Thursday, September 09, 2004

McClellan Does It Again

Fans of the blog (Hi, Mom!) will remember that a few days ago I celebrated Scott McClellan's amazing new advance in speech and rhetoric, in which he managed to deliver an oral footnote while answering a reporter's question. It was all there in the White House transcript -- McClellan gave an answer that was demonstrably false, but he managed to add on a footnote that changed his answer. It was still wrong, but it was wrong in a different way than before, and I'm sure that all the reporters present were impressed by his amazing feat.

My man McClellan's on a tear. He has now successfully delivered an "oral footnote" to someone else's question.

The issue was this:

Q Why did the President defy a direct order to get a physical in 1972?

After some yada yada, the question is posed again:

Q This was a direct order he defied, right? I mean, he did have a direct order that he defied?*

MR. McCLELLAN: John, these issues have come up every year. This was all part of the records -- that he was seeking to transfer to a unit in Alabama because he was going there to work in a civilian capacity. And he was granted permission to do so. And he was proud of his service and he was honorably discharged in October '73, after meeting his obligations.

*The memos that were released, in fact, show the President was working with his commanders to comply with the order.

Of course, as the document itself shows, Bush was indeed "working with his commanders" after being given a direct order to submit himself to a physical. Usually, trying to "work with" a commanding officer will get you sent to the stockade. But what the liberals don't understand -- or are trying to hide -- is that it was entirely appropriate for W to "work with" this guy because W is the President. I mean, who does that Lt. Colonel think he is? Where does he get off saying:

Staudt has obviously pressured Hodges more about Bush. I'm having trouble running interference and doing my job. Harris gave me a message today from Grp regarding Bush's OETR and Staudt is pushing to sugar coat it. Bush wasn't here during rating period and I don't have any feedback from 187th in Alabama. I will not rate. Austin is not happy today either.

Good gravy! This is insubordination against the Commander-in-Chief! If you're not willing to "work with" your own commanding officer, Mr. Lt. Colonel, then you have no place in This Man's Air Force.

Stop for a moment and think about this, folks. You know George W. Bush. He wouldn't do anything like this, would he? Are you going to follow your heart, or your lyin' eyes?

But the real champion here is McClellan. We already knew he could deliver a footnote to his own words, but what must have been amazing -- I'd love to see the footage -- is that he was able to answer a reporter's question through a footnote. God knows, it would have been far less interesting for McClellan to actually answer the question through normal means. His actual "answer" -- the one he delivered in his own voice -- was just a smoke screen. The real answer is the footnote. The reporters must have been stunned by it, because they didn't ask any follow-up questions to the footnote.

America. Breaking new ground in oratory.

 4:16 PM

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