Updated at 10:40 am ET
The White House is starting to get smart.
President Obama this morning canceled his scheduled trip to a company in Springfield, Va. – not far from the White House – to discuss fuel efficiency standards for heavy duty vehicles. Engaging in this bit of relative trivia while the economy is in such peril would have been about as appropriate as inviting a hypnotist to a funeral.
Instead, Obama will meet with industry officials behind closed doors at the White House.
If they want to really get smart, Obama aides will cancel his bus trip next week as well. The sight of the president on an obvious campaign swing through the Midwest on some stupid bus at taxpayers expense is sure to invite torrents of deserved derision.
He plans to meet privately today with Treasury Secretary Geithner. That session should be opened for statements either before or after they talk.
What’s less clear to me is why the briefing has also been cancelled. It could be they’re going to put Obama before the cameras in some capacity. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: It appears the cancellation is due to a decision to honor the fallen soldiers, whose bodies have returned to Dover. Please see above.