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White House Press Gaggle - Monday, May 22, 2006
The White House ^ | 5/22/2006 | Tony Snow

Posted on 05/22/2006 9:38:16 AM PDT by dinasour

Press Gaggle by Tony Snow Aboard Air Force One En route Chicago, Illinois

10:23 A.M. EDT

MR. SNOW: As you know, the President will be traveling to Chicago. Before the restauranteurs he will be talking about immigration reform and also making his first extended comments on the formation of a government in Iraq.

Also, I don't know if you've heard, but Prime Minister Blair's office has announced the Prime Minister will be making a visit to Washington later in the week. Details at this point still to be determined. As soon as we have a schedule we will let you know.

That's about it, a very quick statement, and whatever questions you have.

Peter.

Q What's the purpose of the Blair-Bush meeting?

MR. SNOW: Well, as you know, the Prime Minister has been in Iraq, so what I think what they're going to be doing is talking about Iraq and the next steps forward.

Q Does he want to pull troops out, or what's the -- he said over the weekend, or there have been reports over the weekend that he's anxious to pull troops out.

MR. SNOW: Well, I can't speak for what the Prime Minister is going to do; he may report on his desires. Prime Minister Maliki has also said that he would like Iraqi forces to be taking -- asserting much more control by the end of the year.

As we've always said -- and Prime Minister Blair reiterated this yesterday -- I mean, today, as least as far as the readout I've gotten -- which is it's all conditions-based. The conditions on the ground still determine how long troops stay there.

Q Does he look forward to the meeting tomorrow with Olmert? Can you talk about -- there was an Israeli newspaper report that says the President was going to present him with some new ideas for advancing the peace process.

MR. SNOW: Well, I think at this point this is as much a getting-to-know-you meeting. Obviously, they'll be talking about the roadmap and the way forward. I don't expect anything formal, but the two of them obviously are going to be talking about ways to keep moving forward.

Q What about a response to his comments yesterday on CNN, that he said Abbas was too weak to advance such a process?

MR. SNOW: Well, on the other hand, there have also been reports that the two of them have had cordial meetings. So, obviously, again, the viability of the Palestinian Authority is a key matter. Most importantly, the administration continues to say, the President continues to say that we are not going to recognize Hamas until they renounce violence.

Q With a unified unity government now in place, what are the chances that American troops will start pulling out before the end of this year?

MR. SNOW: Well, once again, it's all conditions-based. You don't simply say because you have a government you pull out. The President has been pretty clear, troops will return when they're no longer needed. And it is still our desire to see that the Iraqi military and police forces are trained up and capable of providing for public security in Iraq.

Q But you have seven months ahead, so is the seven months enough time to just -- my question is, what is your assessment, I guess, of what Iraq is going to do in the next seven months, if you're not willing to say that seven months is enough time to begin pulling troops out?

MR. SNOW: Well, if you can tell me exactly what's going to happen in the next seven months, I'll give you an answer.

Q What does the U.S. government want to accomplish by encouraging these European banks to limit their dealings with Iran?

MR. SNOW: Well, again, what's been going on is that there has been attempt to try to get the Iranians to come back to the table, to deal in good faith, with serious negotiations toward renouncing any nuclear military ambitions. We don't have any problem with peaceful civilian use of nuclear power, but it's important to get the Iranians to engage seriously.

Q Tony, Prime Minister Olmert also said that Iran was months away from developing a nuclear weapon. What does the U.S. think of that prediction?

MR. SNOW: Well, I'm not going to get into our particular, precise estimates of Iranian nuclear capabilities.

Q Do you disagree with him them that --

MR. SNOW: To tell you the truth, I don't know.

Q Can we go back to the banks? If the U.S. government and the Treasury Department are encouraging the European banks to not have dealings, how does that play into this works with European allies to stop them from having the nuclear weapon or the nuclear ambitions? Why are you going about it this way -- encouraging these banks to limit their dealings --

MR. SNOW: I'll tell you what, I'll try to come up with more precise guidance because, frankly, for me to try to come up with rationales for this is going to be talking through my hat -- and that would be irresponsible for me, you and the government.

