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More heated exchanges Tuesday between reporters and White House press secretary Scott McClellan at the daily briefing.

Subj: PRESS BRIEFING BY SCOTT McCLELLAN
Date: 2/14/06 2:30:40 PM Eastern Standard Time

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary
__________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release February 14, 2006

PRESS BRIEFING

BY

SCOTT McCLELLAN

TOPIC PAGE #

Readout on the President's speech in Ohio.................1

Vice President's shooting accident...........2-8, 11-12, 16

Silencing of military chaplains...........................8

Pakistan/violence in response to cartoons.............10-11

Katrina hearings/Secretary Chertoff......................11

Hamas/plans to force out of power.....................12-13

Oil companies royalty relief.............................13

Tax reconciliation bill..................................14

Budget/cutting out defibrillators.....................14-15

Iran.....................................................15

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THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

___________________________________________________________

For Immediate Release February 14, 2006

PRESS BRIEFING

BY

SCOTT McCLELLAN

James S. Brady Briefing Room

12:18 P.M. EST

MR. MCCLELLAN: Good afternoon, everyone. I'd like to begin with a
little preview of tomorrow's remarks in Ohio. The President will be
traveling to Dublin, Ohio tomorrow to deliver remarks on his health care
agenda. The President has outlined a comprehensive plan to make health
care more affordable and available for all Americans. It is focused on
expanding choice, lowering cost, and improving quality of care through
common-sense, innovative reforms.

Americans are concerned about rising health care costs, and I
expect the President will talk about that in his remarks. There are
really two goals that we are working to meet. First, government has a
responsibility and obligation to make sure that we take care of the
elderly and the poor. And we're doing that through programs such as
Medicare and Medicaid and working to expand community health centers.

The second goal is to make sure health care is more affordable and
available for families. And the President will really talk about his
five-part plan for doing that. The President will focus in his remarks
on expanding health savings accounts. That is the foundation really of
making the health care system more consumer- or patient-driven. And he
will expand on some of what you have already heard him talk about in the
State of the Union, and he'll talk about some of the new proposals that
he has, as well, on health savings accounts.

Over the last 10 months we've seen an expansion of people in health
savings accounts go from one million people to three million people, and
we want to continue to expand that proposal.

And the other parts of his plan that he'll touch on tomorrow are --
the second part is transparency. The President wants to make sure that
consumers are informed, because that will help make health care more
affordable and accessible. He wants patients to have information on
prices and quality of care. And he has called on health care and
insurance industries to make that information available to consumers.

He'll also talk about information technology. The President, in
2004, called for making sure most Americans have electronic health
records within 10 years. And he also will talk about making it easier
for small businesses to afford health insurance for their employees.
Many small businesses are struggling to provide them health insurance,
and one way of expanding that is through associated health plans, where
small businesses can pool together and provide coverage for their
employees.

And finally, he'll talk about the importance of confronting lawsuit
abuse, lawsuit abuse that is driving good doctors out of business and
driving up cost for consumers. One area in particular is the OB/GYN
profession, where many counties across America are now without an OB/GYN
physician. And the President wants to see Congress get medical
liability reform to him this year.

And that's a preview of tomorrow's remarks, and with that I will be
glad to go to your questions.

Q Scott, I just have two questions to follow up on the
accidental shooting by the Vice President. Does the President think
that the Vice President should address this publicly, personally, speak
to the American people in any fashion to explain what happened and why
it took so long to disclose it publicly?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think what happened has been explained.
The Vice President's Office has talked about it; I've talked about it.
And I represent the President and speak for him. The Vice President's
spokeswoman speaks for him, as well. So that information has been
provided. We went through this pretty thoroughly yesterday.

Q So the President doesn't think that the Vice President should
actually think about it himself, not through intermediaries?

MR. McCLELLAN: You talk to the Vice President on a fairly frequent
basis in the past, and I'm sure you will in the future, as well.

Q But he shouldn't really have to address specifically, in your
view --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, he has, through his office.

Q Okay, let me ask you this -- is the President concerned that
the Vice President made decisions about the public disclosure of this
incident that are clearly at odds with how you and others advising the
President disclose personal information about the President's
activities?

