Newsom Headed to White House

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Opinion, Politics

Published on February 19, 2009 with 3 Comments

Mayor Gavin Newsom
Photo by Luke Thomas

By Luke Thomas

February 19, 2009, 6:10 pm

Just received notice of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s schedule tomorrow – he’s heading to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

What’s Newsom going to discuss with Obama?  You guessed it, the Federal Stimulus bill, according to Joe Arellano in the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

This will be an interesting meeting, maybe even awkward in light of Newsom’s fervent backing of Hillary Clinton over Obama for President and Obama’s reported refusal to be photographed with Newsom.

But one thing’s for sure, this meeting has nothing to do with a calculated effort by Newsom’s handlers to have Newsom photographed with the President and Vice President to boost his gubernatorial campaign. That would just be too much of a cynical consideration.

Update, 11:23 pm: Apparently Newsom’s visit to the White House will not be such a big deal after all.  Newsom will be in line with 60 other US mayors who are also scheduled to meet Obama and cabinet members.

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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  1. While we’re headed to the Poor House.

  2. But what will SHE be wearing?


  3. It’s called plugging in, which Newsom isn’t.