Q Is he going to take questions today?

MR. SNOW: There is a possibility that he'll take some from the audience.

Q Thank you.

END 10:28 A.M. EDT


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1 posted on 05/22/2006 9:38:17 AM PDT by dinasour
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To: Mo1; doug from upland; Peach; Alamo-Girl; b4its2late; retrokitten; cripplecreek; daybreakcoming; ...
Tonys Mug


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If you want on, or off, the Tony Snow/WHPB ping list, please FReepMail dinasour


It seems that Tony and friends are traveling today, so we're still gaggling.

Come home soon, Tony.

2 posted on 05/22/2006 9:40:42 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

Waaaaaaahhhh...

Thanks for the ping dino:)

~woof~


3 posted on 05/22/2006 9:45:38 AM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping. I just like hearing the news-readers on the radio when they say, "According to White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow...".


4 posted on 05/22/2006 9:51:23 AM PDT by SelmaLee (Woof!)
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To: dinasour

Boy...I love the way he cuts off these blowhard reporters!!

I also love the line, when he isn't sure of the answer, that he admits it would be irresponsible to answer it!!

He is doing great!

Thanks for the gaggle transcript!


5 posted on 05/22/2006 9:54:12 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dinasour
Q But you have seven months ahead, so is the seven months enough time to just -- my question is, what is your assessment, I guess, of what Iraq is going to do in the next seven months, if you're not willing to say that seven months is enough time to begin pulling troops out?

MR. SNOW: Well, if you can tell me exactly what's going to happen in the next seven months, I'll give you an answer.

TRANSLATION: Do you see how easy it is for me to make you look as stupid as you are?

6 posted on 05/22/2006 9:57:15 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: trebb

That was my favorite statement by Tony, too!


7 posted on 05/22/2006 10:03:31 AM PDT by mathluv (Bushbot, Snowflake, Dittohead ---- Bring it on!!!)
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping, dinasour! I guess I can unset my vcr since these don't seem to be coming at a regular time. Dang!! I really appreciate your putting them up so we won't miss them!!

:o)


8 posted on 05/22/2006 10:04:12 AM PDT by jackv (just shakin' my head)
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To: Txsleuth

> He is doing great!

Amen. He cuts them off at the knees, and they go away wondering, "Why am I walking funny".


9 posted on 05/22/2006 10:06:26 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

LOL


10 posted on 05/22/2006 10:11:46 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dinasour

bump!


11 posted on 05/22/2006 10:12:07 AM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: dinasour

**MR. SNOW: Well, if you can tell me exactly what's going to happen in the next seven months, I'll give you an answer. **

LOL!

Guess Tony told him!


12 posted on 05/22/2006 10:13:19 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: trebb

Had Scott McClellan, Rummy, and even George Bush used that line more often....these idiots would KNOW not to ask that question again...

WTG, Tony!


13 posted on 05/22/2006 10:13:39 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping - really appreciate all of your hard work.


14 posted on 05/22/2006 10:14:15 AM PDT by nuclady (( Nagin, Blanco and Landrieu: Wynkin', Blynkin', and Nod ))
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To: dinasour
Oh, thanks for the gaggle report!

I liked the last exchange..

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Is he going to take questions today?

There is a possibility he will take some from the audience.

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Heheheh.

15 posted on 05/22/2006 10:17:36 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

> There is a possibility he will take some from the audience.

I'm looking forward for him to take some questions from us.


16 posted on 05/22/2006 10:23:57 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: Txsleuth
Howdy FRiend.

Wonder if the presstitutes get the jab when Tony reminds them that he won't be 'talking thru his hat'.

