White House: Cory Booker is “dead to us”

posted at 10:01 am on June 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

When the Obama campaign sent popular, telegenic, man-of-action Newark Mayor Cory Booker out to do a little surrogate-advocacy on their behalf last month, something happened that the Democrats certainly did not intend: Cory Booker made a very public display of intellectual integrity (I know, I know — a rare beast in politics, but it can happen). On “Meet the Press,” Booker said that Team Obama’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at private-equity firm Bain Capital and other such petty campaign tactics were “nauseating” and made him “very uncomfortable.” And it felt so good.

But the Democrats didn’t take kindly to Booker making such a distasteful spectacle of himself and shooting one of their most prominent attack memes straight through the heart, and before the day was out, Booker had released a four-minute explanation that even the MSNBC anchors called a “hostage video” (heh). Then, Booker went on Maddow’s MSNBC show and made it look like he had been commanded to walk back his comments from on high — and the hits just kept on coming.

Booker is a relatively young and clearly pretty ambitious politician — but he’s going to paying for this one for a long time yet.

Newark’s mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama’s Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Booker had been angling for the housing secretary gig in a second Obama term, according to sources in the administration and close to the mayor. …

“Cory and Barack Obama have never been besties, but that was the final nail. It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’ The firing squad is out,” said a Democratic source in contact with both sides. “It’s not just that he messed up, it was that he compounded it and didn’t have their back when they gave him a national stage to talk.”

The Obama camp tried to play down the bad blood with Booker yesterday.

“Mayor Booker’s comments are behind us and we are working together to re-elect the president in November,” said Patrick Gaspard, head of the Democratic National Committee.

Other campaign insiders insist that Booker is not persona non grata, although he is in the doghouse and knows it.

“What he did was undermine a leading argument for the campaign. It was a serious distraction. Not a minor screw-up; a major screw-up,” a Democratic source said. “He is trying to figure out how to work his way back in the fold.”

Last weekend, Booker did a West Coast swing for the Obama campaign and is already scheduled for upcoming appearances.

In Seattle, Booker joked that the campaign had instructed him not to “stick your foot in your mouth again . . .So this is my probation speech.”

When so many of Obama’s faithful minions are so awkwardly wandering off-message, you’d think they’d stop and maybe reassess the situation. “Hmm, maybe the problem isn’t our meandering surrogates… maybe the problem is us and our free-enterprise hatin’, class warfare-mongering, intellectually cheap campaign-rhetoric machine?” I won’t hold my breath.


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So is West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas and pretty much anyone who isn’t going to vote Obama for KING in November.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Oh the civility and sincereity of it all.
Good thing they didn’t advocate violence or anything!

ConcealedKerry on June 8, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Does this mean they’re racists?

Flange on June 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

And the problem with the up-and-coming non-socialist dems getting trashed by their leadership is?

cozmo on June 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

“new tone”

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Newark’s mayor, who was gunning for a spot in President Obama’s Cabinet, lost the chance after he shot his mouth off during a blunderingly honest TV appearance last month, sources told The Post.

They say rats know before the humans do whenever a natural disaster is about to hit, and they start scurrying to protect themselves.

AubieJon on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Hey Cory, I think you should give Bill Clinton a call…

MadisonConservative on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Hey Corey …. why don’t you come over to the sane party ….
switch parties …. join the adults ….

conservative tarheel on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Obama, Cory Booker’s kryptonite.

Webrider on June 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Racist

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

White House: Cory Booker is “dead to us”

..can B. J. Clinton be far behind?

The War Planner on June 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

“Blue on Blue”….
………it’s what’s for Breakfast.

Baxter Greene on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

“Hmm, maybe the problem isn’t our meandering surrogates… maybe the problem is us and our free-enterprise hatin’, class warfare-mongering, intellectually cheap campaign-rhetoric machine?” I won’t hold my breath.

Exactly what I’ve been thinking the past few months but you’re written words are much better than mine.

