February 25th, 2011
11:03 PM ET

White House Week in Review

Here's your week in review for February 21 – 25, 2011.


Topics: week in review
February 25th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Mr. Social Secretary

WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the first time in White House history the social events guru and keeper of the coveted invite lists will be an openly gay man.

Jeremy Bernard will become President Obama's third White House social secretary, filling a job that has become a revolving door of sorts since the president took office.

"Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People's House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways," President Obama said in a written statement.

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POTUS meets with Dem Govs
Gov. Martin O'Malley talks to reporters outside the White House
February 25th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

POTUS meets with Dem Govs

President Obama and Vice President Biden today met with Democratic Governors "to discuss the ways Washington and the states can work together to grow the economy and create jobs."

The White House made the event "closed press," but some of the governors, including Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stopped by the stakeout location to talk to reporters. 

"We just emerged from a very productive meeting," he said, adding they had a conversation about their local business communites.

North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue added, "We talked about capital access, we talked about infrastructure, we talked about rules and regulations – all the things that are real to working Americans across this state and country. And then we focused on what the great job creator is in long term, and you all know that's education."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the meeting focused on jobs, and stressed that investment in infrastructure was crucial.

What they didn't talk about? Wisconsin. When asked if they discussed the stand-off in the midwest, O'Malley responded, "No, not really."

He reiterated that the focus was jobs. "We didn't talk about whatever it is they're doing in Wisconsin today."


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News
February 25th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

USSS questions "Who's going to shoot Obama?" questioner

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) got a doozy of a question at a town hall meeting Tuesday.

The reporter couldn't hear the question, but reported that the "whatever it was, it got a big laugh."

Later, a Broun spokesperson confirmed to the reporter that the question was, in fact, "Who is going to shoot Obama?"

According to the Athens paper, Congressman Broun did not denounce the question, but responded:

The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Today the United States Secret Service said they interviewed the subject. "We've taken appropriate investigative steps. At this point we consider the matter closed," Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told CNN.

Carney to tweet next week
February 25th, 2011
11:20 AM ET

Carney to tweet next week

In a tweet to his followers Friday morning, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said that Jay Carney would take over Robert Gibbs' @PressSec account Monday afternoon.

The @PressSec account has been silent since January 28th, when Gibbs tweeted about the violence in Egypt to his more than 150,000 followers.

In response to a tweet questioning the month long delay, Pfeiffer assured, "The delay was just a product of the transition period. It is and will be a high priority for the WH."


Topics: Jay Carney • Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz • White House
POTUS Schedule February 25, 2011
February 25th, 2011
07:03 AM ET

POTUS Schedule February 25, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) We don’t expect to hear from the president today as he and his advisors continue to monitor the crisis in Libya behind closed doors.  But we will hear (a lot probably) from a slew of Democratic governors in Washington for the National Governor’s Association conference.    They have a meeting with President Obama and Vice President Biden in the morning.  The topic as announced is how to grow the economy and create jobs but you can bet the budget battle in Wisconsin over a new Republican governor who is trying to take away state workers’ collective bargaining rights will be a hot topic too.  As similar protests spread to other states all eyes will be on the state lawmakers.

9:30AM          THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office/ Closed Press

11:00AM        THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Democratic Governors

Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 430/ Closed Press

12:30PM         THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch

Private Dining Room/ Closed Press

Briefing Schedule

12:30PM         Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Topics: President Obama • The News • White House