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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama In Primetime



President Obama faces down reporters tonight in a prime-time press conference. AP Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

President Obama will take questions from reporters during prime time tonight, the first time he has faced a group of journalists in a formal setting since the controversy over bonuses being paid to AIG executives erupted last week.

Over the past five days Obama has conducted several one-on-one interviews -- one with Jay Leno on the "Tonight Show", another with Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" -- and hosted a series of town hall meetings on the west coast in which he addressed the AIG brouhaha but tonight will be his toughest audience yet in his recent push to quell anger over the bonuses and return the focus to passing his budget blueprint.

Expect Obama to follow the outline utilized in his first prime-time press conference on February 9 -- introductory remarks designed to frame the context for those watching at home followed by a dozen (or so) questions from reporters. (In his first press conference Obama took 13 questions -- five of which centered on the economy.)

Obama likely will filibuster a question or two, spending considerable time expounding on his economic policies in order to limit the total number of questions asked.

Tone will matter for Obama tonight. He has drawn some criticism for his somewhat jovial manner when discussing the state of the economy during his interview with "60 Minutes" and must avoid coming off as dismissive or not overly concerned about an economy that has Average Americans on edge.

And, watch to see how aggressive the reporters in the room are when it comes to AIG, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the economy writ large. The tone has grown more combative of late in White House press secretary Robert Gibbs's daily briefings. Will it carry over to the questions asked of the chief executive?

Speaking of questions, do you have a question you'd like to see asked of the president tonight? Offer it in the comment section below. And, don't forget to check out the Fix's live Twitter of the president's presser tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET.

What to Watch For:

Tuesday's Terrific-Reads: To quote Caddyshack: "A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a danish."

1. The Post's Gene Robinson interviews Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and proclaims him a "repairman not a revolutionary."
2. Home re-sales rise. The start of something bigger?
3. New York Gov. David Paterson's political plummet continues; he trails state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo by 50 (!) points in a new independent poll.
4. An argument for Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), a potential 2012 candidate, to seek a third term in 2010.
5. The White House Easter Egg Roll goes online!

A Democratic Chamber?: A group of Democratic heavy-hitters -- led by attorney Jim Doyle, the husband of former Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle -- is seeking support for a new group aimed at organizing the business world behind President Obama's agenda. The group, which is called Business Forward, has affiliations with a number of power players in Democratic politics including veteran Democratic operative Erik Smith, former Recording Industry Association of America Hillary Rosen and former Viacom executive David Sutphen who is also the brother of Mona Sutphen, the White House deputy chief of staff for policy. The goal of the group, according to Doyle, is to take the "thousands of business leaders drawn into the process for the first time in 2008" and "create a platform that identifies, recruits, briefs and organizes business groups across the country." Put simply: It's the Democrats' answer to the Chamber of Commerce.

Reforming the Presidential Nominating Process (Or Maybe Not): Virginia Governor -- and Democratic National Committee Chairman -- Tim Kaine formally named the 37 members of the Democratic Change Committee, a group dedicated to bettering the presidential nominating process. The group will be co-chaired by Sen. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.) and includes former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe as well as a healthy mixture of political operatives and elected officials from the various regions of the country and wings of the party. (Interestingly neither Debbie Dingell nor Michigan Sen. Carl Levin -- the two loudest voices in opposition to the primacy of Iowa and New Hampshire -- are on the committee.) The stated goals of the DCC are to reexamine the so-called "window" in which primaries and caucuses are held, shrink the number of superdelegates and find ways to make the caucus process more inclusive. A report on those matters is due to the DNC by January 2010. Think this commission is the long term solution to the calendar woes that afflicted the party in 2007 and 2008? Think again. Remember that Iowa and New Hampshire are absolutely dead set on keeping their first in the nation status and will do anything -- literally -- to ensure the calendar remains the same.

