June 5th, 2009
01:50 PM ET
5 years ago

First lady names new chief of staff

The White House said Thursday the first lady had selected a new chief of staff.
The White House said Thursday the first lady had selected a new chief of staff.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama has brought in an old Chicago friend, Susan Sher, to replace chief of staff Jackie Norris.

The White House announced the switch late Thursday.

Norris was part of the team that led the Obama campaign to victory in the Iowa caucuses. She will now serve as a senior adviser to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

"I am grateful to President and Mrs. Obama for the opportunities and friendship they have given me over the last few years and I am looking forward to becoming an integral part of this Administration's efforts to advance the cause of national and community service," Norris said in a statement released by the White House.

In a statement, Mrs. Obama described Sher, who has been advising her on issues like health care, "as a trusted advisor, longtime mentor and friend dating back to my work at the City of Chicago and later the University of Chicago."

She also thanked Norris for building "a strong organization in the East Wing."

The first lady is slated to join President Barack Obama in Europe for the final leg of his latest overseas trip.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. Steph

    Great more Chicago trash has arrived to the White house....I love the comments on Michelle as they know her personally....Looks are very deceiving. It will be too late after theY destroy what America is and bring the first dictatorship TOthe White house. I wish all of these kool-aid drinkers would open up their eyes and see how the Obamas are destroying America and the world before it is too late....Oh i forget these are the ill-informed people who voted for Obama in November and will never figure out what he really stands for....Dictator--

    June 5, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Vigla

    TCM, your comments show your narrow vision.

    The deficit is so big because in the last 8 years we added 5 TRILLION to it! And those deficits bought us the worst recession since the 30's because we wasted it on Iraq and giving it away to the wealthy.

    Stop being so blind.

    June 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. WhoCares?

    Rush much have mentioned the word "Cronyism" today...I see the parroting of it already starting.

    Like how Obama was a Socialist, a Communist and a Marxist all in one week!!

    June 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. To: missnig, The General, Laura, Dallas, Fair, helen, Shrugged, young cons.

    you all need to get a life

    such hate, please get some air, get a job, pull yourself away from the computer

    you are all a very very sad bunch of people

    I hope you are at least getting paid by some off shoot of the GOP for such nastiness, that would at least explain why you write the garbage you write

    June 5, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Ralph A. LaPaugh

    I suppose this "new" addition was never proud of her country either!!

    June 5, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Jack

    all hail Ms. Obama, Queen of the United States!

    seriously, did the change have to happen while they were in Europe & have the new Chief of State sent on a special plane, costing taxpayer money!?

    In these hard times, we all have to THINK about wasting money or should I say our great great unborn grandchildrens money, why doesn't the Obama's?

    June 5, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. Michael

    Who cares? I am an Obama voter but First Lady changing her Chief of Staff is not that important>

    June 5, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Mark

    It was a country, once not so far ago, where the First Lady was worst then the Dictator. Her name was Elena Ceausescu. As you Americans, are not able to read or write more then 3 lines in your life time you could not have been informed about the disastrous First Lady Ceausescu. When I see Michelle and her actions I remember about the other First Lady. A First Lady that wanted only power. Nothing more, nothing less. This is what Michelle wants, power. The Obamas will just get more and more power until Americans will understand that the greatest mistake America could do is to vote that couple. But at that moment the damage would be so wide, so spread and so irreversible that America will be known for its first Dictators, not for its values.

    June 5, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  9. Anna, Missouri

    Osama Bin Laden-please tell me if it was also rediculous that Mrs. Laura Bush, as well as many previous First Ladies have had a chief of staff, or is it just this first lady that you do not believe needs one? I do not recall any complaints that previous first ladies having a chief of staff.

    June 5, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  10. Moi

    Hey CWO_USN – how much are you costing us taxpayers with the welfare checks you receive?

    June 5, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Blake

    Leave it to bitter republicans to find something wrong with her appointing a chief of staff that she has history with. Face it conservatives, America loves Michelle, and that drives you nuts..well, I should say even more nuts.

    June 5, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. just an observation

    Change we can believe in: last week: date night in NYC, this week: date night in Paris

    June 5, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  13. pacific

    Shame on some of you bitter little people below.
    These women are smart and extremely capable and have their own good reasons for making change. You go ladies.

    June 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. gloria

    For 'the General', don't say anything unless you know what you're talking about. CNCS is a government-run organization that consolidated several federal volunteer programs, including Americorps, SeniorCorps, and Learn and Serve America. There's a reason ACORN was not included in the consolidation; ever locale is independently run and too 'grassroots' to be maintained (or held accountable) at a federal level.

    June 5, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  15. Tania

    To all the complainers - please compare the offices/staff of the previous President to this one - the same positions, the same travel arrangements. You're reacting as if no other President has travelled or had a wife, or had "cronies" or friends. Do remember what the previous President accomplished (I use the term loosely). And get over it. If this one doesn't work out - try voting the bush back in.

    June 5, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Billy J in Texas

    Man... who kicked the rotting corpse of the predominantly dishonest and willfully blind Republican party and let all these flys and maggots out?

    See.. they got me talking that way now.

    June 5, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. MLK

    BO is over in Germany in the middle of a field looking lost as can be without his prompters and the other half is hiring help. There is no telling what this President has done to us on this present trip. Please God almighty let this 4 years go quick. This cat want even tell people his real name so why do we think he'll tell us what he does to us onnthese trips.

    June 5, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Taa Taa

    Republicans are hanging on to STUPID... They just can't let it go....

    June 5, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Joe

    Hey "General" – glad you are here but I think you'll find more kindred spirits on the FOX News site..."ACORN" – Jeez...

    June 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. buckwheat

    Probably what they meant by change during the campaign.That is really the only change I have seen.Gift of gab is cheap.

    June 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. pacific

    These women are smart and extremely capable and have their own good reasons for making change. You go ladies.

    June 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Maria

    ONE MORE FROM CORRUPT CHICAGO P0LITICAL MACHINE. the obamas keep bringing their old 'friends', as they only feel comfortable with all those crooks and America-haters they used to pal around with. barack the dictator...he'll NEVER be my pres!

    June 5, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. lia

    SHIRLEY SDL June 5th, 2009 11:18 am ET

    Congratulations to the First Lady in her choice and to the President on his wonderful Cairo speech which I have now read twice. They are truly a first couple who make us proud. Also, WOOHOO!, more good news, economists expected 504,000 lost jobs , but there were 345,000 in May. I just love positive news!
    -----------------------------–

    Really? I mean, REALLY??? Youn think 345,000 jobs lost it good news??? What happed to all the jobs that were supposed to be created? I mean the permanant ones. Not the photo-op ones like the 25 policement in Ohio who have mostly been let go after a photo and a month or two of work.....

    345,000 jobs lost is good news???? Sigh....

    June 5, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. CAL

    WOW!! What a bunch of haters. If you notice most of the hate is coming from these loser women LOL stop being so darn jealous you stupid women should be glad to see a woman with such elegance, style and intellenence, oh but wait she is an african american and she is the first lady, oh well deal with it losers she's not going anywhere.

    And stop complaining about the travels of the Obama family, your clowns didn't complain when the bushes went out of the country and besides, do you really think the President and the First Lady gives a rat's butt what you think? I think not LOL

    June 5, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  25. obama support team

    Hey hate bloggers, that Chicago crony name calling is dead. this is 2009, not grade school. Like all first ladies, Michelle is entitled to appoint anyone she sees fit. So stop your complaining and whining like Hannity, Rush, and the GOP. so STOP with the nonsense and support America and our president.

    June 5, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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