POTUS talks to business community
January 5th, 2011
04:32 PM ET

POTUS talks to business community

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In yet another sign of President Obama's outreach to the business community as he deals with the new balance of power on Capitol Hill, officials at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce confirmed Wednesday that Obama will address the organization in a major speech on Feb. 7.

"He's going to come here and give a speech on jobs and the economy," Tom Collamore, senior vice president of communications at the Chamber of Commerce told CNN. "That a big priority for the President and it remains the top priority for the Chamber and the business community."

Announcement of the Obama speech – amid speculation that he may tap the business-friendly Bill Daley of JP Morgan Chase to serve as the new White House Chief of Staff – is a clear sign that the White House is ramping up its efforts to work with the business community after a sometimes-testy relationship.

"The President will discuss his commitment to growing the economy and making America more competitive and the importance of working together to create jobs,” White House spokesman Jen Psaki said of the speech.
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Robert Gibbs to leave White House
January 5th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Robert Gibbs to leave White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's press secretary, Robert Gibbs, will leave the White House after the upcoming State of the Union address, he told CNN on Wednesday.

Gibbs will become a pundit, supporting White House positions on cable television and in speeches, White House staff said.

No decision has been made about his replacement, he said. Gibbs himself will stay in the D.C. area, he said.

Obama hailed Gibbs as "a close friend, one of my closest advisers and an effective advocate from the podium."

The president said it is "natural" for his longtime aide "to want to step back, reflect and retool."
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President Obama's Schedule for Wednesday January 5, 2011
January 5th, 2011
08:47 AM ET

President Obama's Schedule for Wednesday January 5, 2011

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)- Even though it's a big day up on Capitol Hill, things are quiet for President Obama's public schedule today. Maybe he's just easing back into the work thing but so far he's got his usual briefings and then this afternoon, he'll have a meeting with Sec. Clinton which is closed to the press. We'll update you if we end up seeing POTUS on camera today. FULL POST