McClellan’s Foil Fails Again

You can tell that Scott McClellan has had about as much of this vice president shooting questioning as he can take. Today was another heated briefing, with a reporting snapping, “It’s our briefing, we get to ask the questions” as McClellan continued to try to lead the subject to “more important topics.”

In today’s briefing, McClellan reached quickly for the Goyal Foil to end the line of attack, and then even cut Goyal off to get to the question quicker:

Q: And could you provide cost estimates when the President [sic] takes these hunting trips — like what it costs the taxpayers

MR. McCLELLAN: Check with his office, Jim.

Q: — to bring both his staff and medical staff?

MR. McCLELLAN: Check with his office. I travel with the President. Go ahead, Goyal.

Raghubir Goyal: Two questions. One, lately the former two President George Bush and President Clinton both getting along well and they have been traveling together and also have done a lot of humanitarian work —

MR. McCLELLAN: Let’s go to the question.

Q: The question is, recently President Bush said that, I have a third brother, President Bill Clinton. What he meant by that? Is he getting some advice from him?

Of course even the Goyal Foil couldn’t knock the press off today (as it has happened in high pressure moments), and so the press corps dove right back in after Goyal was finished.