Friday, July 23, 2004

I missed it on Wednesday, but Scottie Mac is showing signs of dementia:

Q Why isn't Lee Hamilton briefing the President directly today, instead of briefing the staff and then the staff briefs him?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, that's always the way it was set up, Steve, that they were going to brief the White House staff today. I think it's for a half hour, hour briefing. The President looks forward to receiving the full report tomorrow. He will receive the full, final report and looks forward to looking at it and looks forward to seeing what the recommendations are from the 9/11 Commission. He greatly appreciates all their hard work and he will see the full report tomorrow, versus just a shorter briefing today.

Q Does he get briefed tomorrow, as well, or does he just read --

MR. McCLELLAN: Oh, he's been briefed throughout this process by White House staff, and he will continue to be briefed by the White House staff. And I'm sure he'll receive a report on the briefing that's going on this afternoon.

I would remind you that the President sat down with all members of the commission for some two-and-a-half hours just a few months ago.

Can someone explain to me what relevance Bush's testimony before the commission has to do with his being briefed on their findings? This is a complete non-sequiter.

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