Rocker strikes different note to help Obama
December 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Rocker strikes different note to help Obama

WASHINGTON  (CNN) – Musician Jon Bon Jovi has rocked the house with hits like “Keep the Faith" and “I  Believe,” and now that same sense of optimism belted out in lyrics is being tapped by President Obama to help solve community needs across the country.

Bon Jovi joins a long list of big names, including eBay President and CEO John Donahoe and Starbucks Executive VP Paula Boggs, on the president’s newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions.

“These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation,’ the president said in a written statement.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The News
Gibbs: War review won't change withdrawl plans
December 14th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

Gibbs: War review won't change withdrawl plans

By the CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) -  A review of the war in Afghanistan coming out this week won't change current plans to start withdrawing some U.S. troops in July, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs indicated Tuesday.

"The view is that our transition can begin - the conditions-based transition of our added forces - in July 2011," Gibbs said of the planned withdrawal of some of the additional forces ordered to Afghanistan a year ago by President Barack Obama.

Gibbs spoke to reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting involving Obama
and all of his senior Cabinet and military advisers to go over the upcoming
review. Obama will make a public statement about the review on Thursday, Gibbs said.

Topics: Afghanistan • Pakistan • President Obama • The News
December 14th, 2010
01:21 PM ET

Obama meets with wealthy philanthropists

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama spent part of his Tuesday morning meeting with some pretty heavy hitters in the worlds of business and philanthropy – Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

A White House official told CNN that Obama invited the three to the Oval Office to discuss "The Giving Pledge," the initiative they launched that invites wealthy individuals and families to commit a majority of their fortune to philanthropic efforts.

During the visit they also discussed ideas for how to grow the economy, and how to make America "more competitive including investment in education to better prepare the next generation and investing in innovative areas with opportunity for growth," according to the official.

Bill Gates and Warren Buffet were rated the two richest Americans respectively on the latest list by Forbes earlier this year.

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg, the 26 year old founder of Facebook, along with investor Carl Ichan, and AOL co-founder Steve Case, announced they would join the initiative and donate most of their fortunes to charity.

Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan strategy
December 14th, 2010
10:37 AM ET

Obama to review post-Holbrooke Afghan strategy

By CNN Wire Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama is set to huddle behind closed doors with his national security team Tuesday to review the administration's policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan - one day after the unexpected death of his diplomatic point man for the region.

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, America's special envoy to the so-called "AfPak" region, died Monday while being treated at a Washington hospital for a tear in his aorta.

Obama's monthly review of policy toward the pivotal region, however, is scheduled to continue, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon among those in attendance.

Topics: Afghanistan • President Obama • The News
December 14th, 2010
06:06 AM ET

POTUS Schedule – December 14, 2010

9:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT meets with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan

Situation Room

Members of the National Security Team: