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Tax Cut Extensions: Obama Presser Bumps Today's W.H. Open Gov't Chat

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 7 2010

Sacrifices were made when it comes to President Obama's agreement with Republicans over extending tax cuts, and that includes the White House's open government chat that was supposed to take place this afternoon. Obama has decided to take questions on the tax situation at 2:20pm today, and so the online chat with Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein that had been scheduled for precisely the same time has been bumped until tomorrow, 2:30 EST.

Not sure why both couldn't happen at the same time, but there it is. Today marks the one year anniversary of the Obama administration's issusance of its Open Government Directive. Hope they didn't buy a cake.

Add more: In an email, O'Reilly's Alex Howard suggests one reason that the calling of a presidential press conference might necessitate the postponing of an online open government chat. "Hard to do livestream on when POTUS is using it for a conf[erence]," he writes. An innovation created by the Obama administration, White House Live has opened up a noteworthy view onto the White House, creating the opportunity to watch selected presidential events for anyone who has the bandwidth to watch. But it's only single channel, at least at the moment.

(Also, it turns out that tomorrow is actually the true one-year anniversary of the dropping of the OGD. I'd gotten mixed up because the White House blog had been referring to today's scheduled chat as an anniversary event.)