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Saturday, January 28, 2006


According to the consistently clueless White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, the World Economic Forum is not exactly what it purports.

Critical meeting to discuss global economic concerns or ski junket? Of course, the complicit media talking heads at CNN are yukking it up right along side their pal Scotty.

The website for the summit describes it’s goal:

To realize its vision of being a catalyst for action in the public interest, the World Economic Forum organizes issue-specific task forces and initiatives devoted to developing new solutions, expanding common ground among different stakeholders, or mobilizing additional effort on important problems.

But to hear McClellan at yesterday's press briefing describe the forum, it’s a boondoggle on the slopes at Davos, where, apparently, such technology as the telephone and the internet does not exist.
Q Can I also ask you, on Senator Kerry's comments, what is your reaction to the filibuster call by Senator Kerry, on Judge Alito?

MR. McCLELLAN: On his call yesterday? It was a pretty historic day. This was the first time ever that a Senator has called for a filibuster from the slopes of Davos, Switzerland. I think even for a Senator, it takes some pretty serious yodeling to call for a filibuster from a five-star ski resort in the Swiss Alps. (Laughter.)

Q But you know he's not there skiing.

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I didn't ask you to yodel. I can hear you. (Laughter.)

Go ahead, Paula.

Whoa. Way to deflect, Scotty. When it's pointed out that people are WORKING in Davos, it's on to the next snide comment and an easier question. Nice.

So, exactly how many world government and business leaders did Scotty insult with his remark?

Over the course of the five-day Meeting, over 2,340 participants from 89 countries will gather in Davos.

And what were these people claiming to accomplish between a day on the slopes and après-ski?
The Creative Imperative
25-29 January, Davos, Switzerland
A tough take on Tehran
Google, Microsoft, Cisco and Skype lay out their next big thing
Environment and the bottom line
India and the US move from relationship to partnership
Turnaround in difficult times
Roads can go a long way in fighting hunger
Obasanjo, Brown and Gates call on leaders to fund new TB plan
No impending energy crisis, say energy chiefs
Public-private fusion on nuclear proliferation
Western agricultural reform crucial for Africa's development
Invest in your staff before your competition does
Condoleezza Rice comments on Palestinian elections
Annan details UN reform plan
Harnessing the business response to disaster
Muslim societies ready to modernize - on their terms
Cultivating responsible trade ties between China and Africa
Musharraf outlines qualities of leadership in the wake of natural disasters
New CEOs: Take good counsel and a deep breath
Stopping AIDS requires changing society
China's growing appetite
China's development will rely on its domestic market
Europe's challenge is to recast its labour force
Merkel says “the creative imperative" key to prosperity
The World Economic Forum chooses China as its Asia base
Big Debate sets the business agenda
World leaders embrace "The Creative Imperative"
US consumer could be weakest link for 2006
Vocational training required to fill skills gap

As much as I like to imagine Senator Kerry schussing down the slopes of Davos with the likes of Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK, Kamal Nath, the Minister of Commerce and Industry for India, Saxby Chambliss, US Senator from Georgia, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General, IAEA, Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, The United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, Senator John McCain and the Archbishop of Dublin, I don’t think that was the purpose of the Summit.

Of course, it's possible that Mr McClellan's jab at Senator Kerry was just his typically feeble attempt at humor, and that he didn't really intend to belittle the efforts of the 2,340 summit participants by suggesting they were on a ski trip.

Sorry, Scotty. Maybe next time you’ll be invited. Probably not.

How did Senator Kerry manage to find a telephone and internet connection in Switzerland, anyway? Must be one of those ‘elitist’ things.

Even more puzzling, how did Senator Kerry manage to get back from Switzerland so quickly to speak on the Senate floor on Friday when it took President Bush 10 hours to get from Sarasota to DC on 9/11/01 , and five days to get from his southwest US vacation to respond to Katrina when New Orleans was drowning?

Excellent post, GV (as always!)

Also, both John McCain and Saxby Chambliss were there too. Media Matters notes CNN's biased coverage of Kerry's attendance vs. Chambliss. But, what else is new for CNN, aka Faux-lite?

And, I read somewhere today that Bill Frist attended last year. So, once again - IOKIYAR. Only in this case, it's something that really IS okay. It's only NOT okay if you're a Democrat and you happen to be named "Kerry." Sheesh.
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