George Bush doesn’t pay this guy enough. Scott McClellan, ‘Master of
Deception Deflection’, faced an onslaught of questions regarding the administration’s simultaneous denial of torture being use for interrogations and request for torture exemptions. The , I swear, looks like it was pulled from an article at The Onion.
Q I’d like you to clear up, once and for all, the ambiguity about torture. Can we get a straight answer? The President says we don’t do torture, but Cheney —
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s about as straight as it can be.
Q Yes, but Cheney has gone to the Senate and asked for an exemption on —
MR. McCLELLAN: No, he has not. Are you claiming he’s asked for an exemption on torture? No, that’s —
Q He did not ask for that?
MR. McCLELLAN: — that is inaccurate.
Q Are you denying everything that came from the Hill, in terms of torture?
MR. McCLELLAN: No, you’re mischaracterizing things. And I’m not going to get into discussions we have —
Q Can you give me a straight answer for once?
MR. McCLELLAN: Let me give it to you, just like the President has. We do not torture. He does not condone torture and he would never —
Q I’m asking about exemptions.
And on and on for several minutes… He apparently made just one slip up, and despite numerous transcribers and audio recordings catching the slip, the White House Transcript doesn’t show it.
Even champions lose battles here and there. Better luck next time.
Update: Think Progress has an update. Shockingly enough, the administration is standing behind what they “recall” and not what the actually was said. Gotta love these guys. Stubborn till the end.