February 11th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

POTUS returns lost item to Gibbs

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On a day of historic change both inside and outside the White House, President Obama paid a visit to the White House briefing room to pay tribute to his outgoing spokesman, and to reveal an unknown fact about one of his more memorable addresses.

"Obviously Gibbs's departure is not the biggest one today," Obama said in a surprise appearance to Robert Gibbs's last briefing in the James S. Brady briefing room Friday. But it was on this occasion the president revealed that the tie he wore in his historic speech to the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston was not his.

"Ten minutes before we were about to go on stage, we were still having an argument about ties. I bought five or six ties, Michelle didn't like any of them," Obama said. After declining the fashion advice of the famously rumpled David Axelrod, Obama said Gibbs eventually took "one for the gipper," and gave the tie he was wearing to Obama to wear on stage after several other staffers made the suggestion. The speech is seen by many as the moment Obama first walked on to the national stage.

Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The News
UPDATE: POTUS schedule February 11, 2011
February 11th, 2011
01:40 PM ET

UPDATE: POTUS schedule February 11, 2011

President Obama has nothing on his public schedule other than the Presidential Daily Briefing. Also, Friday marks Robert Gibbs’ last briefing as White House Press Secretary. ** Update: The President will deliver a statement on Egypt in the Grand Foyer at 3:00pm this afternoon.

The following schedule was provided by the White House.

9:45AM          THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing (Oval Office – Closed Press)

3:00PM           THE PRESIDENT delivers a statement on Egypt

Briefing Schedule

3:30PM         Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

Topics: Daily Schedule
February 11th, 2011
12:13 PM ET

Obama watches Egypt revolution

According to NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor, President Obama was informed of President Mubarak's decision to step down during a meeting in the Oval Office. He then watched TV coverage of the crowds celebrating in Cairo for "several minutes" outside the Oval Office.

Obama did not speak with President Mubarak or Vice President Sulieman today prior to the announcement, per Robert Gibbs.

Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The Buzz
February 11th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

The curtain closes on Gibbs

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was 1:40 pm, January 22, 2009, when White House spokesman Robert Gibbs first stepped behind the podium in the James S. Brady briefing room to begin a two year joust with the press corps.

“How are you all?" The Alabama native said. “Nice to be here.”

He wasn’t a stranger. After all he’d been by the newly elected president’s side since Obama’s early run for the U.S. Senate.

But Gibbs was about to roll out a blunt, sarcastic and evasive style that would both entertain and frustrate reporters.

He danced deftly with phrases like “I shouldn’t get ahead of the president,” “I don’t want to prejudge,” and “I’m not a lawyer” (or any other expertise he was using to dodge a question).

All the while Gibbs enjoyed a powerful seat right next to the president’s ear.


Obama's cuts: Real deal or dud?
OMBDirector Jacob Lew (R) is handed a copy of the FY 2012 U.S. Government budget by Public Printer of the United States Bill Boarman
February 11th, 2011
09:32 AM ET

Obama's cuts: Real deal or dud?

By CNNMoney senior writer Jeanne Sahadi

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - This much is a shoo-in: President Obama will spell out hundreds of billions in spending cuts in his 2012 budget request on Monday.

What's unclear is how far his fiscal plan will go in taming U.S. debt.

Obama did promise last summer that this budget request would call the bluff of anyone who talks a good game on debt reduction but doesn't act.

Budget experts have made clear the kinds of measures they would consider serious bluff-calling. He could embrace his own bipartisan debt commission's plan, which would reduce deficits by $4 trillion over a decade. He could show a willingness to raise taxes on everyone - not just the rich. He could tackle Social Security and other entitlement programs.

Check out the complete story on CNNMoney.

Topics: Budget • President Obama • The News
February 11th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Gibbs' last day behind the podium

By the CNN Wires Staff

Washington (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs steps down from the post Friday, after two years as President Barack Obama's top spokesman.

Jay Carney, the current communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, will succeed him at the podium.

Gibbs announced his decision to leave in January.

Gibbs called it a "remarkable privilege" to serve the president. But he said he wants to "step back a little bit and recharge some" after four years of campaigning and a hard-fought first half of the Obama administration - "probably the busiest years that Washington and the White House have seen in a couple of decades."

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.

Topics: Robert Gibbs • The News