WH: House Republicans ‘Were Seeking His Autograph. Every (One of Them) Eventually Voted Against the Bill’

By Lee Speigel

Feb 16, 2009 5:54pm

Just one day before the president’s highly anticipated signing of the economic stimulus package in Denver, the White House has engaged in a little presidential PR to shine a spotlight on the president’s efforts in getting the bill passed.

The White House today posted a slideshow online entitled, "The Story of the Economic Recovery Package," showing the president hard at work over the last month’s worth of negotiations with pictures taken by White House photographer Pete Souza.

There are 23 photos — all previously unseen — showing the hard-working prez: President Obama handing out cookies during a bipartisan Super Bowl party, working the phones in his private study with his jacket off (and BlackBerry on his hip), smiling with Republicans, and meeting with congressional delegations on Air Force One.

History is written by the winners, especially on their own Web site, and the captions are occasionally (if inadvertantly) amusing.

Especially that for the photo from Jan. 27th: "House Republicans surround the President after the meeting. Many of them were seeking his autograph. Every House Republican eventually voted against the bill."

Or from Feb. 11th, "As Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel talks on his cell phone, the President closes his eyes just as Congress reaches a compromise between the Senate and House versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."

And it was so.

You can view all the pictures HERE:

– Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller

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