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White House Takes Little Credit for Ending Spill

Well, it looks like BP has finally stopped the leak in the Gulf, and the White House did a fairly restrained victory dance today to celebrate the news. Here’s Obama at a meeting of AFL-CIO leaders. It was very welcome news when we learned overnight that efforts to stop the well through what’s called a static kill appear to be working, and that a report

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Is Mother Nature Working for Obama?

Setting an unusually blistering pace for White House spin, Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton today tried to claim credit for cleaning up the Gulf, when it’s pretty clear that most of the work is just happened on its own. Well, if you’ve seen some of the reports out today, we’ve obviously been able to make a lot of progress on cleaning up some of the

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Obama Bullish on the Oil Spill

President Obama made damn sure to talk about the Gulf oil spill before leaving on a three day vacation to Maine today, suggesting that even if the lattest cap is not perfect, the worst of the oil spill is easily over. Obama spoke to reporters at the White House before boarding his chopper, and in an usual display of loquaciousness, even took some questions. Now

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‘Joe, You Go This Time . . . “

“I just can’t stand the smell and the seafood made me sick.” Obama sends Biden to the Gulf.  He’ll land there Tuesday and visit National Incident Command Center in New Orleans and the Florida panhandle.

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Obama Moves Beyond Petroleum

Been there, done that. It looks like the White House feels it’s covered its ass enough on the BP mess. Last week and the one before, in response to an outcry that he’s been AWOL on the mess in the Gulf, Obama was all oil spill, all the time, and seemed to be taking command of the situation in a way most presidential. He even

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The Top Ten Asses Obama Still Needs to Kick

President Obama last week “figured out whose ass to kick” when he met with BP CEO Tony Hayward at the White House. Obama kicked Hayward’s ass, and out popped $20 billion. This ass kicking was such a success that White House Dossier has compiled a list of the top ten owners of other asses Obama should Kick. 1. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, for

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Gibbs Thanks Barton for his Service

The following letter from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs to Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) was just obtained by White House Dossier. Due to its significant news value and excellent use of English grammar, we’ve decided to share it with you immediately. June 18, 2010 The White House Office of the Press Secretary Dear Joe, Thank you for your cooperation on the BP issue and

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Gibbs Suggests Barton Should Resign Post

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Thursday sought to ratchet up the pressure on Republicans and further highlight potentially politically damaging statements by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) by suggesting that Barton should resign as ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. From today’s briefing. GIBBS: I think Republicans are going to have to ask themselves whether Congressman Barton should be the ranking member

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Obama and BP Whack the Small People

President Obama, who is visiting BP headquarters in Houston to continue the BP ass kicking he began at the White House June 16, is led by BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg into a large banquet hall. The president is seated next to Svanberg in the middle of an extremely long table filled with pitchers of wine, whole fish, roasted fowl, immense slabs of beef, baskets of

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Gibbs Rams Barton for ‘Shakedown’ Apology

The White House today pounced on what it clearly sees as a nice and wide political opening, blasting Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), the powerful ranking member of the House Energy panel, for apologizing to testifying BP executives for what he called a “shakedown” of the company. White House Press Secretary Gibbs put the pressure squarely on the GOP to distance itself from Barton’s comments or

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BP Chairman: “We Care About the Small People”

BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg announced at the White House today that BP cares about “the small people” harmed by his company’s oil spill, contradicting widespread assumptions that the company was looking to screw them. Svanberg, who emerged just moments ago from a meeting with President Obama and other top White House officials, said he sensed Obama’s concern with people in the Gulf who are more

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Obama Still Meeting With BP Execs

What was supposed to be a 20 minute meeting between President Obama and the top brass at BP has now gone on for more than three hours. No word on what they are talking about yet. Journalists waiting for the BP officials to appear at the White House mikes appear ready to collapse. They’ve been standing the whole time in the heat waiting IN CASE

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