January 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just three days after a State of the Union Address that President Obama's own aides say was 80 percent devoted to the economy and domestic issues, the pressing national security issue of unrest in Egypt has suddenly vaulted to the top of the commander-in-chief's agenda as he struggles with how closely he wants to stand with a longtime U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak.
White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama has been getting regular briefings on the unfolding situation throughout the week, and the president got a special memo with the latest information on Friday morning.
"The president has requested multiple briefings each day on the situation in the Middle East," said Vietor. "Today, he received a memo updating him on the latest in Egypt from National Security Advisor Tom Donilon."
Vietor added that Obama will get even more on the latest intelligence on Friday during his Presidential Daily Briefing, which is focused each day on sensitive material dealing with pressing national security issues.
December 4th, 2010
10:22 AM ET
Washington (CNN) - Investment banker Roger Altman quietly slipped into the White House early Friday morning for a second round of meetings with top officials, fueling talk inside the administration that he may be on the inside track to replace Lawrence Summers as President Obama's senior economic adviser.
But I'm starting to pick up growing frustration from Democrats inside and outside the White House that the process to replace Summers is dragging on too long at a time when Obama is supposed to be focused like a laser on creating jobs. That could be hard to do when you don't have a new team in place.
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