Video: Fox News picks up CBO-White House meeting story

posted at 11:36 am on July 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Fox News picks up on my story from yesterday, although they don’t credit Hot Air with it.  Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly both raise eyebrows over the meeting between CBO director Douglas Elmendorf and President Barack Obama, and include the estimable John Fund of the Wall Street Journal in their debate.  John questions whether Obama intended to intimidate Elmendorf, but there isn’t much difference between intimidating and overawing an independent voice in this debate.  Click on the image to watch RCP’s video of the clip (via Yid with Lid):

Be sure to read my original post for the background, but Fund covers most of it pretty well.  Fox talked with people in the Bush administration to find out whether Bush ever “ordered” a meeting with a CBO director, or held one at all, and they claim it never happened.  As both Fund and I point out, the White House has its own budget office (the OMB), and its current director was Elmendorf’s direct predecessor (Peter Orszag).  If Obama needed clarification of CBO’s analysis or processes, he could get them from Orszag.  The only purpose Obama would have in meeting with Elmendorf would be to press him to bend his analysis more favorably towards ObamaCare — which is grossly inappropriate.

Fox says they will continue to update this story as they gather more reactions.  Stay tuned.


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Brian Kilmeade always wakes me up in the morning.

Wait, that didn’t sound quite right…

Nothing so wonderful as a cute Italian with a great sense of humor and a lot of energy.

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 12:43 PM

…though I realize that “Kilmeade” isn’t an Italian surname, Brian most certainly has the Italian helper genes.

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

She seems to become more and more stunningly beautiful each day

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

It is the pregnancy. I was thinking that myself last night when she was on O’Reilly.

Obama was trying to influence the man, I have no doubt. The guy was obviously wowed by Obama and has lost all credibility.

TXMomof3 on July 22, 2009 at 12:52 PM

Hasn’t ACORN been tasked with providing CBO estimates under the leadership of the new CBO czar yet?

Wine_N_Dine on July 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Actually, ACORN is more of a liaison between the administration and the CBO. They help communicate the message of filthy liar in the White House by doing stuff like showing up at Elmendorf’s kids’ school or mentioning what a shame it would be if the Elmendorf house caught fire some day when nobody was home. That good old Chicago friendliness the thug in charge is known for.

highhopes on July 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Arm twisting Obama style. He’s going to try it with the American People tonight.

Christian Conservative on July 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM

…though I realize that “Kilmeade” isn’t an Italian surname, Brian most certainly has the Italian helper genes.

Lourdes on July 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM

He explained, once, that he is a mix of Italian and black Irish.

progressoverpeace on July 22, 2009 at 12:53 PM

And the MSM is all over this story…Elmendorf sleeps with the fish…

d1carter on July 22, 2009 at 12:02 PM

But first he’ll get a horse’s head in his bed.

BuckeyeSam on July 22, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Aren’t there tapes of this meeting that can be released under FOIA authority? After all, if the meeting was completely on the up and up, there wouldn’t be any gaps or unexplained erasures, would there?

ExpressoBold on July 22, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Jamie Colby: Attending the University of Miami International School of Business at age 14, she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting as well as her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami School of Law at age 22.[Class of 83]

Jamie was born in 1961! 48? Wow! She is luscious! I could definately see her and Megyn in a pillow fight!

She is married. Crap!

Mr_Magoo on July 22, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Thanks for running the numbers on Jamie. I read her impressive resume on the FOX news website, but I didn’t “crunch” the numbers and figure out her age.

Hard to believe she’s 48! She looks 23. What a woman.

She has been wearing too much makeup lately though. Personally I think women look best with a minimum of face paint.

UltimateBob on July 22, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Re the Fox Hotties: Megyn Kelly beats Jamie Colby hands down in the brains department.

Steve Z on July 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

I don’t know about that. Read Jamie’s resume in my post above. Although, I think that as a lawyer and debater, Megan is more forceful and “convincing.”

Sorry to hijack the thread, everyone. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…….

UltimateBob on July 22, 2009 at 1:40 PM

Fox News picks up on my story from yesterday, although they don’t credit Hot Air with it.

Fox’s level of “journalism” has really slipped. ‘Seems like they do this sort of thing a lot lately.

Frankly, it’s kind of sad that they’re the best game in town.

Y-not on July 22, 2009 at 2:12 PM

She seems to become more and more stunningly beautiful each day

blatantblue on July 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM

yeah, I had to hit play and watch her again., dang.

NickelAndDime on July 22, 2009 at 2:18 PM

The Chicago Way: Hey CBO director, nice family you have there, It would be a shame if something happened to them.

Dasher on July 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I don’t know what good this would do now anyway. The report has already been released saying that costs will go up. Changing it would only make people more suspicious.

Terrye on July 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Changing it would only make people more suspicious.

Terrye on July 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Or confirm their beliefs.

Perspective….

BobMbx on July 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM

You have beautiful kneecaps Elmendorf, wanna keep them that way?- The O

CynicalOptimist on July 22, 2009 at 3:24 PM

How daring. He may need Obama care stat. His majesty is provoked.

seven on July 22, 2009 at 4:03 PM

So far, Mr. Obama has gotten everything he wanted with no opposition. How he handles the opposition to his health care non-plan will be determined by which of his heroes he emulates. If Chavez, he will jawbone, jawbone, jawbone and then just reach out and seize power by novel means – see the auto industry nationalization via bankruptcy law. If Castro, somebody, perhaps lots of somebodies, will be going to jail. Alcee Hastings’ emergency camps (HR 625) may come in pretty handy sooner than you think.

lonesomecharlie on July 22, 2009 at 4:11 PM

This man should resign from the CBO position, as anything he says now will be tainted after this meeting. Why he didn’t have the ethical values to refuse on the grounds of staying independent is beyond me. Guess I should not expect that because there is no “ETHICS” in the government.
Most absurd terms I hear are “Congressional Ethics” and “House or Senate Intelligence Committees”. No “INTELLIGENCE” there either.

hillbilly on July 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

orange on July 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Have you guys considered having your comedy troop go professional? You really have this schtick down pat. You were hilarious. Thanks!

Loxodonta on July 22, 2009 at 5:00 PM

The Republican eunuchs lay on their backs with their tails between their legs and hope for a happy ending.

Hening on July 22, 2009 at 5:15 PM

I’m open-minded enough to say “Hey, it’s plausible that something inappropriate happened here. Let’s get more info.”

orange on July 22, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Really, douchenozzle? When did you say that?

Jaibones on July 22, 2009 at 6:11 PM

Julie Banderas is the hottest.

tomswid on July 22, 2009 at 10:27 PM

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