AP’s White House correspondent Jennifer Loven has an interview with President Obama today previewing his upcoming trips to Russia, Italy and Ghana July 5-12th, and also on his domestic agenda. The interview will air on all AP platforms- print, TV, radio, online, mobile, etc.
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In today’s press conference in the briefing room, President Obama spoke for about 10 minutes, covering the topics of Iran, clean energy and healthcare at the top. He then took questions, ending the press conference at about 1:25pm, about 55 mins.
AP’s Jennifer Loven got the first question, which is not at all out of the ordinary. What was more unusual is that the President called on HuffPost’s Nico Pitney second- he asked a question from the ground in Iran. Politico is calling this “a clearly coordinated exchange” because of the uniqueness of HuffPost called on second and the topic of Iran.
Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev (she asked the President about his smoking habit, to which he replied he sometimes falls off the wagon but is about 95 percent cured), Bloomberg’s Hans Nicols and American Urban Radio’s April Ryan were among those who were called on by the President. CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux asked the last question about Neda, an Iran female protestor who was shot and killed in the streets of Tehran, which was caught on video and on the Internet. President Obama called it “heartbreaking.”
The President noteably did not call on the Washington Post or the New York Times.
“Iran, We’re Just Not That Into You”?: Pushback on WH response to the growing Iranian tension continued today as reporters challenged whether the House resolution expressing support for Tehran’s demonstrators was meant to fill a void left by a restrained executive branch. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs argued that the WH welcomes the resolution, and that their remarks have been “consistent with” what passed today. “It’s not though,” AP’s Jennifer Loven replied. Gibbs retained the careful posture of the WH on the issue, saying, “We’re not going to be used as political foils and political footballs” and later: “There are people in Iran that would love for us to get involved… to make this about Iran versus the West or Iran versus the United States of America.”
If A=B and B=C…: CBS’s Chip Reid followed on the Iranian issue to ask for clarification on whether POTUS had condemned the “actions of the Iranian government.” “He has condemned the violence,” Gibbs said, and Reid interrupted to question whether that included the ayatollah. “Well, the violence is being conducted by the government,” he said, identifying the photos that POTUS reacted to on Monday as those featuring the Revolutionary Guard.
Take Me Out to the South Lawn: In a rare return to his baseball analogy days, RG was asked “what inning” the health care ballgame — which has gotten stickier in the past few days — is in right now. “Early! Maybe second,” he said. “You still have plenty of time to get a beer and a hot dog.” The concession stand reference was not lost on this reporter, who was already distracted by the wafts of summertime grilling leaking in from the South Lawn, where POTUS was to host pre-Father’s Day festivities.
NBC’s Meet the Press: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with National Review‘s Rich Lowry, NPR’s Michele Norris, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and NBC’s Chuck Todd
CBS’ Face the Nation: Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Harvard University psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint, as part of the “Children of the Recession” series
Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Karl Rove and “Power Player” Bugles Across America founder Tom Day
CNN’s State of the Union: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mary Matalin and James Carville
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “Foreign Affairs” editor Gideon Rose, “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global” Fawaz Gerges, WSJ‘s Bret Stephens, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” author Dominique Moisi, “Reimagining India” author Nandan Nilekani and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni
Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
Will update throughout the day as we learn them.
Fox News Sunday: University of Notre Dame professor Rev. Richard McBrien, National Director of Priests for Life Rev. Frank Pavone, Sen. Mitch McConnell, a roundtable with FNC’s Brit Hume, Fortune‘s Nina Easton, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and AP’s Jennifer Loven and “power player” Smithsonian Board of Regents chair Patty Stonesifer
CNN’s State of the Union: White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA)
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Radio talk show host Stephanie Miller, Politico’s Roger Simon, radio talk show host Michael Medved, actress Mariel Hemingway and “Poliwood” director Barry Levinson
CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairman Sheila Bair, CFR president Richard Haass and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne
Will update throughout the day as we learn them.
Some leftover inside scoops from the WHCD, affectionately called Nerd Prom by DC journos…
• We spotted Julia Louis Dreyfus texting from her table to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” co-star Wanda Sykes, the night’s entertainment. We caught up with her at the VF/Bloomberg party and she said she just couldn’t believe her friend was up there on stage with President and First Lady Obama.
