Thursday, July 28, 2005


Is Guckert/Gannon back at the White House?

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan faced a lot of questions yesterday as to whether the White House itself had ever reviewed the papers on Supreme Court nominee John Roberts that it is refusing to give to the Senate. Just when things couldn't get worse, along came this mystery reporter whose questions recall those of the now-famous White House "reporter" Jeff Gannon/James Guckert—
Q Many pundits and news organizations are focusing attention on John Roberts' links to the Federalist Society. Do you remember any such focus or concerns expressed about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's overt activism on behalf of one of the most controversial groups in America, the ACLU? And do you see a double standard here in the media? And I have a follow-up.

MR. McCLELLAN: I wasn't following her confirmation process that closely at the time. I was back in Texas. But you're welcome to point those things out if you so choose.

Q Good. Since the Senate -- (laughter.) I thank you very much. Since the Senate yesterday voted 98 to nothing to make sure that the Boy Scouts will be able to continue holding camping events on U.S. military bases, the President in his speech to the National Boy Scout Jamboree tonight will also support Senate Majority Leader Frist's Support Our Scouts Act of 2005, won't he?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, of course --

Q Or does he intend to ignore Senator Frist and say nothing about the ACLU's --

MR. McCLELLAN: Of course --

Q -- suing the Boy Scouts?

MR. McCLELLAN: Of course, the President strongly supports our scouts. And the President looks forward to going to Fort A.P. Hill this evening and speaking to the parents and the Boy Scouts that are present. It's also a moment to keep in our thoughts and prayers the families of those four parents who tragically lost their life earlier this week. These parents were role models to those Boy Scouts, and I think the President will -- I expect the President will touch on that. But this is --

Q Will he support Senator Frist's --

MR. McCLELLAN: For these remarks, the President is going there to highlight all the positive things that the Boy Scouts do, and all the positive contributions that troop leaders make to instill in them a sense of leadership and responsibility. And that's what the President will be talking about.

He got more out of McClellan than any of the other reporters. At last we know the truth—Bush is for the Boy Scouts.

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