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In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences
Washington Post ^ | 1-25-10

Posted on 01/25/2010 10:42:58 AM PST by truthandlife

As for what Obama reads online, his advisers said he looks for offbeat blogs and news stories, tracking down firsthand reporting and seeking out writers with opinions about his policies. Obama was particularly interested in Atlantic Online's Andrew Sullivan's tweeting of the Iranian elections last year, said an aide, who requested anonymity to discuss what influences the president.

When they spoke for attribution, administration officials played down the notion of a Googling commander in chief.

"I don't think time permits him to be surfing all the time," Axelrod said, adding that the president reads "magazines like crazy," including the New Yorker, the Economist, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone. "There are some commentators whose views he's interested in, and he'll read blog items."

"Periodically, I mention to him articles that I have found particularly interesting, and that he might find interesting, and a very high fraction of the time he has already read them and has some kind of reaction," economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers said.

Across the administration, people who work closely with the president said he remains fond of his BlackBerry and communicates directly, rather than running everything through his chief of staff. He sometimes sends e-mails late at night, an updated version of the late-night phone calls to the brain trust that President Bill Clinton used to place.

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TOPICS: Extended News
KEYWORDS: blogs; obama

1 posted on 01/25/2010 10:42:59 AM PST by truthandlife
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To: truthandlife

Pfaw. Wonder what his DU name is...


2 posted on 01/25/2010 10:46:04 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: truthandlife
Only of those that fawn over his "awesomeness" or whine about him not moving Left far enough fast enough.

0 has demonstrates through out his political career he only cares to hear from those who agree with him.

3 posted on 01/25/2010 10:46:19 AM PST by MNJohnnie ("The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples' money" Lady Thatcher)
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To: truthandlife

He only read that which confirms his worldview.


4 posted on 01/25/2010 10:46:20 AM PST by Nonstatist
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To: truthandlife
When they spoke for attribution, administration officials played down the notion of a Googling commander in chief.

So does this mean that WHEN (not if, that would indicate a journalistic double-standard) Katie Couric eventually asks Barack Obama, leader of the free-for-now world "what do you read", he will say which blogs he looks at?

5 posted on 01/25/2010 10:47:17 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: truthandlife

Rolling Stone? Say no more.


6 posted on 01/25/2010 10:47:50 AM PST by secret garden (Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.)
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To: Nonstatist; Lucky9teen
He only read that which confirms his worldview.

He takes down usernames for his enemies' list. Caption This threads are a good place to start...

7 posted on 01/25/2010 10:48:30 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

His DU name is “me me I I er ah um”.


8 posted on 01/25/2010 10:49:10 AM PST by tractorman
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To: truthandlife
president reads “magazines like crazy,” including the New Yorker, the Economist, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone”

The Eonomist siezed being relevant long ago(I used to subscribe back in the 80’s)
Rolling Stone is a loony left rag, just the perfect magazine for the Communist In Chief to read.

9 posted on 01/25/2010 10:50:30 AM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: tractorman

or “the1”


10 posted on 01/25/2010 10:50:37 AM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: truthandlife
Across the administration, people who work closely with the president said he remains fond of his BlackBerry and communicates directly, rather than running everything through his chief of staff

I forget the timeline, legal conclusions drawn. He was not going to use his crackberry because he was going to have to archive all of his communications in accord with federal law.

But then I think I recall something about him getting a waiver or something. Anyone know if his emails are going to be preserved? I know at one point in his administration he did not want to leave a smoking gun.

11 posted on 01/25/2010 10:50:55 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Keep on truckin', Senator Brown.)
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To: truthandlife
the president reads "magazines like crazy," including the New Yorker, the Economist, Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone.

"Smartest President Ever"/s

12 posted on 01/25/2010 10:51:21 AM PST by keepitreal ( Don't tread on me.)
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To: tractorman

He’s ellie!


13 posted on 01/25/2010 10:51:22 AM PST by Crim
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To: truthandlife

Jeesh—he sure acts like he’s been influenced by Andrew Sullivan!


14 posted on 01/25/2010 10:56:34 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: truthandlife

I’d say most of his magazine reading is People magazine. Well, maybe he throws in a bit of Oprah’s rag to make sure he gets the right melanin level for his fraud.


15 posted on 01/25/2010 10:58:05 AM PST by livius
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To: truthandlife

...president reads “magazines like crazy,” ....

&&&
Especially if the mag has his picture on it.


