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Rough Sketch: November 9, 2008 - November 15, 2008

Joe the Hedge Fund Manager

"He is not fighting for Joe the Plumber," Barack Obama said of John McCain during the campaign. "He's fighting for Joe the Hedge Fund Manager." Perhaps it was inevitable, then, that yesterday, a mere nine days after McCain's loss, House Democrats hauled in Joe the Hedge Fund Manager to testify...

By Dana Milbank  | November 14, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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SketchChat

Oviedo, Fla. : I am already sick of Obama and all the details of how he got to the gym, how long he was there, the teacher meeting he attended -- gag me. I am longing for the relative boredom of the Ford administration, or the tedium of Bush Part...

By Dana Milbank  | November 13, 2008; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Palin: 'Just Getting Started'

Sarah Palin is full of surprises, and her "press conference" at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami this morning was no exception. She brought an unannounced bodyguard: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. A schedule sent out by the RGA said nothing about Perry or the several other Republican governors who...

By Dana Milbank  | November 13, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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Breaking News: Obama Shuffles Morning Routine

For those following the president-elect's exercise, dining and grooming schedule, the morning pool report from Chicago has a shocker: He dropped the girls at school this morning BEFORE going to the gym. "President-elect Barack Obama's motorcade left his Kenwood home at 7:51 a.m. and headed directly to drop off his...

By Dana Milbank  | November 13, 2008; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Back in the Front Row

Helen Thomas hasn't lost anything off the old fastball. The 88-year-old legend of the White House briefing room returned to her front-row seat this afternoon after a long, illness-related absence. "We're hapy to welcome back Helen Thomas," Bush press secretary Dana Perino said at the top. "We missed you a...

By Dana Milbank  | November 12, 2008; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Treasury Secretary Sigmund Freud

"I believe and I know that this administration believes the auto industry is a very important, critical industry in this -- in this country. We're very supportive of management -- excuse me. We're very supportive of -- of manufacturing." -- Hank Paulson, giving some candid thoughts at a news...

By Dana Milbank  | November 12, 2008; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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When No News Is Bad News

No news continues to bring bad news to the Obama transition. "Today, President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden will hold private meetings in Chicago," spokesman Nick Shapiro announced this morning. "There are no public events scheduled. But political reporters abhor a vacuum, and they are finding their own...

By Dana Milbank  | November 12, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Washington's It Guy: John Podesta

You know Obamania has reached a new level when even John Podesta is a rock star. Some of the best reporters in the business lined up for more than an hour on 6th Street NW this afternoon for a chance to hear Podesta, the Obama transition chief, give an operational...

By Dana Milbank  | November 11, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
 
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Aggregation Time

It's mid-morning in Washington: time to aggregate the aggregators. (There are so many news outlets aggregating political press coverage that it would seem that they themselves need an aggregator.) Rick Klein at ABC News was the early riser this morning, hitting the button on "The Note" at 8:05 a.m. His...

By Dana Milbank  | November 11, 2008; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Obama Fitness Watch, Cont'd

Our 44th president, it appears, will be every bit as exercise mad as the 43rd. Here's the early bulletin from this morning's Obama pool reporter, Janet Adamy of Dow Jones: "At 7:35 a.m. central time, Barack Obama left his home in Hyde Park. About five minutes later, he arrived at...

By Dana Milbank  | November 11, 2008; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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The Bush-Obama Meet and Greet

Well, that was a letdown. Obama wore dark sunglasses as he walked slowly from his plane at Washington National. Instead of the usual campaign SUV, he climbed into a presidential-style limousine with all the bells and whistles: a black haz-mat truck, a communications van and a decoy limo. Hundreds of...

By Dana Milbank  | November 10, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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If a Gavel Falls in the Senate and No One Hears It...

President Bush's days in power may be coming quickly to an end, but Democrats are taking no chances. Congress is in recess now, but to block Bush from slipping in a last-minute recess appointment, Senate Democrats continue to hold occasional pro-forma sessions so that they are not technically in recess...

By Dana Milbank  | November 10, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bush's Last Stand

Seems 43 has one more campaign left in him. At her daily briefing this morning, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino was giving a matter-of-fact preview of the Obamas's visit to the White House this afternoon ("the conversation will include topics such as raising a family in the White House")...

By Dana Milbank  | November 10, 2008; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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News When There's No News

It's evidently a slow news morning for the political types. No Obama staff announcements. Congress is out of session. His Lame Duckness is paying a private visit to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. So let's pass time by aggregating the aggregators. In his "First Read" aggregation of the...

By Dana Milbank  | November 10, 2008; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Mind Spreading Some Wealth Over Here?

Barack Obama was called a socialist at most every stop the Republican ticket made during the final weeks of the campaign. But when Obama arrives in Washington today for the first time as president-elect, the accused socialist will sit down with the real thing: President Bush. John McCain said Obama...

By Dana Milbank  | November 10, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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