Gingrich To Become a Catholic Saturday: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will officially convert to Catholicism this Saturday at St. Joseph's in Washington, D.C. The move has long been planned -- the New York Times Matt Bai mentioned it in a profile of Gingrich last month -- and will allow Gingrich and his wife, Calista, to practice the same faith. (Gingrich was a Baptist for much of his life.) Let the "what does this mean for 2012" speculation begin!

Happy Birthday to Charlie: Charlie Fix is one month old today! Here's how he is celebrating.

Say What?: "I'll have a full press conference tomorrow night and you guys are going to be able to go at it." -- President Obama in response to a shouted question following his Monday photo-op with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 24, 2009; 5:40 AM ET
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Comments

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 6.8 percent, its biggest gain since October, suggesting that "investors bet that the government may have finally found a way to fix the nagging problem at the core of the financial crisis," notes the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by: drindl
===========================================
WOW!! The market went up for a whole day.
This proves the economic plan is working.

Posted by: saw1 | March 24, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Nemo, That's just because his mom paid off the mortgage 10 years ago.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 24, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

"I have to caulk my tub and don't want to miss anything important."

ROFL. You'll be typing snarky comments at 100 wpm.

Nemo - don't engage Scrivener. If you do get a rise out of him, it just means you're part of the grand conspiracy. A neat little self-delusional package.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 24, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

king--
gee, at least you have a tub.
in a house
that hasn't been foreclosed upon

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

the press hones in on president Paris failures......

What else is there?

I an glad she is making another empty appearance tonight. I have to caulk my tub and don't want to miss anything important.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 24, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I am feeling sorry for whoever the person is who will be behind Gingrich in the line for confession. It looks like two divorces doesn't mean much as long as you weren't Catholic when they occurred. I suspect he will be a cafeteria Catholic as far as his review of the Social Justice teachings of the Church such as overlooking such things as the concept of a living wage, abolition of the death penalty, worker rights,and health care as a human right and concentrating on those issues relating to when life begins which seem to be the only ones that most folks think count for Catholics. The spirit of Henri IV lives on.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | March 24, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"the last refuge of the incompetant. bush did it."

The first refuge is to blame Obama.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"the last refuge of the incompetant. bush did it."

The first refuge is to blame Obama.

Posted by: DDAWD | March 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

uh, pension funds and insurance funds that CEO(s) have been ripping off for a decade.

i am sure that behavior suddenly stopped.
ask bernie and his auditor.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


oh mibrooks....fair weathered friend.
it's been 60 something days.....
and you have already formed an opinion of "failure", from one you supported so adamantly.
and none of President Obama's dilema was "inherited".

MY GOD, thank God I never stopped loving John Elway because he lost 3 super bowls.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

bsallamack - I'LL TAKE A SHOT AT THAT. The first round of fraud pretty much emptied the world of private investment money. Now, what remains are pension funds and insurance funds. Oh, sure, those funds have already lost around 35% of their pre-September values, are THE reason state and local governments are whining about the need for tax increases and busy dreaming up new fees. The pension funds, taxpayer backed, and insurance funds, also taxpayer backed, for those state and local governments and pseudo-government agencies (PUD's, transit districts, etc.) are for all purposes bankrupt. There simply isn't enough money there to cover the debt, the money drawn out by retirees.

So, that is truly awful (and despicable!) about the Obama-Geithner-Summers plan to buy up toxic assets with a public-private partnership is that it is a fantasy. The money, virtually all of it, on the private side, is managed by private investors, but it is public taxpayer backed money. Those pension plans are doubling down, GAMBLING, that they can make up for all or most of the losses they have suffered since September. If they bust, and a lot of people are very sure they will, then we face the draconian cutbacks to basic services and the collapse of local governments all across the country.

Now, I haven;t got the slightest idea if Obama understands the magnitude of this gamble, but Summers and Geithner certainly do and Krugman has been screaming from the rooftops about it. Penny stocks? No. Summers and Geithner, in order to keep their idiot notions about "free trade" alive, are literally gambling with our lives.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

yes drindl...i agree.

CNN is doing it big time.
Plus CNN has gone so "chit-chatty" it's making me gag.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Question for the reporter with courage?

