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White House Watch: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

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Today's column is my last for The Washington Post. And the first thing I want to say is thank you. Thank you to all you readers, e-mailers, commenters, questioners, Facebook friends and Twitterers for spending your time with me and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 26, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (438)
 
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Still Fighting

It says a lot about this presidency that there is so much else going on that the public has almost forgotten that our troops are still fighting two wars. And yet, there is big trouble on both fronts. In Iraq,...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 25, 2009; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Afghanistan , Iraq  
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Quick Takes

Colum Lynch writes in The Washington Post: "The United Nations' top human rights advocate, Navanethem Pillay, on Wednesday appealed to the Obama administration to release Guantanamo Bay inmates or try them in a court of law, and said officials who...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 25, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Late Night Humor

Jon Stewart shows a clip of Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer criticizing Obama for his restrained response to the Iranian crackdown. Stewart's response: "You can't believe Obama puts our national security in front of moral outrage?.. You know what I...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 25, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Rob Rogers on Obama's timidity, Eric Allie on Obama's slow response to Iran, Tim Eagan on how Obama should have handled Iran, Pat Oliphant, Stuart Carlson, Matt Wuerker and Dave Granlund on the health-care debate, Joel Pett on Obama's bad...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 25, 2009; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Obama Withdraws the Open Hand

President Obama's I'll-talk-to-anyone approach to international diplomacy does, it turns out, have exceptions. One is for leaders who are in the middle of brutally repressing anti-government protesters. Most of the talk about yesterday's press conference today is either about Obama's...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 24, 2009; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Public Actually Supportive of Health Plan

How troubled are Americans by President Obama's proposed health-care overhaul? Less than you might think after reading Ceci Connolly and Jon Cohen's story in The Washington Post today. They write: A majority of Americans see government action as critical to...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 24, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Quick Takes

Via thinkprogress.org, Ian Pannell reports for BBC News: "Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC. Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 24, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Late Night Humor

Stephen Colbert on the GOP demand that Obama ratchet up his Iranian rhetoric: "Exactly! Seeing these protesters struggle and not speaking boldly and loudly is like seeing a drowning man and not standing on the shore shouting: 'Hey, look at...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 24, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Pat Oliphant on Obama's Iranian tightrope, Donna Barstow on media strategy, Tom Toles on GOP protests, Ken Catalino on rethinking things, Scott Stantis on Obama's garden, Bruce Plante and Steve Kelley on Obama's mixed message on cigarettes, Matt Wuerker and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 24, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Obama vs. the News Cycle

President Obama, making his most extensive and personal remarks yet condemning the crushing of dissent by the Iranian regime, also stressed today that it's not his job to satisfy the 24-hour news cycle, with its rapacious appetite for conflict and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 23, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Obama, Slayer of the GOP

The coverage of the latest wave of public-opinion polls has focused mostly on President Obama's ostensible political weaknesses. But the more important story may be the increased marginalization of his Republican opposition. Three major polls out in the past week...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 23, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
 
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Quick Takes

Bob Herbert writes in his New York Times opinion column: "It was thought by many that a President Obama would put a stop to the madness, put an end to the Bush administration’s nightmarish approach to national security. But Mr....

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 23, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Stuart Carlson, Matt Wuerker, Rob Rogers, Matt Davies, John Auchter and Tim Goheen on health-care reform, Rex Babin, Jimmy Margulies, Pat Bagley and Chan Lowe on Obama and Iran, Joel Pett on Obama's leadership, Mike Luckovich on Obama's struggle...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 23, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Some Things Obama Must Explain

Even as President Obama spends most of his time trying to fix the problems former President George W. Bush created or overlooked, his administration is nevertheless embracing the Bushian way of doing business on a handful of issues, most notably...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Head-Knocking Time

There's a consensus emerging among liberal pundits about what needs to happen for President Obama to achieve genuine health care reform: He's got to get tough with the legislators who are standing in his way. Michael Tomasky writes in a...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Quick Takes

Having come to realize that it was neither realistic nor useful, the White House is now retooling Obama's first officially broken campaign promise: His vow that once a bill was passed by Congress, the White House would post it online...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Presidential Humor

President Obama on Friday night was the headliner at the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner -- the newly toned-down counterpart to the trashily excessive White House Correspondents Association Dinner. Here is the video of Obama's routine. My favorite joke,...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Kevin Siers, Michael Ramirez, Glenn McCoy and Heng Kim Song on Obama and the fly, Tom Toles on Obama's secret secrecy czar, Jeff Danziger on Obama's stealth lobbyists, Adam Zyglis on the new regulatory regime, Tony Auth on how Congress...

By Dan Froomkin  |  June 22, 2009; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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