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President Obama at the Podium

ObamaIn a recent POLITICO piece, Edward-Isacc Dovere and Carrie Budoff Brown highlight Obama’s recent habit of addressing press and answering questions from behind the podium:

“This never used to happen in the Obama White House, a place so obsessed with message control that the president could go months without talking with the press corps. However, in the past seven weeks, Obama has taken questions an average of once a week.”

The change in protocol comes around the same time that White House press secretary Josh Earnest took over for Jay Carney after his June 20 departure.

“The shifting media strategy is part of a new White House effort to jolt its communications operation, especially as Obama fights weak poll numbers and wages an intense campaign to keep the Senate in Democratic control this November.”

For the full story, click on over to POLITICO.

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Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

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Weekend Show Preview, 5.30 – 6.1

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Robert E. Wallace of the VFW, Fmr. CIA Dir. Gen. Michael Hayden, David Ignatius of WaPo, David Sanger of NYT, Leigh Gallagher of Fortune, Nancy Cordes of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Reince Priebus of RNC, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Rep. Jeff Miller, (R-FL), VA hospital whistleblower Dr. Sam Foote, Laura Ingraham, Bob Woodward, Liz Cheney, Evan Bayh

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Michael Bloomberg, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Paul Rieckhoff of IAVA, Chuck Todd, Maria Schriver, Tom BrokawRana Forhoohar of TIME, Jane Harman of the Wilson Center, Newt Gingrich, NBC’s Kevin Tibbles

ABC’s “This Week“: NSA Amd. Susan Rice, Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), Frances Beinecke of the National Resources Defense Council, Hal Quinn of the National Mining Association, Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, David Remnick of The New Yorker, Tavis Smiley 

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Timothy Geithner, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Venezuelan writer and journalist Leonardo Padrón, Korean War veteran Raúl Reyes Castañeira, Frank Medina of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance, Honduran soccer players Victor Bernárdez and Roger Espinoza, author Gerardo Piña Rosales, Daniel Fernandez of the North American Academy of Spanish Language

CNN’s “State of the Union: Susan Rice, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Fmr. NSA Gen. Jim Jones, R. Nicholas Burns of Harvard, Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, Kristen Soltis Anderson of The Daily Beast, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks

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ABC’s Tapper Lands A Third Merriman Smith Award

For the third year in a row the White House Correspondents’ Association is awarding ABC’s Jake Tapper with the Merriman Smith Award for Broadcast Excellence in Presidential Coverage.

Tapper is receiving the award for breaking the news in August that Standard and Poor had decided to downgrade the U.S’ credit rating.

“We don’t get to say anything at these dinners – mercifully, for the audience – but if I got a chance there are two points I’d make. (Hopefully before the orchestra starting playing),” Tapper said in an email to FishbowlDC.

“First, there’s no way I could ever even get my socks on in the morning , much less break news, were it not for my amazing and unbelievably tolerant and loving wife, and the most talented White House team a correspondent could have – ABC News’ Stephanie Smith, Mary Bruce, Barry Freeman, Devin Dwyer, Jon Garcia and Ann Compton.

“Second, no one ever thanks SOURCES, but deserving of gratitude are the anonymous officials and whistleblowers and honest-brokers who behind the scenes fundamentally respect the need of journalists to report so the public can know what’s going on beyond the rhetoric and press releases. This is an especially important group to honor given recent aggressive efforts to clamp down on government whistleblowers.”

ABC News President Ben Sherwood is, of course, ecstatic: “A modern news machine, Jake keeps newsmakers honest and his audience informed around-the-clock,” he said in a release. “We are thrilled that Jake has been recognized again for his excellence and scoops.”

WaPo‘s Scott Wilson and Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Bresnahan were also selected as recipients of the Merriman.

The WHCA will present the awards at the annual dinner on April 28.

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Greta Calls Her ‘Friend’ Tucker a ‘Pig’

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson go back a long ways. They’ve been friends for years, always speaking well of each other on camera and off. But over the weekend Van Susteren went ballistic over the publication’s report by Jeff Poor on Mike Tyson‘s filthy sexual comments on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She let Carlson have it with both barrels.

