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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

White House Leaves Press Corps Feeling Like the "Potted Plant" with Kagan Interview Conducted by Staffer - Video


Here is White House video of an interview done with President Obama's Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. The interview was done by White House staff, and was posted to the internet to allow people to hear from Kagan "unfiltered."

Problem is, this has left the White House Press Corps feeling like the "potted plant." And they let Press Secretary Robert Gibbs know it today at the White House Briefing:

CBS News

The White House today posted on its website a video allowing Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to speak "in her own words" about her personal history and perspective.

In the interview, conducted by a White House staffer who produces videos for the administration, Kagan discusses her childhood, parents and professional career. At one point she jokes that people get confused between her job as solicitor general arguing cases before the Supreme Court and the attorney general, who puts "the labels on the cigarette packages."

While the White House seems to believe the American people deserve to hear from Kagan, it has not made her available to reporters. That prompted some consternation at today's White House briefing.

"It appears that Solicitor General Kagan did an interview yesterday right after the president's announcement," said a reporter. "You've now posted that on the White House Web site. Who did the interview? And can I have one?"

"I think it's -- I think it's on the website if you want to see it," responded Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Soon after, the reporter can be heard saying, an edge in her voice, "So a White House staffer interviewing her."

Gibbs says yes, and the reporter asks if Kagan would like to do another interview.

"She has -- she's not told me that, no," replied Gibbs, prompting the reporter to respond, "Tell her we're deeply frustrated." . . . READ MORE

Maybe at least a few in the press are getting tired of the incredible arrogance of this administration toward just about everyone.

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