If you're wondering what the White House has been up to during this week of Dire Financial Crisis while the Congress attempts to put aside their sundry territorial pissing matches to maybe pass some sort of legislation to stabilize Wall Street, wonder no more! In an exchange that likely "made a little Washington media history," a White House spokesman Scott Stanzel took time out of his day to register an objection to the Facebook status message of Olivier Knox, White House Correspondent from AFP, who writes:
Well, at 10 am today, after doing research for a piece on the embattled economic rescue package, I posted [as my status]: "Olivier just counted, and President Bush has pushed the bailout in 12 of the past 13 days."
Stanzel, one of the most technology-savvy spokespeople I have ever worked with, noticed my count, decided to double-check it, and left the following comment on my personal page objecting to the term "bailout," which the White House intensely dislikes: "Rescue plan, Mr. Knox. Your count is accurate. The only time the word 'bailout' appears, however, in any if those transcripts/statements is when a reporter used it in the Uribe avail."
You see? They really are crazy about that whole "it's a rescue, not a bailout" thing! Scott Stanzel will chase your off-message away statuses to the Gates Of Hell!
Anyway, Knox was sporting enough to change his status to "Olivier (UPDATES; CHANGES LANGUAGE) Just counted, and President Bush has pushed the economic rescue package in 12 of the past 13 days." It is unknown as to whether Stanzel reciprocated the kindness with a SuperPoke.