Today in his final gaggle Little Scottie knew about Porter Goss’ impending resignation, but true to form he didn’t spill the beans (and, heck, that is/was his job).
MR. McCLELLAN: Can I — one thing I forgot to mention at the top — and I know this will stir some interest, but the President — I do need to back up, it just popped back in my head and I apologize for not mentioning it at the top — at 1:45 p.m., the President does have a pool coverage announcement. That will be in the Oval Office, so the pool will need to assemble after this briefing. And I’m not able to go further than that at this point. That’s an announcement that will be made with the President.
Q You can’t go further — can you just tell us what it’s about? (Laughter.)
MR. McCLELLAN: No. (Laughter.)
Q Scott, is it personnel —
Q Scott, is it personnel — is it personnel-related?
MR. McCLELLAN: It’s a personnel-related matter.
Q All right.
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Little Scottie hauled out an old favorite for his last go-round: Assministration critics are “re-writing history”!
Q Some people seemed to take out their frustrations yesterday on Secretary Rumsfeld. What did the President think about that exchange? And does it change his opinion at all about the Secretary?
MR. McCLELLAN: People have a right to express their views, but I think you ought to step back and review history a little bit, not try to rewrite history.
Q So you thought that this former CIA analyst who challenged Rumsfeld was trying to rewrite history, is that what you’re saying?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m saying that people can express their views, but what I was talking about is, let’s step back and look at history, and look at what the facts were, and look at what people knew at the time, and to also put it in the context of the post-September 11th world that we live in.
Q But, Scott, that’s what he was trying to do, the CIA analyst. Why was a CIA analyst trying to rewrite history? He was just reading quotes.
MR. McCLELLAN: Those are your words. I’m saying that people can express themselves.
Q Okay, who was trying to rewrite history? That was what the question —
MR. McCLELLAN: But I’ve seen coverage of this, and — well, my point is that let’s go back and look at history. Let’s go back and look at the facts and look at where we are today in Iraq, as well.
Q Isn’t that what he was trying to do, is look at the facts?
MR. McCLELLAN: He can express his views however he wants. People have the right to do that. But let’s look at the collective judgment of the intelligence community. It was outlined in the National Intelligence Estimate, and it was provided to members of Congress, too, so that they could look at. Intelligence around the world, in different countries around the world, was the same kind of intelligence that we saw. And the world recognized that Saddam Hussein’s regime was a threat.
Little Scottie went to Goyal for a lifeline one last time, and WTF, Goyal — a question about Osama!?!?!?!
Q Two quick questions. One, of course, we’ll miss you, all, I’m sure. And you have been one of the greatest press secretaries we ever had in the White House.
MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know about that, but thank you, Goyal.
Q And whatever you do, we wish you all the best, and I hope President will have maybe something better for you. [What the hell do youmean by that, Goyal?]
MR. McCLELLAN: It’s been a real honor. I’m looking forward to the next chapter.
Q Two questions. One quickly, spending the days in the Alexandria Court House, watching the trial of this terrorist, 9/11, of course there is no death for him, but he will be in jail for life. What he said was that Osama bin Laden live long and he will never be caught, or you will never catch him, alive or dead. And he said that, personally, he would do again, and he is not sorry for anything. My question is, when are we going to get Osama bin Laden, because somebody knows where he is — he knows, and he said many people know where he is.
And finally, a tender parting with Les.
Q A two-part, Scott.
MR. McCLELLAN: It’s your last two-part for me. (Laughter.)
Q There are reports of further misconduct by Congressman Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island including driving at night with car lights off, nearly colliding with a police car, smashing a security barrier, emerging from the vehicle staggering, and telling officers he’s a Congressman late to a vote at 2:45 a.m., six hours after they had adjourned. And my — as spokesman for the nation’s chief law enforcement, why wasn’t this Congressman subjected to sobriety testing since he was involved in another car accident two weeks before in Rhode Island?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think that’s a matter to refer to the appropriate law enforcement officials or the Congressman’s office.
Q But the chief law enforcement, you’re his spokesman —
MR. McCLELLAN: We don’t know the facts. We do not know the facts relating to this, Les.