Scott McClellan continued his battle with the press today, only fielding a couple of questions on what the White House has now chosen to label as the “Valerie Plame issue” instead of calling it the “leak investigation” as it has in past transcripts:
Q: Scott, in the wake of the Valerie Plame incident, on which you will not comment, intelligence officials have indicated there’s a growing concern among operatives in the field, a fear that they might be the targets of political manipulation. And they have indicated that something must be done on the part of the White House to help allay these fears. And given that these people are in the forefront of the war on terror, isn’t it necessary to do something more than simply stonewalling all discussion of the incident in order to restore confidence?
MR. McCLELLAN: And I’ll reject your characterization. What we’re doing is helping to advance the investigation forward. And the President said he’s not going to get into trying to draw conclusions based on reports in the media. Let’s let the investigators complete their work. And that’s what we’ve said, so I’ll reject your characterization. We have for a long time said that we want to help them get to the bottom of this and the best way to do that is to cooperate fully in that investigation. And that means not commenting on it here from this podium.
The hard part of all of this is that Scott McClellan really is just like the best-known member of the Bromeliad family, the pineapple. He may be prickly and hard on the outside, but he’s all soft and sweet on the inside.
Too bad the mean old White House press corps won’t be all sweet back.