Keeping up the media blitz, President Obama was back in front of the cameras this afternoon pushing health care reform. Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Obama didn't really say anything new.
Is President Obama wavering on that August deadline that he's given Congress on health care reform? As recently as this weekend, Peter Orszag, Obama's top economic adviser, had repeated Obama's long-held position that he wanted a bill before Congress went home for their summer recess.
Twice last week, President Obama ripped "naysayers" of his health care reform plan. Phase one of his health care blitz this week: Calling out his opponents more directly.
Our in-box quickly filled up last night upon word of legendary journalist Walter Cronkite's death. Sen. John McCain, who made his first post-POW years visit to Vietnam with Cronkite, called him the most "influential newsman of our time." "I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi," McCain said.
In a last-minute event at the White House this afternoon, President Obama insisted that "now is not the time to slow down" the push for health care reform. "Now is certainly not the time to lose heart," Obama said. "Make no mistake, if we step back from this challenge, at this moment, we are consigning our children to a future of skyrocketing premiums and crushing deficits.
We really thought Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was doing okay again. After months and months in which he literally looked like he wanted to die right on the spot, Geithner has regularly been spotted smiling, even laughing.
For the past two days, we've been watching Patrick Leahy run the show at Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing. He's the gruff-talking Democratic chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the guy who keeps close watch on the clock to make sure senators aren't going over their allotted time for questioning and so on.
President Obama is headed to Michigan this afternoon where he's scheduled to make remarks about the economy, job training, and education. But it's Obama's second stop of the day that has folks over at the White House most excited.
After the wind blew over one of his TelePrompter screens and broke it during a graduation speech in May, Vice President Joe Biden jokingly wondered how he would break the news to President Obama. "What am I going to tell the president?" Biden asked the crowd. "Tell him his teleprompter is broken?
With that Sanjay Gupta flirtation now well in the past, President Obama just announced he's nominating Dr. Regina Benjamin as the U.S. Surgeon General. Benjamin, an Alabama family practitioner, runs a rural health clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala., which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
So what did President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI talk about today at the Vatican? We've gotten debriefs of the meeting from both the Vatican and the White House.
Going before reporters here in Italy, President Obama called his first G-8 summit "highly productive," even as he conceded that summit leaders didn't agree on every issue and not every problem was solved.
For the past five days, President Obama has navigated some of the more trickier diplomatic moments of his young presidency—first in Moscow, where he talked to the Russians about nuclear weapons and Iran, and then at the G-8 summit, where talks were dominated by efforts to curb climate change.