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April 9, 2009

GENERIC BUSINESS PIXOops. The White House accidentally (we assume) sent out a seven-page “daily guidance and press schedule” for President Obama that included inside information.

The info — a chain of emails discussing wording of the guidance and schedule — wasn’t that exciting. But it did show the inner workings of the press office and how each word, even in something as mundane as the daily schedule, is scrutinized and debated.

One item of debate: the seder Obama was hosting to celebrate Passover.

One staff member suggested removing mention of the dinner, then another said it had already been announced the day before and the press would question its removal.

Why would they think of removing the dinner from the official schedule?  Apparently people in Washington and neighboring states had been calling the White House to ask why they weren’t invited.

The dilemma of working for a popular president. Everyone wants a piece of the pie.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Catherine Benson (generic picture of woman using computer mouse)

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i don’t think leaking the memo was an accident. i’m certain the white house has a built-in delay system so that you will be able to monitor a message prior to sending it. this was intentional and i will not believe otherwise. everyone whom surrounds herself/himself with the president does not always possess good intentions. i believe, if someone does something for evil, God will make it all right. president obama and his family are in my daily prayers for protection and i especially pray for God to bless president obama with wisdom and clarity.

I agree with Betti’s comment about the e-mail until she mentioned God.

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