Tuesday Jan 8, 2012 at the White House
President Obama announced the nominations of John Brennan (center right) as director of the CIA and Chuck Hagel (center left) as Secretary of Defense at a press event in the East Room of the White House on Monday, January 7, 2013.
January 8th, 2013
07:33 AM ET

Tuesday Jan 8, 2012 at the White House

On Tuesday the president has no public events. The only thing on the president’s public schedule is a private meeting with outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

On Monday President Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Defense secretary and John Brennan to be the next CIA director.

Important cabinet positions still to be announced, Treasury secretary, Commerce secretary and a possible new Chief of Staff (as the current CoS Jack Lew is the leading candidate to replace Timothy Geithner). Announcements are possible by the end of the week, but exact timing hasn’t been nailed down yet.

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10:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing, Oval Office Closed Press

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta, Oval Office Closed Press


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  1. Moose

    Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents,” Vitter, the ranking Republican of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, said Monday.

    January 8, 2013 at 9:08 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      "Whereas putting a diaper on and prancing around in front of your favorite hooker is the height of sound judgement'

      I don't think Vitter should go around calling anyone an idiot just yet, too soon.

      January 8, 2013 at 10:35 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      "Whereas putting a diaper on and prancing around in front of your favorite prostitute is the height of sound judgement'

      Yeaaah....I don't think Vitter should go around calling anyone an idiot just yet. Or maybe ever.

      January 8, 2013 at 10:43 am |
    • December 2012

      "Whereas putting a diaper on and prancing around in front of your favorite pros-titute is the height of sound judgement'

      Yeaaah....I don't think Vitter should go around calling anyone an idiot just yet. Or maybe ever.

      Also, it seems that Reid already apologized for having misspoke about Katrina victims. Seriously, he was wrong for having said it and there is just no right way to say 'our hurricane was better than your hurricane' so he should have quit while he was ahead.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm |
    • December 2012

      From someone who has heard of Vitter and I quote '...whereas putting a diaper on and prancing around in front of your favorite hooker is the height of sound judgement'

      Yeah, I don't think Vitter should go around calling anyone an idiot just yet. Or maybe ever.

      Also, it seems that Reid already apologized for having misspoke about Katrina victims. Seriously, he was wrong for having said it and there is just no right way to say 'our hurricane was better than your hurricane' so he should have quit while he was ahead.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • December 2012

      Trying to figure out how these auto moderators work is quite the cut and paste job, time to rewrite.

      Yeah, I don't think Vitter the Diaper Dandy should go around calling anyone an idiot just yet. Or maybe ever.

      Also, it seems that Reid already apologized for having misspoke about Katrina victims. Seriously, he was wrong for having said it and there is just no right way to say 'our hurricane was better than your hurricane' so he should have quit while he was ahead.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:39 pm |
  2. acdcguy

    Ok, I'll go first today, throw some chum in the water, get them leftwingers into a feeding frenzy............ Obama probably planning his next vacation....... looking to appoint someone to another position that has no credibility so only doing it to cause more conflict between the party's.......... gun control is a waste of time........ Benghazi, lone captor just set free and Hillary has amnesia.......or and fast and furious, can't leave that one out......and $16trillion in dept, but that's just a # to the lefites........

    January 8, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    I wonder what happened to John Kerry? Did he fall out of favor with Obama?

    January 8, 2013 at 10:13 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      He's still up for State, to replace Hillary Clinton.

      January 8, 2013 at 10:24 am |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        I wonder when he'll announce that? You'd think he could do it right now since Hillary is back.

        January 8, 2013 at 11:31 am |
      • December 2012

        Not sure, but it sounds like he's a lock. Probably after she testifies for Benghazi.

        January 8, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
    • Valerie Bush

      President Obama, nominated John Kerry before he went on vacation.... You have to keep up!

      January 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm |
    • jean2009

      Clueless troll!

      January 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm |
      • steveo

        Not neccessary Jean! KAP's point is Kerry has been overshadowed in the news by Hagel and Brennan and the fact that Clinton is back in the seat!

        January 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm |
      • jean2009

        Clinton will undoubtedly be in the seat until after the inauguration. New Secretaries normally don't fill the seat until they are confirmed by the Senate, and that won't be until after the President's inauguration which is the 17th. I doubt if the process can be done in 9 days.

        January 8, 2013 at 5:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      Clueless!

      January 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
    • jean2009

      Kerry was named for State Department by the President, on December 21st.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
  4. judy

    lets boycott theses post altogether and let the repo morons amuse themselves.

    January 8, 2013 at 11:23 am |
    • steveo

      Bye! See ya! Don't forget to write!

      January 8, 2013 at 11:26 am |
    • John

      Hey libs, do what you do best – follow Judy blindly. See ya...
      Boycots are a scary thing and they go both ways. Just ask the newspaper who published who did and did not have guns.
      BTW, no bad comments (and no name calling) for "December 2012" today. Your post was actually a valid response instead of the usual.

      January 8, 2013 at 11:28 am |
      • December 2012

        Don't count me out yet, it's waiting moderation. I too enjoy some back and forth to bring some perspective. It's not always borne out of civility.

        January 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • Moose

      That would be nice, thanx, GOOD-BYE

      January 8, 2013 at 11:29 am |
    • acdcguy

      Judy, and I mean this from bottom of my heart, as you are one of the main sources of our amusement, please don't go, please..........

      January 8, 2013 at 11:36 am |
    • Caramon

      Judy, I feel a great sense of sympathy for you. If you actually read through all of the posts, you will find a fairly even mix. True, some Republicans come here to make waves. However, others come here to discuss political views and find some consensus. Likewise, some Democratic supporters insult while others discuss political views. There have been a number of political issues discussed and even some consensus found. Whatever type of person you want to be on this sight is entirely up to you.

      January 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
      • John

        Nice post.
        I know I posted a snide remark, but if Judy actually doesn't post anymore I will miss her comments. I think that is the difference between people like me and libs. I enjoy the back and forth. Libs simply hate and don't want to hear anything they do not agree with.
        Judy, I may never agree with you, but I respect what you have to say and your right to say it.

        January 8, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • Caramon

        I may not agree with what you say. But I will fight to the death your right to say it...LOL

        January 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Kool-Aid Police

    I just read on another site that some on the left will attack Hagel for his abortion views, he says abortion is only acceptable to save the mother but not because of rape. Good luck with that tactic because the Sec Def has nothing to do with abortion policy plus he won't be a Senator, he'll be in a cabinet where he has to toe the line.

    January 8, 2013 at 1:45 pm |
    • jean2009

      I'm sure he said a lot of things when he was a Republican that he won't adhere to now.

      January 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm |
      • Moose

        Love how you spin things, when he was, from what i read he still is, so its ok if Obam says so to like certain reubs and not others ??? not adhere to now ??? so he has changed all his views??? ireally believe in the best Person for the job, not race, not religion, not politic party. But the most capable person for the position.

        January 8, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • steveo

        If you have to keep making up stuff to prove your point, you don't have a point!

        January 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm |
      • jean2009

        Look at facts, it has just been proven that he couldn't get his name on a ballot as a Republican dogcatcher....as things stand right now. So why should he have to keep carrying all those GOP talking points baggage?

        January 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
      • Steveo

        Jean, As I said early, it really should not matter what the party of the SecDef is. They don't make policy, they carry policy out! Hagel is still GOP, probably more moderate that most but as SecDef, it does not matter!

        January 8, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well Steveo wait for the hearing I'm sure he will clarify his stance on a lot of things, and it won't fit like a glove into the GOP party's talking points..and you would be wrong. This is not your pappy's military...we have more women in uniform.

        January 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        I said on a previous page, that I would wait to hear his own words. I would be wrong about what? Who said anything about women in the military? I don't think you are following me.

        January 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
      • Caramon

        It must be the butterfly effect.

        January 9, 2013 at 11:40 am |
      • steveo

        Caramon,

        You might be right. Makes you wonder if it was his experiences in Viet Nam or in Congress!

        January 9, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • steveo

      K.A.P,

      I agree. SecDef makes no policy but carries them out. So some on the left make go after him abortion and the some on the right on Israel? I guess some are not smart enough to realize none this falls under the realm of SecDef responsibility!

      January 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • Kool-Aid Police

        I think all these appointees get approved easily but the media likes to play up conflict.

        January 8, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • steveo

        So true! Just stay tuned for the drama!

        January 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm |
      • Marie

        The media just needs a story, and when news is low they figure... why not invent some. These days it is all about who gets the juiciest story out- like in Newtown when everyone was reporting that the mother was a teacher and that the father was dead when neither of those things were true.

        January 8, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        When 2,200 rapes against women in the military by their fellow servicemen AND a suspected total of 19,000 cases not reported because of fear of dismisal or fear of tainting their chances of future promotion THERE IS a concern that Mr. Hagel will not fairly see the need to address a serious problem. Of course Sec of Def. has a role to play in this issue. Don't be so naive. I am waiting to see what his answers are on this shameful abuse. Also, don't forget that Don't Ask Don't Tell gave license to blackmail gay service members.

        January 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
      • steveo

        Cynthia,

        The overarching policy of national defense is made by the CIC and not the SecDef. Since rape is against the law, of course any SecDef should uphold the law and go after these folks. Nothing naive about it! Within the frame work of the overarching defense policy, of course a SecDef has leeway to put his trumb prints on specific issues.

        January 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  6. Marie

    Is anyone surprised that Obama chose a REPUBLICAN to be is Sec. of Defense. I thought the Obama Foreign Policy was astounding to some of you.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:36 am |
    • steveo

      Hagel and the president share the same world view. Cabinet members nominees are not rebels. The second issue is just how GOP is Hagel? Whether justified or not, the GOP (a a whole) has some issues with him. The major point is no president will tolerate a cabinet member that will fight against him.

      January 11, 2013 at 10:54 am |