Moving up: Stephanie Cutter
January 27th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

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.

Several Democratic sources said that based on the private deliberations inside the White House, Carney was the clear front-runner for the job.

One of the sources said the job was "totally lined up for Jay" before Daley was named chief of staff this month. Then Daley reopened the process to more candidates to make sure they were making the right move, and that second round of considerations has come to a close with Carney at the top of the list, the source said.

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.


Topics: Bill Burton • Robert Gibbs • The News • The Visuals • William Daley
Af-Pak meeting in the Situation Room
January 27th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Af-Pak meeting in the Situation Room

President Obama meeting Thursday with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House. These monthly meetings are always closed press, but the White House usually releases a photo taken by one of their White House photographers.


Topics: Afghanistan • Pakistan • President Obama • The Visuals • White House
Picture of the week
January 27th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Picture of the week

CNN White House producer Erika Dimmler snapped this photo of President Obama delivering remarks at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc, Wis., on Wednesday, January 28, as part of his 'White House to Main Street' tour the day after delivering his State of the Union address.

First Lady takes healthy eating message to military
January 27th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

First Lady takes healthy eating message to military

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to battle childhood obesity to the military on Thursday.

"It's not just a health issue for children, its a national security issue," Mrs. Obama said at Fort Jackson in South Carolina as she promoted her 'Let's Move!' initiative. Fort Jackson is the Army's largest basic training facility.

Obama attended a briefing led by Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army's Deputy Commanding General for training, on the poor state of physical fitness for today's youth, and the difficulty for the military to attract new recruits who can meet basic fitness standards. Of the 129,000 new recruits every year, approximately 40 percent are overweight.
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Topics: Michelle Obama
POTUS to take questions via YouTube today
January 27th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

POTUS to take questions via YouTube today

By CNN Wire Staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As part of a White House offensive in support of this week's State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama will hold a YouTube interview Thursday to answer questions submitted by viewers.

The interview on YouTube at 2:30 p.m. ET is part of a series of events in which top administration officials are talking directly to Americans about administration policies set out in Tuesday's address to a joint session of Congress.

Obama spent Wednesday visiting solar and wind energy companies in Wisconsin to tout his push for increased government investment in clean energy as a growth industry of the future, a major theme of his speech the night before.

Later Wednesday, senior administration officials David Plouffe and Stephanie Cutter were holding a conference call to discuss a range of issues important to "young Americans," according to a White House web posting on the State of the Union speech.
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Topics: President Obama
POTUS schedule for January 27, 2011
January 27th, 2011
07:35 AM ET

POTUS schedule for January 27, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) -  The winter weather may slow down business elsewhere in Washington, D.C., but at the White House it's business as usual.

President Obama is meeting with his national security team on Thursday for their monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, also called Af-Pak.  This closed press meeting happens at 11am and the list of attendees is listed below.   Before that the president has a closed press meeting with Secretary Clinton in the Oval Office at 10:15 am.

Here is the full schedule from the White House:

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Topics: Daily Schedule • The News • White House