White House Launches Blog For Middle East Trip

    January 8, 2008

White House staff members will blog about President Bush’s trip to the Middle East.

Bush leaves today to visit Israel, the Palestinian territories, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The White House Blog

Dana Perino, White House spokeswoman, said senior staff including Chief of Staff Josh Bolten, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Counselor to the President Ed Gillespie and Perino would post periodic updates on whitehouse.gov in a blog called "Trip Notes from the Middle East."

"This is new to us," Perino said at a press briefing. "We encourage you to log on and to check back often to read some of the updates that the staff will be posting throughout the trip. So it will be just a little bit of a blog."

Perino made the first post today, which includes Bush’s schedule, goals, background and introductory comments. Perino writes," This trip will reflect the President’s commitment to the Middle East region and his belief that the future of the region has a direct impact on the security of America."