Erika, your the best thing to happen at HA in a long time.

CTSherman on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Corey Booker could have a stellar political career for the rest of his life if he comes to the right side of reality.

If he grovels and begs the Dems for relevance, he’s done. If he rebukes the Dems and joins the right, he’s a rock star.

katy on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’ The firing squad is out,” said a Democratic source

Must be part of that new civil tone we’ve been hearing so much about.

jdpaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Hostage video…..ha! Love it

DrW on June 8, 2012 at 10:10 AM

You might as well become one of us, Cory Booker.

BigGator5 on June 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Obamagruppenfuhrer: “shoot him!!”

Red Creek on June 8, 2012 at 10:11 AM

We’ll reward our friends and punish our enemies”

Barack Obama/every union thug…everyday.

Mimzey on June 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

..can B. J. Clinton be far behind?

The War Planner on June 8, 2012 at 10:08 AM

No, Billy Jeff is one annoyance Barry Hussein Soetoro has to live with.

Indeed, if they made a comment like that about him and DIRECTLY attacked him like that he’d really go postal on him. Like him or not, Clinton’s Presidency was a success, at least with respect to the economy. Last thing Obama needs is to have his first (and last) 4 years compared to Clinton’s 8.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Another one under the bus.

Joe Mama on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Booker is a relatively young and clearly pretty ambitious politician — but he’s going to paying for this one for a long time yet.

Or maybe not. Booker also made positive headlines a few weeks ago by running into a burning building to save his neighbors, and he also has been working hard to attract business into Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) to re-vitalize his city.

If he has a successful term or two as mayor of Newark, he might have his eye on the Senate seat of the aging Frank Lautenberg, and he wouldn’t really need Obama’s coattails.

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Truth hurts huh Obama.

gophergirl on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This won’t be an impediment to Booker — it’ll be a strength, but only if he doesn’t try to come crawling back to Obama. As said above, he should link up with President Clinton instead.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Booker promises that he and his family will vote twice for Ø to make up for he mess…

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Booker should get together with Artur Davis to talk strategy.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Come on over to the gop light
All are welcome

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

for the mess…

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

.
My EDIT button doesn’t work… in fact, I can’t find it! Where is it?

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Hey Corey …. why don’t you come over to the sane party ….
switch parties …. join the adults ….

conservative tarheel on June 8, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Exactly.

Come on over Mr. Booker. I’m sure we can work out some platform issues and win you over on some key ideological points. Republicans and conservatives would gladly and happily embrace you with warm, open arms.

Logus on June 8, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

That honor goes to Bayonne.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I don’t understand why these people (Booker, BJ Clinton, etc.) are bowing to Bozo by apologizing and making themselves look so weak. I mean come on, stand up for yourselves and your beliefs.

txag92 on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Booker, Clinton, Rendell, etc. are stepping out in an effort to reclaim their “Father’s Democratic Party”..it’s a beginning of a wave that you will be seeing as this Marxist regime gets evicted in Nov…

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Racists!!!!!

Dingbat63 on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

More proof that you must not deviate from the progressive liberal mantra. Open minded liberals indeed!

kirkill on June 8, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I wouldn’t mind Booker as Secretary of… you know, HUD, or the Interior or something like that in a Romney cabinet. Or heck, Secretary of Transportation, that seems to be the designated “hire a guy from the other party” department (Mineta for Bush, LaHood for Obama).

Red Cloud on June 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

My EDIT button doesn’t work… in fact, I can’t find it! Where is it?

ExpressoBold on June 8, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Welcome to the Walmart blogging script…it does get maddening, but the material here is worth the frustration..

hillsoftx on June 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Cory Booker should become a Republican and thumb his nose at the Obama administration.

Axion on June 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Cory, speak your mind! You are one of the few players waiting in the wings in your party as Obama has basically shut down the Democrat Party farm system. It is has been all about him. Show us if there are any high profile Democrats who care about the good of the country, Cory.

mwbri on June 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

As the late Joe Pyne used to say, there’s a bus leaving in 10 minutes. Be under it.

