Obama Hiding From White House Press Corps?

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Looks like the White House has embargoed Barry after Plugs and The Pants Suit made fools of themselves with their contradicting statments on the crisis in Egypt over the weekend.

Amidst the growing tensions inside Egypt, the Obama administration is increasingly shutting reporters out at the White House.  This seems to be the underlying American subtext to the Egyptian crisis and has many reporters wondering if the White House has forgotten about protocol or more importantly, transparency.  The administration is now blocking reporters from standard events where they may come into contact with President Obama.  The White House’s actions smack of a virtual media blackout and have many journalists wondering if the White House is simply trying to block media access to the president so as to insulate him from having to answer questions on Egypt.  

The matter has raised the ire of the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA).  Earlier today, the WHCA’s board issued a letter to White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, lodging a formal complaint over the lack of press access and release of information. 

Scorned lovers.

Update:   NRO’s Jim Geraghty makes a great point in today’s Morning Jolt.  Unless it’s all about Himself, Barry doesn’t like to be bothered with the media.

As a candidate, and at times as president, Obama can be appallingly ubiquitous; since becoming president, Obama has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman, taped a question-and-answer promoting Conan O’Brien’s transition to The Tonight Show, taped a promotion for George Lopez, taped a video for The Colbert Report, taped a prime-time special with Oprah, been the subject of an NBC News prime-time special, been the subject of an HBO documentary, grilled with Food Network star Bobby Flay, popped up in commercials during Thanksgiving football, filled out his NCAA basketball tournament picks on ESPN, and been on American Idol. (Twice.)

And yet when somebody tried to blow up a flight over Detroit on Christmas, Obama stayed away from cameras for three days. Mid-summer of last year, as the Gulf oil spill worsened and his administration’s response came under fire, Obama went into bunker mode. The only time Obama doesn’t want to speak to us is when we actually want to hear what he has to say.

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Obama’s Most Frequent White House Guest Part Of FBI’s SEIU Corruption Probe

Former SEIU boss, Andy Stern, is reportedly part of an FBI corruption probe. Stern, the most frequent guest of the Obama White House in 2009, is also a member of Obama’s Fiscal Commission.

WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.

The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”

Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.

The White House had no response.

Natch.  Let the stonewalling begin.

“We weren’t invited. In fact, we were told not to come.”

Valerie Jarrett gets the hand from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday rejected a request from top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett to speak at a jobs summit hosted by the business group, the latest escalation in an ongoing war between the two camps.

“We would have loved to have gone and participated. We weren’t invited. In fact we were told not to come,” Jarrett said, during an interview on Bloomberg Television.

Chamber officials said Jarrett requested that she be allowed to address their gathering, a several-hour long “Jobs for America Summit,” on Wednesday morning, a few hours before the event began. They said the program was too full to fit her in.

At the summit, Chamber President and CEO Thomas Donahue railed against President Obama’s economic policies.

“Our current economic direction is not working,” Donahue said.

Donahue said that Obama’s health care and financial regulation initiatives are onerous to the point that the Americans will lose freedoms unique to the country.

“Taken collectively, the regulatory activity now underway is so overwhelming and beyond anything we have ever seen, that we risk moving this country away from a government of the people to a government of regulators,” Donahue said.

No wonder these companies – large, medium and small – aren’t hiring.

BREAKING: White House Used Bill Clinton As Intermediary To Offer Stestak Bribe

Another Obama Friday news dump.  They are calling it an “unpaid, advisory position” which can only mean one thing – they know they are up the creek and are choosing their words very carefully.  And who better than Bill “It depends what the definition of is, is” Clinton to bite his lip for the cameras and deny any wrongdoing.

President Obama’s chief of staff used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary to see if Representative Joe Sestak would drop out of a Senate primary if given a prominent, but unpaid, advisory position, people briefed on the matter said Friday.

Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, asked Mr. Clinton to explore the possibilities last summer, according to the briefed individuals, who insisted on anonymity to discuss the politically charged situation. Mr. Sestak said no and went on to win last week’s Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Senator Arlen Specter.

The White House did not offer Mr. Sestak a full-time paid position because Mr. Emanuel wanted him to stay in the House rather than risk losing his seat. Among the positions explored by the White House was an appointment to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, which provides independent oversight and advice the president. But White House officials discovered it would not work because Mr. Sestak could not serve on the board while still serving in Congress.

Mr. Sestak first mentioned publicly in February that he had been offered a job but provided no details, and the White House for three months has refused to discuss it, generating intense criticism from Republicans who accused it of trying to bribe a congressman and deep consternation among Democrats who called on the administration to answer questions.

Mr. Obama promised on Thursday to release an account of the matter, which White House lawyers have been drafting in recent days in consultation with Mr. Sestak’s brother, Richard, who runs his campaign. The White House plans to release its statement later on Friday. Until now, the White House has said publicly only that whatever conversations took place with Mr. Sestak were not inappropriate.

I did not offer that job to that man, Mr. Sestak…..

Leaky Lahey Reverts To Schoolyard Taunts When Questioned About Kagan’s Clinton Memos

Leaky Lahey gives this childish response when pressed over whether he will push the White House to turn over Kagan’s memos from her days as counsel to Bill Clinton:

“I haven’t even thought about what I’m going to do,” Leahy said at first.

When pressed about the importance of mining memos from her four years at the White House to gain insight into her thinking on judicial philosophy and policy matters, Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont, became testy.

“I’ll tell you what. I think what is important is for you to let me run the hearing and we’ll let you know,” he said.

“I think it would be grandstanding on my part to try to tell you what I want to do before I even talk to the nominee,” Leahy added.

When questioned a third time, Leahy shot back: “Maybe you ought to chair the hearing,” before turning and walking into an elevator.

