I’m starting a new feature here as I collect little scraps of information that may be of interest to D.C. insiders but don’t fit into any larger story. For now it will bear the extremely exciting moniker of “Seen and heard at the White House.”
In the last week, here are some details of note:
- Preet Bharara, counsel to Sen. Chuck Schumer and rumored to be the next U.S. attorney for New York’s Southern District, was seen leaving the Eisenhower Executive Office Building around 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18.
- Sasha Obama, the president’s 7-year old daughter, ran through a gaggle of journalists and down the West Wing colonnade to see her father, moments after the family returned from Chicago to the White House on Monday, Feb. 16. The president had gotten off the helicopter and yelled to his family over the whine of the Marine One engines that he was going to the Oval Office, as they headed into the residence. Sasha apparently had something she wanted to tell her dad.
- Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner and senior adviser Gene Sperling were seen standing just outside White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s office on Thursday, Feb. 12, the night before Congress passed the stimulus bill, as reporters were ushered into Emanuel’s office for a round-table interview. Several reporters introduced themselves to Geithner.
— Jon Ward, White House reporter, The Washington Times