The First Draft: postmortem
Did President Barack Obama step on his own healthcare message last night?
Morning TV shows led with his comments about black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates who was arrested after trying to get into his own home.
It was a brand new comment from the president on a hot-button issue: race relations in America.
So how could the healthcare comments, which dominated the nearly hour-long news conference, compete? They ended up playing second fiddle because it was the same pitch heard over and over recently.
Next week will be crunchtime to see if Congress will give the new president a feather for his cap by voting on healthcare legislation before the August recess.
No foreign policy questions at the news conference. Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, was not overlooked by Russia which is doing some saber-rattling over it today.
Closer to home, Obama keeps pressing on healthcare today with a trip to Cleveland. His popularity has taken a bit of a drubbing in Ohio, so watch for the reception.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama gestures at news conference)