President Obama returned to Chicago for fundraisers in what amounted to a kickoff of his reelection campaign. Obama’s first job is to reconnect with the masses who put him into office, writes Mike Allen in POLITICO.
The White House sought to begin deficit talks amid partisan sniping growing out of Obama’s partisan budget speech. Obama aides want to use a bipartisan Senate plan as a counterweight to the House budget.
Relations between the White House and the emasculated House Democrats may be getting frosty, as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi snapped at Obama economic adviser Gene Sperling during a meeting Wednesday.
And Obama, in remarks not intended for reporters, lamented the absence of a “cool phone” in the Obama Office.