White House launches e-mail push for support
December 9th, 2010
06:09 PM ET
12 years ago

White House launches e-mail push for support

(CNN) - The White House and the Democratic National Committee have mounted an aggressive e-mail push to the political press corps in an effort to sell the tax cut deal President Obama made with Republican leadership.

Since the president's news conference Tuesday afternoon - in which he struck an impatient tone with some of his fellow Democrats as well as some frustration about negotiating with Republicans - the White House press office and the DNC have sent at least 68 emails to reporters pushing the deal, a highly unusual amount in the normal ebb-and-flow of the political day.

Typically, White House e-mails to the press corps are usually guidance on the president's schedule, news-of-the-day presidential statements or forwarded notes from reporters traveling with the president. But on the tax deal, the White House has been on offense. Along with some White House fact sheets and informational notes, the e-mails have been a steady procession of statements from officeholders supporting the deal. Many of those officeholders are mayors and governors who have no vote on the legislation.

Although the Democratic Party is currently deeply divided over the new deal, the national committee has not shied away from sending an onslaught of e-mails to reporters, at least 28 since the president's news conference. The DNC e-mails are typically clips of a policy wonk's endorsement of the plan or newspaper opinion pieces endorsing the deal.

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  1. Rickster

    Just 3 news stories from today:

    More than 50 percent of Americans say they are worse off now than they were two years ago when President Barack Obama took office, and two-thirds believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, a Bloomberg National Poll shows.

    U.S. home values are poised to drop by more than $1.7 trillion this year amid rising foreclosures and the expiration of homebuyer tax credits, said Zillow Inc., a closely held provider of home price data.

    In an unintended consequence of the new health care law, drug companies have begun notifying children’s hospitals around the country that they no longer qualify for large discounts on drugs used to treat rare medical conditions.

    Heckuva job, Barry. Thanks alot dems for saddling us with this amateur. I hope we can survive his 4 years.

    December 9, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. Stacey, Connecticut

    Democrats, please KILL this terrible bill. President Obama has made a grave mistake, in my humble opinion. I am a hard core democrat progressive who always finds a way to defend this President, particularly because I truly believe that all the hate for him is because he is part black and not so much about his policies. But I can no longer defend or excuse this President. What the President did on Tuesday is indefensible. Kill that bill Democrats or at least fight as hard as you can to slow it down. The rich should not be getting even richer at my expense.

    December 9, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. S. C. C.

    GOP has the Fox News and President Obama has no one. Pres. Obama felt that the
    American People particularly the middle class and the poor needed a tax relief. I guess
    the Democratic Party did not see that way.
    Pres. Obama has done more in less than two years than a lot of Presidents: car industry
    financial reform, healthcare, education, now space travel and monies given to the African American and
    Native Farmers, also Korean Treaty and Start Treaty
    If you are a Pres. Obama supporter please speak up in support of this man.
    Guess it is hard when you are the first African American Pres. You have to be perfect and if you aren't
    the vulgers sent back and tries to destroy you. The American people will have an excuse for not supporting him.

    December 9, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Of course, I could be wrong but the way I see it: Democrats had the best opportunity they've had in a long time to achieve civil rights for gays (who happen to be people), real health care reform with a public option that might have actually been real competition for insurance companies, responsible return to tax levels that might have actually reduced the deficit and numerous other goals associated with Democratic principles of equal protection, justice, and equal access to higher education. Maybe even an end to 2 wars. Those hopes are gone. That "hopy, changy thing"....gone. Disappointed? Disenchanted? I'm not sure those words adequately express what I hear from voters in my district. Not much effort was made to explain what had been achieved and too much effort was made to reach across the aisle to Republicans who reach back with flame throwers. Turn out the lights when you leave in 2012.

    December 9, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. more lies from HUSSENI obama

    here come the obama taxes, just what the OTP wanted

    December 9, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Our President lacks the backbone we gave him credit for when we elected him.
    2% cut in social Securty tax at a time when the program is sufferng.
    Tax cuts for the wealthy under the lie that it will help create jobs.
    Tax cuts on inheritance.
    Both parties should be ashamed- this is not reducing the deficit – its feeding thier donors pockets and looking out for themsleves today. Our government is a joke.

    December 9, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. GuyinVA

    So, the democrats won't support an agreement that extends unemployment benefits to the jobless, and heads off (for 2 years at least) a huge tax increase for everybody. All because they don't get to raise taxes on somebody... anybody. Who are the "hostage takers" (sound bite of the week) again? Shouldn't they be a little bit happy with the agreement? Just for the privilege of dying, all of the "millionaires and billionaires" (sound bite of the week – last week) get to surrender 35% of their families' inheritance. By the way, you forgot the "goziliionaires", you Forrest Gump-esque idiots.

    December 9, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |