A workingman's White House cultivates Beltway 'tastemakers'
Friday, March 13, 2009
While publicly identifying with the nation's have-nots, the Obama administration has been cultivating the Beltway social elite behind the scenes.
Earlier this year, the Obama administration invited top editors of three of Washington's local luxury lifestyle magazines — Capitol File, DC magazine and Washington Life — to a meeting where they discussed, among other things, how President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama can embrace Washington's glittery social scene.
Maybe it all this socializing in "Washington's glittery social scene" that made him too tired to properly diginfiy our longest and closest ally earlier this month...
Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown
Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
By Tim Shipman in Washington
07 Mar 2009
Sources close to the White House say Mr Obama and his staff have been "overwhelmed" by the economic meltdown and have voiced concerns that the new president is not getting enough rest.
British officials, meanwhile, admit that the White House and US State Department staff were utterly bemused by complaints that the Prime Minister should have been granted full-blown press conference and a formal dinner, as has been customary. They concede that Obama aides seemed unfamiliar with the expectations that surround a major visit by a British prime minister.
Maybe BHO should have consulted with "Washington's local luxury lifestyle magazines — Capitol File, DC magazine and Washington Life" regarding the proper etiquette for meeting with longtime, trusted ally's so as not to cause a riff with one of the strongest nations on this planet whose support we may very well need at any given moment.