A mood of tension has gripped the White House in recent days as President Obama prepares himself for a new round of criticism from one of the nation's most powerful and influential constituencies: pajama-wearing Internet users who post anonymous comments on liberal blogs.
In the West Wing, Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel has set up a high-tech "war room" to monitor the blog comments from the President's basement-dwelling critics, postings which one White House source said could be "really mean" in the days ahead.
"It's no secret that the President is very worried about what these anonymous blog-commenters might be typing over the next few days," said the source. "They are very angry, and they have a lot of time on their hands."
The source said that the pajama-wearing chorus could grow louder this week "because most of them have already seen 'Star Trek' and they're back in front of their keyboards."
"Some of them are so furious they're not even stopping to use spell-check," he added.
LiberalCatGirrrrl999, a former Obama supporter who has turned on him in recent days, said that the President ignores her irate, long-winded blog comments at his peril.
"There's been so much emphasis on the influence of liberal bloggers, the White House has ignored where the real power is: anonymous blog commenters," she says. "Hold on, my mom is yelling at me from upstairs."
Elsewhere, in a sign of increasing tensions, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a surprise visit to the home of Jon and Kate.
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