To that end, he says, the White House is looking to install a small video or computer screen into the podium used by the president for press conferences and events in the White House. "It would make it easier for the comms guys to pass along information without being obvious about it," says the adviser.Why should they be upset? Because they accused the previous occupant of similar crimes. Now, does that mean the right has to stoop and play the same games? Yes, especially if this idea comes to pass, and especially since the Bush charge was an unproven allegation. Historical context should not diminish the presidency.
The screen would indicate whom to call on, seat placement for journalists, pass along notes or points to hit, and so forth, says the adviser.
BTW, read a little further and you'll see this little gem:
Waxman is also interested, say sources, in looking at how the Internet is being used for content and free speech purposes. "It's all about diversity in media," says a House Energy staffer, familiar with the meetings.Didn't the initial House stimulus bill provide direction for a National Broadband Plan to be enacted by the FCC? Yes it did. Thankfully it was struck out of the final version but its mere presence showed a creepy intent. The public should be watching to see if it comes back, perhaps tucked into an appropriations bill or buried in a national disaster relief appropriation (although such would technically be a violation of Obama's new sunshine rule, assuming it ever goes into effect).