Q Right. And there are people who want to know why this government couldn't respond --Incidentially, looks like the W, Rove and Co is using the crisis to cover up other treats for us.
MR. McCLELLAN: Hang on. There are people who are suffering, and we've got to respond to their needs, and that's what we're going to keep our focus.
Q So no one is prepared to say what went wrong?
MR. McCLELLAN: We will look at back at the facts and we will get to the bottom of the facts and determine what went wrong and what went right. But right now --
Q Will the President support an outside investigation, or does he want to do it himself?
MR. McCLELLAN: -- but, David, right now, we've got to continue helping the people in the region.
..Q In view of the national crisis, will the President withdraw his proposal for this tax cut for the richest people in the country? And, also, my second question is, why did we turn down foreign help?I could continue, but you get the idea. These folks are up to their britches and their underwear is in a twist. And, I'm not getting the sense they have a clue what is going on. Moreover, just wait for the legal shoe to drop. I am waiting for the first reports of the W, Rove and Co getting sued to the hilt for wrongful death. The house of cards is about to tumble.
MR. McCLELLAN: Actually, I'm glad you brought that up. We have not. We have made very clear -- I made clear last week, the State Department made clear last week that we are going to take people up on their offers of assistance from foreign countries. There are some 94 nations and international organizations that have made offers of assistance -- whether that is cash support or I think water pumps from places like Germany or other areas. We said that if this can help alleviate things on the ground, we're going to take them up on their offers of assistance and we appreciate the compassion from the international community and their offers of assistance.
Q And how about my first question?
MR. McCLELLAN: Your first question?
Q Biggest tax cut, permanent tax cut for the richest people in the country -- in view of the national crisis, in view of the deficit --
MR. McCLELLAN: The highest priority for this administration right now is the ongoing response and recovery efforts --
Q No, no, I'm asking you a question.
MR. McCLELLAN: And I'm responding to your question. The highest priority right now for this government is the ongoing Katrina response and recovery efforts and helping the people who need the help. There are other priorities, too, and we'll be working to address those, as well.
Q Has he made up his mind about that, the tax code, changing the tax code?
MR. McCLELLAN: I think he's made clear what his views are on other priorities.