*George Stephanopoulos recently returned to his old spot as anchor of ABC’s “This Week” in the midst of the heated Republican debate on NBC.
Jumping on the political band wagon right away, the first appearance was by former White House advisor David Axelrod who chatted about a new book about President Obama that details tensions between Michelle Obama and White House staffers, which led to one official cursing her out during a meeting.
Axelrod confirmed it actually went down just like that.
A controversial excerpt was published in the New York Times that reveals the official in question is former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs who was reacting to a chain of events following a chain of events.
The first lady was quoted in a French book as saying living in the White House was “hell.”
Gibbs cursed Mrs. Obama who wasn’t present at the time, but later decided his remarks were foolish.
When asked about it on the show, Axelrod first denied the book’s string of stories saying most were exaggerations, but later confirmed the event took place. However, he explained that tensions were never that bad in the White House between the first lady and staff.
*Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company’s communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made, these people said, adding it remained possible that the discussions could collapse.
Gibbs, who left the White House in February after two years on the job, had been planning to help establish President Obama’s re-election campaign before taking a private sector job, these people said.
Facebook, however, is pressing Gibbs to consider the job more quickly, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversations were supposed to remain confidential.
*President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak on Hosni Mubarak’s exit at 1:30 p.m. EST.
NBC’s Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd is reporting that the president was informed of the announcement during a meeting in the Oval Office. He reportedly left the meeting and watched the events unfold on television.
Obama will speak just before the last daily briefing of his outgoing press secretary Robert Gibbs.
As previously reported, President Omar Suleiman announced on state television moments ago that President Hosni Mubarak has decided to stand down as president of Egypt, and that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces will “run the affairs of the country.” [Watch clip below.]
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters exploded in cheers on the streets of Cairo after the announcement and continues at press time.
Persian Gulf government leaders said that Mubarak has left the country and has gone to the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.
*It’s so scary to think that the Republicans were able to slip a fast one on us and take hold of the House like that when it’s obvious that a few of them are more than a quarter short of 25 cents.
Anderson Cooper doesn’t play politics, but even he got upset and had to debunk a rumor that was spread like wildfire across conservative radio shows and media in what seemed like minutes.
During an interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on federal budget cuts and spending, she told his viewers that the Obama’s upcoming trip to Asia was costing U.S. taxpayers $200 million per day. His entourage would include 2,000 people (more…)
*The White House has responded to the latest controversial comment from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who said in a recent interview that the president may follow a “Kenyan, anti-colonial” worldview.
Speaking to the National Review, Gingrich mentioned a recent Forbes article by conservative writer Dinesh D’Souza which attempted to trace the origins of Obama’s personal and political philosophies.
“What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asked. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
“This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich added.
“I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve. … He was authentically dishonest.”
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to the comments today, saying that it’s a clear sign that Gingrich was working to appeal to the birther “fringe.”
“He’s trying to appeal to the fringe of people that don’t believe the president was born in this country,” Gibbs told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” [See clip below.] “You would normally expect better from somebody who had held the position of Speaker of the House.”