Sorry I’m late, had to take care of a sick wife yesterday.
Anywho, in yesterday’s gaggle we learned that as far as Dana Peroxide is concerned Dick Cheney is NEVER out of line.
Q Dana, the Vice President made some comments about Democrats and their agenda and how it would — I don’t remember the exact wording, but I know you’ve talked to Ann Compton about this — just being that it would encourage terrorists in Iraq. My question is, Nancy Pelosi called the President, didn’t get him, apparently talked to John Bolten. Is the President going to return her call?
MS. PERINO: Josh Bolten did talk to Nancy Pelosi on behalf of the President. I’m not exactly sure the time of the call, I know the President was traveling yesterday. The bottom line is this: The Vice President was not in any way questioning anyone’s patriotism. He was questioning the strategy. And anyone who puts forward a strategy has to be able to explain the consequences of those actions if they were to move forward.
What the President and the Vice President believe is that Nancy Pelosi’s and Representative Murtha’s plan is one that would not help secure our country and would leave the region in chaos. And securing Baghdad is absolutely critical. So it was a questioning of the merits of their proposal, not their patriotism.
Q Was he at all out of line in making those comments?
MS. PERINO: The Vice President out of line? Absolutely not. He was questioning the merits of the — of their proposal. And I think if you go up and take a look back at some of the things that they’ve said about the President, the tables could be turned. But we’re not making the same accusations.
Q I’m sorry, just to follow up, the President hasn’t called her back. Do you know if he’s going to?
MS. PERINO: Chief of Staff Josh Bolten spoke to the Speaker on the President’s behalf. As far as I know there’s no — there’s been no other phone call.