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The White House Press Corps finally puts its foot down on excessive government spending:

MS. PERINO: Good afternoon. Two quick announcements. Last night, Republican candidates in Virginia and Ohio won strong victories in elections for the United States House of Representatives. And this morning, President Bush called Rob Wittman and Bob Latta to congratulate them on their victories and tell them that he looked forward to working with them in Washington.

Also, Barney Cam, you may have noticed, is now available at White House.gov. The theme of this year’s video is “Holiday in the National Parks,” and it features the President, Mrs. Bush, the twins, and some other very special guests, including Prime Minister Tony Blair — former Prime Minister Tony Blair — and country singer Alan Jackson. The entire production team did a fantastic job, and I’m sure everyone will have a lot of fun with it.

Q Wno produces those? Is that government expense?

MS. PERINO: We do it here at the White House. You might remember, the whole reason we started Barney Cam was because there was a lot of interest in 2001 for people to be able to see the decorations at the White House. And in that year, if you’ll recall, after the September 11th attacks, the tours were closed, and so this was an idea that we came up with. And actually, now we’ve decided to keep going because there’s so many Americans who would love to see the White House at Christmastime and can’t make it.

For those of you who don’t want to watch the Barney Cam, you can read the trasncript. An excerpt:

FORMER PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR: Congratulations Barney and Miss Beazley on becoming Junior Park Rangers. Well done.

As someone born in Edinburgh, Scotland, it’s always good to see the Scots doing well.

(Barney looks at the camera, tilts his head and a “boing” sound effect is heard. Barney’s daydream ends and he’s sitting with Miss Beazley on Mrs. Bush’s lap in front of the Christmas tree in the Blue Room.)

Prime Minister Tony Blair – Not GW’s lapdog, but he talks to him.



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