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me just say this, since there's some follow-up
questions that you all have. First of all, I think we went through this
pretty thoroughly yesterday and I worked to answer the questions to the
best of my ability and in a forthright manner, based on the facts that I
knew. There were some very legitimate questions that were asked. As I
indicated, I always believe that you can look back and work to do
better. I indicated that yesterday. I think today what we're focusing
our efforts is on what are the most pressing priorities before the
American people. And that's where we're focusing. I understand you
still have some --

Q That's fine, and that's appropriate.

MR. McCLELLAN: If you want to continue to spend time on that,
that's fine. We're moving on to the priorities of the American people.
That's where our focus is.

Q That's fair, and that's your prerogative, and I've got my job
to do, which is, try to get you to answer that question. Does the
President think it's appropriate for the Vice President to essentially
make decisions at odds with the public disclosure process of this White
House?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that I've expressed my views, and we
went through this yesterday.

Q But that's a non-answer.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, that's what I was trying to indicate to you
--

Q Does the President have a view about how the Vice President
has conducted himself?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, that's what I -- I indicated to you
yesterday what our views were.

Q No, I don't recall you sharing the President's view.

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, but can I finish responding? I'm glad to
answer your questions.

Q You didn't answer that question. It was very respectful --

MR. McCLELLAN: I was very respectful and responsive to you all --

Q The Vice President basically decided on his own to not
disclose this, which is at odds with how you do business and how the
President does business, right?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't want to make this about anything other than
what it is. It is what it is, David. I was very respectful and
responsive to your questions yesterday. I provided you the information
I knew based on the facts that were available, and we've been through
this pretty thoroughly.

Q You don't have an answer to this question. All right, one
final question.

MR. McCLELLAN: Wait, wait, I'm just not going to go back through
it again. I'd appreciate it if you'd let me respond fully before you
jump in.

Q All right, but -- well, hold on one second. I've got one
final question.

MR. McCLELLAN: Other people in this room have questions, and we've
got an event coming up.

Q I understand that, but I'm not getting answers here, Scott,
and I'm trying to be forthright with you, but don't tell me that you're
giving us complete answers when you're not actually answering the
question, because everybody knows what is an answer and what is not an
answer.

MR. McCLELLAN: David, now you want to make this about you, and
it's not about you, it's about what happened. And that's what I'm
trying to --

Q I'm sorry that you feel that way, but that's not what I'm
trying to do.

MR. McCLELLAN: And I'm trying to provide answers to the questions.

Q I have one final question, since that one wasn't answered. Is
it appropriate for the Vice President to have waited 14 hours after the
incident before he spoke with local law enforcement officials? And do
you think that an average citizen would have been accorded that same
amount of time before having to answer questions about a shooting
incident?

MR. McCLELLAN: That was what was arranged with the local law
enforcement authorities. You ought to ask them that question.

Suzanne, go ahead.

Q Is the President satisfied that he learned of the details
about the shooting through Karl Rove and Andy Card, and not directly
from the Vice President?

MR. McCLELLAN: He was informed about it, and there are lots of
different ways to keep the President informed about events, and that was
the way it happened in this instance.

Q Is he satisfied that he didn't hear directly from Cheney
regarding --

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, Suzanne, if you all want to continue to
focus on this, you all can spend your time on it. We're going to keep
focusing on the pressing priorities of the American people, like talking
about how to make health care more affordable and accessible. We've got
important work to do for the American people, and that's where we're
going to keep our focus. You're welcome to continue to focus on these
issues. I'm moving on.

Q Two time line questions on this that I don't think was fully
addressed yesterday. Could you tell us who it was in the Vice
President's party who first informed the Situation Room? And could you
tell us how it was that Mr. Rove learned of this and got involved
enough, then, to call --

MR. McCLELLAN: I did answer that question yesterday. Karl spoke
with Mrs. Armstrong.

Q But who informed -- I'm trying to understand the chain of
custody of the information prior to that. In other words, who from the
Vice President's party first informed the Situation Room? You told us
the Situation Room --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, he has an entourage that travels with him.
I'm not going to get into -- he has an entourage that travels with him,
from a military aide to Secret Service personnel. I'm not going to get
into discussing specific people. I don't think that's -- I don't think
it's necessary.

