Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Thank God The President’s Advisors AreAdvising Him

Q Does he have any reaction to Harry Reid’s comment that Harry Reid thinks that the economy is sliding into recession?

MS. PERINO: Well, the President’s advisors are advising him that they are not forecasting a recession. But certainly there’s been a slowdown in the economy.

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Q Dana, does the President regret not backing or officially backing an economic stimulus package sooner?

MS. PERINO: Well, the President’s advisors advised him along the way. They get all sorts of incoming economic data. And at the appropriate time, they told the President they thought that was when action needed to be taken, and the President wasted no time in saying, well, then, let’s move forward.

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Q The description, Dana — about this economy, is again what from the economic advisors?

MS. PERINO: The economic advisors believe that the fundamentals of the economy are healthy, but that in the short run we were facing a potential downturn.

There’s A Hole In The Bucket

Q Thank you. Dana, how can the President give a great financial boost to help the ailing economy when it’s being held down by $9 billion a month to pay for the Iraq war? How is he going to really bring that together?

MS. PERINO: You know, we’ve been at war, as you know, since September 11th — the day after September 11th, when the President decided we were going to take the fight to the enemy. And during the past several years, both in Afghanistan and Iraq, during all — during those years that we’ve been at war, this economy has been very strong.

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The President does not apologize for spending money on national security. Going forward, what the President wants to do in this short-term package is to make sure that we get enough money moving in the economy so that we can avoid the potential risks of a downturn.

Q I’m not saying apologize, but that is a fact, that on your books, if you’re saying — you have a checkbook, you’re writing out your checks for the $9 billion a month — I mean, you still have other things — when you say you want to give incentives to businesses, financially I guess, and tax relief to consumers — how do you balance those books out to get this shot in the arm?

MS. PERINO: I think I would flip it around and say, I think that members of Congress might be able to find some of their pet projects and their earmarks that they could eliminate that could help with this package.

Changing The Manual = Ending Torture

Q Yes. On Saturday, I read in the Post that Canadians have a training manual which lists the United States as a torture nation.

MS. PERINO: Actually, I think that article said that they were — I think that article said that Canada had just changed their manual and had removed the United States from the list.

Q — they said they were not talking about policy, but it’s in the manual.

MS. PERINO: But they had just revised their manual. That’s what that article was about.

Q Because of our pressure?

MS. PERINO: Well, I think — I’m sure we had discussions with them.

Q Well, what does the President think of that?

MS. PERINO: Well, the President thinks that it’s a matter that’s been solved because the Canadians changed their manual.

Dana Is Pro-Choice

Q Dana, the ongoing discussion of the situation in Gaza at the U.N. Security Council today — it looks like there’s a resolution being floated that condemns Israel for collective punishment of the Palestinians who live in Gaza. This morning you said that the Israelis’ blockade was actually a self-defense move. What would you like to see come out of the Security Council today?

MS. PERINO: Well, these Security Council resolutions come up regularly, and I’m not going to comment as to what they may or may not say.

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And then the Palestinians and those currently living under Hamas rule in Gaza will see that they have a choice to make: They can either live in a state that’s democratic and secure, that can sustain and defend itself, or they could live in this near chaos that they are living in in Gaza. And that’s the contrast, that’s the decision that they’re going to have to make.

Q What choice do Palestinians living under Hamas rule in Gaza have?

MS. PERINO: Well, I think that they’ll have to decide what they want to support. And President Abbas, who represents all Palestinians, is the one who has said that he supports the peace process, and he is committed, along with Prime Minister Olmert, to try to reach an agreement on what that Palestinian state would look like before the President leaves office.

Q He didn’t seem to represent them all.

MS. PERINO: He was elected by all of them.

Q Not in Gaza.

MS. PERINO: Go ahead, Les.

5 thoughts on “Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

  1. MapleStreet says:

    By saying that the president’s advisers are advising him, will that make it easier for Shrub to blame someone else if things go sour?
    Yeah, I know that’s a dumb question.

  2. mothra says:

    AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH! I had a very poor opinion of Ms. Peroxide when I heard her on “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me” saying she hated Helen Thomas, but now I want to write her a nastygram. The Palestinians DID fucking elect Hamas. All OVER PALESTINE. Fucking stupid, stupid cow. Also, Palestinians in Gaza, no matter who they support, cannot move. THAT’S THE WHOLE PONT OF THE UN SECURITY COUNSEL RESOLUTION. Fucking stupid bitch. Fucking STUPID BITCH. Why don’t we drop her in the middle of Gaza and see how she likes it.
    AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!
    (thank you for letting me vent and froth here.)

  3. Reba says:

    Dear Dana:
    The Congressional earmarks and projects are what create JOBS in our states, so kindly shut the fuck up about how we should be funding a pointless and unnecessary war instead of stimulating the economy by letting people work.

  4. Nora says:

    Let’s see, is Dana actually saying that Congressmen and women are spending nine billion dollars a month on their pet projects and earmarks? I would LOVE to see the documentation on that.
    She just opens her mouth and the shit flows out, doesn’t it?

  5. jdavis says:

    Pet projects and earmarks…
    …isn’t that what the war is?

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