December 9th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
Obama administration putting on a brave face - One hour inside the White House in the middle of a full blown PR campaign
Washington (CNN) - The White House is putting on a brave face in the midst of a congressional revolt, led by its own party, against the president's tax-cut deal.
As the news of the Democratic blockage broke on Capitol Hill, the spinning over the course of an hour at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. could make you dizzy.
"The House and Senate are working through the normal process of bringing a bill forward and we are confident that the major components of the tax framework that we fought for will remain in the final package brought to the floor and ultimately passed by Congress," Psaki says in her statement.
• Moments later the White House press office blasts out yet another email announcing a public official support for the tax deal.
This latest press release was just one in a steady stream of emails sent
• Ten minutes later, a senior administration official offers up a defiant comment to push back at the hoopla being reported from the Hill, emailing, "The White House and the President will keep pushing forward which is exactly what we have been doing."
• At the time, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs' press briefing is still an hour away and he had yet to provide anything on-the-record to the press. Instead, he tweets a video link to "First Question," an occasional feature on the White House website in which the press secretary answers questions tweeted to him by the public. Using a laptop Web camera, Gibbs answers two questions about unemployment benefits and D.C. "bickering."
• Moving outside at the White House stakeout in front of the West Wing, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke gives a robust readout of his meeting with the President's Export Council and, not surprisingly, dodges a reporter's direct question about the House's uprising.
Locke instead offers an optimistic outlook, saying, "Obviously, I think some of the reports indicate that as more members hear of the provisions that the president was successful in getting into this agreement, beyond just extending the so-called Bush-era tax cuts, that more members are supportive."
All of this happening outside the White House residence where Obama and Vice President Biden are scheduled to begin their weekly lunch in the Private Dining Room.
Biden, with his 36 years of experience in the Senate, has been actively involved in the tax deal negotiations, spending the last two days on the Hill getting an earful from angry Democrats over the president's compromise. So one can only imagine what the two were having for lunch.
Perhaps they were eating crow.
CNN White House producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.