By: E&P Staff
As one of his predecessors in the Bush White House, Ari Fleischer, testified elsewhere in D.C. in the “Scooter” Libby trial, Tony Snow met with reporters today, who posed wide-ranging questions relating to the Iraq war and Iran, among other subjects.
Asked how closely the White House was following the Libby trial, Snow said, “Not that closely really. I know there’s this perception that we’re all sitting around buzzing about it, but we really aren’t….It is what it is, it’s an ongoing trial, and we’re not going to comment on it further.”
“Are you glad you were not press secretary then?” someone asked.
“I am glad I’m press secretary now,” Snow replied.
Asked how the president was reacting to the Saturday peace march in Washington, Snow said, “I don’t think he really thought a lot about it.”
Then he quipped: “It’s nice to see Jane Fonda in front of the camera again. There are a number of people who were here making statements, and that’s perfectly appropriate. This is a vigorous democracy.”
He referred to “predictions of a larger audience than showed up for the protest.” Asked by Helen Thomas, “And you really counted heads?”, Snow replied, “No. Did you? Did you see 100,000?….It’s pretty clear from the press accounts that nobody attached six figures to the number who appeared.”
A number of major news outlets did eventually refer to “100,000 or more” marchers after initially putting the figure in the “tens of thosands.”
Snow, asked if the president and vice president were on the same page in assessing Iraq — given the criticism of Cheney’s recent remarks hailing the strong “success” in Iraq — said, “Yes.”