January 12, 2005 03:06 PM
Press Gaggle: How Do You Spell Chertoff? N-O-T-K-E-R-I-K
What the White House learned from that Kerik episode: Never explain, never apologize, but do try to a background check.
Q. The President made a point of saying that Judge Chertoff has been confirmed three times. Why did he make that point?
SCOTT McCLELLAN: He's someone who, like I said, enjoys wide respect from Democrats and Republicans alike, particularly on the Hill. He is someone who has a lot of experience and brings a lot of talent to this position. And that's why the President talked about it.
Q. Did it have anything to do with the flameout of his last nominee?
MR. McCLELLAN: That issue is behind us. The President is moving forward on this new nominee...
11 Jan. 2005 [PressGaggle.com]