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Yesterday President Obama ventured down into the White House press rooms.
Suggestions that the President was “irritated” are an overblown description of him reminding the White House reporters that he was simply there to see their quarters and say hello, not answer questions.
Politico’s Jonathan Martin was completely out of line in asking the question and further compounded his discourtesy by attempting to press it.
In my opinion, President Obama displayed his usual poise. Judge for yourself.
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Today White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs did another press briefing.
(HuffPo) “I think it is likely that he will speak to Congress, a joint session in Congress, sometime in February. I don’t believe that we have got a date nailed down. I know there is interest from your bosses whether it will coincide with Dancing With The Stars … and I don’t mean Congress,” he said. “It is something we are doing, I just don’t know the time frame.”
Heaven help us that the work of government should interfere with Americans watching “Dancing With The Stars”!
Enjoy the follies.
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From 1:39 p.m. to 2:29 p.m. today President Obama’s press secretary Robert Gibbs conducted his first White House press briefing. Mr. Gibbs, who has worked with President Obama since 2004, was communications director for the first two years of the president’s tenure in the Senate and again during the presidential campaign.
(NY Times) Mr. Gibbs opened the session by dropping a morsel of news: Every day, the president will receive a new briefing in addition to his daily intelligence briefing. This one will be called the Economic Daily Briefing, given to Mr. Obama every day in the Oval Office. He received his first one on Thursday morning.
With that, the questions began inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, which was filled to such capacity that the room was swelling at the seams, with some television correspondents sitting on the floor as they craned their necks to see Mr. Gibbs.
Poor Mr. Gibbs. The assembled reporters apparently enjoyed ribbing him about some of the procedural difficulties he was having.
White House correspondent Major Garrett from Fox News managed to make an ass of himself over the re-administration of the oath of office. Helen Thomas was there and had no problem getting an answer she posed to Gibbs about torture policies — “the president believes that torture is wrong. … We’ve taken steps today to make sure that those beliefs are upheld.”
Most of the questions were about Guantanamo Bay, torture and the $825 billion economic recovery package. Reporters also inquired about how the First Family was settling in and about the President’s Blackberry use — he gets to keep it.