Monday, July 11, 2005

MCCLELLAN ZIPS HIS LIPS The transcript will be out later. But at the 1pm White House briefing, Scott McClellan is hunkering down--big time. He's obfuscating. He's trying to change the subject. He's retreating to legalese.

He's also wound up tongue-tied more than once. Indeed, there have so far been many, many extraordinary moments.

Today's briefing is like nothing I've ever seen.

More later.

UPDATE: Again, the transcript will be out in a little while. But it won't get across a few things: McClellan seemed at moments, at least from the C-SPAN feed, to be on the verge of tearing up. His tone was unusually somber. And he spoke much slower than usual.

UPDATE UPDATE: Crooks and Liars offers this footage from today's briefing.

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