Form Follows Function? Politicizing the White House’s Weekly Schedule

By September 5, 2010Economy

This is the first time we can recall seeing this, the White House using the President’s official weekly schedule as another policy/political/talking point document. A sentence here, a sentence there, sure, but the entire entry for Wednesday is turned over to an economic argument, a defense of the Administration’s record, attacks on critics and a pot shot at the House Republican leader.

Why can’t a schedule just be a schedule?

Via Lynn Sweet’s blog at The Chicago Sun-Times:

Schedule for the Week of September 6, 2010

On Monday, the President will kick off Labor Day week with remarks at the Laborfest event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, the President will welcome the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to the White House.

On Wednesday, the President will travel to Cleveland, Ohio where he will make remarks to update the American people on the state of the economy, talk about the progress we have made, and discuss some targeted proposals to keep the economy growing including extending tax cuts for the middle class, and investing in the areas of our economy where the potential for job growth is greatest. It took years to create our economic problems, and it’ll take more time than any of us would like to fully repair the damage. There are no silver bullets and anyone who is promising them is not being straight with the American people. But there are some ideas that will help the economy and help American families that are hurting and those proposals will be a part of the President’s remarks. Speaking in the city where Minority Leader Boehner recently detailed the Republican economic agenda, the President will lay out the choice between his ideas and the failed policies and failed philosophy that led us into this mess.

On Thursday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

On Friday, the President will hold a press conference at the White House.

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