President Obama didn't make a lot of news at his press conference Wednesday night, but that was probably by his own design. Speaking at his third primetime presser, held not coincidentally on his 100th day in office, Obama exhibited the style we've come to know about him in his short time as president: He likes to play it safe.
What's President Obama going to talk about at his press conference tonight? The White House just released excerpts of his opening statement: EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S OPENING REMARKS AT TONIGHT'S NEWS CONFERENCEAs Prepared for DeliveryWe are continuing to closely monitor the emerging cases of the H1N1 flu virus throughout the United States.
Three months in, there is one major stylistic difference between Barack Obama's White House and that of George W. Bush: Obama seems to care a lot more about his image.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell just talked to reporters on the Hill. He said Specter broke the news to him yesterday afternoon. According to McConnell, Specter said that he'd determined that he couldn't win the GOP primary in Pennsylvania or be elected as an independent so he was switching to the Dems.
Obviously one of the biggest questions is what role the White House played in convincing Arlen Specter to join the Democrats. It's highly unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Dem leaders didn't tell the White House about their conversations with Specter, who Obama officials have viewed as reliable ally in the Senate.
Your Gaggler has been admittedly a little obsessed lately with the words and phrasing chosen by the White House. To sum up so far, "war on terror" is definitely passé for Obama and his aides.
President Obama just can't catch a break when it comes to gifts. Courtney Hazlett over at MSNBC reports that parents at Sidwell Friends School, where the Obama girls attend classes, are all aghast that Obama didn't donate something cool to the school's annual fundraising auction.
Good one, FAA. Thousands of workers in Lower Manhattan today went into total panic when a Boeing 747 presidential aircraft— officially known by the call sign Air Force One, when President Obama is actually on board—flew low over New York harbor this morning.
Your Gaggler is surprised this isn't getting more attention: In an interview with USA Today, Sen. John Kerry trashed the Obama administration's plan for dealing with Pakistan, calling it "not a real strategy." Kerry, who just returned from Pakistan, says the country is "in a moment of peril" and "there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it." And this comes from one of Obama's most vocal supporters during the campaign and someone who was rumored to be on the short list...
The White House is trying very hard to convince reporters that President Obama didn't make news yesterday when he left the door open for possible prosecution of former Bush administration officials who played a role in approving those controversial CIA interrogations.
Here's one reason that not everybody in Congress is thrilled about the idea of an investigation into the harsh interrogation methods approved by the Bush administration: It won't be just the Bushies that look bad.
Out so quickly? Gaggle pal Liz Sidoti over at the Associated Press has the scoop that White House Communications Director Ellen Moran is resigning. Moran, the former head of Emily's List, is leaving to go to work for Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, where she will be his chief of staff.
Now this would be an interesting post-administration move. Sources at HBO tell the sports blog Deadspin that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wants to join the reporting team for "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel." Calls to her spokesman went unreturned, but Rice is such a fanatic sports fan, it makes sense to us.
At the briefing today, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs downplayed any policy shift on the White House in regards to whether Bush administration officials should face charges for authoring harsh interrogation techniques. (Look!
First it was the "war on terror." Now it looks like "torture" is being retired from the White House lexicon. Greg Sargent blogs over at The Plum Line that he's noticed almost no use of the word since the White House made the decision last week to release the interrogation memos.
This is big news: Although he has repeatedly emphasized that his administration believes in "looking forward and not backwards," President Obama told reporters at the White House this morning that he would be open to prosecution of Bush administration officials who approved harsh interrogation tactics.
Does anyone think it's sort of funny that we're seeing Dick Cheney more often these days than we did when he was actually still vice president? The former Veep was back on TV again last night, this time trashing President Obama's decision to release those CIA interrogation memos.
Following up on Katie's post about fund-raising, one thing that could also be complicating the DNC's efforts to raise money is the fact that the committee, following Barack Obama's lead in the last campaign, no longer accepts contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, whereas its GOP counterpart does.
Fortune Magazine is out today with an interview with President Obama. According to the magazine, it submitted written questions about the president's views on business after his big speech last week at Georgetown.
Why did John McCain really pick Sarah Palin to be his running mate? We've heard from McCain and lots of his former campaign staffers on the subject, but on Friday, the man who was actually in charge of vetting McCain's potential running mates finally spoke out.