Thursday, October 13, 2005

Helen Thomas Makes Weasel Boy Dance

Here's my favorite White House correspondent, the venerable Helen Thomas, asking Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan yesterday about the administration's policy toward Syria – and not letting him off the hook easily when he starts dancing.
Thomas: I read that the President is seeking a regime change in Syria. Does he plan to widen the war in the Middle East? And just how does he -- what right would he have to unseat anybody in another country without provocation?

McClellan: Well, I don't know what you're reading, but it doesn't seem like it's an accurate reflection of our policy.

Thomas: The Financial Times.

McClellan: I don't think it's an accurate reflection of our policy.

Thomas: Are you denying --

McClellan: The President talked about our concerns when it comes to Syria earlier today -

Thomas: I know. I'm asking you specifically --

McClellan:-- and he expressed what our view is.

Thomas:-- is he seeking a regime change in Syria?

McClellan: There's no change in our policy toward Syria.

Thomas: Whatever that is.

Good heavens. Reminds me of being back at the county fair in my Nebraska home town and trying to catch the greased pig – except a greased McClellan is much tougher to catch.