Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 5/28/2009

May 28, 2009 3:13pm

TAPPER:  I had a couple questions — one following up on *Jennifer’s question.  During a Democratic primary debate November 15, 2007, then-Senator Obama said, "I would not appoint somebody who doesn’t believe in the right to privacy." And yet you’re telling us, right now, that he has general comfort with her view on the Constitution, but not necessarily with that quote — not necessarily with the right to privacy?

GIBBS:  Well, again, let me be specific that he was not — he did not specifically ask, as we’ve stated for the past several days.  But as I just said, I think he feels — I know he feels comfortable, generally, with her interpretation of the Constitution being similar to that of his.

TAPPER:  Well, does that mean that when he said, "I would not appoint somebody who doesn’t believe in the right to privacy," he didn’t mean it?

GIBBS:  I think — again, I think he feels comfortable with where she is.

TAPPER:  All right.  Just to follow up, I looked at your "100 Days, 100 Projects" booklet yesterday, and the very first one says, quote, "Using $27 million of Recovery Act funding a public housing development in D.C., the Regency House, has undergone a green retrofit.  As part of this upgrade, the building installed solar panels, green roof, rainwater collection system, energy-efficient lighting, as well as water-conserving toilets, showerheads and faucets." But when I called the D.C. Housing Authority, they said only $59,000 was spent of stimulus money, not $27 million, and of these seven things mentioned, only two of the seven were actually done –

GIBBS:  I think the mistake — mistake in that one, as you blogged about earlier, took a series of different projects in a cut- and-paste into one.

TAPPER:  OK.  So it wasn’t as clear and — it wasn’t as accurate as it could have been?

GIBBS:  I — I think that’s accurate to say, yes.


*Jennifer Loven of the Associated Press had asked just what President Obama has discussed with Judge Sonia Sotomayor in terms of her views of abortion rights and the right to privacy.

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