Following are excerpts from the transcript of today’s White House “press gaggle,” which apparently is when a gaggle of press types gather around a White House spokesperson for a few announcements and a little Q & A, or at least I’m guessing that’s what it is. Sen. Larry Craig got the transcript from the White House and passed the excerpts on to Idaho media because of the talk of President Bush’s upcoming visit to Idaho. Here it is:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release - August 16, 2005
Crawford Middle School
11:25 A.M. CDT
MS. PERINO: Good morning. I’ll give you a little bit about the President’s day, and then I’m going to give you a little bit of an update on next week.
The President had his intelligence briefing this morning. He continues to get regular updates on the foreign policy developments. He’s been spending some time outdoors at his ranch, improving the land, of which, as you know, he takes great pride in, and spending time with Mrs. Bush and family friends throughout the week.
For next week, a couple of you have asked for some specifics. On Monday, August 22nd, the President will make remarks to the Veterans of foreign Wars National Convention that’s being held in Salt Lake City, Utah; open press. He will remain overnight in Donnelly, Idaho.
Tuesday, there are no public events, still he will be in Donnelly, Idaho. And Wednesday, August 24th, the President will make remarks on the war on terror, and that’s in Nampa, Idaho. And then he’ll return to the ranch that night.
With that, I’ll happily take your questions.
Q: What’s in Donnelly? What’s he doing in Donnelly?
MS. PERINO: I’ll see if I can get some more on that. I don’t know.
Q: Is that a recreational stop, Donnelly?
MS. PERINO: I’ll see what I can find for you. I don’t have it right now…
…Q Dana, can you tell — I’m sorry, the overnight is Donnelly,
Idaho, on Tuesday night, or Monday night?
MS. PERINO: On Monday and Tuesday night.
Q In the same place, Donnelly, Idaho. Do you know how far that
is from Boise?
MS. PERINO: I don’t know how far that is from Boise, but I can — we can look at a map and try to figure it out.
Q I am, I can’t find it. Okay. And Tuesday, he has no public
schedule in Donnelly?
MS. PERINO: No, ma’am.
Q Well, he must be doing something. Is he fishing with the Vice
MS. PERINO: This is all the information I have right now, and I can see if I can get you some more.
Q Is there a vice presidential component to this trip? You
MS. PERINO: The Vice President? No, I don’t believe so. I think