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Brett -- Mike thank you now go out to Denver -- President Obama spent part of the day chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is chasing down reaction there to this North Korea.
Situation -- -- learned at.
Well good evening -- they're saying they basically in private believe this is largely bluster but they are noting.
That beyond what they is say is bellicose rhetoric there has been provocative action.
From North Korea Korea in recent days and that's why officials here note.
They've been shifting US military might to the region in recent days and they also note the President Obama is sending secretary of state John Kerry.
Just sold next week.
All of this is connected.
They believe it's just bellicose rhetoric but they're not taking any chances inside the White House tonight.
But on this issue -- you see change in recent days just -- what they're saying what they're signaling.
-- definitely they are taking a much tougher stance here the White House realizes that while this kind of rhetoric has been out -- not just earlier in the Obama administration but over many administrations you've heard this kind of rhetoric from North Korea.
They do believe inside the White House it's been ratcheted up just ever so slightly and they also believe beyond the rhetoric there's been enough action.
For them to send US military power in the region.
Just to send a signal back to North Korea for a.
And on the issue of the sequester the White House said today President Obama.
Is taking a pay cut.
That's right he makes 100000 dollars a year.
He's taking -- 5% pay cut which obviously translates.
-- to 20000 dollars not really a lot of money's gonna spend more money flying Air Force One out to California just a few moments to do some fundraising so this is basically symbolic gesture.
But perhaps a chance also to shift attention a little bit away from some of the claims they made about -- about how they were going to be shifting Border Patrol agents and the like the White House saying today the reason why they're not -- -- -- Border Patrol agents they got more money that CR to deal with fit in to move some money around.
They've been they've sort of beef things up but as you know Republicans have been saying since February that the administration already had this flexibility to move money around.
They think that there was a lot of rhetoric in January February.
It's not panning out.
See how many others.
Also take the pay cut now to the real reason you're out there in Denver -- Pres Obama trying to really recapture lost momentum on gun control but judging what we're hearing.
Here on Capitol Hill is it is it already too little too late for the press.
It could be the president's senior advisor Dan -- today insisted they are still optimistic inside the White House that they can get at least some gun control legislation through congress but they admit that they've lost the momentum in the president's out here.
Trying to get back.
As President Obama continued his campaign for gun control in Colorado today the issue crashed into political reality back at Washington.
With his senior advisor Dan -- acknowledging they may get no gun legislation at all not even -- watered down version as he blamed Republicans.
-- if they decide they're gonna pocket they can do that I think that there are.
There will be consequences to -- -- -- political consequence of them from if they make that decision the political reality for the -- President though is today's stop at the Denver police academy was his.
Twelve speech tour event on guns.
Since the tragedy yet Newtown Connecticut and yet his push for dramatic gun control is fading fast.
There is no reason we can't do this.
Unless politics is getting in the way.
Fight -- suggested the problem -- unnamed lawmakers back on Capitol Hill are getting scared.
-- may not even -- stronger background -- let -- the more aggressive ban on assault weapons that already has little chance of passage the other maybe people in Washington are -- might be getting -- -- -- while Republicans are largely opposing the measures -- -- did not mention is the lawmakers with cold feet are largely Democrats facing the voters in 2014.
Some of whom are reacting negatively to being targeted with two weeks' -- the TV -- bankrolled by mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Democrat Mark Pryor declaring quote I don't take good advice from the mayor of New York City.
I listen to Arkansas.
While the gun issue may not play well -- vulnerable senate Democrats it could help the president rally his base could take back the house.
Which is why later denied he's holding fund raisers with house democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco.
Which happens to be the scene of that 2008 fund raiser where then candidate Obama first wild gun supporters by saying -- rural voters quote.
So it's not surprising then that they get bitter they cling to their guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them.
He later apologized -- the sentiment has helped fuel an intense lobbying campaign by the National Rifle Association.
Which once supported expanded background checks yet now she's a golden opportunity to stop the president cold.
By instead pushing controversial plan could vastly expand -- our personnel in schools.
Background checks we all want to make sure that criminals.
Those -- that have been declared.
Mental issues that they not have access while they debate goes on we're trying to do something about school site.
Now the president's push for gun control continue Monday when he goes to Connecticut he's clearly trying to get these states.
Where they face tragedies is like here in Colorado pulled a -- and column -- in recent years the chance to try and regains some of that momentum.
But it's clear they know inside the White House they have an uphill battle on Capitol Hill Brett and Henry traveling to present in Denver tonight and thank you.
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