8:01 PM, Jan 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Josh Earnest explained to reporters today that the United States needs to "redouble" efforts to explain "what the tenets of Islam actually are." He made the comments in response to a question about how the U.S. might respond to the terror attack today in France.
'If based on this investigation it turns out to be an act of terrorism, then we would condemn that in the strongest possible terms, too'9:08 AM, Jan 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine "terrorism" in an interview this morning on CNN:
2:08 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Mexican president Peña Nieto called President Obama's executive amnesty "very intelligent" and "an act of justice” in comments today in the Oval Office. He made the comments in Spanish.
Via the pool report:
Mexican President Peña Nieto and POTUS spoke at length in the Oval Office to the pool shortly after noon but did not take questions. Nieto’s comments are via an interpreter, as he spoke in Spanish.
2:23 PM, Jan 5, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a CBS reporter that his question was "a clown question, bro."
"One last thing," said the CBS reporter, "[British PM] David Cameron said over the weekend that the president calls him 'bro.' Is that true? And is there any other pet names he has for world leaders?"
"Well, to paraphrase a local baseball player here in Washington, D.C., that's a clown question, bro," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.
'First Aspect of Our Response'2:08 PM, Jan 2, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House spokesman announced the sanctioning of North Korea for the "destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony."
7:40 AM, Dec 24, 2014 • By IKE BRANNON
Last week the White House released a first draft for what it ultimately intends to be a report card for the nation’s colleges. And there’s no way this effort will improve the lot of the typical college student.
12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.
"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.
And State Department?9:53 AM, Dec 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CBS's Mark Knoller reports that the lights went out briefly at the White House this morning.
"Just had a power outage at the WH. Lasted only a few seconds. Perhaps a premature Govt shutdown," Knoller joked.
8:56 PM, Dec 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will meet with Prince William, the duke of Cambridge, tomorrow in the Oval Office, according to the White House.
Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
It's heartening these days to see an outbreak of bipartisan seriousness, given how rare those instances have become. Herewith some excerpts from a statement delivered by Bob Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, at the committee’s December 3 hearing on “Dismantling Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program,” which The Scrapbook enthusiastically cosigns:
3:12 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A senior White House official says the implementation of President Obama's executive order on immigration is "well underway" and that the administration would "proceed" regardless of congressional efforts to block the order.
On a Thursday afternoon conference call with reporters, the official, speaking on background, was asked about the implementation of the order. The officials referred specific questions to the Department of Homeland Security, but added: "Their plans are well underway."
12:13 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House released a statement threatening to veto an anti-executive amnesty bill that's being considered in the House.
10:14 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A group of immigration activists gathered outside the White House after President Obama's speech tonight. CNN played a clip of the activists' celebrating:
8:47 AM, Nov 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri defended President Obama's planned executive amnesty by saying it "doesn't" shred the Constitution:
Asked the MSNBC host, "What's your response to the Washington Post editorial that said that the president's frustration with Congress 'doesn't grant the president license to tear up the constitution'?"
Valerie Jarrett retweets.3:21 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Open enrollment for health insurance plans under Obamacare is currently underway, and some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood and elsewhere are out there promoting it on Twitter. Furthermore, it appears there could be some coordination with the White House, with top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett retweeting a number of those celebrities, one after the other.