Monday, April 26, 2004

And now it's time for... Mondays with Scottie Mac!:

And then on the conversation with King Abdullah, the President said he looked forward to seeing King Abdullah next week in Washington. And that was a brief conversation.

I'll bet it was, Scottie.

Here's a question: why does everything with this bunch have to be about scaring the public?

The President will, as you have in your book, the President today will talk about making sure America's economy continues to be the most flexible, innovative and productive in the world. He will talk about how our economy is strong and growing stronger, but in order to have lasting prosperity, America must remain the technological leader of the world.

Seriously -- if you're going to lie about how strong the economy is, why not something like, "Maintaining our place as the world's technological leader is an important part of the President's plan to continue our current economic growth" or some such? Why does it have to be, "Follow our plan or your kids will be working for the Japs?"

Although if you want something really scary...

When it comes to the health information technology, the President today will be announcing the ambitious goal of assuring that most Americans have personal electronic health records within the next 10 years.

Given this administration's track record on hoovering up available information and respecting the privacy of individuals, you'll forgive me for not doing cartwheels about this announcement. Think they've got the Patriot Act amendment to get access to these puppies already written?

Q Is the President trying to get other world leaders, Security Council members on board the new U.N. --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, certainly we welcome a new U.N. Security Council resolution to encourage more countries to participate in helping the Iraqi people realize a free and peaceful future.

I'm guessing that's a 'no'. I just can't figure out why it would be a 'no', unless Bush is now so reviled at the U.N. that the only way he can get a resolution he supports passed is to not publicly campaign for it.

Q The call to King Abdullah, did the President initiate that call, or did --

MR. McCLELLAN: I think it was -- well, it was mutual. I think it was more just a brief conversation to say they look forward to seeing each other next week when he comes to Washington for the meeting.

Q Who initiated the Abdullah call?

MR. McCLELLAN: Like I said, I just told -- Dick just asked that. I think it was more mutually agreed to.

AAAAGH! For the love of God, Scottie, who placed the damn call???

Mind you, the answer (Bush) is completely obvious from Scottie's non-answer. But a competent press secretary would at least have come up with a different non-answer for the second question.

Speaking of competent...

Q So that's full sovereignty transferred, though.

MR. McCLELLAN: I would describe it as, sovereignty will be transferred to the Iraqi people.

See, Scott, when you simply re-state what someone asks you, but leave out one word, you draw attention to that word. In this case, 'full'. So now you've made clear to everyone that we will not be turning over full sovereignty to anyone on June 30. This is Obfuscation 101 stuff here, Scottie.

Q Scott, over the weekend and earlier last week there were some coordinated attacks on oil installations in Iraq and offshore. Is the President concerned that the terrorists may be escalating this, to really go after the lifeline of the Iraqi people in their rebuilding efforts?

MR. McCLELLAN: Look, the terrorists and thugs and Saddam loyalists will not prevail...

...although they will be able to make a decent living. (Stupid Blogger... scroll down to Friday the 23rd's "Wait a minute, Scottie Mac" post to read what the heck I'm talking about.)

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