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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Henry’

White House Press Secretary Dodges Question 13 Times

Clearly, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs does not want to answer questions about U.S. Rep Joe Sestak.

Sestak has said numerous times that the White House tried to get to get him to drop out of Pennsylvania’s Senate primary against Arlen Specter by offering him another government job. Not surprisingly, the GOP is trying to take advantage of the issue.

Reporters brought up the issue as yesterday’s press briefing. Here’s the first question:

After the jump, watch the barrage of follow-ups that came after, starting with CNN’s Ed Henry.

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FD, Quinn-Gillespie Party For White House Correspondents

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FishbowlDC recaps the pre-White House Correspondent’s Dinner party held by D.C. power PR firms FD and Quinn-Gillespie last night:

Like a party game, at periodic intervals, someone would turn and ask, “Who’s the most important person in this room?” At one point it was Jack Quinn, as in Quinn-Gillespie. He and his lovely wife, Susanna, graced the party. At another, it was FNC’s Bret Baier. Another V.I.P. was David Jackson of USA TODAY, who will head up the WHCA dinner next year.

The picture is CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry posing with a cardboard cutout of President Obama.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Takes To Twitter; Counters CNN Report

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton has taken to Twitter to defend the administration in the wake of reports from CNN’s Ed Henry that administration officials have said they expect Democrat Martha Coakley to lose the senate election in Massachusetts to fill Ted Kennedy‘s seat.

“The presidential advisers have grown increasingly pessimistic in the last three days about Coakley’s chances after a series of missteps by the candidate, sources said,” wrote Henry on CNN.com

Burton responded on Twitter with, “I wholeheartedly disagree,” followed by, “The President is in MA today because he believes Martha Coakley is the right person for the job and indeed will be the next senator from MA.”

After just six tweets, Burton already has 1,758 followers.

[h/t Mediaite]

Did Napolitano’s “System Worked” Comment Force Second Obama Statement?

President Obama made his second public speaking appearance yesterday afternoon since the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas day. Was it the flack the administration has been receiving from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano‘s “the system worked” comment that lead to the second appearance? CNN’s Ed Henry said the second statement was “unexpected” and asked if it was because Obama was “feeling heat from critics.”

Napolitano has since clarified that she meant the system worked only after the failed bomb attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was known. Who approved this administration stance? Rightly so, the American people are not as concerned about what happened after the attempted bombing, but with the fact that we did not catch the bomber before he boarded the flight.

Obama’s messaging yesterday was clearly aimed to address Napolitano’s comment, as he used the words “systemic failure” to describe the event. The question now is if his second statement will be enough, or if the administration will have to go even further.

It’s Official: Fox News to Interview Obama

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After some speculation last week, it’s now official: Fox News’ Major Garrett will interview President Obama tomorrow morning in Beijing. The interview comes after recent attacks on the network by now outgoing White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, and despite reports that said the administration told Fox News not to expect an interview with Obama until 2010. News broke last week that Dunn will be stepping down from her post at the end of November.

“I am not a person who is known for going rogue,” Dunn said at a media conference last week, claiming Obama was aware of the strategy to go after Fox News. Nonetheless, a source told PRNewser, “it’s a shame when they throw people under the bus,” hinting that the timing of Dunn’s departure was not her choice. Fox News spokeswoman Dana Klinghoffer said to Bloomberg only, “We wish her well in her new position.”

CBS’ Chip Reid, ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd and Ed Henry for CNN will also interview the President.

CNN Reporter to Robert Gibbs, “Did You Listen to What I Was Saying?” Gibbs: “We Had the Sound Off.”

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Yesterday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” host Howard Kurtz assembled a panel to discuss the topic, “Obama vs. Cable News: Does Conflict Drive Coverage?”

At one point in the discussion Kurtz asked panelist Ed Henry, CNN Senior White House Correspondent, “Prime time is the time for the opinion shows, particularly on MSNBC and Fox, as you point out. Do you get a lot of private push back from the White House about the coverage?”

Henry responded:

Sometimes, and I’ll give you one quick story, which is, recently, I was on a health care segment, and I was on Wolf Blitzer‘s show. And I did a segment that was actually pointing out some new poll numbers that suggested maybe the public was turning towards the president. But when I came back to my desk in the White House, on my way back I passed Robert Gibbs‘ office, and Gibbs and some of his colleagues were in there, and they were kind of yelling at me, and Gibbs was calling me on the phone because he was angry about it.

I went into his office. It turned out that the chyron had said on the bottom — the graphic said something like “Desperate move by the president” to have this speech to a joint session of Congress. And I said, “But did you listen to what I was saying?” And Gibbs’ said with a laugh, to his credit, “We had the sound off.”

As Henry points out – at least Gibbs didn’t try to take himself too seriously.