Friday, December 16, 2005

McClellan Battles Reporters Over Bush Backing DeLay

A follow up to Fixer's post. Editor & Publisher has the transcript.

You could see these questions coming a mile away. After months of refusing to comment on the Plame/CIA probe, and the indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby -- saying he did not want to "prejudge" an "ongoing investigation" -- President Bush on Wednesday night unabashedly told Fox News' Brit Hume that he believed Rep. Tom DeLay was not guilty of charges against him.

This sparked a storm of questioning at the daily briefing on Thursday by White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, with NBCs David Gregory leading the way, accusing the administration of being "hypocritical” and "inconsistent" on this matter, "ad nauseum."

Just go read. I call it "The Presstitutes v. the White House Follies" like it's Roller Derby. This one kinda stuck out:

Q I do have a question about White House ethics guidelines --

MR. McCLELLAN: I think the American people understand.

Some of us have for a long time, and more folks are starting to every day.

Damn, it must suck to be McClellan!

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