By Mary C. Rydzeski
BRIAN'S OPENING THOUGHTS
Brian gets all the inside stories about this past weekend's White House Correspondent's dinner, and finds it astounding that President Obama never actually said anything nice about the press. PLUS: Brian weighs in on the latest news coming out of the Boston bombing.
New York Post Columnist Michael Goodwin talked to Brian about his column, "See No Evil." "I think this is all about the President with his 'see no evil on Islam' and the FBI trying to cover its butt," Goodwin exclaimed, "It's all about this political correctness, not wanting to take on this issue." He went on to explain that while President Obama has made this issue worse, it did not start with him; it can be seen throughout the administration of President George W. Bush as well.
White House Correspondents Association President Ed Henry talked about what it was like sitting next the president during Saturday night's dinner. Henry said he is very happy the dinner is over, and that it is a big weight off his shoulders. He also explained that he wanted this year's dinner to really highlight the fact that this dinner is a big fundraiser for journalism student scholarships. "Under my watch, we doubled the amount we're going to give next year based on the fundraising we did," Henry explained.
Author of Beyond War and investigative journalist, David Rohde, talked to Brian about the perils of the Middle East. Rohde explained that he is frustrated in the way we have handled Syria and the terror attacks in Boston: "We seem to be paralyzed in that we think that all we can do to respond to it is sort of carry out these massive invasions like Iraq and Afghanistan or do nothing."
Bret Baier, anchor of Special Report with Bret Baier, talked to Brian about the White House Correspondents' dinner this past weekend. Baier said that President Obama "really had it down," and actually felt bad for Conan O'Brien because he had to follow "what was probably the President's best performance in that environment."
James Rosen, Chief Washington Correspondent and host of The Foxhole, talked about Bret Baier's sit-down with President George W. Bush at the Presidential library opening in Texas last week. He said that Baier asked Bush about the Arab Spring during the interview, and Bush essentially gave the modern-day Republican Party a "warning," telling them to be less isolated.