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April 27th, 2009
11:44 AM ET

The Obama Image: The Public Face of the First Family

As we close in on the first 100 days of President Obama's administration, protecting his image is becoming a priority at the White House.

CNN's Fredricka Whitfield spoke with Washington Post writer Liza Mundy on the public face of the first family.


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  1. rob

    I bought a few weeks of dry foods. It is basically the flu, but the idea that it attacks healthy people and a pregnant wife makes me a little more cautious. It has jumped from 20 to 40 in 5 minutes. As the test results come back the picture will become clearer. Obama will come out like a rose if he nips this in the bud.

    Just make sure you get help if you get sick so you can get tested. Drink and eat eventhough you don't want to or vommit it up. Keep your temperature under control and STAY HOME!

    It seems if you look at the geometric progression of the illness it will run its course in 6 months.

    I wish they could be more specific on why it is so bad in Mexico. It seems unlikely that the flu mutated in mulitple spots in the US at the same time. The media is pretending to tell us everything. Something is wrong. We can only hope that matters are swift.

    April 27, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  2. Ana Mejia

    Politics of fear in a different bottle. Geithner spent the weekend with the G20 and he said in a press conference US will contribute $100 billions to the IMF where he used to work and did not pay taxes. The IMF said Sunday we have to wait and see what happens.
    General Patreous talked about our new strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hillary Clinton is in Lebanon working on peace treates. Israel said to the EU don't rush us we are reviewing our policy. Iran president talks to ABC and wants to work with the US and the media is creating panic with the flue.
    I saw that movie "OUT BREAK" and now people cannot travel to the US and Mexico, markets around the world are freaking out and you are contributing to the panic. Time to run into the bunker right about now right?

    April 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Beth_Albany_OR

    A Happy Healthy Family. Let's see . . . There are how many Americans living in the US. How many Families?

    How many people diagnosed with this "Flu" – So much media – The cause of so much panic.

    Our Pres. and family . . . calm, happy, and healthy, example of 99.999% of Total American citizens. . . . And President Obama and his following took a trip to "ground zero flu outbreak" is anyone of them sick? No.

    I love you CNN . . . only show I watch, but let's reduce the coverage of it except for CDC updates and start covering other news, like BO the First Dog, you know, "Crazy Dog" that the Dog Whisperer needs to go to White House and train First Family how to be a good human.

    Just my suggestion.

    April 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  4. Charlie Venus

    As an older fellow, I think the later will some up where I stand regards to Obama. My Dad worked for 42 years on the NY Central RR. He served his country in the Navy in WW I, raised and educated 5 kids. Paid his taxes, never went to jail, obeyed the laws of the land went to Church and was a good neighbor. In his time he would have been viewed as an upright outstanding citizen.
    Were he still alive he would have been pro-life.
    Well I'm the same as my Dad and instead of being viewed as a good citizen, I'm called a Right Wing Religious Radical and have now been equated with goups of people who might be a source of terrorists.
    Excuse me I'm not suppose to say that word.
    Obama, the most televised President in history. He is trying to rival the sun and come up on TV every day. He loves to hear himself speak. If he only cared about this country as much as himself we might have a chance.

    April 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm |
  5. Susie - Michigan

    I'm hoping someone who should see this comment ....will. I just want to say in the nicest way I can......."stop it!!" CNN is one of my favorite places to get caught up on the news! I get home from work, and turn on CNN while I'm fixing dinner. I'm really getting frazzeled by, not just yours, but the media coverage of certain events! Every channel I turned to for news was beating this Swine Flu thing to death!!! Scarring people of a pandemic!!! Come ON!! When I listened to the story there were NO known deaths in the U.S.!!! And every channel was throwing this "pandemic fear" around like we weren't going to make it another week!!!! Please "STOP IT"!!! When we DO have someting to worry about , NO ONE will believe you! Ever heard of the boy who cried wolf? I thought CNN was different....beating on bad news to get a few more viewers.....don't be like all the rest!!!

    April 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  6. Gloria

    Let's face it White America is having a hard time excepting that a black man can be as smart or smarter than a white person. Ergo, the fascination with this family. It was okay to watch the Cosby Show. It was not real. Aha! now it's real. But you also have some educated Blacks that are jealous that it was not them and they are the loudest critics, such as the President of Bennett College and person's like Michael Tyson. I don't know what they expect him to do but be the President for all Americans, not just black people. When he solves problems,... we all benifit, especially with educational programs. Let's face it, Black America is far behind when it comes to education with high drop out rates and the prison count.
    But wake up white America. We are just as smart and if corporate America would stop promoting the weakest of Black America becuase they are safe people making no waves instead of promoting competent persons, you would already know that we have some smart people too!!!!!!!

    April 29, 2009 at 7:27 am |

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