White House to try the same thing again…
…in the hopes that this time, it’ll be different. The ‘Benjamin Button’ reference made by Ronald Brownstein below is in reference to the GOP’s policy agenda, which is pretty explicitly to reverse all of the catastrophic features of President Obama’s policy agenda: the conceit is that we’re going to have the same debates over again. And Brownstein reports that this is just fine with the | Read More »
WH nervously denies Rahmbo cut-and-run.
Given that the Telegraph report came out yesterday afternoon, it’s amazing that they’ve gone to the trouble of denying it before the start of business hours today. And to Fox, no less. The White House Monday dismissed reports that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel plans to leave his post after becoming frustrated with the Obama administration as “ludicrous.” [snip] In response to the report, a | Read More »
The White House *has* been stumbling, Politico.
Well, this is rich. In the process of complaining about how the White House seems to be a combination of Mayor Daley and Barney Fife – no, really, that’s explicitly the two figures that they used – Politico reports: One senior House Democrat said it is baffling “how one group of people can be so good at campaigning and so bad at politics” — a | Read More »
Breaking: Greg Craig dumped as White House Counsel.
Choice of verb deliberate, there: Craig doesn’t seem all that happy to be pursuing a new and exciting career as a data point in the November unemployment statistics. Tokyo (CNN) – In the first major shakeup among President Barack Obama’s senior staff, White House Counsel Greg Craig is being pushed out in favor of veteran Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer because of a dispute over plans | Read More »
Hey, did you vote last November to end business as usual?
You know, new broom sweeping clean, cleaning out the Augean stables, generally showing those people in Washington who was who and what was what – and how there was going to be a new boss, with new rules and expectations on behavior. Well, meet the new boss: During his first nine months in office, President Obama has quietly rewarded scores of top Democratic donors with | Read More »
White House: Axelrod spam? All because of outside agitators.
I just had this forwarded by one of my RS colleagues who doesn’t have time to hit this right now. Turns out that the Axelrod spam did happen, and it’s all because of all those awful “outside groups of all political stripes“: After insisting no one was receiving unsolicited e-mails from the White House, officials reversed their story Monday night and blamed outside political groups | Read More »
Today’s the day for the budget reduction report!
You remember: back in April the President called on the Cabinet to reduce the budget by 100 million. True, it was immediately pointed out that this would be roughly equivalent to… well, we’ll let Political Math explain it*: …still, every little – every very, very, very little – bit helps, right? So, today’s the day that we hear about those cuts! White House misses deadline | Read More »
North Korean nuclear test successful?
Well, they’re claiming that it was, and there’s evidence that it happened in the form of an earthquake,so that’s how everyone is betting. Japan is calling for an emergency UNSC meeting; South Korea, dealing simultaneously with this and the suddenly-more-murky suicide of its former President, is doing the same. The White House hasn’t put up the President’s official statement on this yet, but you can | Read More »
White House staffers make five-year-olds cry.
(Via Drudge) Who do they have in charge of visitor relations for that place, anyway? …Actually, do they have somebody in place for visitor relations? Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers? Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school | Read More »
Breaking: White House to fight release of detainee photos.
As Jim Geraghty notes, all of Obama’s promises come with an expiration date. All of them. Obama Opposes Releasing Photos of U.S. Detainee Abuse President Obama has decided not to release photos which the Pentagon had planned to released by May 28 in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. President Obama has decided not to release | Read More »
Geez, the new Whitehouse.gov site is just plain *bad*.
It was Mary Katherine Ham’s article that tipped me to the problem: Barack Obama’s administration may be promising the “greatest ethical standard ever administered to an executive branch,” and increased transparency over his predecessor, but it seems to be forgoing at least one transparency practice that was routine in the Bush White House— transcripts of the daily press briefing. It’s been four days since Press | Read More »