Deficit. What? Deficit. What? Deficit. WHAT?
A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest:
Q What’s your comment on the trade deficit?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, what’s your question on the trade deficit?
Q Well, it’s the second biggest in history, and it shows record imports from China. And it also indicates that the cost of oil is affecting —
MR. McCLELLAN: The way to create jobs here at home in America is to continue to open markets abroad for American products and producers. And as we do that, we need to make sure that there is a level playing field for American — for Americans to compete on, because we can compete with anyone across the globe when the playing field is level. Also, you have oil prices that have gone up. Obviously, that has an impact. That’s why the President has put forward a comprehensive plan, that’s one of the very first things he did in office, to make America energy self-sufficient. We are dependent on foreign sources of energy right now. We need to reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy. And the President’s opponent has stood in the way of a comprehensive energy plan.
About that deficit?
(crickets chirping…a dog barks in the distance…)