Drained Brain on June 8, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Racists throw Cory Booker under the bus.

Philly on June 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Good timing for Booker.

forest on June 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Disassociation from Obama is the best thing for Booker right now. This incident helps him brand himself as “above the fray.” It helps him position himself in the center with the ability to appeal to both sides.

Frankly, it seems as if the White House is doing Booker a huge favor.

blink on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Yep. It won’t be too long before NO ONE wants to claim to have been any part of the Obama Regime because of it’s failure.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Or he could be leading a resurgent Democrat Party, after flushing all the crap out of the current one.

As has been mentioned though, Booker has to lead. He can’t keep coming back trying to suck up to the garbage oozing out of Chitcago. He has to remain above that.

Despite the current crop of garbage committing partycide, (is that a word?) America will always welcome a Party that caters to the little guy, minus the Marxism. A party that might say if you’re too big to fail, you’re too big, breakup time. Other words, the Democrat Party of yesteryear. That could be Booker’s for the taking. I think he will be a major play, maybe 9 years from now.

MNHawk on June 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

If Booker really is dead to Obama (and I totally believe this is true), then why doesn’t Romney reach out to Booker? Wouldn’t Romney LOVE to have someone like Booker to put into his cabinet?

Since Romney is a Republican he automatically will be told to govern in a bi-partisan manner and to reach across the aisle. Booker would be a great way to do that.

NYCChris on June 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This time next year, Obama will be out of public office writing a revisionist history of his presidency with the help of Bill Ayres, and Booker will still be mayor of Newark. Booker is headed up; Barack is headed down. That’s a good picture of “Hope and Change.”

stefano1 on June 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

In the dog house for stating his belief and telling an honest truth.
If the WH or Axelrod did not WANT him to say these things, why didn’t they KNOW what he would say in the first place ?

Not Booker’s fault for being honest. Obama’s fault for not knowing what he’d say. Of course, Obama would never understand this, lawyer that he is.

Jabberwock on June 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Cory “Fredo” Booker

50sGuy on June 8, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Hey Cory, no one throws Obama under the bus. That is his job.

Sticky Wicket on June 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM
That honor goes to Bayonne.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

No, that honor belongs to Camden.

RedHotinNJ on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

LOL. Booker should ask them to put that in writing.

Being spurned by the epic disaster that is the Obama administration will probably turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to Booker’s political career.

AZCoyote on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

He had a chance to be a politician with integrity. But he succumbed to the machine. Just another Dem.

paul1149 on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Newark (which many people consider the armpit of NJ) . . .

Steve Z on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM
That honor goes to Bayonne.

Dextrous on June 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Camden

katy the mean old lady on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Maybe younger pols like Cory can change the Democrats back from the New Socialist Party ideology of their present administration.

kingsjester on June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hey Cory, no one throws Obama under the bus. That is his job.

Sticky Wicket on June 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM

No, that’s OUR job. Obama is going to be thrown under the bus for good by the American People in November.

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Mayor Booker, come on over to our side. As long as you are intellectually honest, and have sound ideas, you will have a home with us.

HeatSeeker2011 on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

Violent rhetoric!

I blame Palin!!!!

rihar on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Add another reason to the very long list of why liberals lie.

Speakup on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Don’t forget that Booker’s apostasy on “Meet the Press” came just three days after the New Jersey correspondents dinner, where the Corey Booker-Chris Christie “Seinfeld” parody video debuted. So to the hyper-partisan Team Obama people, Corey already was fraternizing with the enemy (and the video ended with the nod that Christie could be a Romney VP choice, which probably irked the White House even more).

So he already was part of the way into the Obama doghouse (a dangerous place to be) before he even went on and defended Bain Capital and decried negative campaigning to David Gregory. Of course, none of that is going to matter if Obama loses in November, because, as Bill Clinton, Ed Rendell and even Deval Patrick’s later comments showed, Booker was just the first to say what a lot of other Democrats are thinking about the Chicago-style campaign Obama’s running.

jon1979 on June 8, 2012 at 10:28 AM

No, that honor belongs to Camden.