16 posted on 01/25/2010 10:58:34 AM PST by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: secret garden

*Rolling Stone? Say no more.*

So basically, he loves reading love letters to himself. Makes perfect sense.


17 posted on 01/25/2010 11:05:26 AM PST by j-damn
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To: j-damn

Is there a blog entitled “The Communist manifesto”? If so he is on it like stink on sh**.


18 posted on 01/25/2010 11:07:57 AM PST by dumpthelibs (dumpthelibs)
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To: truthandlife
"As for what Obama reads online, his advisers said he looks for offbeat blogs and news stories, tracking down firsthand reporting and seeking out writers with opinions about his policies"

Does this man have NOTHING better to do than blogging??? Too bad he's not in the unemployment line. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

19 posted on 01/25/2010 11:11:56 AM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: truthandlife

I imagine he reads those magazines that display him on the cover and articles about himself, and very little else.

He’s too busy going to the gym, playing golf, and throwing parties.

No doubt he has a large staff that reads blogs for him, organizes the responses to opinion columns, and hacks websites that are especially annoying.


20 posted on 01/25/2010 11:19:53 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: truthandlife

And sometimes, when he has his tin foil hat on, he can tune in on alien conversations. That’s how he makes policy.


21 posted on 01/25/2010 11:20:10 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: truthandlife
He likes GQ too. Especially when he's on the cover.


22 posted on 01/25/2010 11:21:47 AM PST by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: nhwingut

here he is pictured going on a gay date with himself in his chinos and sandals


23 posted on 01/25/2010 11:25:55 AM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: truthandlife
Imagine Andrew Sullivan, SEG plastered on his face, talking to his own reflection in the bathroom mirror:

"He likes me! He really likes me!

Sigh...

A boy can dream, can't he?"

24 posted on 01/25/2010 11:27:11 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: truthandlife

This may be a bit off topic but I would really be thankful if there was some way to block obama from television. That SOB is on there ten times a day spouting his proganda. I am getting in the ugly habit of screaming at my television set whenever that #$%%## comes so much so I am losing my voice. My God what has the ignorant voting public done.


25 posted on 01/25/2010 11:28:01 AM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

Does he read Playgirl?


26 posted on 01/25/2010 11:28:07 AM PST by altura
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To: Hegemony Cricket

>Pfaw. Wonder what his DU name is...

‘Awesome-o 3000’


27 posted on 01/25/2010 11:31:11 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Every executive knows not to leave a paper trail for anything that could come back to haunt them. But Obama has no executive experience.


28 posted on 01/25/2010 11:31:15 AM PST by Reeses
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To: keepitreal

hmmmmm....let’s see 1) hasn’t met a campaign promise 2) left the enormous task of healthcare reform to Reid and Pelosi 3) enables our enemies every time he speaks 4) reads
mags because he isn’t able to create an original thought.
5) uses his Blackberry as cache for “talking points”
That about covers it!

saltnlemons


29 posted on 01/25/2010 11:31:46 AM PST by tajgirvan (May God Save America! May God Bless & Protect our Troops. The Finest and the Best!)
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To: truthandlife
Reporter: What kinds of political influences do you have here in the White House?

Axelrod: Oh, we've got both kinds: Communist and Socialist!

30 posted on 01/25/2010 11:33:37 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: truthandlife

31 posted on 01/25/2010 11:38:51 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: tractorman

Maybe it’s “mmmm mmmmmm mmmm”


32 posted on 01/25/2010 11:40:25 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Hoffer Rand

By jove I think you’ve got it!


33 posted on 01/25/2010 11:42:32 AM PST by tractorman
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To: truthandlife
In Obama's decision-making, a wide range of influences

Besides Marx, Lenin, and Mao?

34 posted on 01/25/2010 11:47:01 AM PST by Jim Noble (Hu's the communist?)
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To: OneWingedShark

“Kumba-ken-ya”


35 posted on 01/25/2010 1:22:09 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (The emperor has no pedigree.)
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To: xsmommy; NeoCaveman; CholeraJoe; VRWCmember

Y’all need to see this about our brainiac resident-in-chief.


36 posted on 01/25/2010 3:15:50 PM PST by secret garden (Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.)
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To: secret garden

i think he may scan WFTD actually ; )


37 posted on 01/25/2010 3:18:16 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

Ruh-roh...


38 posted on 01/25/2010 3:18:59 PM PST by secret garden (Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.)
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