Q Can you tell us if it was a military aide or if it was a
Secret Service person --

MR. McCLELLAN: David, I think I just answered your question. I'm
just not going to get into naming specific people.

Q You're not going to tell us who informed the Situation Room?

MR. McCLELLAN: It was from the Vice President's traveling team.

Q We're asking, will you tell us who informed the Situation
Room?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just told you.

Q Okay. And now, the second question, can you tell us who,
then, informed Mr. Card? Was it Andy Card -- sorry, who informed Mr.
Rove? Was it Andy Card, was it somebody else?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't know where he first heard it. He may have
heard it from the Situation Room. I know Andy spoke to him pretty quick
after he heard about it.

Q Okay. And then the third issue related to this is, we know
and established yesterday through you that the President heard about it
on Saturday evening. Could you explain to us why it is this piece of
information was important enough for the President to hear about
relatively quickly, within three hours of the event --

MR. McCLELLAN: David, as I --

Q -- but in your view, it was not important enough --

MR. McCLELLAN: -- as I indicated, there are some pressing
priorities before the American people and they want us to spend our time
on that, and that's where we're going to keep our focus today.

Q It's our briefing, we get to ask the questions.

MR. McCLELLAN: You do, but I've indicated to you where I am today,
and that's where I'm going to continue to focus.

Q Can you talk about, when the Vice President travels, does he
bring with him any special medical group, given his heart condition,
anything above and beyond what Vice Presidents typically bring?

MR. McCLELLAN: You can check with his office for specifics,
because I don't travel with him, but he does have a medical team that
travels with him, similar to what the President does.

Q And could you provide cost estimates when the President [sic]
takes these hunting trips -- like what it costs the taxpayers --

MR. McCLELLAN: Check with his office, Jim.

Q -- to bring both his staff and medical staff?

MR. McCLELLAN: Check with his office. I travel with the
President.

Go ahead, Goyal.

Q Two questions. One, lately the former two President George
Bush and President Clinton both getting along well and they have been
traveling together and also have done a lot of humanitarian work --

MR. McCLELLAN: Let's go to the question.

Q The question is, recently President Bush said that, I have a
third brother, President Bill Clinton. What he meant by that? Is he
getting some advice from him --

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry, what comment?

Q He said that I have a third brother, which is President Bill
Clinton --

MR. McCLELLAN: I think he was in a lighthearted way referring to
President Clinton's relationship with his father.

Q Back to the Saturday activities, understanding that the Vice
President and his entourage's primary concern was Mr. Whittington's
health, and remains so, last night the late-night comics went to town;
this morning you joked about orange and the Longhorns being here. To
what extent is there a certain degree of relief that Mr. Whittington
seems to be fine, but a bit of, perhaps, humor involved --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think Mr. Whittington remains in our
thoughts and prayers. We all want to make sure that he's okay and that
he gets home and he recovers fully. And that's where our focus is and
that's where it will continue to be. And I think people have to make
their own judgments in terms of how they go about that.

Q Scott, on page one of this morning's Washington Times reports,
"Army silences chaplain after prayer criticism," for which Republican
Congressman Walter Jones is demanding an investigation into whether
Chaplain Jonathan Stertzbach was illegally forbidden to preach in Iraq.
And my question: How long will the spokesman of a devout Christian like
President Bush go on dodging the question of why the Commander-in-Chief
is allowing Christian chaplains to be ordered not to mention Christ?

MR. McCLELLAN: First of all, I think you need to check with the
military to get the specific facts. They're the ones who implement
these rules --

Q They did, The Washington Times did.

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, let me answer your question. The President
believes very much that our men and women in uniform ought to be able to
freely express their religious views. The President also very much
appreciates the role military chaplains play and the contributions they
make to help our men and women in uniform do so. That's what our view
is. In terms of specific issues and policies and rules, I think you
ought to direct those questions to the Department of Defense.

Next question.

Q There are Canadian news reports that the British Columbia
Human Rights Tribunal has contended that one of the sexual orientations
is sadomasochism, while in Ottawa, the Justice Department has called for
the legalizing of polygamy. And my question: Does the President
recognize these developments as logical progression from the current
demand for same-sex marriage by the sodomy lobby?

