Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Wait a minute, Helen Thomas and Pony Blow are getting a bit too chummy for me. Don’t fall for his huge head, Helen!

Q The President apparently has gotten several messages, underground, back-channel and so forth, through intermediaries for direct talks with Iran. Surely he is not going to blow a — speaking of opportunities with Iraq, this is an opportunity to talk directly to Iran. And why doesn’t the President do it? And don’t give me the — I’m sure the three other allies and so forth would be very happy if we talked directly to Iran.

MR. SNOW: Well, if you don’t wish me to answer the question, then I’ll just move to the next questioner.

Q I want you to answer after I’ve told you what my premise is. (Laughter.)

MR. SNOW: This from Secretary of State Helen Thomas. The position has always been clear. We are not going to divide —

Q If elected I will serve. (Laughter.)

MR. SNOW: Boy, that’s going out everywhere today.

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From Holden:

Chimpy and his Poodle are holding a Presser tomorrow…

MR. SNOW: Also, the press conference tomorrow night with the President and Prime Minister Blair will be at 7:30 p.m. in the East Room. All right? So we — say what?

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Q Will that be a real press conference, or is it two questions per side?

MR. SNOW: No, it’s a “real” press conference. It’s open press; they’ll be taking questions. It’s not a two-and-two or anything like that. So if you are in attendance and you have a good question, chances are you’ll get called on.

But don’t expect much.

Q Tony, considering the opportunity that tomorrow night’s time slot offers the President, 7:30 p.m. and beyond, are you saying that we’re really not to expect an announcement, per se — but rather a forum for underscoring this restart that you’re talking about?

MR. SNOW: Yes, exactly.

It’s all about pleasing Les.

Q Tony, why was there only four questions allowed in the press conference with the Prime Minister of Israel and now there’s going to be a whole hour — I presume an hour for the Prime Minister of Britain?

MR. SNOW: Because we wanted to make you happy, Lester.

Q You wanted to make me happy.

MR. SNOW: No, look, it’s — you’ve been through this many times with the two-on-twos. That has been a standard forum. In this case, we’re going to do a full press conference. There’s no why or where for it.