White House smackdown

Poor Scotty McClellan found himself right back in front of the firing squad yesterday. AlterNet's Peek points to the more acrimonious -- and much blogged -- excerpts from the transcript. But I personally like this bit so much better, especially 1) the delightful reference to Trent Lott and 2) the refusal to let Mclellan get away with his version of the "facts":

Q What do you see that's not working right now? What is not working? Because these people are dying from dysentery now --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, last week --

Q -- infection now; they're displaced, homes are gone. Does anyone in this administration know anyone that's down there --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think you need to talk to people on the ground --

Q -- beyond Trent Lott?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- people on the ground who have -- [snip]

Q Scott, is the President going to New Orleans any time now that the safety situation seems to be under control?

MR. McCLELLAN: He was just in New Orleans on Friday.

Q Is he going back now that the water has receded --

MR. McCLELLAN: I suspect he will continue to visit the region.

Q -- and be on the ground?

MR. McCLELLAN: He was on the ground in New Orleans. Go ahead. In fact, he visited with a number of people who have been affected by the hurricane in New Orleans.

More after the jump here


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