Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Yikes! Another rookie mistake by Pony Blow in today’s gaggle as he says American’s are less-free today than they were before the Chimpster was elected by the Supreme Court!

Q Would you say that the American people is [sic] better off now after these five years in terms of less government interference in their own lives?

MR. SNOW: Am I saying that the American people are better in terms of less government interference in their own lives? The world is a much different place, perhaps you’ve noticed, than it was five years ago.

September 11, 2001 changed things and the United States has tried to respond in a vigorous way, not only to defend the liberties of the American people but to extend the boundaries of liberty around the world.

[snip]

So to ask a question comparing a world that maybe a lot of us would like to return to, one in which we did not at least perceive the threat of terror, to one today is to ask a loaded question, rather than one in which — you simply cannot draw a simplistic comparison between the two. But do I think — if you want to take a look at what’s going on with the economy right now, I think what you’re seeing is an expansion of prosperity that the American people like and enjoy. And I think the American people also generally want to make sure that we win this war on terror.

Q Admittedly, it is a loaded question — (laughter) — but, still, the next question, along the same line, is do you feel that the American model of democracy, in this country, is now more attractive to the outside world, less attractive, same attractive? How would you describe it?

MR. SNOW: What we have always said is that we’re not going to try to impose an American template on democracy around the world. What we are trying to do, perhaps you would realize it in your own country, you’re struggling with how to deal with democracy, and every nation has to do that.

Here in the United States, it took a while for us to nail down our form of government. What we are doing is trying to support in every way possible the march toward freedom and democracy. And we will assist it to the best of our ability.

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From Holden:

A valiant try by Helen, but Pony is intent on re-writing history.

Q The new Italian Prime Minister says that the President’s invasion of Iraq was a grave error. As the new kid on the block, can you give me the latest rationale the U.S. has for invading Iraq?

MR. SNOW: There has only been one rationale, as you know, Helen, and this that Saddam Hussein had resisted — what is the proper number, 17 United Nations resolutions — and had refused repeatedly to permit weapons inspectors to do their work, and consistent with that. And also we had cited other concerns in terms of democracy and human rights. That case has never changed.

Also the case laid out and voted by the United States Senate —

Q He finds that as a justification to invade a country where we had choke-hold sanctions, satellite surveillance —

MR. SNOW: Helen, I’m not going to get in another argument about the — this is a three-year-old argument and you’re trying to re-argue the case. The President made his case back then. The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly.

Q He did not make the case.

MR. SNOW: Well, in your opinion he didn’t make the case. He made the case. He laid out his reasons.

Q He made the case, in your opinion?

MR. SNOW: Yes.

A Stumper (one of many).

Q Within the context of what you’ve just said, and the President’s support of English as a language, why is it that the President’s address to the nation on Monday is featured in Spanish on the White House website? And why is it that no other languages — Arabic, Polish, Italian — are used as languages to put things on the President’s website?

MR. SNOW: John, that goes on the bupkis list. I don’t know.

Is Our Money Where His Mouth Is?

Q Is the President adding funding to help people become fluent in English?

MR. SNOW: I don’t know that. I’m not aware that’s in specific —

Q Is there a consideration that people need to get from there to here?

MR. SNOW: I think it’s certainly — that has something that has been debated, and I suspect will continue to be debated. We’re going to have to let the legislative process work that out.

Q Would he be concerned if there’s no support for people to get there?

MR. SNOW: You keep asking me state of mind questions about whether the President is concerned or not concerned about it, and I’m afraid we don’t have the mind-meld going yet — (laughter) — you’ll have to give me a little more time to get a mind-meld.

Q You are representing him. You are speaking for him, you know.

MR. SNOW: I am speaking for him, but, Helen, I still do not fully — I cannot interpret each and every thought. When you ask a state of mind question, it’s very difficult to do.