up on empty copy paper boxes in order to make cleaning out your office more efficient.

Q Is Harriet Miers expected to leave as general counsel —

MR. McCLELLAN: Are you talking about this story in The New York Times today? First of all, I think Harriet Miers is a valued and trusted advisor. Secondly, Josh Bolten told the senior staff that the story is not accurate. Josh is not considering any such action, and more importantly, it’s not something that is under consideration by the President.


Q Can I go back to Harriet Miers for a second? Is the President satisfied with the job she’s doing?

MR. McCLELLAN: Absolutely, absolutely. She’s been doing a great job. She’s an important member of this team.

Q Has he told her she will stay in the same job that she’s in, as opposed to maybe switching to some other role within the administration?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think I just talked about the specific report, and now you’re trying to speculate about all sorts of things.

Q I wanted to make sure I was hearing you right.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think I was pretty clear in what I said.

Doesn’t the double-asterix note appended to Scottie’s Berlusconi answer sound like Bush is dumping a girlfriend of whom he has grown tired?

Q On Italy, given the nature of his relationship — the President’s relationship with Berlusconi, would it be normal, or is he considering given Berlusconi a call, too?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, he is, in about 45 minutes. Good question.

Q Thank you.

MR. McCLELLAN: They’ve worked out a time to talk here shortly.**

** The President had a good conversation with Prime Minister Berlusconi. The President thanked him for his strong leadership and friendship. The two leaders agreed to stay in touch.

And during Sunday’s gaggle, when asked about the latest bin Laden tape it’s obvious that Scottie is just phoning it in.

Q Bin Laden tape reaction?


MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, I was about to — I assumed you wanted a reaction to it. The al Qaeda leadership is on the run and under a lot of pressure. We are continuing to take the fight to the enemy abroad, and making it difficult for them to plan and plot against America. We are on the advance, they are on the run, and we will not let up. We must continue to take all terrorist threats seriously. That is why we are acting on all fronts and doing everything within our power to prevail in the war on terrorism. We will prevail. It’s important that we continue to use every tool at our disposal as we take the fight to the enemy.