RedHotinNJ on June 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Oops, sorry.

katy the mean old lady on June 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

“Cory Booker made a very public display of intellectual integrity”

No, not exactly. He made a public display of frankness based his experience and his political self-interest: his city and his political fortunes had benefited from private equity.

But this did not last — which is the acid test of integrity.

rrpjr on June 8, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Relax, President Romney may consider him for his administration.

Amazingoly on June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Dont worry Booker, most of the guys with a grudge against you will be unemployed coming january!

Valkyriepundit on June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

This time next year, Obama will be out of public office writing a revisionist history of his presidency with the help of Bill Ayres, and Booker will still be mayor of Newark. Booker is headed up; Barack is headed down. That’s a good picture of “Hope and Change.”

stefano1 on June 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I think it’s pretty clear by the fact that apparently no one bothered to read Soetoro’s FIRST TWO autobiographies because it came as a surprise to everyone that he (or Ayers) had wrote in there that he’d eaten dog, bullied a girl, etc that his inevitable post one term Presidency THIRD autobiography won’t be read either.

Who bought all his books anyway? Labor unions?!

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Honesty is not a virtue prized in politics, Abraham Lincoln (“Honest Abe”) notwithstanding. The kindest word that political professionals can summon for a forthright, straight from the shoulder politician is “naive.” Some of the less kind words would undoubtedly get you kicked off HA, should you use them in a comment. This is why professional politicians are, whenever asked a question, any question, forever backing and filling, zigging and zagging, and blowing enough smoke to get a citation from the EPA. If caught making a frank comment, they say, “I was misquoted”, or if on video, “I misspoke.”

Booker will have to get with the Democrat program, which is: all ugly, all the time.

Scriptor on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Cory Booker, whether he realizes it or not, may have saved his political future. He can pick up the pieces for the Democrat party once the Obama progressive train crashes and burns….

In the Post-Obama world no one is going to want to be associated with Obama and his idiotic legacy except only the most hardcore progressives, you know the crusading type…in which logic means nothing.

William Eaton on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Making Nixon’s “enemies list” look good.

rbj on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I don’t think he’s really in trouble until he wakes up with a horse’s head in his bed.

trigon on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

I don’t think he’s really in trouble until he wakes up with a horse’s head in his bed.

trigon on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Leave Sarah Jessica Parker out of this!

Valkyriepundit on June 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Sounds like if Mr. Booker is a ambitious politician, he has made a very smart long-term play… These clowns will be gone in January, and the Democrat Party has a mighty shallow bench as it is…

phreshone on June 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

“What he did was undermine a leading argument for the campaign. It was a serious distraction. Not a minor screw-up; a major screw-up,” a Democratic source said. “He is trying to figure out how to work his way back in the fold.”

Seriously – is this a fold you really want to be in..?

affenhauer on June 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

So we pick up another rino?

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

He’s still in the tank for Obama.

Blake on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He did O a favor by shooting down a crap meme early. That O doesn’t recognize it is doesn’t bode well for O.

If O loses big in the fall, and his tone-deaf campaign is recognized as a significant part of it, then Booker looks like the smart guy and is boosted in stature (he spoke the truth to power, called the emporor on his lack of clothes, etc.).

If Booker is well shunned by the Ds, he could look at changing sides…

krome on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Relax, President Romney may consider him for his administration.

Amazingoly on June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Exactly, across the aisle handshake.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

“Success is the best deodarant” — Elizabeth Taylor

Cory, follow Walkers prescription by doing the right thing, just like Walker did in Wisconsin, ‘cuz you can’t argue with succcess.

So, pick something you can turn around and show great and improved results.

Obama was a fraud. You could be a contender.

