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A Bumpy Start January 23, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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Not the greatest of starts...

Not the greatest of starts...

http://http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01/22/gibbs.presser/index.html

Well, Mr. Obama and colleagues hope the next 1459 days of his presidency go better than day 1.  The first day, lets say, was not ideal

It started in the press room, where Presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs had a rough day.  First, he could not answer why there were no video cameras at the repeat swearing in of the President in the Oval Office.  Then, he outed two senior administration whose names were supposed to be classified (can we say Scooter Libby?).  To smooth things over, Mr. Obama came down to the press room later in the day to placate the press.  In turn, he was hounded with questions, and became quite irritated.  At one point, he exclaimed “I came down here to visit. See this is what happens. I can’t end up visiting with you guys and shaking hands if I’m going to get grilled every time I come down here.”  To compound matters, the press is already angry about the lack of access to information.

Joe Biden continues to be a gaffe machine.  He stepped in it a couple times during a signing ceremony in the oval office.  Then, he and Obama were commenting on the inauguration together to the press, had he had a cynical back handed remark regarding Chief Justice John Roberts flub of the oath of office.   ‘No Drama’  Obama was not happy, and even reached over and touched Biden on the arm to calm him down.  For Obama, who is as cool as they come, that was almost a slap in the face.

The White House staffers quickly realized the futility of the government beaurocracy.  Many of the phones in the White House didn’t work; internet blocked many outside sites.  And they couldn’t get access to their outside accounts.  And (OMG!) they couldn’t get access to Facebook and Myspace.

Now, some of this is common place during a transition.  And it will all be forgotten if they get things square in the next few weeks.  But Obama is hoping that most of these things ARE forgotten soon.

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