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Thursday, April 29, 2004  

Hairshirts, Pictures, Ashcroft

No doubt it was the pressure I was putting on him, but after having three press conferences in the first 26 days of the month, Scott McClellan's now had three in a row. So first, the amusing. A reporter (Helen Thomas?) was questioning McClellan about a poll that showed Iraqis want Americans out.

Q So you know that we're a hair shirt to them.

MR. McCLELLAN: No one -- of course no one wants to be occupied, Helen. We don't want to be occupiers. We liberated the country. And now --

Next, the random:

Q Did the White House take stills?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think there were some pictures taken at the beginning.

Q Will you release one for us?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think we're going to. This was a private meeting.

This next exchange is really fascinating. Apparently the President isn't too pleased with how Ashcroft has declassified material to get back at Jamie Gorelick.

Q Well, the Justice Department keeps releasing documents. They released another -- they declassified 30 pages yesterday that reinforce the idea that Commissioner Gorelick has more that she could offer to --

MR. McCLELLAN: I understand that's what the Justice Department did. We were not involved in it. I think the President was disappointed about that.

Q The President was disappointed in the Justice Department releasing those documents?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, putting that -- putting that on their website, yes.

There's a bit more, but I need to dig around before I quote it. Consider yourself fully updated on the McClellan minutiae.

posted by Jeff | 2:35 PM |
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