Monday morning mishmash

Hi guys,

 1. Today’s schedule:

09:30 AM PBO receives the presidential daily briefing.
10:00 AM  
11:00 AM  
11:30 AM PBO delivers remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
12:00 PM  
12:30 PM PBO has lunch with Paul Volcker.
1:00 PM Gibbs briefs the press.
2:00 PM  
2:30 PM PBO and VPB meet.
3:00 PM  
4:00 PM  
5:00 PM  
5:15 PM VPB meets with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

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2. Recovery.

Factories added 49,000 jobs in January

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Sweet.

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3. Recovery!

Ford to raise US factory production 13 percent

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4. Good piece from Bill Press regarding PBO and Egypt:

….Perhaps the best sign that Obama’s delicate public/private balancing act on Egypt worked is the total confusion it’s created among Republicans. They’re all over the place.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney credit Obama for getting it just right.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty argued that Obama should have called for Mubarak’s resignation.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee condemned Obama for being too quick to throw Mubarak under the bus.

And professional Obama critic Dick Morris blamed him for losing Egypt.

What Republicans can’t admit is that Obama has succeeded in helping bring democracy to the Arab world where President George W. Bush failed. And he did so not by launching another long, bloody and costly war, but by supporting the aspirations of the Egyptian people, who used Facebook, Twitter and cell phones, not guns, to overthrow their government without firing a shot.

Bush spent billions on bombs. A laptop would have been cheaper and more effective.

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5. Bill O’Reilly’s butt must be hurting today, after PBO kicked it again and again last night. Howard Kurtz agrees:

…Obama, relaxed and tieless, danced out of danger whenever O’Reilly tried to charge past the line of scrimmage. In the closing seconds, in fact, the Fox News host made a bid for presidential approval: “I hope you think I’m fair to you.”

Considering that his administration had once declared war on Fox News and boycotted the nation’s top-rated cable news outfit, the session’s final score added up to a big win for Obama—with a huge audience virtually guaranteed

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6. And by the way, Billo, next time, before questioning the president’s knowledge of Football, do some homework about the judiciary process.