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White House e-mail gaffe by “sleep-deprived” staffer is revealing

By Michelle Malkin  •  April 9, 2009 12:10 PM

A few weeks ago, President Obama complained about being so darned tired and overwhelmed that he couldn’t deal with international matters and economic crises at the same time.

The fish snoozes from the head down. A White House staffer who apparently shares Obama’s weariness was so “sleep-deprived,” reports CNN, that he/she sent out a draft schedule with private staffers’ notes attached.


The White House Press Office accidentally e-mailed a draft version of President Obama’s Thursday schedule on Wednesday night that included the back-and-forth between White House staffers.

Members of the media got a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into President Obama’s schedule.

The e-mail, sent on a daily basis to inform the media of the next day’s events, at first appeared to be like any other press schedule. But at the bottom of the e-mail, there was a series of exchanges from the press team, as well as a draft of the schedule.

The first section of the schedule noted that in the morning, Obama planned to talk with homeowners who have refinanced their homes and benefited from lower mortgage payments.

One staffer, recommending changes to that line, wrote to “put more emphasis on the real people aspect of this.” …The White House says the error was made by a sleep-deprived staffer, adding that the staffer will not suffer repercussions for the mistake.

The most revealing part of the draft schedule gaffe:

In another exchange, one staffer recommended nixing a line about Obama meeting with leaders from the Veterans Service Organizations and Military Service Organizations since the president was now meeting with them before his remarks in an event closed to the media.

“Can we keep it and just change it to say before. It[‘]s good for us to say we are meeting with them,” another replied.

“It’s good for us to say we are meeting with them.”

If this were Bush, of course, the media would pound his administration for cynically exploiting a meeting with veterans for political expediency.

But since it’s Obama, he’s just “achieving another moment.”


Wonder if the staffers include any Penn State alumni?

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