April 9th, 2009
10:07 AM ET
3 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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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Sam Sixpack

    Transparency in government – too bad it only happens by mistake.

    April 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Fitz in Texas

    That's what happens when you put people up there that are running on a full tank of STUPID!!!

    April 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Sniffit

    At least the email wasn't magically deleted like Bush's were.

    April 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Sam

    Should have guessed that this story would bring out the crazy haters.

    April 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Robert

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

    April 9, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. phoenix86

    Stacy,

    Obama is a muslim, that's why he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia...or maybe he was just cleaining the floor?

    April 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Celestine

    I wonder why alot of us will want to take aim at this presidency on the p remise of "first black president, the brightest and best".We should calm down with our hypocricy and stay to the facts.When bush made mistakes people will rebel because his mistakes where more than you could imagine.However, what has the mistake done to the administration's ability to communicate?Nothing, this is a no match story and so those who would like to spil hate at every opportunity given can use this too.But for every sane mind, it is not worth my time.

    April 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. Deborah

    What a Joke!

    Now we know why Barry appears to be so inept!

    April 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. CF

    Well, he DID promise transparency in government...

    April 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. FL

    Big deal. Slip ups happen. We all know they are constantly trying to figure out how to slant things to make Obama look good. It is called politics people. No news here.

    April 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. John in Ohio

    Big deal, it's not like there was anything remotely wrong or unethical or incriminating in there.

    April 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. GO

    This whole presidency will be looked upon as a SNAFU when said and done. This just in "Lets give amnesty to all the the illegals who broke the law to get into the country." Once again reward the criminal and screw the law abiding citizens. Let the tea parties begin and we'll put these crooked politicians out of work.

    April 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Wes B.

    These minor errors happen all the time. I think it's refreshing to see that the Obama staffers didn't write anything embarrassing....like we'd see in previous administrations.

    April 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Freed_From_W

    It's weird to hear about White House emails not containing insider trading information or approval on methods of torture.

    The eight year W disaster has left us expecting to see slime everywhere whenever there is a leak. It's so strange to not have career criminals running things..

    April 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. lovable liberal

    Never put anything into email that you don't want revealed.

    But this is reassuringly normal.

    April 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. AndyL

    Thought all these guys were suppose to be tech savvy? Remember that why he got the special Blackberry, which someone will eventually hack into.

    April 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  17. alvino

    A wing nut commented about Obama being so inept that one of his aides sent an e-mail to all the press. While, in their mind, this may have international implications, we did not invade a country that had nothing to do with 9-11. So far, it has been harmless.

    April 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. John in Ohio

    Lotta Muni: "If this had happened to Bush the bloggers would be posting nonstop about incompetemence at every level of the administration. But here it barely rates a "ho-hum". Bunch of hyposrites."

    incompetence
    hypocrites

    If irony were strawberries, we'd all be eating a lot of sherbert.

    April 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Michael - USAF (Ret.)

    This is why President Obama hired Kumar (Kal Penn), to clean up messes like this.

    April 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  20. boered1

    Robert April 9th, 2009 11:27 am ET

    A lot of Obama voters are having buyer's remorse

    I heaqr this alot for the radical religious right and yet have not actually met any, most of the people who voted against him that I work with say they think he is doing a good job.. sorry but this lie don't fly

    April 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  21. Angela in LA

    Yea, lets see any one of us try and organize something as intricate and complex as the President's schedule every day, and see if we dont in talk.

    Geeze, people here have nothing better to complain about. What do you all THINK it would be like?!

    April 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Independent chicago man age 25

    Robert April 9th, 2009 11:27 am ET

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

    You got that wrong Robert, cause I and many of my family around the world (keep in mind my family's very large, I've sure you've heard of the silverman clan) sure don't have buyers remorse.

    April 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. jen

    Everyone who is saying or thinking that things not on this final schedule means they were being removed from the days events or that this would somehow be a security risk if it was leaked... this was the schedule TO BE RELEASED TO THE PRESS CORE! It only includes things that are supposed to be public knowledge and they want everyone knowing they are going on. So removing the dinner would just mean less people know about it and less people asking why they or whoever else weren't invited – not that it wasn't taking place.

    And yes, bright people make small mistakes every day. Even in major corporations (or your own life) most people will eventually hit reply all, or at some point you'll put in the wrong address... everyone needs to stop sweating the small stuff.

    April 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. alvino

    It appears that a lot of GOPers are afraid one of the 12 million illegals in the country will take away their white collar job. Based on some of the republican responses, it looks like allowing these immigrants to become citizens would only raise our national IQ.

    April 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. alvino

    While some complain about hitting the e-mail send button, if it was McCain, he would have probably hit the button that started a nuclear war.

    April 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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