Entries in Briefing (2)


White House 'Rickrolls' Twitter User over Briefing

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- During the White House briefing on Wednesday, David Wiggs of Franklin, Tennessee, known on Twitter as @wiggsd, tweeted: “This WH correspondence (sic) briefing isn't nearly as entertaining as yesterday's. #TCOT #WHchat”

Oddly enough, the White House responded: “@wiggsd Sorry to hear that. Fiscal policy is important, but can be dry sometimes. Here's something more fun: #WHChat.”

The link is to a video of Rick Astley singing his worldwide number one hit from 1987, “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

This is known in the Internet world as “Rickrolling” someone -- a prank in which you send someone a link they think will be of someone else and instead it’s the Rick Astley video.

Wiggs wrote back to the @WhiteHouse “Love it!” but later tweeted that the “@Drudge should have story ‘6 days from default, both sides scrambling...but Whitehouse rickrolling twitter user.’”

A headline at the Drudge report mentions “6 Days from Default, Both Sides Scrambling.”

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Rare Photo: Sitting in Makeshift Tent, Obama Briefed on Libya

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil) -- The White House has allowed a rare glimpse into the security trappings around the president.

An official photo, taken and issued by the White House, captured President Obama sitting inside a blue security tent -- called a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) -- erected inside his Brazilian hotel suite Sunday as he was briefed by phone on the situation unfolding in Libya.

The president, participating in a secure conference call, was joined on the phone by AFRICOM Commander Gen. Carter Ham, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Bob Gates, and Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough.

Pictured beside him in the tent are National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

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