Morning Briefing
April 12th, 2012
08:18 AM ET

Morning Briefing

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Democrat's comment about Ann Romney creates firestorm on Twitter (

Obama Faces Latin Anger on U.S. Cuba, Drug Policies at Summit (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Few U.S. Options as North Korea Readies Missile Launching (NY Times)

Few U.S. Options as North Korea Readies Missile Launching (

The Apple e-book antitrust lawsuit: What it means (LA Times)

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. John

    Re – Ann Romney/Rosen article. Good for the dems for keeping the high ground on this one. Hilary Rosen is an idiot.

    April 12, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Pete

      John,Hillary was stating women of Mrs.Romneys economic level should never say something they can't relate too.It's as stupid as Mitt betting Santorum,who's campaigning on a shoe string budget $10,000 likes its chump change.He too,like his wife never got his hands dirty either,his companies goons do all his dirty work.We are also not the political idiots you republican hypocrites think.Your the ones who voted ,not once but twice for that idiot who resided at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in the terms before Pres.Obama,remember.Maybe you rightwing extremists have selective memory,just a thought.And please get Arie Fliecher off CNN,as a political adviser he should be ashamed taking credit for Bushs speeches,what a laughable fact to be connected too,Bush speeches what a joke!!!

      April 12, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Steveo

        So your saying Kerry and Kennedy related to the 99%? Both ran for president, ya know! One, born into money, the other married into it! Or is it only rich GOP folks that can't relate but the rich Dems can? IF that is what your saying, it really isn't the money but the politics! Which is it?

        April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • John

        By the way, because of you I need to take my comment back. Stupid dems for backing Rosen on this.
        Can you imagine if Rush said what she did? People like you would be calling for his head.

        April 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      No John, Hilary Rosen understands working women...something Ann Romney with a staff of help and elevators for her Cadillacs doesn't.

      April 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • John

        Apparently not Jean, even the dems aren't with you on this one. You really think moms don't work?

        April 12, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
      • John

        By the way Jean, if Rush said what she did you would back him totally – right? LOL!!!!

        April 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    the president seems to be running a very civil campaign and I think it will be of great benifit in the long run. The remark about Mitts wife was not that bad and even though it is a full time job it helps if you have maids money and nannies to help. Remarks by repos reguarding 70 or 80 communits democrats in congress was way more bazar and no anger from any repos there.

    April 12, 2012 at 11:15 am |
    • John

      You just couldn't leave well enough alone.
      Has Michele Obama ever worked a day in her life? And, at least we are not paying for the maids or nannies (if she has any). We are paying for MO's.
      I saw the communist quote. If he just listed why he thinks they are communists and didn't actually say the word communist many people agree w/him. Those things he listed are what the dems stand for.
      While we are on the subject of working women I find it annoying that we keep hearing how this president signed the bill that makes wages the same for men and women when women working in the WH make much less then men doing the same work.

      April 12, 2012 at 11:34 am |
      • jean2009

        I checked Michelle Obama's work history (something you have probably not taken the time to do), as a lawyer she was an associate at the law firm of Sidley Austin in the field of marketing and intellectual property; then she took a job as assistant to Mayor Daley (public service); later was assistant commissioner for Chicago city planning. In 1993 she was Executive Director of the Chicago office of Public Affairs. In 1996, she joined the University of Chicago as associate dean of student services. In 2005, she was appointed Vice President of the University of Chicago Medical Center... and still found time to serve on the boards of six non-profit organizations, including the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

        All those sound like work to me.

        April 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
      • John

        Looks like real jobs to me also, but I could actually care less if she worked outside of the home so I did not look, I simply asked the question.
        I am totally surprised that you think moms do not work.

        April 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • John

        Jean, I took your advice and did a little research on MO's job history. Nothing seems to be on the up and up with these people. Thanks for suggesting to look at MO's job history. Below is what I found.

        After Barack Obama became an Illinois state legislator, his wife moved up as well, scoring a job as 'vice president of community relations' at the University Of Chicago Hospital for a very generous salary of $121,910. When Obama became a senator in 2005, her 'salary' leapfrogged to $$316,962 for the same job...and one of Senator Obama's first acts in office was to see to it that the hospital received over a million dollars of your tax dollars as an earmark.

        Well, Michelle has moved on,and guess what...that vital job of hers,worth a salary of over $300 K has been quietly eliminated.

        It's the Chicago Way, cushy no-show jobs in exchange for political patronage...fist bump.

        Of course, she had to work twice as hard to get half as far. She said so, so it must be true.

        But I wonder, is this so very different that what Rod Blagojevich was popped for? Except that Blagojevich got caught and embarrassed everybody?

        April 13, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  3. Steveo

    If anybody really wantes to know, they could have looked this up on Wikipedia. Romney actualy did work, maybe not for a paycheck but she did charitable work! Somehow that doesn't count?

    April 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm |