August 23rd, 2011
11:47 AM ET
VINEYARD HAVEN, MA (CNN) – As the situation in Libya was unraveling over the weekend, a vacationing President Obama was trying to get as much intelligence as possible from his national security team. He’s an “aggressive robust consumer” of information said a senior administration official who did not want to be identified discussing internal deliberations.
Counterterrorism adviser John Brennan provided frequent updates in person. Other senior members of the national security team weighed in as called on and during at least two conference calls with the president, the official said.
With so much uncertainty and in the midst of what the president himself called a “fluid” situation, the White House wanted to be careful to have confirmation of critical details before sending the president out to make public statements.
His mood during this time was described by the official as “businesslike.”
May 26th, 2011
12:27 PM ET
Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerberg popped up at the G8 Summit in Deauville, France Thursday, appearing on a panel with other Silicon Valley all-stars to discuss the Internet’s effect on the global economy.
But at least one world leader was also interested in his thoughts on ‘The Social Network,’ the Oscar-nominated movie about Facebook’s founding that did not portray Zuckerberg in the best of lights.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared to be a big fan of the film, proclaiming to Zuckerberg and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, “I saw it and I liked it,” according to the pool report. Sarkozy indicated he is also a fan of the Aaron Sorkin-directed hit.
"And did you see it?" she asked Zuckerberg.
"I didn't like it," he replied, smiling. Merkel responded that “maybe you'll like the next one.”
Other business leaders taking part in the Internet panel include Eric Schmidt of Google, Yuri Milner of Digital Sky Technologies, Hiroshi Mikitani of Rakuten, Maurice Levy of Publicis and Stephane Richard of Orange.