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Today’s video: Seahawks at White House

 

Video from KIRO-TV

President Obama had the Seattle Seahawks over to “the house' to give them congrats for winning the Super Bowl. For the text of his speech, go inside the blog.

Seahawks get White House invite

 

The Seahawks are being invited to the White House next Wednesday for some presidential atta-boys.

The White House announced President Obama will honor the team for their Super Bowl victory and “for their efforts to give back to their communities.”

Perhaps he'll also thank Richard Sherman for supplying him with some gag lines in the recent correspondents dinner as shown in the video above.

Obama to tour mudslide April 22

(Editor's note: This is an update of the short story that first appeared this morning on the newspaper's website. It generated more than 100 comments there, and you can join the conversation by clicking here.)

OLYMPIA — President Obama will make a stop in Washington later this month to visit parts of Snohomish County devastated by the March 22 mudslide.

Obama will visit on April 22 to get a first-hand look at the devastation and the communities’ reaction in Oso, Arlington and Darrington, the White House announced Tuesday morning. He plans to meet with families, first responders and recovery workers. . . 

To read the rest of this item, click here to continue inside the blog.

Today’s fun video: Obama between 2 ferns

President Obama sat down with Zach Galifianakis for a mock interview, with the main purpose of plugging the health care website but which wandered into many bizarre topics.

Am guessing that conservative pundits who get angry when Obama goes on ESPN to make his NCAA bracket picks will go ballistic over this one.

But parts of it are pretty funny.

Click here to see the 6 minute Funny or Die video.

Obama will visit Seattle next month

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says President Barack Obama will make a three-day West Coast swing next month. The president's trip will start in Seattle on Sept. 25.

He will also make three stops in California: San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. Obama's trip will wrap up in Denver on Sept. 27.

The president's travel schedule is picking up again following a summer that saw him largely stuck in Washington to deal with the contentious and protracted debate over raising the nation's debt ceiling and cutting government spending.

The official insisted on anonymity because the trip has not been officially announced.

Sunday spin: The American people want…what?

It was difficult to catch any member of Congress on the television last week who wasn’t talking about doing what the American people want.
The American people, it seems, want them to cut the deficit, increase jobs, not to raise taxes and to balance the budget. Or to stimulate the economy, increase jobs, and make the wealthy pay their fair share. (You can guess which parties’ members say which.)
Just how members of Congress divine the wishes of the American people isn’t always clear. Elected officials dare not listen too closely to polls, for fear of being accused of holding their finger to the political winds and then being blown in that direction. It’s also possible to get just about any answer one desires from a poll by the way one words the questions.
There was a time when they’d check their mail. Not personally of course, but Washington is magnet for eager young interns who come hoping to change the world and get issued a letter opener and a desk in a small dark room. Later, interns would check voice mail and the fax machine.
In the 21st Century, they also check the congresspersons’ Facebook page, their Twitter account and the e-mail inbox, all of which provide more immediate communication than paper, pen, an envelope and a stamp ever could.
Except, of course, when cyberspace fails…

McMorris Rodgers got to answer Obama

The president gives a regular radio address on the weekend. In the interests of fairness, Republicans get a few minutes of “equal time” to rebut, refute or otherwise try to counter what he has to say.

While the president's address is rarely big news, the GOP response often goes completely unnoticed, unless it happens to be picked up by the network news on a slow weekend.

The GOP passes the honor around so that no one person gets all the good face time. Last weekend, it was U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District. Her topic: So, hey, Mr. President. How about those jobs you're always talking about? Where the heck are they?

Obama's address was a bit more wide ranging, talking about his Twitter Town Hall, talks to lift the debt ceiling and things he's doing to try to get more jobs.

Wait a minute, you say. It's radio so how can there be face time?

Well, they usually have a camera rolling to send out a video version, and post something on Youtube.

This is the video version of the McMorris Rodgers weekend radio address.

To see Obama's radio address, or to comment, click here and go inside the blog.

Today’s fun video: SNL spoofs Emmanuel


Saturday Night Live opened this weekend with a shot at Rahm Emmanuel’s departure from the Obama Administration last week

This Biden video may not be suitable for children

What is it with vice presidents and the F-bomb?

Vice President Joe Biden dropped the expletive in front of a microphone right after introducing President Obama at today’s signing ceremony for the health care legislation. Obama’s press secretary later made light of the incident in this Tweet.

In 2004, Vice President Dick Cheney admitted directing the word toward Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Whose pants on fire?

Didn’t take long for the left and the right to grab onto a two-word outburst during President Obama’s speech Wednesday night.

Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., called the White House to apologize for shouting “You lie,” when Obama was talking about health care and illegal immigrants. But some right wing blogs are defending his outburst, saying dissent is as acceptable in a presidential speech as standing and clapping. Operation Rescue and some other groups also are using the “L” word in their press releases Thursday morning.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, meanwhile, had a fund-raising appeal out first thing Thursday morning, proclaiming that heckling the president is unacceptable and asking donors’ help in raising $100,000 in 48 hours to show Wilson “that we will not stand for our president being called a liar in front of the nation.”

Disrespect has been the hallmark of the summer, the DCCC contends: “But disrespecting the President before the eyes of the nation and just at the moment when President Obama was offering his solution to the greatest challenge of our time is truly an outrage.”

OK, so Wilson’s outburst was not a classy thing to do. One should expect better of a congressman, although with the current low regard the nation has for members of Congress, that may be debatable.

But is a two-word outburst during a high-ranking politician’s talk acceptable free speech?

A court case based in Spokane would suggest that it is.

Go inside the blog to read more.

Today’s video: Best press conference exhange?

Buzz Feed is flagging this press conference exchange between Barack Obama and Reporter Ed Henry, in which the president answers the question (toward the end) Why did you wait so long on AIG outrage?


What do you think? Did Obama get  the better of this Q-and-A, or are you not buying the A? Click here to add a comment.

About Obama’s picks

Barack Obama got his pick for Commerce Secretary on the third try. That would be former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, who was confirmed today.

He’s doing not quite so well on his picks for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, where he’s picked 33 out of the 48 games thus far. If you’ve done better, feel free to gloat.

But it would seem that Coach K’s suggestion that the president has better ways to spend his time than filling out his brackets might have been misdirected…it seems as though Obama didn’t spend that much time, after all.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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