MR. McCLELLAN: Are you talking about Canada? (Laughter.)

Q Canada, yes.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, direct your questions to Canada.

Q No, no, no, I wanted to know what does the President think
about this.

Q So you'd rather go back to Saturday? (Laughter.)

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm glad to answer your questions, but I think we
went through it thoroughly yesterday. It is what it is, and I think
it's time to move on for the American people.

Q But, Scott, one of the reasons you said you delayed telling
people about this is because you wanted to get all the information and
some more information perhaps was gathered. So can you go back to your
role again? You first heard about it Saturday evening, then didn't hear
that the Vice President was involved until Sunday morning. Were you
asking questions? What were your concerns about a hunting accident, the
Vice President was there --

MR. McCLELLAN: I went through this yesterday. I'm not going to --


Q I know we went through it already, but we didn't get that
answer. Why didn't you know and --

MR. McCLELLAN: Martha, I think that if you have additional
questions relating to this matter, that you should direct them to the
Vice President's Office. I've responded to you pretty fully in terms of
my view, I've responded to those questions. I did so yesterday.

Q But, Scott, you didn't answer that particular question. You
never answered why it took so long to inform you, who has a
responsibility to inform the public.

MR. McCLELLAN: We went through that yesterday. I laid out the
facts and what the facts were, and that's all I can do.

Q You said you didn't know until Sunday morning. Why not?

Q Did the President direct Cheney or his office to handle things
differently in a case like this, if it happens again -- if something
like this happens again?

MR. McCLELLAN: You can keep asking those questions; you're welcome
to cover this issue. I expressed our views.

Q Has the President directed -- given any direction to the Vice
President's Office about how things like this should be handled in the
future?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just told you that you can always look at these
issues and find a way to do a better job in the future. I'm not going
to get into private conversations between the President and Vice
President.

Sarah, go ahead.

Q Thank you. If you remember, I asked last week if the
President is considering canceling his visit to Pakistan because of the
violent demonstrations there because of the cartoons. The violence
continues and even escalates. Is it wise for the President to possibly
put himself in harm's way by going to Pakistan?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, we have full confidence in the
President's security detail and the job that they do. The President's
trip remains on schedule, and the President looks forward to going to
both India and to Pakistan in a few weeks here.

In terms of the cartoons and the controversy there, I think we've
expressed what our views are. And the President has made it clear that
all governments need to act to prevent violence. There have been some
peaceful demonstrations. Peaceful demonstrations are one thing, but
there's no justification for engaging in violence.

I think we all need to work together, and we can all look to the
Olympics to see an example of the kind of events that promote better
understanding of people of all backgrounds and all races and all
religions, and we ought to keep that in mind during this time, as well.

Go ahead, Victoria.

Q Scott, was it Karl Rove's idea that Katharine Armstrong
contacted the local press? I know that they spoke on the phone.

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I think Mrs. Armstrong has said how that idea
came about.

Q So did they discuss it while they were on the phone?

MR. McCLELLAN: Not that I know of, no.

Q Could you find out for us?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just said I don't believe so.

Q And one other quick one, on Michael Chertoff. Have there been
discussions between Mr. Chertoff and Mr. Bush about whether Chertoff
should, in fact, resign over Katrina?

MR. McCLELLAN: No. In fact, Secretary Chertoff is doing a great
job at the Homeland Security Department. The President appreciates his
strong leadership. He is someone who is committed to doing everything
he can to protect the American people and to continue to take steps to
make sure we are better prepared to respond to the threats that we face,
whether those threats are natural disasters or those threats are from
terrorism or other incidents.

Q Scott, do you think that there is a -- do you think that this
continuing questioning about the events of Saturday indicate some kind
of White House press corps not getting it and sticking -- continue to
stick to something long past a reasonable discussion of it?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, two things --

Q Or do you think it reflects a feeling in the country that this
just doesn't pass the sniff test?

MR. McCLELLAN: Two things. One, as I indicated at the beginning,
I think you all had some very legitimate questions. And we went through
this is a very thorough manner yesterday. And I continued to provide
additional information to reports in the afternoon. I work to be very
responsive to your needs, and I thought that the issues that were raised
were legitimate ones.

