Briefing Bites
February 2nd, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Briefing Bites

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After no briefing yesterday, this afternoon's White House briefing was the first opportunity since Monday to get more details about the White House's views on the events in Egypt. While 95 percent of the hour-long briefing was about the situation in Egypt, Robert Gibbs did touch on several domestic issues, including the massive snowstorm hitting much of the U.S.

Click below on the top three exchanges from today's briefing. FULL POST


Topics: Briefing Bites • Egypt • Robert Gibbs
Daley calls Huntsman "our Manchurian candidate"
February 2nd, 2011
03:51 PM ET

Daley calls Huntsman "our Manchurian candidate"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley might have gone too far when he was doling out compliments for U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.

"Our Manchurian candidate" is how Daley jokingly referred to Huntsman while talking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News. "No question he's done a fine job," Daley said. "He's played an integral part in this administration's foreign policy."

The comments of praise came two days after Huntsman sent his letter of resignation to President Obama. Huntsman's resignation is effective at the end of April when many have reported he will begin testing the waters for a 2012 presidential run against Obama.


Topics: Jon Huntsman • The Buzz • William Daley
This Week's Poll
President Obama makes remarks on Tuesday about the situation in Egypt, calling for a transition to be peaceful and "to begin now".
February 2nd, 2011
12:14 PM ET

This Week's Poll


Topics: Egypt • Poll • The Buzz
Senator McCain: The president would like to see you
February 2nd, 2011
11:43 AM ET

Senator McCain: The president would like to see you

WASHINGTON (CNN) -  President Obama initiated his planned one-on-one meeting with Sen. John McCain after the Arizona senator authored an op-ed on political civility following the Tucson shootings, according to a senior administration official. The meeting is scheduled to take place in the Oval Office Wednesday afternoon.

See more on the CNN political ticker.

POTUS schedule for February 2, 2011
February 2nd, 2011
06:16 AM ET

POTUS schedule for February 2, 2011

Good morning from the CNN White House unit.
President Obama will spend most of the day behind closed doors and away from any cameras. He and Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the morning. The president will also sign the New START Treaty on nuclear arms reduction with Russia later in the morning. The television cameras won't be permitted in the Oval Office for that, but we should see a still photo emerge. In the afternoon the president will meet with his 2008 rival Senator John McCain. The situation in Egypt is likely to be one of the topics of discussion as McCain is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. The president will also meet with Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico where the president's clean energy initiatives are likely to be on the docket. In a speech on Monday, Bingaman said he was open to working with the White House to develop a 'clean energy standard,' but said there were a number of issues that needed to be resolved. Bingaman is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The president will also meet with Secretary Clinton in the Oval Office where the situation in Egypt is sure to dominate the discussion.
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