Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

In today’s gaggle you can tell by the questions that Chimpy’s Fabutastic Energy Plan ain’t for shit.

Q Scott, let me try one before Mr. Hubbard. What do you think the impact is going to be at the pump of relaxing environmental rules, and how soon do you think that will show up?

Q Well, so are you saying that you don’t think there is going to be a significant impact on prices?

Q A lot of Americans are going to listen to what the President had to say today; they’re going to digest the four-point plan, and the first question is going to be, that’s fine; what does it mean dollars and cents to me in the near-term, this summer when they gas up to go on vacation? So can you give us any indication as to that will translate to — rough dollars and cents — in terms of a difference —

Q Scott, so given China and India’s demand and these other things you list, it seems unlikely that Americans will see any difference at the pump any time soon, certainly not this summer.

Q So it’s unlikely that Americans will see any lowering of gas prices this summer or even in the fall?

Q To follow up on his previous question. Do you not know what these — the effect of these steps will be on gasoline prices, or are you just not —

Q Does the administration not know —

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From Holden:

What follows is one of the best non-Helen questions in years.

Q So how is it, though, that the CIA was able to act so quickly in somebody who they think linked classified information? Here it is almost three years after Valerie Plame’s name was leaked, the White House still doesn’t know who leaked that information. How is it that the CIA —

MR. McCLELLAN: You mean — the White House is not the one leading that investigation. That is being led by a special prosecutor.

Q Could the President call on the CIA Director to get to the bottom of it? There’s a criminal matter going on with Mary McCarthy now. At least the Justice Department is looking at it, so it’s not like a criminal matter —

MR. McCLELLAN: What the President directed was that we cooperate fully with the special prosecutor. And that’s what we’ve done.

Q But how is it that the CIA was able to get to the bottom of that one case so quickly, and we still don’t know —

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think they talked about it, and how they conducted an internal investigation to get to the bottom of the matter. The leaking of classified information is a very serious matter. And the unauthorized disclosure of classified information can severely harm our national security. We have talked previously about the terrorist surveillance program and how the unauthorized disclosure of that program has shown the enemy our playbook. We are engaged in a difficult and long war against a bunch of ideological extremists who want to do everything they can to stop the advance of freedom in this world and want to harm innocent Americans and innocent people in the civilized world. And that’s why it’s important that we not show them our playbook. So the leaking of classified information is a matter that the President takes very seriously.

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And finally in Your Daily Les, Kinsolving accuses Dear Leader of failing to uphold his constitutional duties.

Go ahead, Les.

Q Scott, a two-part. The President is the chief executive charged with enforcing the laws of the United States. And the law says an illegal entrant is to be deported. Yet yesterday he said mass deportation wouldn’t work. And my question: By articulating that policy, isn’t the President violating his executive duties?

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, the President has made very clear that we have a responsibility to enforce our laws. We are also a nation of immigrants, and we can be both. We can enforce our laws or do both, and we can be a nation of immigrants. We have an immigration problem in this country, and the President has outlined a commonsense and practical way to fix the system. And we need to take a comprehensive look at it.

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We have — I think it’s an estimated 12 million undocumented people in this country. There is an economic need that some of those people are filling, jobs that Americans are not wanting to do. And the President believes that if we’re going to fix the immigration system, we need to do it in a comprehensive way. And that means including a temporary guest worker program, which will help relieve pressure off the border…