Boy from the hood I got White House clearance…
Obama said “chill, you gonna get me impeached”
But you don’t need this [expletive] anyway
Chill with me on the beach” —
Those lines from Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” were read deadpan by a reporter today during the White House press briefing.
The Obama administration’s response to the reference to White House clearance?
“I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” press secretary Jay Carney said.
When I imagined my journalism career, I never pictured myself standing shirtless in a unisex bathroom in the White House.
But that is precisely where I found myself in November, as a new mother of a nursing infant returning from maternity leave to cover the president.
Hiding in a bathroom is a common condition for many breastfeeding moms seeking a private place to pump milk in their workplace.” —
Our own Rachel Rose Hartman writes about her struggle to find a clean, private place to pump breast milk after returning to work. Her workplace? The White House
—President Barack Obama
Obama on Thursday is set to sign legislation expanding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) to afford domestic violence protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender victims as well as Native Americans and undocumented immigrants.
“That’s way off into the future,” Jeb Bush, a Republican and former Florida governor, responded on Monday’s “Today” show when asked about a possible presidential bid. “I won’t [rule it out], but I won’t declare today either.”Jeb Bush won’t rule out 2016 run
WASHINGTON — Governors frustrated by the prospect of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts set to kick in next week have made the “F-word” their term of choice at the annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association.
That word, of course, is “Flexibility.”
“We believe in what we call flexible federalism,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, a Democrat who chairs the NGA. “That’s a strong cooperative relationship between the states and the federal government that solves problems at all levels.”
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
I would like the president to settle back and pick up a copy of John McCain’s “Faith of My Fathers.” Now here we have a true American hero, a man with a moral compass and a sense of stunning loyalty and integrity. I think anyone will benefit from reading this book, especially the president.
Jackie Collins is a John McCain fan! Who knew! (via The Ticket)
Jeff Greenfield on how to watch tonight’s big political event
If you’re in a civic-indeed mood and plan to watch tonight, is there any way to turn the speech into a more-or-less enjoyable experience? Here, a few helpful hints:
1. Count the standing ovations
2. Find a memorable phrase