Mr. President what is the difference between the rigged market with fake investor of the new Treasury plan, and the old rigged market of penny stock manipulators?

Posted by: bsallamack | March 24, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

drindly, give us all break! You may still be dumb enough to "believe" in change, but a lot of us have gotten way past that state! I, myself, donated money to the Obama campaign, spent well over 200 hours as a campaign volunteer, and voted for him. What I/we got was worse than Bush II, a Wall Street hack and crony that has gone back on every single major campaign promise. I have never felt so conned and never been so angry, no FURIOUS, in my entire life! Instead of the promised curbs on outsourcing jobs, guest workers taking jobs, Obama is due to issue 165,000 *MORE* H1-B visas this month, has overseen an acceleration of outsourcing. He has given our tax dollars to ruthless banks and corporations like GM-Ditech, for whom degrading and harming consumers is their normal manner of business. He and his advisor wont even talk about the bankrupt public employee pension funds, all taxpayer backed, that have caused our states and local governments to not even afford basic services. Instead of actual change, we get nice, inspiring speeches that "seem" to promise everything, fake sympathy, but deliver nothing. We lies piled upon lies, incompetence that is simply mind blowing, and a pair of weasels in Geithner and Summers that make you want to vomit. Oh, and we get the same old "free trade" crap and warnings about "protectionism" making this depression "longer and harder" sounding remarkably like a bad late night commercial for an herbal male enhancement product, but even phonier. Forget voting for "change". When things get REALLY BAD, like this summer, we will need to do something to force change. It will likely take, at the very least, a nation wide strike, massive protests, and civil disobedience that will dwarf anything seen anywhere. Our "representative" don't represent us, they represent the insiders, the wealthy, the connected and powerful, the corrupt and slimy swine that have made our lives a living h*ll. In the meanwhile, go blubber about Obama somewhere else. Anyone with a clear view of reality can see he is nothing more than a part of the problem.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | March 24, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Here is what I DON'T think they (reporters) should do - I don't think that reporters tonight should give the President the impression that the $174 billion given to AIG is worth 100% of the President's time and attention...so it goes without saying that the AIG "bonuses," that comprise .092% of the money given to AIG, should command 100% of his time and attention.

And the first reporter to utter the words "Special Olympics" should be stoned to death.

Let's have a substantive press conference on substantive subjects...not fringe items.

Posted by: achilli | March 24, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of the press trashing everything obama does.

And yet they hang on every word old Darth spits up, even when the public hates him and even his own party wants hm to go away.

But that's our national media -- locked in their Beltway Cocktail Bubble, where the only sound they hear is the echo of their own tedious, self-important voices...

"Former Vice President Dick Cheney has refused to stay out of the political spotlight since leaving office, giving high-profile interviews to CNN and Politico. Last night, The Hill reported that congressional Republicans are telling him “to go back to his undisclosed location and leave them alone to rebuild the Republican Party without his input”:

Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) said, “He became so unpopular while he was in the White House that it would probably be better for us politically if he wouldn’t be so public…But he has the right to speak out since he’s a private citizen.”

Another House Republican lawmaker who requested anonymity said he wasn’t surprised that Cheney has strongly criticized Obama early in his term, but argued that it’s not helping the GOP cause.

The legislator said Cheney, whose approval ratings were lower than President Bush’s during the last Congress, didn’t think through the political implications of going after Obama.

Cheney did “House Republicans no favors,” the lawmaker said, adding, “I could never understand him anyway.”

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse


"the press is, and will continue, to only hone in on President Obama's failures."

Rather, they will take 'success' and redefine it as 'failure.' Because that's what they do with Democrats.

Remember the fawning syncophants they were during the beginning of the Bush pr3sidency? What a difference a party makes.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

sverigegrabb:
thanks for clarifying what we were saying by your very very relevant entry.

senate committee is massacring Mr. Geitner.
i am so sick of this deframing in WASH DC.

comments on The Fix mean JACK compared to the bull they are pulling on the hill today towards Geitner.

