February 13, 2006

"Don't Be A Jerk To Me"

In all my years watching things political, I'd say that the White House Press Secretary who most got under the skin of the Press Corp but still retained his cool was Marlin Fitzwater, for Bush 41. But I have to say, Scott McClellan really knows how to piss these guys off and still come away looking like the sympathetic party (if not the only rational one) in the exchange. Here's a snippet of NBC's David Gregory with him earlier today:

Why was the White House relying on a Texas rancher to get the word of Cheney's hunting accident out over the weekend, asked Gregory, accusing McClellan of "ducking and weaving.''

"“David, hold on… the cameras aren't on right now,'' McClellan replied. "You can do this later.''

"Don't accuse me of trying to pose to the cameras,'' the newsman said, his voice rising somewhat. "DonÂ’t be a jerk to me personally when IÂ’m asking you a serious question.''

"You don't have to yell,'' McClellan said.

"I will yell,'' said Gregory, pointing a finger at McCellan at his dais. "If you want to use that podium to try to take shots at me personally, which I donÂ’t appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because thatÂ’s wrong.Â’Â’

‘’Calm down, Dave, calm down,'' said McClellan, remaining calm throughout the exchange.

"I'll calm down when I feel like calming down,'' Gregory said.

Jesus, what a prima donna.

I have to say I'm getting a lot of enjoyment watching the Left and the Old Media work themselves up into a frenzy over this non-story like it's some kind of conspiracy. You would think Cheney broke into this guy's house, raped his wife and put a bullet between his eyes the way the reporters are going around calling the VP "the shooter". What a bunch of weenies.

And the Lefty bloggers in the fever swamp are frothing at the mouth. I'm surprised PETA hasn't called a press conference to denounce Cheney for hunting quail in the first place.

Posted by: Gary at 04:30 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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