Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

It’s been a few days since Pony Blow bothered to hold the gaggle, but he did one yesterday aboard Air Force One somewhere over Germany.

That Pony Blow, such a kidder.

Q Was the President frustrated [by Iran], too?

MR. SNOW: No, the President doesn’t give into frustration. To be frustrated is to waste your time stomping and fuming, and when you’re President of the United States your chief objective is to get things done. So as the facts on the ground change, you try to figure out proper ways to get people working in concert to get the result you desire.

“Building blocks of the freedom agenda”?

Q What is the most important message the President would like the world to hear coming out of this summit?

MR. SNOW: I think that the United States and its allies are working in concert on the key building blocks of the freedom agenda.

Apparently there is no room for the Middle East in the freedom agenda.

Q Response to the situation in Lebanon and the Israeli soldiers?

MR. SNOW: A couple of things. Number one, the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers — we saw this in Gaza, but also in Lebanon — is simply unacceptable. And that the governments of Iran and Syria implicated in this; Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. We are hoping that the Lebanese government is going to be able to get control of the situation. But certainly Israel has the right to defend itself and it has assured us that it is trying to proceed us in a way as to avoid civilian casualties.

But the most important thing is we have another act of terror. In addition, as you know, they’ve been firing rockets into Israel from these areas of Lebanon, as well.

Q So the U.S. isn’t really troubled by Israelis going into Lebanon?

MR. SNOW: We believe that Israel has the right to protect itself.