WH Gaggle: Lights, Camera, Inaction
At today's White House gaggle, press secretary Scott McClellan built upon the President's suggestion that Americans -- including those inside the White House -- look for ways to conserve energy. McClellan said that the staff would "take steps to increase the thermostats, scale back non-essential travel" and that the President himself would start "reminding them to turn off lights and printers and copiers and computers when they leave the office." And we thought the Democrats were the "mommy party." These measures aren't meaningless, of course, they're just trivial. Even worse: They were supposedly enacted in 2001, proudly announced in a statement on the "White House Energy Savings Plan." So, you know, keep turning out those lights. The only real difference in this year's conservation measures is the promise to consider shortening the press motorcade, which this White House can hardly consider a sacrifice.
Press Gaggle with Scott McClellan [WhiteHouse.gov]
White House Energy Savings Plan [WhiteHouse.gov]