Was the White House miffed by my post last week about the conference call with Ed Gillespie? Well, it looks that way. I was just kicked off today’s call, to which I had received an invitation via email this morning:
THE WHITE HOUSE
The Office of Public Liaison invites you to join
Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs
for a Conference Call to discuss
The Economic Rescue Plan
The call will be held on
Tuesday, September 30th[,] at 11:00 A.M. EDT
(“Rescue Plan” is WH-ese for Bail-Out.)
I dialed in a little before 11:00, got the please-wait message, and listened to the butchered music. An operator came on and asked me for my identity, which I provided, and then subjected me to a few more minutes of music. Then I heard a voice saying something unintelligible, and the line was cut off. I dialed back in, explained to the operator that I’d been cut off, gave my information again, and was connected to the conference call, which was already in progress.
I listened for around 10 minutes to the doomsday talk and pleas to “work” the Republicans who voted with the Constitution yesterday.
Suddenly, the line went briefly silent, and then a voice said, as nearly as I can reconstruct it:
“We have been advised by the host that you are not allowed on this call, so I’m going to hang up your line; please do not dial in again.”
Now, if the White House doesn’t want me on its calls, that’s its prerogative. But kicking me off after I’ve been invited is a lousy way to win my support, makes them look like they don’t know what they’re doing, and is just plain tacky.