Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bush Spokesman McClellan has Heated Debate with Reporter over Cheney Shooting Incident

NBC News chief correspondent David Gregory had a verbal confrontation in the press room today indicating that McClellan should not be a jerk. The confrontation occurred as Gregory asked for more information on the Dick Cheney shooting incident, and why the White House did not disclose the information earlier:

'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,' Gregory said, voice rising. 'Don't be a jerk to me personally when I'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 don't appreciate, then I will raise my voice, because that's wrong.'

'Calm down, Dave, calm down,' said McClellan.

'I'll calm down when I feel like calming down,' Gregory said. 'You answer the question.'

'I have answered the question,' said McClellan, who had maintained that the vice president's office was in charge of getting the information out and worked with the ranch owner to do that. 'I'm sorry you're getting all riled up about.'

'I am riled up,' Gregory said, 'because you're not answering the question.'"

Ever get the feeling that the White House, this White House administration in particular, is a bit more like a three-ringed circus than the government of the only remaining super-power? Where is the dignity and proper decorum that is always supposed to accompany the office? If anyone finds it, let me know.

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