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All Quiet on the White House Front

By Ben Pershing
A meeting between the two most powerful men in the world produced remarkably little news Monday, as President Bush and Barack Obama came together in a time of crisis to agree on one thing -- the importance of speaking in platitudes.

What did 43 and 44 actually discuss during their private session in the Oval Office? The meeting has been essentially leak-free; maybe Obama really will change Washington, and the political press will go out of business. Or maybe they didn't discuss anything at all and just watched Sportscenter. Either way, the moment appears lost to history.

While Obama honors veterans today in Chicago, transition honcho John Podesta -- occasionally known as "Skippy" -- will brief reporters today in D.C. on the status of that effort. The Cabinet selection process remains essentially silent, though an increased focus on the plight of the auto industry has boosted speculation in some quarters that Jennifer Granholm might make her way into the administration, perhaps at Energy. Another prominent woman who could land a plum administration job: Patti Solis Doyle, whose selection would only add to the ongoing Clinton-Obama soap opera.

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"Essentially" leak-free, meaning the Washington Post got scooped? Just hours after President Bush and President-elect Obama met in the Oval Office of the White House, details of their confidential conversation began leaking out to the press, igniting anger from the President, sources claim.

"Senator Obama would be wise to keep close counsel," a top Bush source warned.

"BUSH AND OBAMA AT ODDS OVER AID FOR AUTO INDUSTRY," splashed the NEW YORK TIMES in an exclusive Monday evening, quoting "people familiar with the discussion."

The two met at the White House in private, without staff.

"Bush indicated at the meeting that he might support some aid and a broader economic stimulus package if Obama and congressional Democrats dropped their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia," claimed the TIMES.

The ASSOCIATED PRESS quickly followed with details of the conversation, citing "aides who described the discussion on grounds of anonymity, citing the private nature of the meeting."

Bush advisers view the leaks as an effort to undermine the president's remaining days in office.

"Senator Obama may not be familiar with a long-standing tradition of presidents holding their private conversations, private," a senior adviser explained to the DRUDGE REPORT.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | November 11, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

finally proof that Fox news is definately gone too far.

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Posted by: pastor123 | November 11, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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