At today’s White House press briefing, spokeswoman Dana Perino said that setting a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq is like sending a “save-the-date card to the Iraqis.” She added, “I stole that from Don Stewart,” referring to the host of the Daily Show, evoking laughter from the press corps. One reporter tried to correct her; another said, “I bet you just guaranteed yourself an appearance there.” Watch it:
Q Can we go back one more time to this notion of what a clean bill is? Now, not to negotiate, but to define it. If a bill shows up, stripped of the pork, but still has some kind of timetable in it, is that unacceptable to the President?
MS. PERINO: I’m not — I know that would be great to get me to negotiate from here. I would refer you back to the position of the President —
Q I don’t want to negotiate. I want a definition.
MS. PERINO: He has said that an arbitrary timetable in which we send a save-the-date card to the Iraqis is unacceptable to him.
Q So you say save-the-date? So you —
MS. PERINO: I stole that from Don Stewart. (Laughter.)
Q I bet you just guaranteed yourself an appearance there. (Laughter.)
Q I don’t think that was Jon Stewart, I think it was Don Stewart. (Laughter.)