Obama on Mayor Rahm: "couldn't be prouder"
February 22nd, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Obama on Mayor Rahm: "couldn't be prouder"

President Obama called Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel to congratulate his former Chief-of-Staff on his resounding win.

In a statement, the president said:

"I want to extend my congratulations to Rahm Emanuel on a well-deserved victory tonight.  As a Chicagoan and a friend, I couldn't be prouder. Rahm will be a terrific mayor for all the people of Chicago."


Topics: President Obama • The News
Millionaires in the White House
February 22nd, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Millionaires in the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Executive Branch financial disclosure forms released today show White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe walked away from a $1.5 million salary as a consultant at Plouffe Strategies when he joined the Obama administration. He also said goodbye to a $108,000 salary from AKPD Message and Media, and speaking fees ranging from $8k to $100k a pop!  Not bad for a young man who dropped out of college to pursue a career in politics (He received his undergraduate degree in 2010).

The records also show that White House Chief of Staff William Daley raked in over $13 million in salary and stock from JP Morgan. It makes the $1.7 million he received from Abbott Labs and Boeing almost not worth mentioning.

See for yourself: Plouffe. Daley.


Topics: David Plouffe • The Buzz • William Daley
Steve Case's new WH role
AOL co-founder Steve Case and Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett listen to President Obama's remarks at the small business forum at Cleveland State University.
February 22nd, 2011
03:00 PM ET

Steve Case's new WH role

WASHINGTON (CNN) - AOL co-founder Steve Case has some added job responsibilities on his plate.

President Obama tapped Case to be a part of his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness during a small-business forum in Cleveland on Tuesday.

"We're very lucky to have Steve Case here, who is somebody who grew a small business to a large business and was at the cutting edge of the technological revolution that we've seen over the last 20 years that has changed everything," the president said. FULL POST


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News
Obama's Cleveland business chat
February 22nd, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Obama's Cleveland business chat

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - The president traveled to northeast Ohio today to hold a small business forum with members of his Cabinet, including Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and economic advisors Austan Goolsbee and Gene Sperling.

"How can America help you succeed, so you can help America succeed?" President Obama asked a roomful of about 150 Cleveland small business owners, evoking JFK and tweaking the famous "ask not what your country can do for you" line.  FULL POST


Topics: Ohio • Small Business • The News
Did you know...?
February 22nd, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Did you know...?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama hit the road to Ohio today. He's been to the Buckeye State more than a dozen times since taking office. But did you know that Ohio boasts of being the home of more presidents than any other state? Eight U.S. presidents were claim Ohio as  home, making it the "Mother of Modern Presidents." But can you name them? Click below to see the entire list.

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Topics: Did you know...? • Ohio • White House
POTUS Schedule – February 22, 2011
February 22nd, 2011
05:54 AM ET

POTUS Schedule – February 22, 2011

President Obama, and several cabinet officials, travel to Cleveland today to speak at the "Win the Future" forum taking place at Cleveland State University. The president will be speaking with small business owners and will seek their thoughts and ideas for how small businesses can play a greater role in economic recovery and expansion.

Here is the president's schedule as it was released by the White House:

9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base

South Lawn

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Cleveland, Ohio

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