Quote of the Day

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan defending the President’s decision, during a time of war, to take the longest presidential retreat in at least 36 years:

Spending time outside of Washington always gives the president a fresh perspective of what's on the minds of the American people. It's a time, really, for him to shed the coat and tie and meet with folks out in the heartland and hear what's on their minds.

Unless, that is, one of those folks happens to be the grief-stricken mother of a fallen soldier who has parked herself at his front door, apparently.

(Hat tip to Gordon.)

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