Four years ago today: “A temporary White House staffer, Carlton Philadelphia, brought his family to the Oval Office for a farewell photo with President Obama. Carlton’s son softly told the President he had just gotten a haircut like President Obama, and asked if he could feel the President’s head to see if it felt the same as his.” May 8, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)
10:15: VP Biden attends President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea’s address to a Joint Session of Congress
12:0: VP Biden delivers remarks at the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas at the Department of State
12:30: Jay Carney briefs the press
2:25: President Obama meets with electric utility CEOs and their trade associations
5:30: Meets with a group of Asian American and Pacific Islanders national leaders
6:30: Has dinner with members of the House Democratic Leadership at the Jefferson Hotel
7:45: VP Biden delivers keynote remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ 19th Annual Gala Awards Dinner
President Barack Obama and President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, May 7. Photo: Pete Souza
USA Today: …. The president starts this afternoon at the Energy Department, where he meets with electric utility CEOs and trade associations to talk about preparations for the upcoming hurricane season….
Later, Obama and Vice President Biden discuss budget issues with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.
Then comes a presidential meeting with a group of Asian American and Pacific Islanders national leaders. The agenda includes Obama’s efforts to win a major immigration bill and the ongoing implementation of the health care bill.
Obama caps his day with another congressional dinner, this one with House Democratic leaders. The dinner at a hotel in downtown Washington features House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., and some of her colleagues: Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, Xavier Becerra, Joe Crowley, Chris Van Hollen, Rosa DeLauro, Rob Andrew, Steve Israel, and Mike Thompson.
Funny how those who called anybody who questioned Bush re 9/11 non-patriots are baying the loudest about Benghazi and say they are patriots.
— john miller (@deaconmill) May 6, 2013
Kevin Drum (Mother Jones): …. Republicans will be relentlessly exploiting Obamacare’s rollout problems during next year’s midterm elections.
…. I sure don’t see any possible response to the Republican attacks except for Democrats to get out of their crouch and start selling Obamacare like their lives depend on it. Which they do. A moderate response just won’t do any good here. Dems need to be promoting Obamacare with the same fervor Republicans bring to the attack, pointing out its benefits and upsides at every opportunity. So far I haven’t seen this – or even anything even close to this – and I suppose that might only be due to the fact that 2014 is still a ways off. But it better start happening soon.
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Jonathan Cohn: Democrats are worried about the implementation of Obamacare … “There’s clearly some concern that their constituents don’t yet have all facts on how it will work, and that Republicans are filling that vacuum with partisan talking points,” Representative Steve Israel of New York told the Times. “And the administration must use every tool they have to get around the obstructions and make it work.”
…. In conversations over the last two weeks, about this very question, I’ve been struck by how little even some of the administration’s allies know about what the White House has in mind.
That appears to be changing now ….. the administration just brought on Tara McGuinness, who used to work at the Center for American Progress, to lead a communications team on health care reform. The president himself will start talking more about the law: On Friday, for example, he’ll be giving a speech about the benefits it will bring to women. And much more is in store for the summer, when the administration will inform people about the law’s benefits and encourage people who need insurance to sign up…..
— The White House (@whitehouse) May 6, 2013
— R Joseph (@rjoseph7777) May 8, 2013
“I don’t see why we need a new monument to George W. Bush when we already have Guantanamo.” — Andy Borowitz
— PrObama (@proadstudio) May 4, 2013
Business Insider: Stirred by the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass an expansion on background checks last month, a group of three web designers with the Brooklyn firm Guts & Glory expressed their frustration by creating a website that has turned into a viral campaign over the past two weeks.
The website, TheyDontWorkForYou.org, pairs all 46 senators who voted against the amendment with victims of gun violence. It encourages readers to call the senators, tweet at them, or post messages on their Facebook pages.
After launching on April 22, the campaign has spread through different advocacy organizations, such as Moms Demand Action. It has also earned the firm congratulations from organizations like the Michael Bloomberg-backed Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Most awkward event to plan: House GOP wives retreat. Mark Sanford’s mistress/fiancee is in for some serious wifie side-eye…
— Joy Reid (@TheReidReport) May 8, 2013
Last night, voters South Carolina rejected the sister of a guy who parodies conservatism in favor of an actual parody of conservatism.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) May 8, 2013
Man, I bet Elizabeth Colbert-Busch is kicking herself for not cheating on her husband w/taxpayer funds right now.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 8, 2013
This is an incredible story:
— Theo67 (@glomad67) May 8, 2013
The one and only Charles Ramsey:
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) May 7, 2013
A message from GB:
@theobamadiary Psst. Exhausted.Haven’t had time for updates. Please let TOD crew or anyone interested in knowing I’m ok.
— GoBrooklyn (@GoBrooklyn) May 7, 2013
Love from us all GB, wishing you the very best and hoping you get your strength back very soon.
PS Alex Ferguson, the greatest manager/coach in the history of, like, planet earth has announced his retirement, so I will be using this a lot today —-> 😥