Press Secretary

A Bit More on Andrew Young
October 01, 2009

Michelle's already flagged Ben Smith's Politico piece on the Andrew Young-John Edwards soap opera, but I just wanted to add my two cents--or, at the very least, get a blog post out of my one Andrew Young story. Although I met him a handful of times over the years in the course of reporting about Edwards--as Smith's piece documents, Young was one of those guys who was always just sort of around--it was my first encounter with him that sticks in my head.

Dick Armey, Retroactive Civil Rights Champion
September 18, 2009

From Politico's report on tea parties and right-wing activism, including Dick Armey's FreedomWorks: “As an organization, we have been very closely studying what the left has been doing,” explains FreedomWorks press secretary Adam Brandon, who says he was given a copy of “Rules for Radicals” when he took his current job . Brandon describes the Sept. 12 rally in D.C.

Intriguing Press Release of the Day
September 17, 2009

From the White House, yesterday afternoon: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2009   Readout of the President’s meetings today with Senator Rockefeller and with Senators Bennett and Wyden   "The President had constructive meetings today with Senator Rockefeller and with Senators Bennett and Wyden in the Oval Office. These meetings underscore the President's continued commitment to working with senators on both sides of the aisle to pass health insurance reform this year." Rockefeller's visit has already gotten some coverage.

Bush Sense of Humor Too Sophisticated For Former Bushies
September 16, 2009

Readers of National Review's group blog, The Corner, are always thankful for the contributions of former White House press secretary Dana Perino. Perino, if you remember, was the woman who frequntly got confused when asked about things like the Cuban Missile Crisis ("It had to do with Cuba and missiles, I'm pretty sure"). Anyway, yesterday she responded to the GQ piece written by former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, which I blogged about earlier. Latimer wrote about Bush's reaction to the Palin VP selection as follows: “I’m trying to remember if I’ve met her before.

Bad News for the Peace Process?
September 04, 2009

Just out from the White House: Statement by the Press Secretary on Israeli Settlements   We regret the reports of Israel's plans to approve additional settlement construction.  Continued settlement activity is inconsistent with Israel's commitment under the Roadmap. As the President has said before, the United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlement expansion and we urge that it stop.  We are working to create a climate in which negotiations can take place, and such actions make it harder to create such a climate.   We do appreciate Israel's stated intent to place limits

Mad Men
March 18, 2009

Before last week, few of us had ever heard of Rick Santelli--despite Santelli's best efforts--and fewer still had any particular affection for him. Santelli is a CNBC TV personality whose most distinctive assets are a near- continuous state of agitation and a Billy Mays-like ability to project his voice, drowning out other shouting heads with ease. His persona is meant to make you pay attention to him, not to love him.

Scott Mcclellan's Advice For Robert Gibbs
January 28, 2009

Yesterday, we asked President Bush's former press secretary, Scott McClellan, if he had any hard-won suggestions for Robert Gibbs. My view is that the press-briefing model that is used now is kind of outdated.

White House Watch: Nixon Then and Now
February 22, 1975

A new book and news accounts from San Clemente depict Richard Nixon as he appeared to one of his White House writers before Watergate destroyed his presidency and as he is in exile and nearly total seclusion six months after his resignation. The book is William Safire's Before the Fall (Doubleday; $12.50).