John Feehery and Jim Long are our guests this week.
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Original Air Date: January 5, 2013 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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PoliOptics kicks off our third calendar year of broadcasts with episode 84.
Everyone is home from the holidays now — even President Obama found his way back from Hawaii.
But what happened over the holidays?
The fiscal cliff turned out to be a huge blur for most American. Political failure on wide display is finally averted by the actions of a couple of unlikely heros.
Our first guest is part of the fabric of Capitol Hill and one of the most skilled communicators of his political generation.
Josh King and me to the proverbial white board for a play-by-play breakdown.
The focus of this sit-down with Feehery is not the policy, but rather the politics:
Is Speaker of the House John Boehner too wounded to lead?
Can Harry Reid play a meaningful role in the next round after having Vice President Biden swoop in to fix his mess?
Does President Obama realize yet the extent of the political hangover he’s suffering with regard to the 113th Congress?
John Feehery ads a great bit of historical context to conversation.
On the question of Speaker Boehner’s leadership in particular, John Feehery has special insight. John served another Speaker — Denis Hastert — as his chief spokesman and communications advisor for an record breaking eight years from 1999-2007.
John has the scares to prove his mettle and the unique ability to see the net/net and make it understood.
I confess right at the top of the show that I am unsure what to make of the last two weeks. Sure, I read the Playbook everyday and even kept an ear to SXM POTUS when I was in the car. But if you’re like me and Josh and you’re looking for the real CLIFF NOTES — this interview is for you!
Our second guest: @NewMediaJim — the D.C. twitter sensation who is a self described, “new media soul trapped in an old media body.”
By day, Jim Long is a general assignment videographer based in the NBC News Washington D.C. Bureau. His talent, experience and remarkable eye for the picturesque has distinguished him among his peers. His good humor, consistency and grace
under pressure have distinguished him with White House staffers and presidents alike. But his twitter feed and early adoption of all things digital have distinguished him with more than 75 thousand followers around the world.
Everyday, from places like Afghanistan, Iraq, The White House, Capitol Hill, Egypt and Pittsburgh, Jim Long shares his signature Instagram style. Jim Long is a friend of mine and someone I am so excited to introduce to the PoliOptics audience. It is quite rare to have a network photographer on the record for broadcast. I attribute this coup to the amazing pros at NBC News, who have supported Josh King and I here at PoliOptics since our very first days on the air.
If you love the behind the scenes stuff that PoliOptics is known for — you will want to dowload this episode for permanent inclusion on your ipod.