It's week two of the president's charm offensive, and already there is dissension in the ranks.
Jay Carney, the occasionally charming spokesman for the newly charming president, began his daily media briefing Monday with a smile, a sunny disposition and a bit of percussion on the lectern. Bum-ba-da-bum-bum, he drummed with his hands.
"Happy Monday!" began Carney, wearing a festive yellow tie and striking a casual pose. "Good afternoon. Thanks for being here for your White House briefing. Spring is here early."
But it was not long before the White House press secretary was back in his winter of discontent. The first questioner, the Associated Press's Jim Kuhnhenn, asked Carney to square President Obama's "charm offensive" with his decision to speak this week to the highly partisan Organizing for Action group.