President Obama is praising Robert Gates after the former Secretary of Defense landed a new gig as Chancellor of the College of William & Mary.
Full statement from Obama:
I congratulate Robert Gates on his selection as the twenty-fourth Chancellor of the College of William & Mary. In Bob, one of our nation’s oldest colleges has found one of our nation’s finest public servants. I’m confident that Bob will bring to this new role the same sense of duty and personal integrity that I and other Presidents valued during his distinguished career in government. As he did at Texas A&M and the Department of Defense, Bob will again help lead an institution devoted to our nation’s most precious resource—our young men and women. I wish Bob the very best as he begins this new chapter at his alma mater, which helped to inspire his commitment to public service five decades ago.
Joe Biden is a serious fan of cars, so much so that a now-famous Onion parody showing a shirtless version of the vice president washing a 1981 Pontiac Trans Am in the White House driveway may not have been that far off the mark.
“I have been in my bathing suit in my driveway and not only washed my Goodwood-green 1967 Corvette but also simonized it,” Biden told Car and Driver Magazine in an interview out Tuesday. “At least the Onion should have had me washing a Trans Am convertible. I love convertibles.”
Biden, who’s father was longtime car dealer, also reminisced about favorite sets of wheels from his youth.
“I bought a ’51 Studebaker. My dad thought it was nice and calm, but it had that overdrive, and it was fast. Then I bought a 1952 Plymouth convertible, candy-apple red with a split windshield. I think that was my favorite," he said.
"I had a ’56 Chevy, then in college I bought a 100,000-mile Mercedes 190SL with those Solex carburetors that never functioned. And I still have my 1967 Goodwood-green Corvette, 327, 350-horse, with a rear-axle ratio that really gets up and goes,” Biden continued.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s No. 2 lamented that now he’s “not allowed to drive anything” due to security concerns.
Labor Day marks the unofficial beginning of the 2012 campaign season and the Republican National Committee is wasting no time going after President Obama as he prepares to unveil a new jobs push later this week.
In a radio ad set to air in key campaign states that went Obama’s way in 2008 but now appear to be tossups, the RNC is seeking to frame the debate ahead of the president’s prime-time address Thursday.
“After a 10-day luxury vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, the president says he’ll finally get serious about jobs,” the ad states. "But we’ve heard this before: after his 825 billion dollar stimulus debacle and after his 2.5 trillion dollar government-run health care plan.”
The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:
Obama makes a stimulus gambit [CNNMoney]
And sounds a familiar Labor Day theme [New York Times]
Meanwhile, his approval sinks to new lows [Washington Post]
Palin is taking aim at Hoffa’s ‘thuggery’ [Facebook]
But Hoffa wasn’t the only one with colorful language Monday, Biden added his two cents [POLITICO]
Obama and Romney are battling for the high ground on jobs [TPM]
While Romney seeks to stake out the centrist ground [WSJ]
Good morning from the White House. It may be a big week for President Obama as he prepares to unveil his new jobs push, but the president is keeping a low profile Tuesday. There are no public events on the schedule and the only meetings we know about are a 10:15 gathering with senior advisors and lunch with Vice President Biden at 12:30.
But, as is often the case, the more that's not on the public schedule, the more that is probably actually happening.