First Draft: double vision
WASHINGTON – Don’t rub your eyes. Despite the early hour, you weren’t seeing things when White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs somehow managed to be in two places at once.
He showed up on ABC and NBC morning television shows at the same time to talk about how President Barack Obama has no hard feelings toward Republicans who refused to vote for the economic stimulus, and in fact had them over to the White House last night for a cocktail party among other guests.
It was a neat trick, Gibbs being questioned on different channels by different TV personalities about the same issue at the same time.
The party must have made for some interesting conversation over drinks, or perhaps it was all smiles since Obama got the bill passed and Republicans had their (no) say.
More bad economic news. U.S. weekly jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 588,000 and U.S. durable goods orders posted another decline in December, falling 2.6 percent.
Obama to meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner this afternoon. Economic concerns dominate the Washington landscape. The Federal Reserve can’t cut interest rates much more or it would have to pay banks to take money.
And one word on the health front from the FDA – Peanuts. Throw out anything made with peanuts processed by Peanut Corporation of America in Georgia over the last two years.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama walks with Gibbs between meetings with Republicans on Capitol Hill)