Today’s Q’s for O’s White House

By Matt Loffman

Mar 16, 2010 3:01pm

Yunji de Nies: Robert, without getting into specific numbers, can you tell  us what percentage of the president's day he's actually devoting to making these calls, and what kind of a reception he's getting?  I mean is he getting a lot of pushback?  Are these long conversations, are they short?  What are the nature of these calls?    
 
MR. GIBBS:  Longer with some than others.    
   
de Nies:   In English?

MR. GIBBS:  Pardon me?

de Nies:   In English?  (Laughs.)

MR. GIBBS:  As opposed to other words?  No, this is — this is children-approved programming, Helen.  Let's be good. I have not gotten a list of members that he's called today, but I know he reached out — well, obviously, he talked with Representative Kucinich yesterday on Air Force One.  He's talked with and called – either met with or called members over the past several days and, again, made the case for why reform is important now, why this has to be the time where we finally do something about health care.

de Nies:    And how has that argument been received?

MR. GIBBS:  I think — I think we are making steady progress toward passage of the bill this week.

de Nies: Do you think that this is — his entire day is devoted to making these calls?  Is it half the day?  I mean — (off mike)?

MR. GIBBS:  No, I — I'd have to go back and look at his – at the in-depth schedule to give you an educated guess on percentage. But, you know, I mean, look, the president, again, you know, has a PDB every day.  We had a senior advisers meeting.  And he's got stuff  later today that doesn't deal with health care.

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