My offer stands....I will buy Mr. Timothy Geitner any beer he wants after today and the lashing he is taking at the expense of the Bush family.
Wonder what Kennebunkport has on the t.v. today.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Crickey! These comments are SO sophmoric! Can't anyone have a level-headed, SUBSTANTIVE discussion about content and issues? That's what makes reading the comments section--whether here or on YouTube or on Politico or on FirstRead--such a waste of time!

Cillizza gets kudos for tossing out pearls, but the comments section proves that at least the most vocal readers are metaphorical swine--not to defame poor porcines!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | March 24, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

the press is, and will continue, to only hone in on President Obama's failures.

the paradox of the paradiagm shift.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse


scrivener
get a grip
they are called "Codes of Conduct".
You follow, on any given site, on any given day, or lose access.

So now you tell me what is the difference between face to face conversations and internet postings?
And what action and re-action will come of it?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You're kidding me. First he's too grim about the economy, now he's too "jovial" about it. Where's the line then? What is "realistic without being depressing" and what is "optimistic without being dismissive?" The economic situation is too complicated to explain in twenty seconds, so the media focuses on the deliverer?

Posted by: thecorinthian | March 24, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Wrote "TheBabeNemo" of expressing one's political views in person as opposed to the internet:

"In person - one may get shot or hit."


***


Well, thanks for confirming where YOU'RE coming from...

As for your comment about losing "access" to "said site" for expressing a political opinion:

If "losing access" is an act of draconian censorship by a third party (such as Big Brother?) -- NOT by the site owner -- that is censorship and/or prior restraint and a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution...

...which apparently does not bother your ilk.

Just who is paying you? ALL of us??


Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

scriverner50-the answer to your question is YES.

on the internet--
is there a right to exercise one's constitutional right to freedom of speech?

in person--face to face--
is there a right to exercise one's constitutional right to freedom of speech?

it is easier to suffer ramifications and consequences from "in person dialogue".
As you remain faceless on the internet, you can say just about anything, correct?
In person - one may get shot or hit.
On the Net - one gets flamed with verbal abuse (or lose acces to said site).

so--should daily battles be waged?
they already are, everyday..on the Net.
Under the guise of first amendment rights.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk wrote: "the last refuge of the incompetant. bush did it."

I'd say, king of zouk, your recurring presence here proves that The Fix itself is the last refuge of the "incompetant [sic]."

While it's true that you haven't the faintest clue how to make a point, keep talking anyway, little zouk. You're a walking endorsement for every cause you oppose. And you're hilarious, though never in the way you intend.

Posted by: nodebris | March 24, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

yes king, bush did it.
Probably got orders from daddie and his New World Order.

Are you going to honestly say President Obama caused this mess?
And Bush is Mr. Clean????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

A QUESTION OF THE DAY FOR ALL OF US...


Well, free speech won Scrivener50's latest skirmish (see below)...

But should such daily battles have to be waged just to exercise one's constitutional right to freedom of speech, and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures?

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

these PC(s) are lots of fun.
I hope that the Rahmster informed President Obama

not to take follow up questions.

You cannot have follow ups.
So there

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS #2 THRU #4 FOR POTUS...

2. On a related matter, official sources, including the Justice Department, have confirmed that silent, potentially deadly microwave radiation weapons, also known as “directed energy weapons,” have been or are being widely deployed to military, intel, and law enforcement personnel nationwide.

It also has been reported that the Bush Justice Department approved the “use” of such weapons on persons deemed by authorities to be “dissidents,” “social undesirables” or “mental defectives.”

What does your administration know about the proliferation and use of such weapons?

Should silent radiation weapons be permitted at all, given the fact that they leave no traditional forensic evidence and thus allow for the commission of the “perfect crime” — the undetectable application of deadly force?

Have you ordered a halt to the use and deployment of such weapons, pending a review by your administration of their continued use and proliferation?

3. Reports also have surfaced about a coordinated array of so-called “multi-agency action programs” sold as tools to combat the financing of terrorism…

…but which allegedly have been used to destroy the livelihoods against American citizens who have been “targeted” by federal agencies.

Has your administration looked into possible misuse of such anti-terrorism programs — whether these programs have contributed to the mortgage meltdown and the broader financial crisis?

Will you end programs that deny their “targets” their constitutional rights, such as freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures — including the surveillance and interception of telecommunications?

Will you order a thorough review of how the called-called “terrorist watch list” is compiled — and whether persons who are put on their list have been denied their constitutional rights, such as due process rights?

4. There also have been reports in recent weeks that federally-funded community policing and town watch programs have been used to create a nationwide vigilante army of so-called “community gang stalking” squads.

It has been alleged that this civilian force is receiving targeting and surveillance information from federal agencies engaged in so-called “intelligence-based policing…”

…and that some of the targeting may be based on politics or prejudice as opposed to evidence of wrongdoing.

Are you concerned that federal programs have been used to create what some have called a constitutionally-exempt “American Gestapo”?

Have you ordered a halt to federal community policing and anti-terrorism programs that may be denying Americans their constitutional right to due process under the law?

For more:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

SUGGESTED QUESTIONS FOR POTUS PRESSER GOT THE 'HELD FOR BLOG OWNER' MESSAGE (AGAIN).

COULD THAT BE BECAUSE QUESTION #1 WAS ABOUT THE SEYMOUR HERSH REPORT OF AN 'EXECUTIVE ASSASSINATION RING' ALLEGEDLY RUN OUT OF THE BUSH WHITE HOUSE?

Fix readers, the apparent censorship and/or prior restraint this journalist has experienced is remarkable in its scope, and in its brazen and random application.

I'm really starting to wonder whether the nation is not in the midst of a silent coup.

How else to explain these apparent restrictions on free speech via the interception of telecommunications?

For those who are curious as to what would prompt such censorship, here is a link to the questions, courtesy of the American Civil Liberties Union -- apparently, the last bastion of free speech in America:


http://blog.aclu.org/2009/01/26/internet-filters-voluntary-ok-not-government-mandate

OR (if link is corrupted):

http://blog.aclu.org, "free speech" section, go to "older entries" link, look for "internet filters" thread, last item.

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 24, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Being a Catholic could be problematic among evangelical voters if Newt Gingrich runs. I honestly don't think he is running. His profile is going to have to go up even more in order to have enough momentum to make it through what looks like a crowded Republican Field. I love the picture of Charlie. Please post more pictures as he continues to grow this year.

Posted by: jameshauser | March 24, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope that the Fourth Estate doesn't roll over and play patsy tonight...

President Obama,
Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd has said that he will return campaign contributions from AIG. What is not manifestly clear is whether Dodd will return campaign contributions from individuals who worked for AIG, received bonuses and were recently subpoenaed. [How much is the sum total from these individuals as well as corporate?]

Will you, President Obama, in order to remove the possibility of taint from your name, return ALL AIG-related contributions to your presidential campaign--much like you did with previous campaign contributions from Tony Rezko for your Illinois-based races?

http://www.courant.com/business/hc-aigbonusesconnecticut.artmar24,0,7118607.story

A story dated March 18 that ran in the Connecticut Post and other Hearst newspapers named 11 of the 14 people who have been subpoenaed as contributors to Dodd campaign funds. Dodd has said he would return all AIG-related contributions.

Posted by: laloomis | March 24, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

the last refuge of the incompetant. bush did it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 24, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

no king...the bush solution implemented with the economic stabilization act of 2008
did that

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

MABP posted links to three Times articles and asked about Will's contention that MX trucks are safer than American trucks.

As to Will's contention, I know that at the turn of the millennium big MX trucks were twice the laden weight of American trucks and maybe 15' longer. TX would only let them in to unload so their shipments could be reloaded onto AM trucks. New TX highways were to be built to a standard that would withstand the compression of MX trucks. None of that could have happened yet.

