April 9th, 2009
10:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Oops! Obama’s press office has an e-mail snafu

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

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

(CNN) – 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.

The e-mail – sent on a daily basis to inform the media of the next day’s events – at first appeared 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 Obama planned to hold talks in the morning with homeowners who have re-financed their homes and benefited from lower mortgage payments.

One staffer recommended changes to that line to “put more emphasis on the real people aspect of this.” The draft version said Obama will hold talks “with his economic team” and also attending the meeting “will be a handful of households.” The final version took the emphasis off the economic team and said "Attending the meeting will be a handful of homeowners. .. as well as members of President Obama's economic team."

The draft schedule also showed the president hosting Seder to celebrate Passover. The dinner was marked “closed press,” meaning no reporters allowed.

One staffer asked, “Can we remove the dinner at the end of the day?”

“We put it on yesterday’s deal – so folks already know that it’s happening. They’ll wonder why it’s not listed if we don’t include it on there,” another staffer replied.

The staffer who asked to remove the dinner from the schedule replied, “Apparently Jewish here and in neighboring states are now calling wondering why they have not been invited.”

The dinner was not listed on the final schedule.

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 press.

“Can we keep it and just change it to say before. Its good for us to say we are meeting with them,” another replied.

The final copy kept the line, noting that the VSO and MSO leaders would meet with Obama before his remarks.

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  1. alvino

    Those who see one gaffe after another with the Obama administration must have had a laugh riot with Bush for the last 8 years.

    April 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. D. Simmons, TX.

    A lot of Obama voters are having buyer's remorse.

    You have got to be kidding me! What cave have you been living in? President Obama's rating are high and rising every minute. Rest assured his supporter's are not having buyer's remorse, by no stretch of the imagination. As a matter of fact it would be sufficient to say that his supporters are already planning our strategy for 2012.

    From the looks of the GOP . . .. a sad state of affairs. His re-election will be a shoo-in!

    Gotta love our President!

    April 9, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Steve from Florida

    Good for President Obama!!!

    Folks forget that this is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural; multi-racial; multi-religious country.

    April 9, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Jackie in Dallas

    1) Technical mistakes happen all the time. It wasn't state secrets (that poor constable in England) that was released accidentally. I don't think it will happen again, though!
    2) Per Obama's schedule: shows he's a busy man. Did you know that the President's time is rationed in minutes? He's keeping busy, doing the job we elected him to do.
    3) Re: the Seder. Stacy, et.al., quite a few Christians, realizing that Jesus was a Jew and celebrated Seder, do the same. There is a quote from Jesus that says "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I didn't come to destroy them, but to fulfill them" (Matthew 5:17). That means, in part, that he did not come to overset all the Jewish holidays, obligations, and laws, but to bring them to fulfillment. As a Christian, I have celebrated Passover with Jewish friends quite often, and it has given me a wonderful sense of connectiveness to Jesus' life. Obama has an interesting mix of people on his staff: Christians, Jews, black, white, other minorities, men and women; his celebrating Seder is just one way to show a connectiveness to these diverse elements.

    April 9, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. Roland

    Well it at least their not shredding documents !

    April 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  6. me

    It is an e-mail...really.

    I really want to see this so called evidence of Obama's inepetness...Have you been paying attention? This administration is moving at light speed, getting more done before 9 A.M. than you have in your life.

    The entire world is changing its attitude. Obama is doing the exact right thing. We HAVE to talk to China/Russia. Do you think Iran would be blowing us off if we weren't pouting at Russia and being China's indentured servant? What about that N. Korean Bottle rocket? I'm sure they would have listened to their largest source of imported commodities (China), if China had any incentive...


    April 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  7. Shirley In California

    No big deal.

    April 9, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. Jo

    The send button had coffee on it.

    April 9, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
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