The Trail: A Daily Diary of Campaign 2008


The Rundown

Obama, Pelosi Still Finding Their Way

By Ben Pershing
On Friday, President Obama will be in Columbus, Ohio, to tout the benefits of the economic stimulus measure, a bill that would not have made it to his desk without the assent and firm imprint of Nancy Pelosi. The same will be true on health care reform, energy and every other major piece of legislation Obama hopes to sign during his tenure.

Given how important each is to the political success of the other, it's worth examining the state of the burgeoning relationship between the president and the Speaker of the House, a subject that has prompted a host of sometimes contradictory stories in recent days. Depending on whom you read, Obama and Pelosi either get along well or not, agree on most issues or not and stand in each other's way or not.

On Saturday, Newsweek published a piece titled, "Obama's Pelosi Problem," which suggested -- as we've heard before -- that Obama really did want bipartisan support for the stimulus package but Pelosi really didn't. And, for that matter, it said that the two Democrats "get on each other's nerves" even though they "need each other politically." But the very same day, the New York Times posted a story headlined, "Frustrated G.O.P. Tries to Drive Wedge Between Obama and Pelosi." That piece mostly blamed Republicans for advancing the theory that the two are working at cross-purposes, saying that while Pelosi might be a bit more liberal than Obama, "the two share plenty of common philosophical ground and have similar policy goals."

Continue reading at Political Browser »

Posted at 8:10 AM ET on Mar 3, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
Share This: Technorati talk bubble Technorati | Tag in | Digg This
Previous: POTUS Events: Brown in Town | Next: Obama Restoring Endangered Species Act Provision

Add 44 to Your Site
Be the first to know when there's a new installment of The Trail. This widget is easy to add to your Web site, and it will update every time there's a new entry on The Trail.
Get This Widget >>


Please email us to report offensive comments.

Back on topic, I thought "their way" was ramming through $787 billion for "stimulus" over the objections of all but three RINOs?

Posted by: JakeD | March 4, 2009 9:09 AM

If anyone other than kashabear wants to debate whether any President in this economic crisis should spend over $2 billion per year to simply run the White House, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | March 3, 2009 10:47 AM

Didn't the Big Three auto CEOs take flak over flying their jets around during this economic crisis?

Posted by: JakeD | March 3, 2009 9:33 AM

poor JakeD doesn't undertand that as POTUS, Obama is expected to "fly around the country" to talk to the American people. Oh, I forgot, he is also still under the delusion that Obama is not the POTUS.

Posted by: kashabear | March 3, 2009 10:38 AM

MADAME SPEAKER AND MR. PRESIDENT: For your immediate attention



Scribes, correspondents and producers:

Still-secret Bush Justice Department memos are believed to have approved the covert use of classified, silent microwave radiation weapons on U.S. citizens -- "targeted" under the pretext of the "war on terror" as "undesirables" and "dissidents."

Victims, including the journalist who authored the articles linked below, say these painful, debilitating and illness-inducing microwave assaults constitute torture and "slow-kill" (a military descriptive) homicide -- what could be described as an American genocide.

Victims of these assaults say their family finances are decimated by an array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" that involve the forced cooperation of private enterprise; surveillance and interception of mail and telecommunications; and the forging of billing, utility, banking and mortgage statements -- what they charge is a process of expropriation and theft by deception.

Sources say these covert programs were justified by the Bush Justice Department under legal theories that are said to include a suspected "nexus to terrorism" and, according to a source, the legal theory that weapons and/or medical experimentation on U.S. citizens is permissible if subjects are under federal investigation for suspected offenses.

These microwave weapons assaults have continued under the Obama administration, and are facilitated by an "extrajudicial punishment network" enabled by federal agencies; local police nationwide; and "community gang stalker" citizen vigilantes fronted by government-funded community policing and volunteer organizations.


Victims have asked the FBI/Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation. They say officials have told them they see nothing to investigate, refuse to run down leads, and hint that victim accounts are delusional.

Victims maintain that marginalizing the persecuted as "unstable" or "mentally ill" is a tactic being used to cover up crimes against humanity, a highly organized and well-funded social genocide.



• Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

• Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking, surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

• Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 3, 2009 9:51 AM

Didn't the Big Three auto CEOs take flak over flying their jets around during this economic crisis?

Posted by: JakeD | March 3, 2009 9:33 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.


© 2009 The Washington Post Company