First Draft: Q and A

March 24, 2009

The economy is expected to dominate President Barack Obama’s news conference at 8 p.m. But perhaps the power of his prime time presence can be judged by his ability to change the TV line-up —  the popular “American Idol” has been moved to Wednesday.

NBC’s “Today” show asked White House spokesman Robert Gibbs whether Obama wanted to risk angering the show’s 31 million viewers and, more scary, judge Simon Cowell.

“No I think taking on Simon along with the economy might be one too many things to take on,” Gibbs said with a laugh. 

“But I think it’s important that the president talk to the American people about our economic recovery and we’ll just build up the suspense for American Idol,” he said.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke go to OBAMA/Capitol Hill in the morning to appear before a House Financial Services hearing on “Oversight of the Federal Government’s Intervention at American International Group (AIG).”

Predict more talk about corporate bonuses, since it seems AIG can’t be mentioned without someone yelling about the bonuses it paid employees while taking a government handout.

And after 23 years of dating, late-night television host David Letterman married his girlfriend.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and Geithner)


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the Geithner questioning unfortunately looses any credibility when we see barney frank grandstanding as chair person on this committee,the democrats should remove him if they want their polices to appear as honest and trust worthy.this is not the change that obama had promised,the reality is, people like frank,pelosi and chris dodd are the real power brokers in washington,that is why obama meekly hands over the bill developement to these people.behind the all the fan fare,a lot of compromise.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

That’s all we need—-official organs for our executive and legislative branch. Who will be selected as our first Josef Goebels? I know. I know, newspapers will be independent—no governmental intrusion—-what BS. If you believe that you believe in the easter Bunny and the tooth fairy as well.

This country is in serious political trouble. Infusion centers, setting aside of posse comitatus, and governmet sponsored newspapers—our very own Pravda. Josep Stalin is smiling.

Posted by Seaworthy | Report as abusive

So this Senator Cardin (D-Maryland) is willing to give newspapers the right to operate as tax-free nonprofits, in exchange for them giving up their first amendment right of freedom of speech.

So now, our most basic civil liberties, such as the right to publicly endorse a candidate for elective office, are to be denied to us unless we pay taxes to the government.

I didn’t know that basic human rights were to be haggled for in exchange for paying money to the government. We are being transformed from citizens of a free nation, to subjects of a ruling elite.

So much for Democratic party support for civil liberties.

Posted by Mark Voelker | Report as abusive