The word she used for him? “Pig.” She said she couldn’t support his sexist ways even if he is a “friend” who often appears on her program. She also questioned the viability of The Daily Caller, suggesting the publication may be in trouble but provided no proof other than a gut feeling.

“I really don’t understand my friend Tucker Carlson,” Van Susteren wrote on her Gretawire blog Sunday morning.  “He owns the website The Daily Caller and it currently has on its front page the most vile story — referring to a sex act with Governor Sarah Palin as a “womb shifter.”  It is even the headline.  Do you know what that means?  Figure it out  It is really vile.  It is not just smut…this is violence against women.”

We asked Van Susteren if she’d consider having Carlson on her program for a heart to heart, much like Oprah has done with old friends like Iyanla Vanzant whom she hadn’t spoken to in a decade until they reunited on air for a whacked out therapy session of sorts complete with tears. So far, no response.

Van Susteren was particularly incensed by The Daily Caller‘s headline: “Mike Tyson: Sarah Palin met ‘the wombshifter.’” She continued, “I keep asking myself, why would Tucker allow this to be posted on his website?  I am suspicous his website is not doing well and this is one quick last breath to create buzz to keep it afloat.”

Particularly egregious for the Fox News host was the fact that her “friend” Carlson hadn’t responded to an email she wrote him asking how he was going to address this matter. She gave him 24 hours and then blasted him personally, mentioning Carlson’s wife and daughters. She wondered what female employees at The Daily Caller were feeling right about now.

Van Susteren refused to link to the story, saying, “I am not going to help Tucker be a pig.”

An Editor’s note appeared above The Daily Caller story over the weekend. It reads as follows: Editor’s note: Many of the quotes in this story are offensive, indeed repulsive, and not suitable for younger readers or those who are easily shocked. They are also newsworthy. Had Tyson used this language to attack virtually any other person in public life, he’d be vilified on the front page of the New York Times. But you won’t read these quotes in the Times. We believe they deserve public scrutiny and condemnation.

Carlson defended the Tyson piece to Politico in a story this morning: “One of the most famous athletes in the world attacks one of the of most famous political figures in the world. That struck us as news. We din’t endorse what Tyson said, we in fact condemned it. I can’t imagine how any fair reader of our story could conclude that we were anything but disgusted by what Tyson said.”

Van Susteren continued her vitriol . “Maybe Tucker wants to troll the prison to see what pretty things they have to say about women?” she wrote. “And he can call that news? I am sure he can find some really, really, really famous rapist in prison to get a quote or two about women.”

Greta has previously called journalists out for not expressing their personal views…

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Greta Infuriated by White House Pooler’s Report

After White House Reporter Carrie Budoff Brown issued Pool Report #5 Tuesday afternoon that included news of a bystander in Iowa holding up a sign that read “Welcome Chocolate Obama,” FNC’s Greta Van Susteren fired back with outrage.

So infuriated was Van Susteren that she put the offending text in a bright orange hue on her Gretawire blog. Budoff Brown, a White House Correspondent for Politico, filed many reports yesterday on President Obama‘s trip to Bettendorf, Iowa. Her reports stand out for their description and attention to detail. In this instance, she included a note on the man with his sign: “It was unclear to the pool exactly what kind of message the guy was trying to send.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Van Susteren.

In her reaction to the “Chocolate Obama” sign, Van Susteren wrote that Budoff Brown had an obligation to acknowledge what she perceived to be the racist nature of the sign.”Where is the decency?” Van Susteren’s blog headline blared. “This is DISGRACEFUL! RACISM” She continued expressing her anger in her post, saying, “What disturbs me further is that the press pool report below doesn’t indicate any outrage by others standing near this man with his sign.  Was there outrage by others?  Or were others who saw it not saying anything?”

She added, “PS – this was unclear to the pool?  Really? What possible innocent explanation could anyone dream up to excuse this?”

The reality is that pool reports rarely, if ever, offer any real opinions on what it is happening. They simply report what is happening, what is worn, said and background information if it is warranted.

We asked Budoff Brown about her report, inquired about the man with the sign as well as Van Susteren’s reaction to it.

