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Shorter Briefing. Shorter Press Conference.
The official transcripts for today's briefing with Scott McClellan and the President's last-minute press conference in the Rose Garden aren't out yet, but we roped our intern into providing rush versions for those of you who missed the events themselves:
Q.Iraq. . . detainees?
A.The President. . . abhorrent. America. . . freedom.
Q.Rumsfeld. . . out?
A.The President thinks. . . strong leadership. . . great confidence.
Q.Geneva. . . Britain. . . Chalabi. . . ?
A.Do I look like Ari?
President's press conference:
Q.Rumsfeld. . . resign. . . or. . . fired?
THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Rumsfeld likes war. And I like Secretary Rumsfeld.
Q.What did you tell Rumsfeld?
THE PRESIDENT: The pictures sickened my stomach. . . you're decent. . . sickened your stomach. . . sorry. . . sorry. . . sorry. . . sickened . . . but I stand by my man. . . truth. . . system. . . honor. . . reputation. . . abhorrent!
Be forewarned: These are not verbatim transcripts. I think, for example, there's another "sickened" at the end of that last answer!