The First Draft: White House wooing comes in waves

May 13, 2009

OBAMA/It’s a busy day at the White House, with waves of lawmakers moving in for talks with President Barack Obama, in between a press statement and before a commencement address.

Wave One: House Democratic leaders — Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel of New York and Education and Labor Chairman George Miller and Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, both of California — come to discuss health care.

Wave Two: Senate leaders from both parties — Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont, both Democrats, and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and ranking Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama — talk with the president about a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.

Between the waves, there’s a media statement, a briefing on the economy and a read-out from Vice President Joe Biden on how the stimulus plan is going.

At the end of the day, Obama heads for Phoenix, where he delivers the commencement address at Arizona State University. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also hits the commencement trail — it’s the season — by giving the address to New York University’s graduates at Yankee Stadium.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner misses the mortar-board circuit, instead addressing a meeting of the Independent Community Bankers of America, and when he speaks, the markets tend to listen.

With all this high-level talking on tap, the morning television shows took a different tack. Donald Trump and Miss California — against gay marriage but occasionally snapped topless, and keeping her tiara — were everywhere, as were stories about actress Farrah Fawcett, now ill with terminal cancer.

Photo credit: REUTERS/Kevin LaMarque (President Obama and aide Reggie Love enter Oval Office, May 8, 2009)

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i wonder if anyone is talking notes at these meetings, so if the spend plans do not prove successful they cannot deny that they participated.transparent government,only problem, people can see straight through them.

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