Obama staff shakeup imminent
January 4th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Obama staff shakeup imminent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama now wants to move quickly on naming the next full-time White House chief of staff and has narrowed the list down to a two-man race between current interim boss Pete Rouse and former Clinton Commerce Secretary William Daley, according to two senior Democratic sources close to the process, who noted a slew of staff moves could be announced as early as Friday.

The two Democratic sources told CNN that the President would like to get the uncertainty about his long-term chief of staff sorted out within the next week as part of a broader reshuffling that will also likely include the departure of Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Several Democratic sources added that the President is likely to name Gene Sperling, a former Clinton administration official who is now a counselor at the Treasury Department, to replace Larry Summers as the head of the National Economic Council. One senior Democrat said it is "more or less done" that Sperling will get the post over former Clinton official Roger Altman, though it has not been made official yet.
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Topics: President Obama • The News
Welcome Home First Family
January 4th, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Welcome Home First Family

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)- Vacation is officially over for the First Family. They returned home from their two-week trip to Hawaii and it's clearly a little bit chillier in DC than in Kailua!


Topics: President Obama • The Family • White House
Obama: 'Plenty of time to campaign in 2012'
January 4th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Obama: 'Plenty of time to campaign in 2012'

(CNN)-  President Obama said early Tuesday that he hopes Republican leaders "realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012."

During a surprise visit to the press cabin aboard Air Force One on his way back from his vacation in Hawaii, Obama said he hopes to build on the progress made during last month's lame-duck session.

"My hope is that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell will realize that there will be plenty of time to campaign for 2012 in 2012. And that our job this year is to make sure that we build on recovery," Obama said. FULL POST


Topics: AF1 • President Obama • Republicans