Typicalwhitewoman on June 8, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Lupica has it all figured out. A totally new explanation for what’s going down.

a capella on June 8, 2012 at 10:38 AM

So we pick up another rino?

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Which is why we hope that he leads the next generation of the Democrat Party.

RINOs are best as honest opposition.

MNHawk on June 8, 2012 at 10:39 AM

My EDIT button doesn’t work… in fact, I can’t find it! Where is it?

no edits pal. once its posted its posted-i should know i’ve made enough errors myself=previewing is your friend

gerrym51 on June 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Who bought all his books anyway? Labor unions?!

wildcat72 on June 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

State Department.

AesopFan on June 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

“He’s dead to us,” one ranking administration official said of the prevailing feelings at the White House and Obama headquarters in Chicago.

It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’ The firing squad is out,” said a Democratic source in contact with both sides.

reminds me of Taxi Driver.

ted c on June 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Booker… Clinton… Wonder who’s next for Room 101.

apostic on June 8, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Hence the Cory Booker Memorial Woodshed

gwelf on June 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The guy slipped up and told the truth…somewhere in there. The problem is, he wants to be a lifetime politician, which means he can’t be completely honest or consistently tell the truth.

Dongemaharu on June 8, 2012 at 10:42 AM

The Chicago Way

gwelf on June 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

O/T

Obama is on TV right now blaming Europe for all of his woes. Pathetic. Oh, now he is lumping Congressional Republicans and Europe for all of his woes. Equally pathetic.

Can’t wait to get a leader for a president in November! :-D

Punchenko on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Another one under the bus.

Joe Mama on June 8, 2012 at 10:13 AM

how many buses is that now …. or is he using 18 wheelers now ….

conservative tarheel on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

After the Booker mess, Obama team went to Mayor of Atlanta for some help. This would be a man with not one, but TWO Bain guys on his senior staff.

Booker is not a problem. Obama’s campaign staff is.

Jabberwock on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Barry “The Destroyer” Obama is all about diversity and freedom as long as everyone thinks like him and does as he says.

jukin3 on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Relax, President Romney may consider him for his administration.

Amazingoly on June 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Exactly, across the aisle handshake.

right2bright on June 8, 2012 at 10:36 AM

I could live with that …

conservative tarheel on June 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I wonder if Cory is competent using digital recording devices? If so he can indeed throw Obama and his surrogates under the bus.

meci on June 8, 2012 at 10:47 AM

No man can ever respect another man who has tasted his “fudge”.

aloysiusmiller on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

White House: Cory Booker is “dead to us”

…but HOLLYWOOD is good!

KOOLAID2 on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t think he’s really in trouble until he wakes up with a horse’s head in his bed.

trigon on June 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Leave Sarah Jessica Parker out of this!

Valkyriepundit on June 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Show some compassion! The poor woman has enough problems with children trying to feed her carrots or having to look at herself in the mirror every morning. :-(

Punchenko on June 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Punchenko on June 8, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I walked away when he stated flogging that phony “jobs bill” political stunt he pulled months ago. This guy has nothing.

Don’t worry Booker, the wheels are coming off that bus long before it gets to you.

forest on June 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Of course punch

The don’t blame me president

cmsinaz on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Can the WH really afford to be losing supporters? I guess they think they can… I bet they are wishing Clinton could be dead to them.

Queen0fCups on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

This is the most furious whipping I’ve ever seen taking place in the 0bama woodshed. Somebody call the cops. There has to be a law against this!

In consolation to Corey, that cabinet position that he was “angling” for in 0bama’s second term…THERE AIN’T GUNNA BE NO 0BAMA SECOND TERM.

Tomolena1 on June 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

“Cory and Barack Obama have never been besties, but that was the final nail. It’s like, ‘You’re dead and done.’

Who the hell did they interview, a high school girl?

Living4Him5534 on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Oh…and, Booker? That belief in God thing?

Keep it to yourself if you don’t want to know what “dead to us” really looks like.

With love,
DNC

Cleombrotus on June 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

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