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White House Watch: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Renouncing Bush's Worldview

A whole speech about Islam, and President Obama didn't use the word "terrorists" even once? Obama's conservative critics, along with some media observers, are up in arms -- which is a real testament to how effectively the Bush administration linked...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 5, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Middle East  
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Quick Takes

"Will the world ever learn?" That was the question Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel asked, with President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel standing alongside, during an incredibly moving visit today to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where Wiesel himself was held...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 5, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Late Night Humor

Here's Jon Stewart last night: "A provocative speech from the president of the United States, delivered in the heart of a Middle East capital. How will it play with the extremists?" For the answer, he rolls a Fox News montage....

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 5, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Mike Luckovich, Tony Auth, Jim Morin, Lisa Benson, Walt Handelsman and David Horsey on who really hated Obama's speech; Jimmy Margulies, Adam Zyglis, Chan Lowe and Matt Davies on Obama's outreach, Nick Anderson and Clay Bennett on Obama's settlement problem,...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 5, 2009; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Post-Neocon Appeal to Islam

Obama in Cairo. (Getty Images) In a much-anticipated speech, President Obama in Cairo today called for a fundamental resetting of the relationship between America and Islam, acknowledging a long estrangement that he said dramatically degenerated after the 9/11 attacks...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 4, 2009; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Middle East  
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart brings you "the moment that epitomizes everything that is wrong with Dick Cheney, his arrogance, the media, their acquiescence, and the delightfully witty relationship between the two." The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cDick...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 4, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Joel Pett on Obama's optimism, Matt Davies on on his twin challenges, Tom Toles on Cheney's complaint, Stuart Carlson on Obama's auto sales job and Dan Wasserman on judging Sotomayor....

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 4, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Of Course Obama Should Apologize

Disparaging President Obama's overseas trip as an "Apology Tour", some conservative critics are trying to make the argument that being a powerful champion of liberty and admitting mistakes are somehow mutually exclusive. But particularly as Obama addresses the Muslim world...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 3, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Middle East  
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Quick Takes

Paul Kane and Joby Warrick write in The Washington Post: "Former vice president Richard B. Cheney personally oversaw at least four briefings with senior members of Congress about the controversial interrogation program, part of a secretive and forceful defense he...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 3, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Let's Talk White House

I'm Live Online today at 1 p.m. ET. Come join the conversation. I suspect today we'll be chatting a lot about President Obama's trip, his Supreme Court pick and former vice president Cheney's torture tour. But other topics may well...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 3, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cartoon Watch

John Darkow on Obama to the rescue, Bruce Plante on Obama's job one at GM, Mike Luckovich on Dr. Obama's Israeli prescription, and Ed Gamble on the rise of the czars....

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 3, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama's Big Health Care Test

President Obama has called Senate Democrats to the White House today for a huddle on health-care strategy -- and this is the one issue to watch above all. Obama's plan to massively overhaul the nation's health-care system, hold down costs...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Quick Takes

President Obama yesterday issued a proclamation in honor of "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Month," in which he asserted: "The LGBT rights movement has achieved great progress, but there is more work to be done." But Obama has remained publicly...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Obama Getting 'Honest' With Israel

President Obama's call for a "new dialogue" in the Middle East -- one in which the U.S. would be "honest" about what Israel has to do to achieve security -- is the clearest indication yet that the new administration is...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Cheney Watch

Former vice president Dick Cheney was out and about again yesterday, first taking questions at the presentation of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation Journalism Awards (Cheney was Ford's chief of staff) and then in a joint appearance with daughter, Liz,...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Late Night Humor

Stephen Colbert on Obama's Sotomayor nomination: "There wasn't a single white male on his shortlist. That sends a terrible message to all the little white boys out there who dream of one day having their judicial reputations destroyed by the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cartoon Watch

Jim Morin on the new GM, Kevin Siers on another occupation, Dan Wasserman on Obama's next repair job, Rex Babin on GM's new hood ornament, Tom Toles on the Sotomayor strawmen, Matt Wuerker on the race factor, Steve Sack's Gitmo...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 2, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Accidental CEO

The way things are going these days, owning a car company is not the best way to win friends and earn trust. And owning a bankrupt General Motors is, to put it lightly, a bit of a political and economic...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Revisiting History

Former Vice President Dick Cheney keeps trying to rewrite history in a way that will reflect kindly on the Bush-Cheney administration's counter-terrorism efforts. But history struck back as former White House counter-terrorism director Richard Clarke, writing in a Washington Post...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Watch Froomkin

I was one of four White House journalists featured in an IFC Media Project documentary last night, which is also available (for $1.99) on itunes. Host Gideon Yago's crew interviewed Julie Mason of the Washington Examiner, April Ryan of American...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama's Big Muslim Test

Expectations are mounting for President Obama's big speech to the Muslim world from Cairo on Thursday -- and his approach is coming into clearer focus, as well. Margaret Talev and Warren P. Strobel write for McClatchy Newspapers: President Barack Obama...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Still Playing the Race Card

Judge Sonia Sotomayor's breakthrough nomination to the Supreme Court seems nearly unstoppable at this point. John Harwood writes in the New York Times that: "Notwithstanding fierce criticism from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich, there is scant evidence...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Aday Zyglis on Obama's GM rescue, John Trever on Obama's health-care plan, Kevin Siers on the White House version of "Up," Tom Toles on the new voodoo economics, Steve Sack on Obama's North Korean options, Monte Wolverton on the politics...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 1, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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