I know you are, but what am I?

Gates Memo To Obama: Your Iran Nukes Policy Is Useless

It appears as though Gates wasn’t buying the whole outreached hand for the unclenched fist theory.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.

Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, touched off an intense effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a revised set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course.

Officials familiar with the memo’s contents would describe only portions dealing with strategy and policy, and not sections that apparently dealt with secret operations against Iran, or how to deal with Persian Gulf allies.

One senior official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the memo, described the document as “a wake-up call.” But White House officials dispute that view, insisting that for 15 months they had been conducting detailed planning for many possible outcomes regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

I feel so much better.  Don’t you?

A side note:  I don’t condone the New York Times leaking this highly classified information whatsoever, but you have to wonder about the hissy fit that Barry, Gibbsy et al must be having over the betrayal by their number one cheerleader in the press.

Obama WH Withdraws Dawn Johnsen’s Nomination For Office Of Legal Counsel Post

Johnsen was an outspoken critic of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies which made her a dream candidate to head up the office in Eric Holder’s Justice Department.  Now she must remain in the dreaded private sector.

The White House on Friday announced that it was withdrawing the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, citing lengthy delays in getting Johnsen’s nomination through the U.S. Senate.

Johnsen had gained next-to-no support among Senate Republicans, largely because of her criticism of the Bush administration’s terrorist interrogations. She had headed the Office of Legal Counsel in the Clinton administration on an acting basis in 1997 and 1998.

The Office of Legal Counsel post is considered one of the most important jobs in the Justice Department, because the office assists the attorney general in providing legal advice to the president. In a statement, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt blamed the demise of the Johnsen nomination on Senate Republicans.

“Her credentials are exemplary and her commitment to the rule of law has been proven time and again, but it is now clear that Senate Republicans will not allow her to be confirmed,” LaBolt said.

Perhaps she can get a job defending Gitmo detainees.  That seems to be all the rage for lefist lawyers these days.

Judging from the fact that 58% of Americans wanted the undies bomber waterboarded, I think Senate Republicans are only representing the wishes of the people – unlike the Democrats.

Racist, Hateful Photo Of The Day

I have a feeling this doctor won’t be a prop at any ‘ObamaCare is Great’ events in the Rose Garden.

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MOUNT DORA — A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care “elsewhere.”

“I’m not turning anybody away — that would be unethical,” Dr. Jack Cassell, 56, a Mount Dora urologist and a registered Republican opposed to the health plan, told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. “But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it.”

The sign reads: “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your healthcare begin right now, not in four years.”

No lab coat for you, Dr. Cassell!

H/T: ConTchr via Twitter

Axelrod: I don’t give a flying f*ck if people think I have a man crush on Obama

As the White House Turns continues in the press today.  Instead of leaking to Dana Milbank and others at the Washington Post like Rahmbo and his allies, Axelrod and his sister (?!?) attempt to combat his suck factor on the record to the New York Times

“Typical Washington junk we have to deal with,” Mr. Axelrod said in an interview. The president is deft at blocking out such noise, he added, suddenly brightening. “I love the guy,” he said, and in the space of five minutes, repeated the sentiment twice.

Critics, pointing to the administration’s stalled legislative agenda, falling poll numbers and muddled messaging, suggest that kind of devotion is part of the problem at the White House. Recent news reports have cast the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, as the administration’s chief pragmatist, and Mr. Axelrod, by implication, as something of a swooning loyalist. “I’ve heard him be called a ‘Moonie,’ ” dismissed Mr. Axelrod’s close friend, former Commerce Secretary William Daley. Or as the White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, joked, “the guy who walks in front of the president with rose petals.”

Still, it is a charge that infuriates Mr. Axelrod, the president’s closest aide, longest-serving adviser and political alter ego. “I guess I have been castigated for believing too deeply in the president,” he said, lapsing into the sarcasm he tends to deploy when playing defense.

[…]

In an interview in his office, Mr. Axelrod was often defiant, saying he did not give a “flying” expletive “about what the peanut gallery thinks” and did not live for the approval “of the political community.” He denounced the “rampant lack of responsibility” of people in Washington who refuse to solve problems, and cited the difficulty of trying to communicate through what he calls “the dirty filter” of a city suffused with the “every day is Election Day sort of mentality.”

When asked how he would assess his performance, Mr. Axelrod shrugged. “I’m not going to judge myself on that score,” he said. But then he shot back: “Have I succeeded in reversing a 30-year trend of skepticism and cynicism about government? I confess that I have not. Maybe next year.”

Or maybe not.  Reconciliation, anyone?

Read on.  It’s not a puff piece and my guess is Axelrod can’t be happy with final product which did not achieve its desired effect. 

Rahm – 3, Axelrod-0

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers Not Invited To WH Jobs Summit

But the Pinky Ring Brigade will be  “heavily represented” according to the Washington Post.

“We want to make sure it is not just the public sector doing this in a vacuum,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama. “It’s important we engage the private sector as well.” Administration officials, however, have excluded major trade associations from the summit, including the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which represent many of the country’s largest employers.

Some of those groups privately complain that their job creation ideas, including enactment of stalled free trade deals that they say would boost exports, are opposed by labor unions, which will be heavily represented at the forum. 

The White House, which has clashed with some of the business groups over their opposition to health-care reform and other initiatives, says it has met repeatedly with those organizations and wants to hear fresh ideas.

Fresh ideas from union thugs, that is.  Playing politics with getting hurting Americans back to work may make Barry & Co. feel better today, but they won’t be feeling so satisfied with themselves the next time they are judged by a very pissed off electorate who will see this for what it is. 

So these people deserve a seat at the table?