January 21st, 2011
10:22 PM ET

White House week in review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was a week of pomp and circumstance.  Here is a look at what happened.

Topics: The Visuals • week in review
January 21st, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Poll: Is a Clinton 'third term' a bad thing?


Newt Gingrich is calling it Bill Clinton’s “third term”—all the Clintonistas now in top spots at the Obama White House. After struggling over how to deal with a stubborn economy—as well as stubborn Republicans—the president has turned to some of the familiar faces who helped Bill Clinton win the day dealing with both. Is Barack Obama hoping some of the Clinton magic will rub off?

Nobody can forget that super-charged moment when Bill Clinton came back to the White House—after the November “shellacking”—to give Mr. Obama some of his famous political advice. Ever since– the pundits have been buzzing with comparisons—talk of “triangulation” and “deficit politics”—but how much is the Clinton influence shaping the president’s next moves? And is that good or bad? Tell us what you think….

Topics: People • President Clinton • President Obama • The Buzz • The Visuals
Oprah lands big guest
January 21st, 2011
04:04 PM ET

Oprah lands big guest

WASHINGTON (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to tape an interview appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday as part of her signature effort to support military families.

According to the first lady's office, Mrs. Obama will "discuss her plans to launch a comprehensive national campaign…to recognize, honor and provide ways for everyone to step up and answer the call."

The episode will air on Thursday January 27.  Oprah last saw the first lady in December 2009 when she taped her annual holiday special at the White House and interviewed both the president and first lady. Oprah was an early supporter of the Obama campaign in 2008, throwing her weight behind a presidential candidate for the first time in her career. The first lady has also appeared on the cover of Oprah's magazine in March of 2009.

The military families show on Winfrey will also include appearances by military families, as well as Bob Woodward and Tom Brokaw. Brokaw has written extensively about "The Greatest Generation."

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family
Obama taps GE chairman for new economic group
January 21st, 2011
02:12 PM ET

Obama taps GE chairman for new economic group

By CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - President Obama announced the creation of an economic advisory council Friday that will be headed by Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO and chairman of General Electric.

The President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will replace the Economic Recovery Advisory Board that was headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker.

Volcker's board helped pull the economy "back from the brink," Obama said. Immelt's panel will be charged with "putting the economy into overdrive."

"Jeff's somebody who brings a wealth of experience to the table," Obama said. "We think GE has something to teach businesses all across America."

Obama made the announcement while visiting a GE plant in Schenectady, New York.


Topics: European Union • GM • President Obama
January 21st, 2011
01:05 PM ET

What (not) to wear to a state dinner – you be the judge!

71,000 of you viewed our post of the state dinner guest list so we thought you might also be interested in who wore what to the black tie gala.  Let us know your votes for best and worst dressed.

Topics: China • State Dinner • The Buzz • The Visuals
Obama courting business
January 21st, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Obama courting business

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Trying to reverse the perception that his administration has not been friendly to business, President Obama is going out of his way to involve corporate America in the effort to turn the ailing economy around.

In the latest move, Mr. Obama has named General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt to chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The panel, which will replace the President’s Economic Recovery Board, will be charged with finding new ways to grow private-sector jobs.

‘We still have a long way to go,” the president said in a written statement, “and my number one priority is to ensure we are doing everything we can to get the American people back to work.”

The business community has been warming up to this new strategy that has been coming together piece by piece in recent weeks:


Topics: China • Economy • President Obama • William Daley