Speak softly or the candle may blow out…

Scotty provides inadvertent giggles at the gaggle:

Q Has there been any effort to toughen up the questions at these “Ask President Bush” events to better prep the President for the town hall that will happen —

MR. McCLELLAN: I saw some coverage where it said these were pre-screened questions, and that’s just not the case. These are questions from people at the event. They can ask whatever they want when they come to these events. And the President enjoys participating in those question-and-answer type sessions. They’re informal settings where the President can visit with the person asking the questions and listen to their views, as well as to answer their questions that they have on their mind.

Q Usually about half of them aren’t questions. They’re things like, you’re candle is burning brightly.

MR. McCLELLAN: I understand there are some — there is some of that. I understand. But these participants or these attendees to these events are able to ask whatever question they want. The President enjoys that format.

Q So you see this “Ask the White House” as a good prep for the debate? Is that the way you see this?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I see it as an opportunity for the President to talk to the American people about the important priorities facing this nation and to answer questions that are on their minds. And that’s what he’s done throughout those “Ask President Bush” —

Q But you —

MR. McCLELLAN: Now this one today is a — like I said, it’s a conversation.* So he’ll be visiting with the four participants on the stage and hearing from them what their views are and how the — on how these tax cuts have benefited the economy and benefited them, as well.

So today’s four pre-screened participants are free to ask any question they want…as long as it’s about how the tax cuts have benefited themselves and the economy. Candles metaphors are just a bonus…

Oh. And the “it’s a conversation*” asterisk leads to this:

* It is an “Ask President Bush” event.

Thanks for clearing that up. We never would have guessed.

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