March 24, 2011


White House Faces Messaging Crisis on Libya

President Obama is facing a "political storm" over U.S. involvement in military operations against Muammar Qadhaffi's Libya as "military leaders hedged on when the U.S. would transition leadership to its allies," according to The Hill.

House Speaker John Boehner's "tough words are expected to foreshadow a week of hearings and scrutiny of the administration's plans for Libya when Congress resumes next week. Obama's return to Washington several days before Congress ends its recess gives the White House an opportunity to retake control of the story of the Libyan campaign."

Meanwhile, First Read notes that jokes about "Libya and a perceived mixed message, his overseas travel, and, yes, Obama's basketball bracket have all made it into the comedy mainstream," an ominous sign of how swing voters perceive recent events.










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