- The agency responsible for issuing the permits for and maintaining the safety of the BP rig responsible for the Gulf spill refused to testify before Congress.
- The President’s social staff prevented Rick Bayless, Top Chef Master, from Twittering about his gig as guest chef for the State Dinner for the President of Mexico (sample scary tweet: “Thanks 2 the 100s of well wishers! Ready 4 day 2 n rather small White House kitchen.Chef was challenged by some ingred,but last arrive 2day”)
- A lawyer from the DOJ’s Voting Rights Division quits in protest after the Department prohibited attorneys assigned to the decision from testifying before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Funny, he actually wanted to avoid being held in contempt.
- In a surprise move, the Administration requested that the National Archives disclose tens of thousands of pages of White House documents on an expedited basis. Not so surprising, they were records generated by the Clinton Administration.
- Perhaps the most ironic event of the Obama Administration thus far: Obama Signs Press Freedom Bill, Refuses to Answer Questions from Media
- And just to make sure the press got the message, the President took just one question, and from a Spanish language reporter, at the joint “press conference” with President Calderon. Normally, presidents take two questions from their own national media during such events. This was apparently change that the media could believe in.