Freudian slip by the stenographer? The spurious claim is laughable! Maybe they did really laugh and were red faced at the DrudgeReport coverage and just changed the transcript.
WH CORRECTED TRANSCRIPT: 'Over the last 15 months we’ve created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (‘Laughter’ changed to ‘applause’)'
By JULIE MASON | 06/21/11 4:52 PM Updated: 06/21/11 4:55 PM
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The Drudge Report Tuesday morning cheekily linked to an official White House transcript of President Obama's remarks from a fundraiser the night before, which noted the audience laughing at his jobs claims.
"Over the last 15 months we’ve created over 2.1 million private sector jobs. (Laughter.)" said Obama per the transcript, emailed to reporters Monday night at around 11:30 p.m.
It did seem a little strange -- because why would Obama supporters laugh at job creation? But the matter prompted some informal wagering within the press corps on the over-under for how long it would take the White House to put an end to the laughter -- especially after the link appeared at the top of the heavily trafficked Drudge site.
At 4:04 p.m. on Tuesday, the corrected transcript appeared: Laughter changed to applause, and noted with an asterisk. The White House declined comment on the record.
Jen Bendery of the Huffington Post, print pooler for the DNC event at the Mandarin Oriental, said she heard applause, too.
"It was just applause, really," Bendery said. "I'm guessing the stenographer accidentally plugged in the parenthetical laughter instead of the parenthetical applause."