Republicans want answers — and a little political mileage. The White House wants the whole thing to go away. And until somebody starts talking, neither side is going to get what they want.
Tales from the Trail
The message from the White House podium today was loud and clear — there is no magic fix for the oil spill that looks like curdled chocolate milk flowing on top of the Gulf of Mexico. And there isn’t much that anyone can do that BP isn’t doing.
A furry little creature has been showing up at White House Rose Garden events recently about as often as a particularly persistent reporter. But this week it went too far, by running across the base of Barack Obama’s podium while the U.S. president was speaking about financial regulatory reform on Thursday.
It was definitely not a press conference and it was barely a Q-and-A.
For a White House that is more agile than any predecessor in new media –Twitter, blogs, video — it seems to be getting a bit out of practice with the traditional question-answer format with real, live reporters.
Everyone’s got an opinion about what happened Tuesday when Senator Arlen Specter — long-term Republican, newly turned Democrat — lost the Pennsylvania primary, Tea Party candidate Ron Paul won the Senate Republican primary in Kentucky, and neither Democrat in the Arkansas Senate primary could muster 50 percent of the vote so they have to do it all over again in June.
Freedom of the Press is all well and good, but don’t expect President Barack Obama to always answer journalists’ questions.
The hero cop who evacuated New Yorkers under threat from a car bomb on May 1 has already had dinner with the mayor and been visited by President Barack Obama. Now he’s also received a shout-out from Obama in a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden honoring about 25 officers from across the country who won “Top Cop” awards for showing unusual bravery.
The stock market was dropping quickly, down more than 900 points for a bit, and market reports were citing Greece’s financial troubles. The White House briefing was in full swing.
The United States’ influence in its traditional “backyard” is waning and needs a boost. Washington should be forging closer ties with Latin America’s emerging powerhouse Brazil, says Johns Hopkins political scientist Riordan Roett.