6:38 AM, Oct 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama mentioned that there are some "unpaid bills" on his desk in Chicago--which he left when moved to the White House after winning the presidential election in 2008. Here's what he said:
"One of the nice things about being home is actually that it's a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) -- I think eventually they got paid -- but they're sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff."
But that transcript is different than the official White House version, which deletes the "unpaid bills" part:
"there’s still junk on my desk, including some -- newspapers and all kinds of stuff."
The discrepenacy was noticed by the White House pool reporters, and the correct transcript disseminated by them.
"The White House's transcript of tonight's DNC fundraiser omits the president's reference to unpaid bills being stacked up on his desk at home in Chicago. I included a partial quote in the pool report earlier, but in the interest of transparency, especially since this was a print pool only event, I'm sharing the full quote, as I transcribed and checked just now, and as it was in the transcript," a White House pool reporter noted late last night.
'They have supported my agenda in Congress. … These are folks who are strong allies and supporters of me.'7:04 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the election and how "all" the Democrats running away from him "have supported my agenda" in an interview with Al Sharpton earlier today:
'It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here.'6:58 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the Ebola virus in remarks at Democratic fundraiser in Chicago this evening. Ebola "has been the only story here in the United States for the last couple of weeks," Obama said.
But the commander in chief, who's called Ebola a national security threat, added, "It's not an outbreak or an epidemic here."
Obama also ticked off some of the world hotspots and said, "So you have this sense of uncertainty overseas."
2:59 PM, Oct 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the New Hampshire Senate race from Suffolk University finds Republican challenger Scott Brown within three points of Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen. According to the poll of likely voters, Shaheen has 49 percent support to Brown's 46 percent support. Shaheen's job approval/disapproval rating is an even split at 46 percent. Brown's favorable and unfavorbale ratings are 39 percent and 48 percent, respectively.
Admits he lives in a "bubble."7:45 AM, Oct 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama does not want to be a Supreme Court justice. He calls it "too monastic" for his own personality. Besides, in an interview with the New Yorker, President Obama acknowledges that he needs to get out of the "bubble" after what will be eight years as president of the United States.
7:52 PM, Oct 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking to the overflow crowd at a campaign rally at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, President Obama urged the crowd to make sure "cousin Pookie" voted in November's election.
McGovern plus Kissinger.Oct 27, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 07 • By RAY TAKEYH
There has been much head scratching over the years about the essence of Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Now with another member of Obama’s cabinet, former defense secretary as well as CIA director Leon Panetta, offering up a memoir of disagreement and disenchantment, it’s clear that the consternation is no longer limited to conservative skeptics.
But the president insisted that he has no "philosophical objection necessarily to a travel ban."8:10 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama discussed the proposal to institute a travel ban to protect America from the grown Ebola crisis, but suggested he wasn't in favor of it because it might make Americans less safe:
5:51 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The boss, with former Obama aide Stephanie Cutter, earlier today on CNN:
3:17 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden talked about the trouble the middle class is having during the Barack Obama presidency at an event earlier today in Philadelphia:
"The middle class is getting killed," Biden said.
"In the last ten years, average salary of the middle class in America according to Standard & Poor's has gone up 14 cents."
3:14 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana says the federal government should add people attempting to fly to and from Ebola-stricken countries to the no-fly list to stop them from entering the United States. Jindal, a Republican, released a statement reiterating his support for a travel ban from those countries in West Africa affected by the Ebola outbreak.
12:12 PM, Oct 16, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Lost in the excitement over ISIS, the battle for Khobani, and the possible threat to Baghdad is news of the nation’s longest war, the one in Afghanistan, which the President once called a “war of necessity.”
12:13 PM, Oct 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama won't be traveling to New Jersey and Connecticut later today, as he had been planning to do. There he was going to raise money for Democrats up for reelection in November. Instead, Obama is going to be hosting Cabinet members for a meeting on Ebola.
White House aide Dan Pfeiffer tweets: "Later this afternoon,POTUS will convene a meeting at the White House of cabinet agencies coordinating the government’s Ebola response."