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

First lady names new chief of staff

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/05/art.michelleobama.gi.jpg caption="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. donttreadonme

    Notfooled June 5th, 2009 1:00 pm ET

    Continue to Criticize, Condemn, and Complain!! There is no justification for it and it shows!! ----------------–

    I'm sure you had justification for the eight years plus of Bush Bashing. The hypocrisy maddening!

    June 5, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  2. Texas Teacher

    Gezzuz Pete! Come on People... this is NOT a big deal! Should the Obama's keep Bush appointees? I DON'T THINK SO! That is only logical and is exactly what Bush/Cheney did when they came into to office!

    June 5, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Antonio from Chicago

    You people are ALL crazy.. stop bickering at each other on a message board! Grow up!

    June 5, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Jim

    Oh yeah? Well, my opinion is better than your opinion so THERE!

    June 5, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  5. Ms. White

    Remember Hurrican Katrina and who was the head of FEMA...a horse trainer....now thats cronyism

    June 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Ella

    For those who wonder why this is news, do you also wonder why we care about past photos of Marilyn Monroe, the fashion of Jackie Onassis, the pregnancies of Jennifer Lopez, Nicole Ritchie, Angelina Jolie or etc, the red carpet dresses of celebrities or the last china that was bought by Laura Bush in Janurary? If you consider the prior events news, then you should also consider this news. If you do not, then don't read it. That is the great thing about America. We have the freedom of speech( which allows an article like this to be written or not) and also the freedom of whether or not we want to read it.

    June 5, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  7. Harry

    Repulicans have such trouble coming up with valid, worthwhile complaints about teh Obamas. The Obamas are intelliegent, articulate and competent. Comparing Michelle with sarah Palin is ridiculous, Sarah Palin has no where near the level of education. On top of Sarah Palin's husband doesn't even have a college degree, which tells you how they value education in that family.

    Republicans need to sit down and shut up as they look stupid everytime they open their mouth. Especially, Dick Cheney, Newt, and Rush.....PLEASE NOTE: NON OF WHICH ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS!!

    June 5, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. Pam

    CNN why do you continue this nasty hateful process?

    Most comments are not even real and they are filled with hate.

    People...get a life! I used to check this stuff every day all during 2008.

    Now because of so much hate I don't even check once a month.

    June 5, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  9. southerncousin

    geecee@do "blimpbags" comments remind you a lot of the kind of stuff that Barbara Boxer, Ted (the killer) Kennedy, Charlie Rangel, Jesse Jackson and the rest of the dope smokin' libs said about Bush and his administration?

    June 5, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Steve

    Who pays for Michelle's staff? I am guessing the tax payers. Was Michelle voted into office? No, her husband was...why is SHE deciding CEO positions?? Nice how her bud gets a fat government job that probably pays 6 figures.

    See folks, the party name changes...but thats it...still have the typical fat cats in washington scratching each others backs giving away high paying jobs. I wonder if Obama will put in life long friends as directors of GM?

    We need to end 2 term presidents so they dont cater to rich folks for the next election.

    June 5, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  11. Doug

    WOW, it was just announced that her husband is chief of staff to the federal secretary of Agriculture. Their take home must be huge, some volunteers for obama.

    June 5, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  12. Joe Publicini

    Obama support team –

    I am talking about using a real dictionary, not the urban slang dictionary.

    June 5, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. Bzzt, not a news flash

    How is this news? The country elected HIM, not her....remember?

    Almost as bad as Hillary and Bill and health care reform...at least Hillary was actually influencing national policy. Michelle can replace her "chief of staff" (meaning, the guy who makes sure the invitations to parties get mailed).

    This is not news. Good grief, find something worthy of your web space, wouldcha?

    June 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. munchmom

    So, all is not well in the House of Obama....are we surprised? The House of Nobama is filled with nepotism, plain and simple.

    June 5, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Adele

    So ? What is the story about exactly ? Reading all these blogs from Obama haters comforts me : President Obama and the First Lady are doing just fine and these morons are eating their hats.

    June 5, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. Robin

    Without further investigating into this story, it leads one to believe that these two just did not get along. Talk about lazy jouralism, your becoming as bad as NBC....what a sell out.

    June 5, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  17. elliott

    ...for the record.....the most unpatriotic people in America are liberals. And Obama is their King. I hope the Apology Tour will end soon....

    June 5, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. Maggie

    Hiring buddies is not cool! Also, on another level, people better be asking why is Obama freezing cola for social security for the next two years? He's all for bailing out the companies that showed poor management and picking on the old and disabled on fixed incomes.

    June 5, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. TagMan

    To Gop: You obviously are missing the point, as you continue to judge this ladies appearance as well as repeatedly use the phrase 'liberal left'.
    To CNN: Please, if this is a human moderated post, I'm certain your resources are such that you can better vet the comments people are able to leave here.. How could 'Gop' and the rest of the commenters say things not at all relevant to this story? I read CNN everyday... its my homepage on my computer... but some of the comments I've read here today shows the very fabric of America...

    June 5, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  20. Adelita

    And now you're even picking on the dog? Some of you have sunk to new lows of pettiness and spite.

    June 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  21. TRUTH

    it was a matter of time before OBAMA WOULD MOVE HIS PEOPLE IN

    June 5, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. George

    Here is to all the right-wing haters who think the Obamas should not avail themselves of the perks that go with the presidency;


    The FLOTUS is planning to join the POTUS in Europe for the last leg of his trip. The stupid haters think she should pay for the trip and other related expenses. Where were these haters when President Bush was making bi-monthly trips to Crawford, Texas on US1?

    June 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. mary

    I have never seen so many hateful people criticise a presidendt and
    his wife before. Little things that not even important, you criticise. i am
    a democrat. When president Bush was in office i didn't like his policies, but i respect him and the first lady. I thouth she was a
    wounderful lady. Why is it so hard for you to say Michell is a good, and

    June 5, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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