17 posted on 05/22/2006 10:26:05 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: dinasour
Thanks for keeping all of us in the loop, dinasour.
18 posted on 05/22/2006 10:32:19 AM PDT by FOXFANVOX (God Bless Our Military!)
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To: trebb

My vote for "answer of week" by the esteemed Mr Snow.

Having Tony at that podium is bliss, pure bliss.


19 posted on 05/22/2006 10:36:11 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (The leadership of Iran must be decapitated or overthrown, now.)
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To: FOXFANVOX; All

> Thanks for keeping all of us in the loop

No problemo. Now that things are settling out, it's less trouble than you'd think.


20 posted on 05/22/2006 10:41:17 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping!


21 posted on 05/22/2006 10:42:02 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: dinasour

God bless you, Tony Snow!!! We love you!


22 posted on 05/22/2006 10:44:27 AM PDT by Faith
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To: SelmaLee; dinasour
I just like hearing the news-readers on the radio when they say, "According to White House Press Secretary, Tony Snow...".

You too, huh :)

23 posted on 05/22/2006 10:45:38 AM PDT by Bahbah (“KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!!”)
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To: dinasour

Thank you for posting this. Tony is doing the job I said should have been done long ago. Cut them off at the hip,GOOD JOB MR.SNOW!


24 posted on 05/22/2006 10:47:06 AM PDT by betsyross1776
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To: OldFriend

I doubt it...because I sincerely believe that the reporters go to the pressers with their list of questions, and do NOT listen to the answers...


25 posted on 05/22/2006 10:49:38 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: OldFriend

You have freepmail!


26 posted on 05/22/2006 10:50:02 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

As do you!!!


27 posted on 05/22/2006 10:57:23 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: dinasour

Thanks for the ping, dinasour.

Been under the weather for the past couple weeks, but as soon as this "cloud" lifts, I'll be volunteering to do some more heavy lifting with the mainentance of this thread.

"MR. SNOW: Well, if you can tell me exactly what's going to happen in the next seven months, I'll give you an answer."

Just the kind of direct response a la Rumsfeld that the presstitutes have needed from our Press Secretaries for years now. Way to go,Tony! How refreshing.


28 posted on 05/22/2006 11:04:09 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: HonestConservative

I hope you get to feeling better soon!


29 posted on 05/22/2006 11:06:58 AM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dinasour

Thank you, dinasour.

There's not another group in the world that I would rather gaggle with! :-)

Pinz


30 posted on 05/22/2006 11:07:35 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Charter Snowflake, Rummy fan)
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To: pinz-n-needlez

> There's not another group in the world that I would rather gaggle with! :-)

Yeah, we can have our own gaggle


31 posted on 05/22/2006 11:32:11 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

Hopefully we might get the press corps to ask who itis that Jordan has captured. Foxnews just had a one liner about Jordan announcing that on Thursday they will announce a name of a top Al Qaeda leader in Iraq that they have captured.

My gut says Abu Musab Al Zarqawi is in custody.


32 posted on 05/22/2006 11:35:26 AM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: pinz-n-needlez; dinasour

Yes, we have our own gaggle.

With Tony at the helm, though, they're will be a lot less gagging.


33 posted on 05/22/2006 11:42:19 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: dinasour

When is Tony Snow going to tell the press outright that al Qaeda has suffered a devastating and humiliating defeat in Iraq, and that while the insurgents may continue their inept, murderous attacks on civilians for a while, they have already lost their battle for control of Iraq and have no future?


34 posted on 05/22/2006 11:49:04 AM PDT by Maceman (Fake but accurate, and now double-sourced)
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To: Txsleuth

Thanks, sleuthy.

Just another pot hole in the road. This too shall pass.


35 posted on 05/22/2006 11:53:53 AM PDT by HonestConservative (Bless our Servicemen!)
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To: BlueStateDepression
>My gut says Abu Musab Al Zarqawi is in custody.

