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Mikey Dickerson on the White House Dress Code

The White House added a video to its YouTube collection following the career of Mikey Dickerson, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. Dickerson was recruited from Google after the failed launch of Healthcare.gov.

One question he says he’s routinely asked is whether he wears a suit to work every day, and explains, “because that’s just the quickest shorthand way of asking: ‘Is this just the same old business as usual or are they actually going to listen’?”

During a meeting, President Barack Obama says of Dickerson dressed in a jacket and tie, “They’re starting to look official now, aren’t they? They’ve got suits and everything.”

To which Dickerson replies, “This is literally only because you’re here.”

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White House Broadcast Booker Dag Vega Set to Leave 1600 Penn.

Dag VegaDag Vega, special assistant to the president and director of broadcast media at the White House, is set to leave 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at the end of next week. Since joining the administration at the start of President Obama’s first term, Vega has managed the cable, Sunday show, and morning news appearances of the president and many White House officials.

In a POLITICO report this morning, Vega’s boss and White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri said, “Dag conceives of the interview, negotiates the terms, books it, preps the president, staffs the president, haggles over the excerpts, and then takes the incoming from the nets and talent who didn’t get the interview.”

His new gig is yet to be named but it’s said to be in the private sector.

HuffPost Reporter Recognizes Voice, Can’t Place It When He Calls WH Press Shop

Zach WahlsWashington bureau chief of The Huffington Post Ryan Grim this week called the White House press shop, and was answered by a voice he recognized but couldn’t place.

Re-meet Zach Wahls, who rose to internet fame in 2011 when he spoke about his family life and growing up with two mothers at an Iowa state legislature forum on the topic of marriage-equality.

In 2012, Wahls travelled to Charlotte, NC, where he spoke at the Democratic National Convention and went on to write My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.

Click on over to The Huffington Post for the full story on Grim’s phone-encounter with Wahls.

The White House’s ‘West Wing Week’

The most recent “West Wing Week” follows the Vice President to Guatemala as part of a five day, four country tour of Latin America, Monday’s White House Summit on Working Families, Tuesday’s President’s Cup and Wednesday’s NASCAR Day, and a look at a ‘letter from Rebekah’ the President received and his Thursday trip to meet her in Minnesota.

CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy to CBS News

cbs newsWe hear that congrats are in order after receiving a tip that CBS News VP and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham announced to staff via an internal memo this morning that CNN White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy was named White House Producer for CBS This Morning and the Washington bureau.

Aigner-Treworgy has been with CNN for the past 2.5 years and before that was with NBC News.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

Cast, Creators, and Execs Look Back on ‘The West Wing’

Issue_18_Cover_htmlFifteen years ago, America’s captivation began for a new television series that chronicled the personal and professional lives of senior White House staffers working directly for the President. Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme‘s “The West Wing” went on to air seven seasons and earn 26 Emmy Awards, tied with “Hill Street Blues” as a drama with the most Emmy wins.

In the May 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, the cast, creators, and executives look back on its legacy, 15 years after its inception. Geek out over the full Q&A here.

Obama Presser: 8 Million+ Healthcare Sign Ups, a Deal on Ukraine Emerges

President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.”

The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and Russia, and expressed cautious optimism that a civil war could be averted there.  Earlier today, diplomats in Geneva came to an agreement wherein eastern Ukraine will enjoy more autonomy from Kiev and Russia will agree to pull back troops back from its border. Obama said that while it was difficult to trust Putin given his past actions, the United States had “no stake in hurting ordinary Russians just for the sake of it,” and that he wanted normalize relations with Russia.

 

Michelle Kosinski Totally Over British Royals

Mike Allen took a few minutes recently to chat with brand-spanking-new CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski about her new gig. Kosinski had been based in London from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for NBC, and it appears she was less than thrilled to have to cover those dang royal people all the time.

“I don’t like covering things like that,” she told Allen. “I personally don’t  agree with covering celebrities the way we cover them. So it’s nice to have a change and cover something that I feel is way more important.”

Check out the video after the jump….

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BREAKING: Jay Carney Hasn’t Finished “House of Cards,” Doesn’t Watch “Scandal”

In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important Washington-themed shows.

As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal,” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&. Like right now. Carney was also unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of Season 2 of “House of Cards.”

“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made up of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense if and when Carney ever finished the season.

By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.

There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney probably agrees with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.

Major Garrett Goes for a White House Hat Trick

As Politico reported earlier, CBS’s Major Garrett got quite the get today. The network’s chief White House correspondent scored interviews with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which will air tonight and tomorrow morning. But he’s not stopping there. Oh no. In an apparent attempt to interview every high-profile member of the Obama administration before the weekend, Garrett will sit down with Press Secretary Jay Carney tomorrow morning at George Washington University for a conversation with the kids at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Topics will include how to field questions in the briefing room, keeping your cool in times of pressure, and tips to stay on message.

Obviously, this will largely be a review for most of those students, since anyone attending a GW School of Media and Public Affairs talk with the White House Press Secretary will have seen every episode of “The West Wing” dozens of times. And we seriously doubt Jay can tell us anything we haven’t already learned from C.J. Craig…

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