Tag Archives: White House

Talking Health Care On MSNBC

August 17th, 2009 by Peter Slutsky

I was on MSNBC yesterday talking health care with Liz Mair. Check out the clip:

White House Profiles Muslim Americans

June 4th, 2009 by Peter Slutsky

The White House put together this video of various Muslim Americans speaking about being Muslim in America and about Obama’s speech in Cairo, Egypt. Check it out.

Obama’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting

March 26th, 2009 by Peter Slutsky

The White House is Open For Questions.

I just got done watching President Obama’s first Online Town Hall Meeting and I have to say…I’m impressed!

The format worked well, the technology held up and the forum was a huge success. I cannot say enough about how impressed I am with the White House new media team. They are changing the way the American people communicate with the POTUS and I can’t wait to see what’s next in terms of the new media and communication that will come out of the White House.

UPDATE (video):

Behind The Scenes At The White House

February 27th, 2009 by Peter Slutsky

Joe and Mika from MSNBC’s Morning Joe did a behind the scenes White House tour with Robert Gibbs earlier this week. Check it out:

Flashback: $4-A-Gallon Gas?

June 9th, 2008 by Peter Slutsky

I took the bus to Philadelphia this weekend, because it’s just too expensive to drive. I made sure to take note throughout my trip of the incredibly high gas prices between D.C. and Philly. I didn’t see any regular gas under $4/gallon. On my ride back last night, it hit me that President Bush was asked a few months ago about the rising gas prices and the prospect of prices hitting $4/gallon. He shrugged of the notion that prices would get that high, even in the face of analysts predictions. This was the line of questioning from a CBS news reporter on February 29, 2008:

Peter Maer of CBS News Radio asked: “What’s your advice to the average American who is hurting now, facing the prospect of $4-a-gallon gasoline, a lot of people facing … ”

“Wait, what did you just say?” the president interrupted. “You’re predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?”

Maer responded: “A number of analysts are predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline.”

Bush’s rejoinder: “Oh, yeah? That’s interesting. I hadn’t heard that.”

Hadn’t heard that? Maybe that’s because President Bush doesn’t have to buy gas, or pay utility bills – the tax payers cover that for him.

Bush went further to reject the idea that gas could hit $4/gallon.

The president, however, had difficulty grasping the possibility, even after Maer told him.

“You just said the price of gasoline may be up to $4 a gallon — or some expert told you that,” Bush repeated. “That creates a lot of uncertainty.”

Here’s some video of that press conference.

Bush was asked about the rising gas prices back in February and here we are in June, about to enter the heavy summer driving months and gas now looks like it could top $5, or more in the near future. We need to remind people that Bush is wildly out of touch and that he doesn’t understand the problems people are facing filling up their cars everyday.

Maybe a reporter should ask John McCain to respond to Bush’s naivety on this important issue for the American people. I’d be interested to see what McCain’s response would be? Would he embrace Bush’s brazen aloofness, or would he have to further distance himself from his fundraiser-in-chief?

More: H/T to Jeff for sending in the “$4/gallon remix.”

If You See One Film This Year…

March 24th, 2008 by Peter Slutsky

If you haven’t been following the “minor blip” over Hillary Clinton’s trip to Bosnia in 1996, you certainly are missing an epic tale.

Sen. Clinton, in a effort to shine the spotlight on her commander-in chief-credentials told the gripping story last week of her dangerous mission to visit American troops in the war-torn Balkans. The only problem; nearly the entire story was both wildly exaggerated and, well false. Ooopppsss. She must have been having one of those “commander-in-chief” moments.

Talking Points Memo has more on the story here.

Check out this YouTube clip – if you are going to see one movie this year, this should probably be it!

The White House

March 27th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

is reporting that Spokesman Tony Snow has just been diagnosed with liver cancer. Tony Snow had his colon removed in 2005 after cancer was discovered. DoubleSpeak would like to wish Tony and his family the best of luck in their struggle to beat this horrendous disease.

The Politico

March 19th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

newspaper in Washington, D.C. is reporting that “Republican officials operating at the behest of the White House have begun seeking a possible successor to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.”

Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Guilty, Lucky

March 6th, 2007 by Peter Slutsky

I. Lewis

From CNN:

Former White House aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby has been found guilty on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial.

Libby was convicted of:

1. obstruction of justice when he intentionally deceived a grand jury investigating the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame;

2. making a false statement by intentionally lying to FBI agents about a conversation with NBC newsman Tim Russert;

3. perjury when he lied in court about his conversation with Russert;

4. a second count of perjury when he lied in court about conversations with other reporters.

5. Jurors cleared him of a second count of making a false statement relating to a conversation he had with Matt Cooper of Time magazine.

You can check out complete coverage of the trial and the verdict at Firedoglake. In case you haven’t been following their coverage – FireDogLake has been doing extensive live blogging from inside the courtroom. They were actually given press credentials and have done some groundbreaking work both during the lead-up to the trial and during the actual criminal trial proceedings. They have taken blogging to the next level! Nice work!

White House Lying About Iraq Violence

December 7th, 2006 by Joshua Skaroff

In a revelation that will surprise very, very few of our listeners and readers, the Iraq Study Group says that the Bush administration has been lying about the level of violence in Iraq to cover its own failure.

The Bush administration routinely has underreported the level of violence in Iraq in order to disguise its policy failings, the Iraq Study Group report said Wednesday.

The bipartisan group called on the Pentagon and the director of the U.S. intelligence community to immediately institute a new reporting system that provides “a more accurate picture of events on the ground.”

On page 94 of its report, the Iraq Study Group found that there had been “significant under-reporting of the violence in Iraq.” The reason, the group said, was because the tracking system was designed in a way that minimized the deaths of Iraqis.

“The standard for recording attacks acts a filter to keep events out of reports and databases,” the report said. “A murder of an Iraqi is not necessarily counted as an attack. If we cannot determine the source of a sectarian attack, that assault does not make it into the database. A roadside bomb or a rocket or mortar attack that doesn’t hurt U.S. personnel doesn’t count.”

To quote a bumpersticker, “When Clinton Lied, Nobody Died.”