• Rachel Sklar tells us Why the Nerd Prom Matters at the Daily Beast. “It’s fashionable to deride the Correspondents’ Dinner-or “Nerd Prom,” as it was dubbed on Twitter-but the fact is, such events can be damned useful. Perhaps not for the person sitting beside Tom Cruise, unless you’re looking for the latest news on Thetan-spotting, but for reporters working a beat and juniors coming up in the ranks, these events provide a great opportunity for meeting, greeting and making an impression.”
• Does the WH press corps really call WHCA President AP’s Jennifer Loven “McLoven” like NBC’s Brian Williams joked during his WHCD presentation? Sklar had the chance to ask her- “No, Brian just thinks that’s hilarious.”
• DUH! Overheard: The Hill newspaper to Alan Greenspan, “Excuse me, sir. We’re trying to get a picture of Ms. Mitchell.” Too bad the Ah, ha! moment came too late- after being corrected by Greenspan: “That’s my wife.”
Back to business after WHCD weekend…
That’s Cheney You Can Believe In: In response to a newsworthy “Face the Nation” appearance by the former vice president, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said of the former #1 and #2 that he was “struck” by the “markedly different views to their lives,” as the Obama team has consistently credited Bush for a graceful exit. Dick Cheney’s FTN remark that favored Rush Limbaugh over Colin Powell was deemed “an illuminating answer about what you’re going to see going forward” (wishful thinking?) and part of “a series of ideas… the last election rejected.” Gibbs added, “We’re happy to leave him to those devices.”
“More Cowbell” Needed?: Today’s driving WH message is a pledge by healthcare industry leaders to work toward savings of $2 trillion over the next 10 years, which had even economic Debbie Downer, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, excited about welcoming these players into healthcare reform discussions. Gibbs gloated, “The table got bigger this morning.” (Like this?) But reporters were less giddy, and Gibbs said of the cynicism, “there’s a few raging cases around here.” He took his oft-traveled we’re-not-DC path: “We’re used to, in this town, the cynicism that goes along with these debates.” When Fox’s Major Garrett kept the tone, Gibbs called for “two and a glass of water for Mr. Garrett.” The one-name press celebrity fired back a few minutes later: “I won’t prescribe the dosage necessary for your humility pills.” Oh snap.
Rush Reference Number Two: The corps was all abuzz (and surely a-Twitter) in coming off a weekend of WHCD festivities, and at least one line by the night’s entertainment is still grabbing attention. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny asked for POTUS’s reaction to the Wanda Sykes jab that casted Rush Limbaugh as a 20th terrorist of the 9/11 attacks. Gibbs took a side step, saying “I don’t know how the guests get booked” and referring to outgoing WHCA president Jennifer Loven of the AP, but then indulged the query: “My guess is, Jeff, I think there are a lot of topics that are better left for serious reflection rather than comedy,” noting that 9/11 falls within that realm.
Watch Gibbs’ answer after the jump…
Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain
Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.
Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.
We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.
We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.
Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.
President Barack Obama was certainly a hit last night, opening with a teleprompter joke and cracking himself up. Here are some highlights:
On his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Arlen, you know what I always say, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” And he joked Clinton sent him down to Mexico just in time for swine flu- “She pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss and told me I should get down there.”
You can also apparently look for “How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People” by former Vice President Dick Cheney on bookshelves soon.
The best line of the night was by far: “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” turning to apologize to the Fox table, where Glenn Beck was reportedly pumping his fists.
First Lady Michelle Obama- in a pink sleeveless dress, of course- has “the right to bear arms,” according to the President. And today’s a tough day for Rahm Emanuel because “he’s not used to saying the word day after mother.” And apparently both the President and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) are people of color- his words!
On RNC chairman Michael Steele- he’s “in the house tonight. Or as he would say, ‘In the heezy.’”
He said he’s so good that he’ll complete the next 100 days in 72- “and on the 72nd day, I’ll rest.”
“I must confess I really didn’t want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That’s one more problem I inherited from George Bush.”
He did make a serious note about the state of journalism: “A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America.”
You can watch Obama after the jump…
The AP reports the White House Correspondents Association has decided to skip dessert at Saturday’s dinner and donate the $13,140 saved to So Others Might Eat. The association will add $10,000 itself to the SOME donation.
“We decided to take this unusual route this year to recognize the difficulties that lots of people are facing right now and give back some from the incredible financial success of the dinner,” WHCA President and AP White House correspondent Jennifer Loven said.
Also new this year- First Lady Michelle Obama will present the WHCA’s annual journalism scholarships. Sixteen students will be awarded $132,000.