The PJ Tatler

White House Now Says 'Unpaid Bills' Remark Scrubbed from Transcript Was 'Inaudible'

The press pool flagged the White House for scrubbing the transcript of President Obama’s remarks at a DNC fundraiser in Chicago last night.

The original transcript released by the White House contained this quote: “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some — newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

The White House reporter covering the event for the print pool transcribed the quote as this: “One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills (laughter) — I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

The pool report was sent out before the official White House transcript. The discrepancy was noticed by the Associated Press.

This morning, the White House sent out a “corrected” transcript from the event.

“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some — *(inaudible) — newspapers and all kinds of stuff,” the transcript now says, the asterisk marking the change.