Let me add to this morning's reading list:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/24/AR2009032400847.html?hpid=topnews

wherein Geithner asks for more tools - FDIC has no power over bank holding companies, only over national banks, so the Krugman argument for reorganizing the big zombies has not been completely available to the Fed. This new authority might be a step in rectifying that problem.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | March 24, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

So the lib solution is National Socialism.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 24, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Poor dingbat drivl doesn't understand. Like most libs, economics is simply beyond them. Markets occasionally do go up, but more frequently, when libs are in charge, they continue down. This is the no confidence vote in mr empty suit incompetant.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 24, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse


i'd rather have a congenial and even charismatic President than a Catholic Newt.

oh god....the church is giving Newt carte-blanche now??? Maybe I'll go Buddhist.

hey, i can't pull up charlie's picture.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse


better than mission accomplished with troops dying... still

what time is the big PC tonight?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | March 24, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

president Paris Hilton has another appearance tonight. Since her poll ratings are plummeting, American idol is the next venue. Dancing with the stars remains. I sure hope the um uh like you know um TelePrompTer is funtioning so our leader has some thoughts.

Just be sure no "unexpected" questions crop up. The answers must be preloaded into the empty suit.

Meanwhile dingbat drivl declares mission accomplished after one day of gains.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | March 24, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

It seems very unfair for NH and Iowa to play such an outsized role in selecting the president. As equal a voice for everyone as possible is the only fair way to do it. Just say no very firmly to NH and Iowa.

Posted by: newageblues | March 24, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Dear President:

Please don't mention bowling, any kind of olympics or sports tournament picks and of course make sure you don't laugh (at anything).

Thanks,
818 (a voter)

Posted by: newbeeboy | March 24, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Three of this morning's most enlightening reads are at the NYT.

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/index.html

I recommend Brooks from and on Afghanistan, Krauze on Mexico, and Light on the slow pace of Senate approvals of nominations by the executive.

In the WaPo, Will suggests that Mexican semis are safer than American trucks. Au contraire, I had read they were much bigger, harder on the roadbeds, and much dirtier. What are the actual facts?

Posted by: MoreAndBetterPolls | March 24, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Finally -- the reforms and regulati our sick and gluttonous financial system needs to prevent this happening again:

"In an op-ed piece in the LAT, President Obama writes that the "leaders of the G-20 have a responsibility to take bold, comprehensive and coordinated action that not only jump-starts recovery but launches a new era of economic engagement to prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again." No country can hope to bring an end to the crisis in isolation, and that's why coming up with a coordinated strategy at next month's summit in London is so important. Countries must resist their protectionist impulses, and take this opportunity to "advance comprehensive reforms of our regulatory and supervisory framework."

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 6.8 percent, its biggest gain since October, suggesting that "investors bet that the government may have finally found a way to fix the nagging problem at the core of the financial crisis," notes the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Too bad about your site, Mr. Cilizza-- I see it's been infected with the Rightwing Insect Mind, who all write exactly the same comments, in the same words.--whatever it is that Rush and Drudge want them to parrot that day.

They are obbssessed with teleprompters, Nancy Pelosi and other juvenalia -- and they are desperately searching for the next Hitler to guide them.

Posted by: drindl | March 24, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I hear there is going to be another softball game, I mean press conference, at the White House tonight?

Posted by: daleinfl | March 24, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Question for the President: Are you using a teleprompter this evening?

Posted by: Linda7 | March 24, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

obama does pretty well with the press (remember?!), so it should be fine. i think his tone is fine, and it will be interpreted based upon a partisan lens.

gingrich and jindal as catholics, huntsman as a mormon. i wonder how this will affect evangelicals, or if it will have any effect at all. do they splinter off and support sarah palin or huckabee? or, do they look at bush and notice that having an evangelical in the white house doesn't necessarily produce results? then again, both gingrich and jindal have passed on protestantism after having deep experiences with it. do they see it as a deeper rejection of them and their values? who knows?

Posted by: plathman | March 24, 2009 6:17 AM | Report abuse

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