Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
– Paul Miller (attributed)
Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
– Mark Twain (attributed)
Here’s a thought experiment, a little game, for [both of] qb’s readers.
Try think of a single question that a member of the White House press corps might ask that would be likely to elicit a response from the president along these lines:
“Your question pertains to matters outside my personal knowledge and official purview, and so I don’t believe it would be appropriate for me to respond to it. Next question?”
No, I’ve wracked my brain, too, and I can’t think of one. Incredible.