January 6th, 2010
07:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama official confirms birth of child

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag released a statement Wednesday confirming the birth of an out-of-wedlock daughter.
White House Budget Director Peter Orszag released a statement Wednesday confirming the birth of an out-of-wedlock daughter.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama’s top budget official acknowledged Wednesday fathering a child out of wedlock, less than two weeks after announcing his engagement to another woman.

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag and the mother of the child, Claire Milonas, released a statement announcing the birth of their daughter soon after the New York Post reported the news on its Web site.

“We were in a committed relationship until the spring of 2009,” Orszag and Milonas said in a joint statement. “In November, Claire gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Although we are no longer together, we are both thrilled she is happy and healthy, and we would hope that everyone will respect her privacy.”

Orszag recently announced his engagement to ABC News Correspondent Bianna Golodryga.


A source close to Orszag, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, emphasized that the “relationship was clearly over before he met Bianna.”

“They are two adults who are working out what’s best for everyone,” the source said of Orszag and Milonas.

Orszag has two children from a previous marriage.


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  1. Larry

    Why on earth is this being talked about

    GET A LIFE PEOPLE ...

    January 6, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  2. G. Johnson

    "Child out of wedlock?" What is this? 1955? Why is this news? Ted Turner really needs to come back to CNN.

    January 6, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  3. Too far

    I am definitely not a fan of Obama or anyone in his administration, but this information is quite frankly nobody's business except these three adults and the child.

    News like this goes too far.

    January 6, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  4. john

    so much for morals,poor kid

    January 6, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  5. Donovan

    CNN I think you have stooped to a new low. You just put these 2 (what seem to be decent folks) up for public consumption and ridicule. What once (out of common decency) was left to be a private matter is spread accross the world. Nothing is sacred, everything and everyone is fair game in the 24 hour news cycle. You knw the wackos that are out ther and you put their names on the internet. He is an aid not a politician. He is not for your chew them up spit them out machine. Shame on you.

    January 6, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. laurie

    and why is this anyone's business? don't we have enough things to think about these days?

    January 6, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. Tex

    Dear CNN: Who cares? Choose between real news or sensational gossip and stop trying to pass off one for the other.

    January 6, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  8. This Story is Stupid

    Shame on you CNN. This isn't newsworthy. I expect this TMZ, not a "credible" news source.

    January 6, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Elizabeth

    Is this really news in this day and age? So his relationship with the mother didn't work out, but he is thrilled to have a daughter and he and the mother obviously get along well enough to make a joint statement when some desperate for news reporter chose to ruin the privacy of the mother and child.

    I wish the best for his upcoming marriage and for the ex-girlfriend and their daughter. And as a single parent myself, I sincerely would like to tell you, CNN, that this is neither news-worthy nor anyone's business. Let's focus on things like poverty, the homeless and our soldiers, rather than the gossip magazines idea of "news."

    January 6, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. Clint

    who cares? is this the 17th century?

    January 6, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  11. Corey Schmitz

    Wow, nice 1950's style story CNN. Why not the headline "Obama aide fathers bastard, unknown if child will be baptized."

    January 6, 2010 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  12. WhoCares

    Who cares? This is not news.

    January 6, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  13. Eric

    Is that something new? What is this 1972? I do not understand the point of the story! That is more common than child in wedlock! Come on.

    January 6, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. Greg in Denver

    This is not news. It is a private and personal matter, and is no body's business. Why is this even being reported as news.

    January 6, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  15. Mary Donaldson

    I hardly think that having what you refer to as an "out-of-wedlock" child counts as news. What century are you living in to give this "story" space on your website. Who the heck cares?

    January 6, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  16. dem 4 life

    Who still uses terms like "out of wedlock"

    January 6, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  17. Roy

    Child out of wedlock – seriously?

    I suppose the same article was printed when Cheney's grandchild was born to his daughter and her female partner?

    January 6, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  18. Joseph Woosley

    Why is a baby born out of wed-lock news? Does the woman need to wear a Scarlet letter now?

    January 6, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. miketofdal

    Really? Why is this in the news? Why do I – or why does anyone else – care that a White House budget official's girlfriend had a baby out of wedlock? Trash journalism for a society that thrives on feeling better about itself at the expense of others' private affairs. The only thing I care about Peter Orszag is that he is capable of doing the job for which he was hired. His private life is none of my business .

    January 6, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Shawn

    Are you kidding me with this post? This sounds like a Fox news bulletin that tends to not look at the glass house of Palin manor before they throw stones. This is absolutely absurd and a complete waste of web space. Seriously, headlines like this make this web page look more like a tabloid than a news site.

    January 6, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  21. Steve in Kentucky

    Oh the shame of it. An out of wedlock birth!

    January 6, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. Will

    And it's important to announce this guy had an out of wedlock child why?

    January 6, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  23. Duncan

    "Out of Wedlock baby?" Seriously?! Is this 1958?

    They are adults. Adults have complicated relationships. Also, he's an AID... what possible business of ours is any of this?

    Shame on your CNN. Way to become yet another source for tabloid news.

    January 6, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  24. Jennifer

    This is news? People have out-of-wedlock babies every day.

    January 6, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. hsl

    "Out-of-wedlock"
    Who writes these stories?
    This verbage is outdated to say the least.

    And, is it really relevant?

    January 6, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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