Another inflight gaggle today, held aboard Air Force One en route King’s Point, New York where the Seinfeld President is speechifying on nothing.
In any event, the President will be speaking to the Merchant Marine Academy, the first President to have done so. He obviously will be saluting the graduating class; in addition, reiterating the administration’s position on Iran as the President gets ready to head off for consultations with the European Union later this week.
Q What is he going to say about Iran that we haven’t heard?
MR. SNOW: Not much. I mean, it’s going to be a reiteration of the position about the importance of an Iran without nuclear weapons.
And it appears that the US soldiers held hostage in Iraq are not important to both Pony Blow and the president.
Q Any update on the missing soldiers, Tony?
MR. SNOW: Nothing. We have just — apparently an al Qaeda-related group has today issued something claiming responsibility, but there is no confirmation, and I just had our NSC guy call back to the White House. So we have absolutely nothing new on it, at this point, beyond what General Caldwell had to say in his briefing.
Q Now that these missing soldiers have been ID’d, has the President made any attempt at all to reach out to their families that we know of?
MR. SNOW: I don’t know.