The First Draft: black tie before “Fiscal Responsibility Summit”

February 23, 2009

While Hollywood strutted the red carpet at the Academy Awards, President Barack Obama hosted a black-tie dinner on Sunday for U.S. governors — who are debating whether it’s a good idea to take federal bailout money — at the White House in advance of a self-described “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” on Monday. The afternoon event is part of the push to sell Obama’s broader economic package before his speech to Congress on Tuesday and the unveiling of his first federal budget on Thursday.

Even before U.S. markets or the White House got going this week, the U.S. banking regulators issued an early morning statement, saying the U.S. government “stands firmly behind the banking system.” The statement added that a new capital assistance program to ensure banks are appropriately capitalized will start on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a notorious Washington “cold case” appears headed for resolution. The Washington Post and other media report police are seeking an arrest warrant in the death of Chandra Levy. Levy was the government intern from California whose disappearance was the hottest story of summer 2001. Her body was found in the city’s rambling Rock Creek Park.

Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama enter White House East Room at black-tie dinner for U.S. governors, Feb 22)


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I say don’t accept the money. Tell the feds to shove it. Time for the states to re-constitute a new federal government that obeys the law and knows their place.

Posted by jason | Report as abusive

Why does everyone in the press say Obama instead of President Obama? I even noticed that Vice President Biden had his title used in today/s coverage.

I think the title Pres. Obama should be used in print media, which includes the web and the internet and in newspapers, if there are any left.

Tucson just lost our second newspaper, the afternoon Tucson Citizen.

We should ask William Safire what he thinks about the titles of our politicians.
Sen. Hatch, Sen. McCain, Sen. Kennedy, Rep. Grijalva, Obama????? How abut Pres. Obama??

Posted by Elisabeth Roche | Report as abusive

all dressed for the academy awards and did,nt go,did he get forewarned about penn,s political ramblings?after all obama is at present against gay matrimony,well at the last count he was,but he is a man of change.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive


Well that is becasue so many called President Bush, Bush. So I see no problem calling the man Obama.

I would say your a little touchy about this. People had no problems saying Bush.

So just relax, Obama is President already.

Posted by J | Report as abusive