“If Al Gore is going to be the voice of the Democrats on national security matters, we welcome it,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a swipe at the Democrat, who lost the 2000 election to Bush only after the Supreme Court intervened.
[. . .] “I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds,” McClellan said of Gore.
I’m not bringing this to your attention to comment on the substance of the White House statement. (Steve Soto does that better than I could.) I note this because it is the official White House spokesperson, a paid government employee, whose job is to inform the public of Administration policy and activities, not to promote a political party. It is grossly inappropriate for the White House to say that “we” anything when referring to a political party. Democrats are Americans, too.
This is an example of how this President sees himself as The President of the Repubican Party, rather than of the United States.