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Obama Huddled With Maddow, Sharpton, Schultz

From the Huffington Post:

Obama Meets With Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, ‘Influential Progressives’

Jennifer Bendery | 12/04/2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton and other "influential progressives" on Tuesday as part of his campaign to sell the public on the need to extend the Bush middle-class tax cuts.

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest confirmed the meeting took place. It wasn’t listed on Obama’s schedule.

Gee, we wonder why.

"This afternoon at the White House, the President met with influential progressives to talk about the importance of preventing a tax increase on middle class families, strengthening our economy and adopting a balanced approach to deficit reduction," Earnest said in a statement Tuesday.

Who says Obama isn’t serious about trying to avoid the fiscal cliff? Clearly, he will spare no efforts to get differing opinions and enlightened input.

Earnest wouldn’t give details on who was in the meeting or how long it lasted, but HuffPost spotted several attendees on their way in just after 3 p.m., including MSNBC’s Maddow, Sharpton and Lawrence O’Donnell. Ed Schultz, also from MSNBC, tweeted a photo just outside of the West Wing. Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, was also in the meeting…

FDR had his ‘brain trust’ (Felix Frankfurter, Louis Brandeis, Harold Ickes). And Obama has his.

But bear in mind, there are only seven days left before the fiscal cliff. But instead of meeting with the Republicans, or even meeting with adult Democrats (if there are any left), Obama is meeting with Rachel Maddow, Al Sharpton, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ed Schultz and Zsa Zsa Huffington.

Obama has held similar gatherings in the past. He organized a meeting with liberal columnists in January 2009, had an off-the-record chat with progressive media types in October 2009 and held a lunch with progressive pundits in June 2010 to discuss the Gulf oil spill, among other topics.

After all, who else can Obama turn to when he is looking for real solutions? The people in Hollywood are usually too busy. They have real jobs.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Obama Huddled With Maddow, Sharpton, Schultz”

  1. Astravogel says:

    OK, guys, how can we carve this turkey up?

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