“We’re in a motorcade that’s going very very fast and we don’t have much time to do anything but get down what we see and report it out,” Budoff Brown told FishbowlDC. “I obviously didn’t get a chance to talk with the gentleman and report it out and ask him what he meant by it. In short of not knowing what message he was trying to send, I knew I had to have a line [saying as much]. If Greta wanted to know more, she could have written me and asked.”




WH Press Corps Ordered to Eat Like Pigs


It’s a good thing first lady Michelle “I eat french fries when my Let’s Move campaign’s not looking” Obama wasn’t around for the spectacle called lunch in Bettendorf, Iowa today.

Taken from another revealing (no sarcasm here, we’re serious) Pool Report by Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown is the news that POTUS went straight from the plane to a an unannounced stop at a local 24-hour eatery called Ross’ Restaurant. After descriptions of spicy chili and cheddar cheese-laden sandwiches were given, President Obama made a declaration to the Press Corps:

“Anybody who wants one, I will buy it for you,” he said. But there was a catch: “Anybody in the press corps has to eat the whole thing. I already got some takers on the plane though, so we’re going to order four Magic Mountains and two Volcanos.” Obama asked, “Any takers on the press?” No response, Budoff reported. “You chickens,” Obama said.

Jay Carney Perfects the Non-Answer Response


There are many ways to say “no comment” and it appears White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who’s not exactly Mr. Personality in the briefing room, is making them something of an art form. So much so he might as well have duct tape over his mouth.

We’ve culled enough evidence from today’s Pool Report by Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown, who remarks toward the top, “No huge news, but a few developments on debt talks.” And “few” is the operative word here.

  • Is there any specific progress to report? “None that I’m prepared to read out. … I’m just not giving any more details. We’re not going to give detailed readouts of these meetings. That’s the most I’m going to say about it.”
  • Any more meetings scheduled? “I can say he is having a meeting tomorrow with Senate Democratic leaders at the white house. It was actually a meeting scheduled last week for this week. He will have one tomorrow.”
  • Now that Biden talks collapsed, what is the structure for proceeding? “I don’t have a structure to provide to you. I don’t think I would agree that the Biden talks collapses. The Biden talks made significant progress.”
  • Any meetings scheduled with Republicans? “I don’t have any other meetings to announce today.
  • When will they have marathon talks? “I don’t want … to predict a schedule that I’m not prepared to announce. … We will continue to have conversation and meetings without much elaboration about the details of what’s being discussed there simply because we believe that enhances the prospects of reaching an agreement.”
  • On Blagojevich conviction? “I don’t have reaction.” Have you heard him talk about it? “Not a word.” Is he aware of it? “I haven’t asked him. I think he probably reads the newspapers and watches television and checks the Bloomberg wire.”



Hold the Relish! The White House Press Office Finally Remarks on Weiner


It’s a momentus day. No, New York City hasn’t run out of hot dogs. But the White House has finally commented on WeinerGate.

In a Pool Report by Politico‘s Carrie Budoff Brown, White House Spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama thinks Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is, to put it mildly, a distraction. Carney doesn’t really answer the question of whether Obama is calling for Weiner’s resignation unless “distraction” is code for “Resign Now, Weiner!” As you’ll note at the bottom of his quotes, Carney responds curtly to a reporter who specifically asks if the congressman ought to resign, saying, “I answered that question.”

Jay Carney gaggled aboard AF1, and commented for the first time on Anthony Weiner: Is his service in Congress in the nation’s best interest? “The president feels, we feel at the White House, this is a distraction, as Congressman Weiner has said himself, his behavior was inappropriate, dishonesty was inappropriate. But the president is focused on his job which is getting this economy continuing to grow, creating jobs and ensuring the safety and security of the American people.” Another question: Were top aides involved in the calls for resignation? “Not that I’m aware of.” Should he resign? “I answered that question. We think it’s a distraction from the important business that this president needs to conduct and congress need to conduct. Beyond that I don’t have any comment.”

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Can anyone possibly count the whopping number of Politico logos at the publication’s midterm conversation event this morning at the Newseum? We counted an approximate 68 Politico logos. Featured at the “Covering the Midterms 2010″ event were Editor-in-Chief John Harris, Senior Political Reporter Maggie Haberman, Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen, Chief Political Columnist Roger Simon, Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin and Policy Reporter Carrie Budoff Brown.