White House opens doors to local reporters
November 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET

White House opens doors to local reporters

In the latest effort to sell his jobs proposals and gin up support in key battleground regions, President Obama will sit down with ten local news reporters on Tuesday while his staff provides them with special access to the White House grounds, senior advisors, and cabinet secretaries.

The White House is billing the event as “Live from the White House,” and is providing space on the South Lawn for the local reporters to anchor their broadcasts tonight. In addition to a quick interview with President Obama, the reporters will speak with several cabinet secretaries and a White House staffer who is from their hometown market.

The local reporters will also have lunch with senior Obama advisor David Plouffe, tour the main floor of the White House and Kitchen garden, and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a question in the daily briefing.

It all appears to be part of a clear effort from the White House communications team to connect to voters who may not otherwise follow politics or the president closely while reiterating the president’s jobs message.

“Many Americans rely on the stories that local television anchors report every evening to understand what's happening both in their community and across the country. It's because of this strong relationship that they have with their viewers that we've invited them to the White House to talk about the President’s efforts to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” said Josh Earnest, the principal deputy White House press secretary.

The local markets represented include Portland (Oregon), Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Omaha, Tampa, Hampton Roads, Philadelphia. A reporter from Hearst, which represents several smaller news stations across the country, is also participating.

- CNN's Brianna Keilar and Alex Mooney contributed to this report

Obama's birthday eve fundraisers
President Obama prepares to head back to Chicago tonight on the eve of his 50th birthday to raise some money for his 2012 campaign.
August 3rd, 2011
02:07 PM ET

Obama's birthday eve fundraisers

(CNN) – President Obama is jumping back onto the fundraising circuit after a month-long hiatus, set to make appearances at two high-profile events in Chicago Wednesday evening on the eve of his 50th Birthday. 

First on the list is a semi-intimate dinner where individuals and couples paid $35,800 for their chance to rub elbows with the president and wish him “Happy Birthday”.  The first $5,000 of each ticket sold will go to the Obama campaign while the remainder is allotted to the DNC‘s coffers.

Next up is a birthday concert atChicago’s Aragon Ballroom that is expected to draw as many as 1,500 people.  Tickets to that event began at a more affordable $50.  In addition to an appearance by the president, musicians Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and OK GO will entertain the crowd. FULL POST


Topics: David Plouffe • 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
November 22nd, 2010
11:42 PM ET

Plouffe to White House, Axelrod may exit sooner

Ed Henry provides the inside scoop from the White House North Lawn.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama is planning to bring former campaign manager David Plouffe onto the White House staff at the beginning of January to work alongside senior adviser David Axelrod for a brief time before Axelrod moves on to help run the re-election campaign, according to a senior administration official and a senior Democratic strategist familiar with the plan.

The sources added that Axelrod is now planning to leave his White House post as soon as immediately after the State of the Union address, which is an earlier departure date than originally expected and could be part of a new round of departures at the White House.

While there have been reports suggesting Plouffe will directly replace Axelrod, the working plan right now is actually for the two veterans of the 2008 campaign to work together for at least a short period as sort of a handoff, as the White House continues to reshape itself to deal with a Republican-controlled House and a shrunken Democratic majority in the Senate.

"I think there will be some overlap," the senior administration official told CNN about Axelrod and Plouffe working together next January.

FULL POST


Topics: David Plouffe • The Buzz • White House
Who is at the White House?
November 22nd, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Who is at the White House?

Washington (CNN) – Ed Henry ran into former campaign manager David Plouffe as he was walking to a meeting in the West Wing on Monday afternoon.  Plouffe told Henry he was "just visiting" but a little bit of digging reveals he may be sticking around for good.

Here's the complete story.