The Prez on Black Radio II – Interview With April Ryan of AURN

Complete transcript is available over at HuffPo in an article by Ryan -

April Ryan of AURN

Q: That’s interesting you talk about the disparities in African Americans, because many civil rights leaders, to include persons in the NAACP, are upset that the Senate version does not have the public option; the House has the public option. And the Senate and the House version are very far apart. What are the fears that you have going forward with trying to get a health care reform bill together in a timely fashion?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, I think it’s important to understand, April, that the Senate and the House bills are 95 percent identical. There’s 5 percent differences, and one of those differences is the public option. But this is an area that has just become symbolic of a lot of ideological fights. As a practical matter, this is not the most important aspect to this bill — the House bill or the Senate bill. Continue reading

April Ryan, Robert Gibbs, and Desiree Rogers

Desiree Rogers has become a lightning rod for criticism, not only from the right wing – but also from some in the press corps. There seems to be a bit of a resentment of Desiree, and feeling that she has pushed herself into far too prominent a role -

Here is an interview with Desiree back in Frebruary by CNN’s Lola  Ogunnaike -

Now, I think Ryan really overstepped her bounds, and appears to have a personal dislike of Rogers which is interfering with objectivity. Republicans see the issue as another opportunity to eliminate yet another member of President Obama’s staff, and another member of the Obama “inner circle”.

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