White House reaching out to Democratic strategists
May 15th, 2013
04:34 PM ET
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White House reaching out to Democratic strategists

(CNN) - Top Democratic strategists have been invited to the White House for a meeting Thursday morning with Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

The source presumes that the meeting is an effort to discuss ideas for damage control, as the White House faces an onslaught of questions regarding its handling of the Benghazi attack, the Internal Revenue Service scandal and the Justice Department's seizure of Associated Press phone records.


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  1. Sniffit

    "The source" is some janitor that CNN got to say what they wanted to hear in exchange for a couple Benjamins. Yawn.

    May 15, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. The fish rots from the head

    Ahhhhh.... convening a League of Liars convention to try and save the sinking ship huh??? Too late for that as the cat is now out of the bag and even the Obama koolaide drinkers can't lie and spin fast enough to put it back.

    Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to decieve. Guess Obama's mother never taught him that one.

    May 15, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Damage control for a GOP propaganda campaign is not necessary. We can see through the smoke and mirrors. They're just throwing mud hoping something sticks. Attention GOP: It's not sticking and stinks to high heaven.

    May 15, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Obama, the decline of a dictator.

    May 15, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. Obama, the new Sgt. Schultz, I know NOTHING, I see NOTHING, I hear NOTHING....

    A new strategy will emerge from the meeting.... Deny and Lie, Lie and Deny, Deny and Lie.

    Wait a minute, that is their current strategy. Never mind.

    May 15, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Attention GOP: It's not sticking and stinks to high heaven."

    Attention Dutch: It's not mud that they're throwing.

    haha 🙂

    May 15, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Better watch these conservative THUGS of USA...tax cheats now talking.

    May 15, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. WiredweirdinSF

    A good Attorney General could get the whole corrupt barrel of rotten fish in one location and save the taxpayers a lot of money, but then the only attorney general we have will be with the group figuring out how to lie and deceive about the problems they will be discussing.

    May 15, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. just sayin

    obama needs to reach out to the truth and stop the lieing. he needs to stop believing his own lies. nobody believes a word he says any more. not a shred of credibility left.

    May 15, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Milhouse

    The biggest tactical screw up the Obama Administration made was blatantly lying to the White House press corps on the Benghazi talking points. Even those hacks have some scruples....somewhere. Obama can not function without a fawning news media running cover for him. These journalists have figured out that they have hosed. And they also have figured out there is a lot more for them to gain by exposing the many warts of the Obama Administration rather than acting as Obama's cheerleaders. I remember the White House press cops after they finally got on the Watergate bandwagon...they made Nixon's life a living hell and were instrumental in his eventual resignation.

    May 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    There can be no damage control for this corrupt administration running amok.

    May 15, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The source presumes that the meeting is an effort to discuss ideas for damage control"

    Yes, random, anonymous, unidentified, unvetted "source," whose credibility nobody has any reason to believe is at all noteworthy, PRESUMES something, so it's immediately 'news." Next up: CNN asks a panel of empty chairs what they believe really happened in Benghazi.....

    May 15, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    If Obama was caught red handed killing someone the liberals would take the ignorant path as usual.

    May 15, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. Data Driven

    But, Millhouse, they didn't "lie" about the talking points. Sure, they HAD talking points, some of which may or may not have been accurate. Inaccuracies were doubtless due to bad intel and, yes, a concerted effort to not reveal all they knew to the ENEMY. In fact, it has not been disproven that the YouTube video had something to do with the unrest on that day. What HAS been demonstrated is that statements attributed to White House emails were mischaracterized. See: Rhodes, White House, email.

    May 15, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  15. Milhouse

    Sorry, I disagree. The talking points were a total BS lie.
    I amend my prior statement. The biggest tactical screw up was somebody in the Obama Administration letting the Justice Department go after the Associated Press.

    May 15, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Democrats don't care about what happened because they're guilty of it.

    May 15, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  17. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    The Obama diaries, The ending of a dictatorship.

    May 15, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  18. 2012liberal

    First-quit trying 2 b friends w gop, they'd kill u if they could get away w it. Second-call them all out, bengazi no appropreations 4 security-no irs director b cuz no confirming nominations and has a roll over from bush adm. Etc etc etc!

    May 15, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  19. just sayin

    please lord... take pity on poor sniffit and bring relief from the weight of all the obama lies and deceit that lay heavy on his shoulders. amen.

    May 15, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  20. Chaerlotte

    More like they are going to ask these guys to help get the truth out rather than having the Republican lies and myths and twisted "facts" be the only talking points in the media. So sick and tired of these asshammers making stuff up and then screaming it until their ignorant masses actually believe it. Would be nice if the media (including CNN) weren't so biased towards the GOP. But considering the generally low level of education of the CNN correspondents (albeit somewhat higher than FOX) it isn't too surprising.

    May 15, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  21. Chaerlotte

    And – Milhouse, honeypoopoo, the White house did NOT lie. They said "information is incomplete" "we don't have all the facts yet" "it currently appears....but this may change as the investigation is ongoing..." Of course your rightwad side is not capable of grasping anything resembling a subtlety or caution, you want ANSWERS NOW whether they are correct or not. It must be hard being so mentally challenged that you are ill-equipped to grasp nuance or even the idea of investigation and research. You poor, poor thing. Now go away and leave things to your betters.

    May 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  22. J

    The band of liars get into low gear to cover their tracks. TOO LATE CROOKS

    May 15, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. J

    What we are to believe this time? Not Obama !!!! He has created a band of thieves and liars who cannot be trusted. Impeachment is the answer for America. Far worse has been done that tricky dicky ever did.

    May 15, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. wade

    It is always the same. Do the dirty deeds ,Lie ,Cover them up, blame someone else then play politics to confuse and try to protect yourself. To he** with the truth or the country. That is the Obama way!
    Fast and furious. Selibus fund raising, Benghazi, AP, IRS, and so many more not reported by the press at least not by CNN pr the Liberals NBC,ABC or MSNBC. Thankfully we have CBS sometimes reporting real news and FOX always reporting real news.

    May 15, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  25. anonymous

    And if you thought the tidal wave of lies and deceit coming from the Obama adminstration was a spectacle to behold, just wait until you see what comes from this meeting!! Time to build the ark or we will all perish!! hahhahaha....

    May 15, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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