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Obama Calls News Conference to Say…..Nothing

November 7, 2008

President elect Barack Obama, flanked by his newly named White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and his economic advisors including Paul Volker, called a “news conference” today to say just about….nothing.  He told us what we already knew: the economy is bad and we have one president until January 20: George W. Bush. 

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The President Elect did say he favored an immediate economic stimulus package and Congress has already agreed to meet in a lame duck session to consider proposals.

The only other substance of the event concerned his daughter’s allergies and the care that will have to be taken in choosing the next White House Dog.  Current White House canine Barney is in the dog house for nipping a reporter yesterday.  No reporters were bitten today but many remain smitten despite the lack of substance in today’s media “event”….



By NEDRA PICKLER and LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writers

President-elect Obama said Friday that the country is facing the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime and “we’re going to have to act swiftly to resolve it.”

However in his first news conference since winning the presidency Tuesday, Obama deferred to President Bush and his economic team, noting that the country has only one government and one president at a time.

He said the Congress needs to pass an economic stimulus measure either before or just after he takes office in January.

But, he said, “immediately after I become president I will confront this economic crisis head-on by taking all necessary steps to ease the credit crisis, help hardworking families, and restore growth and prosperity.”

“I’m confident a new president can have an enormous impact,” he added.

The president-elect spoke after he and Vice President-elect Joe Biden met privately with economic experts to discuss ways to stabilize the troubled economy.

More evidence of a recession came Friday when the government reported that the unemployment rate had jumped from 6.1 percent in September to 6.5 percent in October. Despite dour third-quarter reports from Ford and General Motors, stocks rose some after two days of heavy losses.

Obama’s transition to power and early days in office, if not the entire first year of his presidency, almost certainly will be devoted to finding ways to remedy dismal economic conditions. The economy was the top concern of voters demanding a new direction as they ushered into office the Democrat who promised change after eight years of Bush’s policies.

On other topics:

He said he will review a letter from Iran’s leader but refrained from directly responding to it. It’s not something “that we should simply do in a knee-jerk fashion,” he said.

“We only have one president at a time,” Obama said, adding that he wants to be careful to send the signal to the world that “I’m not the president and I won’t be until Jan. 20.”

Major Issue At Today’s Press Conference

Associated Press

President-elect Obama says getting a dog for his two daughters when the family moves into the White House in January is “a major issue.”

Obama told reporters Friday that his mention on election night of getting a puppy for Sasha and Malia had “generated more interest” on his Web site than any other topic.

He said, “We have two criteria that have to be reconciled. One is that Malia is allergic so it has to be hypoallergenic.”

Obama also said there were a number of breeds that were hypoallergenic, but that the family’s preference is to adopt a dog from a shelter.

Obama added: “But obviously, a lot of shelter dogs are mutts like me. So whether we’re going to be able to balance those two things, I think, is a pressing issue on the Obama household.”

From Ben Smith, Politico

Barack Obama said in his first post-election press conference that he’s spoken to all the former presidents — Carter, Bush, Clinton, as well as the current Bush — and, looser than he’s been in months, dares a joke at the expense of the widow of the most recently deceased.

“I have spoken to all of them who are living,” he says. “I didn’t want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about doing any séances,” he says.

He was responding to a question, from the Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, about whether he’d spoken to all of the “living” former presidents.

He was apparently referring to the reports in the 1980s that Nancy Reagan consulted an astrologer while in the White House. Mary Todd Lincoln, however, reportedly held actual séances.


Assault At The White House!

November 6, 2008

White House First Dog Barney put his teeth into a White House reporter today and drew blood.

“First dog shows first fangs!”


But wait: If Barney bit a reporter he is only doing what everyone at the White House wants to do, what every Republican wants to do, and what Barack Obama will soon learn: there is nothing like drawing blood from the bood-hungry media.

John McCain: eat your heart out.  You owe one to Barney!

Word is that Barack’s kids are looking for a puppy; but the President Elect already has a pit bull: Rahm Emanuel.

Barney told Peace and Freedom he would make a full apology.
Miss Beazley had no comment.

May 2004

From the Associated Press
It seems President Bush’s dog Barney wasn’t much in the mood for friendly attention during his walk outside the White House on Thursday. So when Reuters reporter Jon Decker reached down to pet the Scottish terrier, the seemingly docile dog snapped at him and bit Decker’s right index finger.

Reporter April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks happened to capture the moment on video.

And, naturally, it soon wound up on YouTube. The video comes to an end with a freeze frame on Barney’s fangs.

In this Feb. 29, 2008 file photo, President Bush and his dog ... 
Two scrappy mutts…

Barney won’t have to worry about bothersome reporters much longer. The Bush administration ends in 75 days, and the president is headed back to Texas.

Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for first lady Laura Bush, said of Barney: “I think it was his way of saying he was done with the paparazzi.”

Mrs. Bush asked McDonough to call Decker and make sure he was fine. She reports that Decker “is being a good sport about it all.”

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Above: Miss Beazley

Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after ... 
Reuters reporter Jon Decker shows his bandaged finger after he was bitten by President George W. Bush’s dog Barney at the White House in Washington, November 6, 2008.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

Frank: GOP Criticism of Housing Crisis is Aimed at Poor Blacks

October 8, 2008

BOSTON —  Rep. Barney Frank said Monday that Republican criticism of Democrats over the nation’s housing crisis is a veiled attack on the poor that’s racially motivated.

The Massachusetts Democrat, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said the GOP is appealing to its base by blaming the country’s mortgage foreclosure problem on efforts to expand affordable housing through the Community Reinvestment Act.

He said that blame is misplaced, because those loans are issued by regulated institutions, while far more foreclosures were triggered by high-cost loans made by unregulated entities.

“They get to take things out on poor people,” Frank said at a mortgage foreclosure symposium in Boston. “Let’s be honest: The fact that some of the poor people are black doesn’t hurt them either, from their standpoint. This is an effort, I believe, to appeal to a kind of anger in people.”

Frank also dismissed charges the Democrats failed on their own or blocked Republican efforts to rein in the mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The federal government recently took control of both entities.

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio called Frank’s remarks “a lame, desperate attempt to divert Americans’ attention away from the Democratic party’s obstruction of reforms that would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and helped our nation avoid this economic crisis.”

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Spurning Criticism, Rove Puts Blame on Democrats

August 18, 2007

WACO, Tex., Aug. 18 — During the last eight years, Karl Rove has been lionized and vilified, heralded as making the unlikely election victories of President Bush possible and impugned as reaching too high from an unusually powerful White House perch.

In the eyes of his many detractors, he has helped to send the Bush presidency off track in the process.

But in an interview at an IHOP restaurant here, days after he announced his resignation as Mr. Bush’s top political adviser, Mr. Rove defiantly dismissed the rash of fresh critiques that have come his way in the last several days, blaming the Democrats for the divisive tone that has dominated Mr. Bush’s tenure and for which he has frequently taken the blame.

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