Scott McClellan: Look! Goddamit! 9/11 belongs to us. Okay? So shut the hell up! It’s ours, do you hear me? Ours!
No planes hitting buildings today, but that doesn’t keep Scotty from playing duck and cover:
Q Some of the families of the 9/11 victims have criticized the President for using these — using 9/11 footage in those ads. Are you exploiting the situation, and what do you say to that?
MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, September 11th was a defining moment for our nation. It was an experience that all Americans shared. It is the reason we are still at war on terrorism. And all of us, as Americans, shared in the experience of that tragic day. And it is vital to our future that we learn what September 11th taught us. September 11th changed the equation in our public policy. It forever changed our world. And the President’s steady leadership is vital to how we wage the war on terrorism.
Q Shouldn’t that be off-limits to politics, Scott, that tragedy?
MR. McCLELLAN: September 11th? September 11th, as I said, it taught us that we must confront dangers before it’s too late, and that we must continue to take the fight to the enemy. There’s a clear choice for Americans in how we confront the threats of terrorism.
Q But the President — the party is using it for political purposes. I mean, it’s pretty clear now —
MR. McCLELLAN: Look, these are threats that didn’t happen overnight; that September 11th taught us that we must confront these threats by taking the fight to the enemy.
All right, thanks, sorry.
END 9:06 A.M. PST
…and with that, he was off like a prom dress.