In which we turn back time in the White House Briefing Room: this time last year, we found spokesbot Scotty McClellan defending Bush's annual Economic Report:
Q. Then why predict a number? Why was the number predicted? Why was the number predicted? You can't get away with not -- just answer the question. Why was that number predicted?Ah, simpler, more innocent times. I wonder if Jeff Gannon was there, or if he was busy with an outcall. — C.S.
MR. McCLELLAN: I've been asked this, and I've asked -- I've been asked, and I've answered.
Q. No, you have not answered. And everybody watching knows you haven't answered.
MR. McCLELLAN: I disagree.
18 February 2004 [Press Gaggle]