Friday, February 17, 2006
Finally, a use for my journalism education
David Gregory isn’t the only member of the White House press corps to get under the skin of Press Secretary Scott McLellan. As a citizen journalist, I used my credentials as dynamo lunchtime blogger to get a seat this week in the briefing room.
Here’s the actual transcript of my questions and McLellan’s answers. Really, it’s the actual transcript.
Me: Angie Tee from Blogdiggidy
McLellan: Blog-what? Never mind. What’s your question.
Me: I just wanted to shoot a couple of questions your way.
McLellan: I gather as much.
Me: I’ll just fire away then.
McLellan: Funny. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION!
Me: Calm down. Let’s not make this about you, Scott. You’re trying to make this about you, aren’t you? Well it’s not about you.
McLellan: (to no one in particular) Who let her in here?
Me: Alright. (ahem) Question numero uno. Vice President Cheney’s gun wasn’t the only thing that was loaded on Saturday, am I right or am I right?
McLellan: The Vice President has said he only had one beer at lunch. He was not intoxicated.
Me: Yeah, but how big was the beer? (laughter in the room) Is the Vice President drunk now?
McLellan: Are you finished?
Me: Hardly. Last month the Pew Center for Research reported in a poll that the Vice President’s approval rating had significantly dropped among alcoholic bird hunters who had shot a friend at one time or another. Was the Whittington shooting, or excuse me peppering really a way to shore up support among this key Republican constituency?
McLellan: I don’t have time for this.
Me: Scott, focus. Last question. Should America be worried about copycat pepperings?
McLellan: (shouting) Security!
So anyway, at that point I was bounced from briefing. And I have to say it’s amazing how one can fly from Chicago to DC and back during the work day with no one noticing.