Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

It looks like Little Scottie left his bag of tricks on Air Force One as today Pony Blow pulled the old “I haven’t read that story so I can’t comment on it” ploy in order to avoid an unpleasant topic.

Q Tony, what’s your reaction to Prime Minister Prodi’s comments today that Italy is going to withdraw their troops from Iraq?

MR. SNOW: Unfortunately, look, we’re in the air and I’m not in a position to start talking about ongoing breaking news at this point, so I have no comment. What I’ll do is I can double-check for you, but I don’t have any comment on it right now.

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From Holden:

Against fences before he was for them.

Q The President wasn’t really excited about the idea of a fence in the past. I mean, is this an example of a concession that needs to be made to try and get the broader compromise that he wants?

MR. SNOW: When you talk about a fence, are you referring to a fence across the entire border or fences in particular places?

Q When he’s been asked about it before, I mean, he said in on CNN interview that, you know, you can’t fence-off the border. Was he referring to a —

Q He was referring to the House bill, which calls for 700 miles —

MR. SNOW: Again, he doesn’t think you fence-off the entire border. But there are places — and he said this Monday night — there are places where fences are appropriate, and you build fences there.

Q But he would draw the line if the type of fence in the House bill were to be part of a compromise?

MR. SNOW: I’m not going to negotiate at this point. As you know, first things first: get a Senate bill passed. We are glad that the Senate is proceeding to a comprehensive immigration reform. But I am certainly not going to negotiate on the part of the White House in advance of a House Senate conference.

Q Can you just explain why you would support the Senate amendment, versus what’s in the House bill? Because they’re not that dissimilar.

MR. SNOW: I’m just going to refer you back to what the President has said, which is there are places where fences are appropriate and where they are not. And I am not going to pre-negotiate anything that may come up between the House and Senate.

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Q Do you guys expect an easier ride for Hayden today?

MR. SNOW: I don’t know. He’s getting some brisk questioning — I’m sure you’ve watched some of it on the TV.

Q No, “King Kong.” (Laughter.)