Burton leaving White House Friday
February 16th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Burton leaving White House Friday

Washington (CNN) - On the same day that Jay Carney stepped up to the podium for his first official briefing as the successor to Robert Gibbs as White House press secretary, the man who lost out to Carney for the coveted post officially announced he's bolting the administration on Friday.

Bill Burton, who was the principal deputy press secretary to Gibbs, revealed in an e-mail that he is leaving President Obama's staff at the end of the week to start a new political and strategic consulting firm with Sean Sweeney, an ex-adviser to two former White House chiefs of staff, Rahm Emanuel and Pete Rouse.
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Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda
January 28th, 2011
10:27 AM ET
3 years ago

Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda

Washington (CNN) - Just three days after a State of the Union Address that President Obama's own aides say was 80 percent devoted to the economy and domestic issues, the pressing national security issue of unrest in Egypt has suddenly vaulted to the top of the commander-in-chief's agenda as he struggles with how closely he wants to stand with a longtime U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama has been getting regular briefings on the unfolding situation throughout the week, and the president got a special memo with the latest information on Friday morning.

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Jay Carney named White House press secretary
January 27th, 2011
03:27 PM ET
3 years ago

Jay Carney named White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will succeed Robert Gibbs as the most visible spokesman for President Barack Obama. Other White House aides who have been considered for press secretary include Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki.
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Filed under: Jay Carney • President Obama • Robert Gibbs • White House
Obama speech to pivot off Arizona tragedy
January 25th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama speech to pivot off Arizona tragedy

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is planning to mention the Tucson shooting tragedy near the top of his State of the Union Address Tuesday in order to press members of Congress to "lower your tone and raise your sights" about the future, according to a senior administration official.

"I think the American people are screaming for that," said the senior administration official. "They want adult supervision."
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Filed under: President Obama • SOTU 2011
Daley gets down to business
January 19th, 2011
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

Daley gets down to business

Washington (CNN) - As he drove to a Dunkin' Donuts in Nashville early on Election Day 2000, Bill Daley's reputation for being the calmest guy in the middle of a crisis was being severely put to the test.

It was 6:30 a.m., and Daley had just picked up Don Baer, a last-minute addition to Vice President Al Gore's campaign to help with communications strategy, at his hotel. They decided to get a cup of coffee on their way to Gore's campaign office to begin fueling up for what could be a long night of waiting for election returns.

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Filed under: President Obama • William Daley
Obama, Da Bears Super Bowl Bound?
January 19th, 2011
10:43 AM ET
4 years ago

Obama, Da Bears Super Bowl Bound?

Washington (CNN) – It was not quite a Joe Namath-style guarantee of victory, but President Obama came close on Wednesday when he declared that he's heading to the Super Bowl if his beloved Chicago Bears make it to the game.
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Lieberman not seeking re-election
January 18th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Lieberman not seeking re-election

(CNN) - Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, is planning to announce Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, according to two knowledgeable Democratic sources.

The move by the former Democratic vice presidential candidate could add even more murkiness to the party's hopes of hanging on to its slim majority in the Senate in the 2012 election, especially coming on the heels of Sen. Kent Conrad's, D-North Dakota, that he will not seek re-election at the end of this term.
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Filed under: 2012 • Joe Lieberman
White House shuffles press staff
January 14th, 2011
01:34 PM ET
4 years ago

White House shuffles press staff

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced a shuffling of the press staff on Friday, with Mike Hammer moving over to the State Department and Tommy Vietor getting a promotion.

Gibbs revealed that Hammer, spokesman for the National Security Council, is moving over to the State Department to be principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs.
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Biden picks centrist as new top aide
January 14th, 2011
11:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Biden picks centrist as new top aide

(CNN) – Washington (CNN) - In the latest sign that President Obama's administration is taking on a more centrist and Clintonian bent, Vice President Biden announced Friday that Bruce Reed will be his new chief of staff.

Reed will succeed Ron Klain as the Vice President's chief of staff, a move that will instantly give liberals more heartburn that the White House is moving sharply to the middle to deal with the new closely-divided Congress, especially in the wake of other top Clinton officials being tapped for key posts, including Bill Daley as White House Chief of Staff and Gene Sperling as chair of the National Economic Council.
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Bob Dole out of hospital
January 13th, 2011
07:25 PM ET
4 years ago

Bob Dole out of hospital

(CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is finally back on the mend after three stays in various hospitals after suffering from an infection that led to a fever.

"I want my friends to know I've left Walter Reed Army Medical Center," Dole said in a prepared statement on Thursday. "I appreciate the great care I've received from the outstanding men and women at Walter Reed. I feel a whole lot better after being treated for a minor infection."
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