I hope so. Please not another top lieutenant.
36 posted on 05/22/2006 11:58:20 AM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: Maceman

Maybe that is the purview of the Pentagon spokesperson??


37 posted on 05/22/2006 12:01:37 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: dinasour



Fox said that Jordan was billing this as a media event for Thrusday. That tells me HYPE. Hype that they captured Zarqawi would be something I would want as a leader of a nation. Especially when my people were in the streets chanting Death To Zarqawi.

I am kinda out on a limb here but I feel good about this prediction. It fits. I do not see why Jordan would announce that they are going to make an announcment if it wasn't big.


38 posted on 05/22/2006 12:04:17 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: trebb; mathluv

That was my favorite too. I laughed out loud in this coffee shop when I read it....I ended up having to share it with the other drinkers.

God Bless Tony!


39 posted on 05/22/2006 12:05:17 PM PDT by Loud Mime (If you can't convert, it's YOUR failure to deliver the message......don't kill the audience)
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To: BlueStateDepression

> I do not see why Jordan would announce that they are going to make an announcment if it wasn't big.

And this time, it's not the Debka Files, either. Jordan would be made a fool of, if it turned out to be Zak's shoeshine boy.


40 posted on 05/22/2006 12:08:17 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

lol @ showshine boy. I am wondering why I have heard nothing about it since that one liner. All Halloway all the time has me a bit frustrated!


41 posted on 05/22/2006 12:10:53 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: dinasour

I just found this: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/774CBB8D-A568-4032-9971-27016CAF81AB.htm


42 posted on 05/22/2006 12:12:39 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: BlueStateDepression

> I just found this

Except for a lucky break, if anyone is going to catch him the Jordanians will. They have means that we would be hard pressed to duplicate. Zak gave them the will.

The bad thing about being a holy warrior, after a while you begin to believe that you're invicible, god being on your side and all.

So much for "You'll never take me alive", as well.


43 posted on 05/22/2006 12:32:21 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: dinasour

I agree Zarqawi gave them the will. It seems that even Al Jiz is hinting about who this could be.

I sure am left wondering why this hasn't got any legs yet.

I guess we will soon find out.


44 posted on 05/22/2006 12:38:12 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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To: BlueStateDepression
I sure am left wondering why this hasn't got any legs yet.

That's easy. It doesn't hurt the President.

45 posted on 05/22/2006 12:42:49 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: HonestConservative
I hope you get to feeling better soon!

Me too!

46 posted on 05/22/2006 12:44:48 PM PDT by dinasour (Pajamahadeen and member of the Head SnowFlake Committee)
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To: All

"You know you want me, baby.... come make momma's motor purrrrrrr!"


47 posted on 05/22/2006 12:47:10 PM PDT by avacado
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To: dinasour

add me to your ping list.
Polly


48 posted on 05/22/2006 12:47:51 PM PDT by pollywog (Psalm 121;1 I Lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.)
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To: BlueStateDepression
--- I sure am left wondering why this hasn't got any legs yet. ---

Do you remember when the terrorists got caught in Jordan who were planning a chemical attack to kill over 80,000 people? They gave a confession on Jordan TV also, and said they had been in Iraq with Zarqawi planning attacks against Jordan and American interests since the day Afghanistan fell.

It never made the MSM. I found it on a Jordan website. You have to register for that site but here is the transcript from an Israel site.

Tuesday, April 27, 2004 [Full text of confession]Al Qaeda Plans Terrorist Attack in Chemical Weapons against Jordan

http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=20579

The Jordan website:

www.petra.gov.jo/nepras/2004/Apr/26/19114500.htm

49 posted on 05/22/2006 12:54:46 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

Indeed I remember that quite well. I remember seeing one or two days of articles and even a picture of a truk with blue containers being offloaded.

It really is too bad that Media has become so foolish about things that matter so little and so ignorant of things that matter so much.


50 posted on 05/22/2006 12:57:42 PM PDT by BlueStateDepression
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