Latest: (Press Secretary Carney speaks about Governor Rick Perry remarks and more)


Sent: Tue Aug 16 12:46:46 2011

Subject: Pool report #5


Motorcade left Rausch’s Cafe at 10:57 am.


Carney gaggled aboard Press 1 en route to the rural economic forum.


A transcript should follow, but here are a few highlights. Please

check any quotes against transcript.


Re: Perry’s comments on Bernanke. Carney said “when you’re running

for president you have to think about what you’re saying because your

words have greater impact.” Said “we take the independence of the

Federal Reserve quite seriously.”


–Said POTUS invited participants at breakfast to come to rural

economic forum and they’d try to come


–Said the communication capabilities on the new armored bus carrying

POTUS are “comparable” to those on other modes of transport


Said Obama was “struck” by the GOP candidates’ comments on taxes and

said it was “representative of an unwillingness to compromise.”


–Said debate over economy and debt would continue in the fall “having

removed” the “threat” of a debt ceiling default


Said he’s not aware of any coordination between Buffett and the

White House on the op-ed. “We endorse his point of view.” “ I think

Mr. Buffett is an independent person who speaks his mind and he has

for a long time now.”


–On Fitch decision to maintain AAA, said Administration certainly

thinks country is an AAA nation


–Referring to Post story on the Obama’s housing finance plan, said it

is “untrue that the administration has settled on a specific option”

and the story “mischaracterizes core principles.” Said Treasury would

have a comment.


–Wouldn’t give any more details on Obama’s September plans. “I’m sure

he will have some new ideas as well.”


–”If we are unable to achieve some of those goals then we would have

to take the argument to the American people.”


-Said Obama is not in campaign mode.



Zachary Goldfarb

Staff writer, The Washington Post