Responding to a question about Sen. Mary Landrieu’s threat to “punch” President Bush if he criticized local response efforts to Hurricane Katrina, White House spokesman Scott McClellan today brushed aside talk of any repercussions.

Landrieu announced on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday: “I might likely have to punch [Bush], literally.”

Asked WND: “Since both punching and threatening to punch the president is a felony, might Landrieu’s qualifying words likely saved her from arrest and prosecution? And what was the president’s reaction?”

Responded McClellan: “A couple of things. One, we know that this is a very difficult and trying time for a lot of people. That’s why I just said that the president is focused on continuing to bring people together to get things done.

“He had a very good visit with members of the Louisiana delegation last week and this week, as well. And he’s continuing to stay in contact with those officials as we work together to help people.”

The relatively calm exchange occurred after reporters from ABC and NBC shouted questions to McClellan about who was to blame for slow recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast states.

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