Dang, I wish the White House transcription trolls would post these things in a timely manner.
Anywho, yesterday found Pony Blow giving Alberto Be-Out-Of-Your-Office-By-Five the weakest endorsement evah!
Q Tony, when the President called Attorney General Gonzales, did he assure him that he would remain Attorney General for the rest of the President’s term?
MR. SNOW: No, that didn’t come up. What he did is he supported — look, I know it’s tempting to try to frame these things. When I answered yesterday, do you know who’s going to be at the end of the term, as a cancer survivor, I don’t know if I’m going to be alive at the end of this term. So when you try to put together a question about what’s going to happen for the two years, you don’t know. But does he hope he’ll serve through the next two years? Of course.
The Meaning of Politics
Q Does the White House still contend that all of the firings of the prosecutors were performance-based?
MR. SNOW: The White House — the Justice Department has made its determinations; the White House believes that they’re justified.
Q There was no politics involved? Are you still saying that?
MR. SNOW: It depends on how you define politics. But the fact — these are people who are political appointees; they serve at the pleasure of the President, and the President has the authority and the ability to remove those who serve at his pleasure.
Karl Rove Drives A Jaguar
Q Can I ask you about the automakers? This is the first visit the President has made in his seven years in office to a U.S. automaker. He’s been to Nissan, he’s been the BMW. What do you think that says, it’s taken him seven years to visit a U.S. automaker, about the administration’s commitment to making sure that they thrive in a global economy?
MR. SNOW: The administration certainly has been supportive of the auto industry and it’s had a number of meetings with representatives. The President has met with the chairmen of the major automakers, and at the same time, there are constant consultations with people in the auto industry.
Q Are the Big Three automakers coming to the White House on Monday?
MR. SNOW: I don’t know. I don’t know.