Poor Ed Henry.
I’ve worked with him for years at the White House, and I have no idea what his political sympathies are. And yet, since he departed CNN to take up residence at at Fox News earlier this year, he’s been treated by the White House like he was president of the John Birch Society.
In the midst of a heated briefing room discussion last July, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney accused Henry of making TV drama for his new employer.
And then earlier this month President Obama himself accused Henry of shilling for the GOP.
“Well, I didn’t know you were the spokesperson for Mitt Romney,” Obama snarked.
But today, there were signs of incipient detente. Henry asked how Obama was going to pass his unpassable American Jobs Act. Carney replied, in all seriousness, “I appreciate that, Ed,” and then launched into his grateful reply.
Carney had a well prepared answer, so he might have just been pleased to get a chance to read his homework out loud to the class. But I sensed a bit of warming in the tundra there as well.