Obama-Packers play call
February 7th, 2011
07:03 PM ET

Obama-Packers play call

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In keeping with post Super Bowl tradition President Obama placed a phone call not to a head of state, but to a head coach.

The president “congratulated” Coach Mike McCarthy of the winning Green Bay Packers and commended him “on his leadership in guiding the team through a rash of injuries both throughout [the] season and during the game,” The White House said in a written statement.

While Obama didn’t speak directly with Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers, he did ask his coach to “pass on how impressed he was” with the quarterback’s “game and season.”

It was a tough pill to swallow for the president, who would have rather been toasting his hometown Chicago Bears. But alas, they never made it to the Super Bowl. “Look, the president was hoping for a meaningful process that resulted in his Bears being in the Super Bowl,” White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs lamented.

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Topics: President Obama • Super Bowl • The Buzz
Briefing bites
February 7th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Briefing bites

Washington (CNN) – Robert Gibbs spent the bulk of the briefing on Egypt.   The situation in Egypt is changing day by day, hour by hour.  Robert Gibbs explains where the U.S. stands on Egypt

Click below for a sample of what Gibbs said today.

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Topics: Briefing Bites • Egypt • Robert Gibbs
Gibbs will leave Friday
February 7th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Gibbs will leave Friday

Washington (CNN) – White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday that Friday will be his last day on the job. Gibbs announced his decision to leave in January. He will continue as an adviser to the president after he leaves the White House.

Jay Carney, the current communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed him at the podium.


Topics: Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
Obama to business: We must work together
February 7th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Obama to business: We must work together

By CNNMoney Staff Reporter Charles Riley

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - President  Obama made the case Monday to business leaders that ramping up spending on education and infrastructure will promote economic growth and put the economy back on track.

"We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build our competitors," Obama told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. "We need an economy that's based not on what we consume and borrow from other nations, but what we make and sell around the world."

Obama spoke before 200 members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a group that hasn't always been on friendly terms with the administration.

The president acknowledged the tensions, telling members of Washington's most powerful business lobby that "we've had some pretty strong disagreements." But the president also sought common ground, noting that the Chamber supported the 2009 Recovery Act.
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POTUS schedule for February 7, 2011
February 7th, 2011
05:43 AM ET

POTUS schedule for February 7, 2011

The highlight of the president's schedule today will be his remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the most influential business lobby in Washington. The relationship between Obama and the Chamber was somewhat chilly during the first two years of his administration, but today's remarks are seen by some as part of an ongoing thaw in relations between the White House and the business community. When he returns to the White House, the president will have lunch with Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

Here is a rundown of the president's schedule as released by the White House:

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

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