At the same time, I think the American people want this White House
to do what we have always done, and what we were doing yesterday and
what we're doing today, which is focusing on the priorities they care
most about. That's what we're doing. The President is spending his
time focusing on the threats that we face and how do we confront those
threats and better protect the American people, and how do we continue
to keep the economy competitive and growing.

We've got a great economy. The retail sales numbers came out
today; they were significantly higher than what was expected. We're
seeing a lot of job creation going on. But there's a lot of anxiety out
there about issues like the economy, and people changing jobs, and
people losing health care coverage because they change jobs, or rising
health care costs. And those are the priorities that I think the
American people want us to spend our time on.

Now, you all have to make decisions about what to report and, as I
indicated, if you all want to continue spending time on this, that's
fine. But this administration is focused on doing what the American
people want us to do -- and that's to address the biggest priorities
facing this country.

Q One on Hamas, and one on oil royalties. Is there a formal or
informal plan to starve Hamas financially?

MR. McCLELLAN: I saw the news reports earlier today about some
sort of plan that was talking about forcing Hamas from power so that
there could be new elections. There is no plot, there is no plan. I
talked about this a little bit earlier with some of you. Israel has
said that there is no plan. We have always been very clear and
consistent in our views when it comes to Hamas. The conversations that
we have with Israel are the same kind of conversations we have with
European governments, Arab governments and others.

Hamas is the one who has a choice to make. If Hamas wants
relations with the international community, then it must renounce
terror, recognize Israel, and disarm -- as the Quartet has called for.
The Quartet spelled out what needs to be done and it's a choice that
Hamas now has to make. We want a partner for peace. But you cannot be
a partner for peace if you advocate the destruction of Israel and if you
engage in terrorism. So there is a choice facing Hamas right now and
we'll see what they do.

Q And on oil company royalties? Is this a done deal? Does the
White House support a plan to allow --

MR. McCLELLAN: Is what a done deal?

Q There's a report that the oil companies plan to drill in
federal lands --

MR. McCLELLAN: Let's kind of differentiate here what we are
talking about. First of all, the President has made very clear what his
view is. Oil companies should not be receiving incentives when the
price of oil is where it is. The President has spoken out very clearly
about that for some time. When the price of oil is as high as it is, he
doesn't think we need to be providing additional incentives to oil
companies.

Secondly, we --when we came into office, we limited and imposed
triggers at the beginning of the administration to cut off relief once
oil and gas prices reached a certain point. Secretary Norton and the
Department of Interior undertook that initiative.

And finally, the article that you're bringing up is really focusing
on royalty relief that was started back in 1996 under the Clinton
administration. Now, the President opposed additional incentives for
oil companies with the price of oil where it is. The President is
focused on making sure that we are expanding alternative sources of
energy from renewables like hydrogen and nuclear power. And the
President has worked with Congress to pass a comprehensive energy plan
for America. He recently announced in his State of the Union a new
initiative, the Advanced Energy Initiative, that will help change the
way we power our cars and we heat our homes and our businesses. And
that's where the President's focus is, so that we can end our dependence
on Middle East oil.

Go ahead, Paula.

Q On the tax reconciliation bill, the administration has said it
supports both a temporary AMT patch, as well as extending capital gains
and dividend cuts. If you can't do both within the tax reconciliation
bill, would you support having the AMT patch handled in a separate bill?


MR. McCLELLAN: Well, we're going to continue working with Congress
on these issues. Congress is moving forward on this. We've made very
clear that it's important to make the tax cuts permanent, because that
will keep our economy strong and keep it growing. Tax relief has
allowed American families and workers to have more money to save, invest
and spend. And it has helped create a strong foundation for growth.
We've seen nearly 4.8 million jobs created since the summer of 2003, and
the unemployment rate is now down to 4.7 percent, below the averages of
the '70s, '80s, and '90s. And we're going to continue working with
Congress on these issues to meet the objectives that were outlined in
our budget.

Q -- I wondered if the administration is considering revisiting
the proposal to eliminate the program that provides defibrilators to
rural areas and train personnel how to use them.

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me mention a couple of things, because I think
you have to take a look at the whole budget when you're looking at
issues, in terms of the funding that's being provided and the priorities
that are outlined in that budget.

First of all, overall health care spending at HHS has gone up in
the President's budget, both in discretionary and the mandatory side.
Discretionary spending goes from $68 billion to more than $70 billion.
And mandatory goes from $571 billion to $627 billion. So the
President's proposal continues -- budget continues to invest and support
health programs.

And in terms of rural health care, the issue you bring up, the
budget maintains strong support for health care in rural areas.
Medicare, through a program it has, provides payments that improve the
profitability of many rural hospitals and ensure that beneficiaries can
continue to find a provider of Medicare wherever and whenever they need
care. The budget also proposes $2 billion, a $181-million increase, for
community health centers. This is something the President will touch on
tomorrow. Community health centers have been expanding under this
President. We want to continue to expand community health centers so
that rural Americans are getting the kind of care that they need. And
there are a number of other initiatives that we're pursuing, as well,
under that.

Q Al Gore made several provocative statements before a Saudi
audience. Does the White House have a position on anything he said?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think we'll leave the political comments to the
RNC to respond to. I think the Democrats need to first come up with
what their ideas are before they start getting into attacking others.

Q On Iran and its confirmation today that it's restarting its
enrichment program -- what's the administration's position? I guess the
Iranians are saying, look, this isn't about our atomic energy program,
it's about our independence, and the United States is invested in Iran
not being an independent actor on the world stage. I'm just wondering
what the position is and what your thoughts are --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, it's not a problem with the United States,
it's a problem with the international community that they have, and it's
an issue of trust. The regime in Iran has shown that it cannot be
trusted. For two decades it hid its activities from the international
community. It did not follow its safeguard obligations. And the
International Atomic Energy Agency board spelled out very clearly what
Iran needs to do. It also referred the matter the United Nations
Security Council.

Now, Iran has an opportunity to respond to what was passed by the
Board of Governors. It spelled out that the regime needs to return to
the Paris agreement, suspending all enrichment and enrichment-related
activities. It needs to cooperate fully with the International Atomic
Energy Agency and it needs to return to negotiations in good faith with
the Europeans. And that's what our position is. It was the position of
a vast majority of the Board of Governors at the International Atomic
Energy Agency. I think there are conflicting statements that keep
coming out of the regime in Iran. This is not a time to play games with
the international community. This is a time to cooperate and work in
good faith with the international community.

So far, I think what we're seeing is a regime that is more
determined to defy and confront the international community than it is
to work with us so that they can realize the benefits of peaceful
nuclear energy. There is a proposal on the table by the Russians, and
that offer remains on the table. We have supported that proposal. And
it's not about the right to nuclear energy, it's a matter of trust --
and Iran has to show the world that they can be trusted, the regime in
Iran. And the way they build better confidence with the world is to
move forward on what the Board passed in the meeting in Vienna recently.

Q And the fact that they're now resuming its enrichment program?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, like I said, I think there's -- that's one
official from the regime said that; another official said they weren't.
But it spells out very clearly what they need to do. If they continue
in that direction, the regime would only further isolate Iran from the
rest of the international community, and undermine the aspirations of
the Iranian people. We support the right of the Iranian people to chart
their own future and to win their freedom. We stand with them. We have
great respect for the Iranian people. This is about a regime that seems
more interested in defying and confronting the international community
than being a part of it.

Q By your own account yesterday, information flowing from Texas
to Washington on Saturday evening and Sunday morning took a while, you
said, to get all of the information of what transpired in Texas. When
the Vice President goes on these private trips, does he have inadequate
staff and support with him to communicate quickly in case of an
emergency?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, there are communications with the Vice
President and with the President, and they stay in touch through a
variety of means. This was a weekend hunting trip. There wasn't a
press entourage with him, there wasn't a broader staff with him that he
might normally have.

Q You said you found out, like 6:00 a.m. the next morning. Are
you suggesting that he had plenty of ability to contact Washington and
didn't use it?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm suggesting that it's time to focus on the
priorities of the American people, and that's what we're going to do.
You're welcome to continue focusing on that.

Thank you. Go see the Longhorns.

END 12:45 P.M. EST


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The government should organize easy access to Medline and Health topics, medical dictionaries, directories and publications. WBR LeoP

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