Biden dishes on bin Laden decision
January 27th, 2012
05:17 PM ET

Biden dishes on bin Laden decision

The mission to get Osama bin Laden seems to be the raid that keeps on giving for the Obama White House. Whether it is a mention at the top and bottom of the State of the Union address or a highlight in a campaign speech, the president frequently references to the mission as evidence of the his leadership and foreign policy strength.

Vice President Joe Biden jumped on the Obama leadership bandwagon Friday when he revealed that he cautioned the president against signing off on the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideaway. Despite his reservations, Biden said the President made the gutsy decision all alone.

Speaking to a meeting of congressional Democrats in Maryland, Biden shared a few new details about the tense decision making process preceding the president giving the go ahead for the daring Pakistan raid by Special Operations forces.

Read the complete story on CNN's Security Clearance blog.

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It pays to be an EX-president
January 27th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

It pays to be an EX-president

Washington (CNN) - Being president pays; $400,000 a year, in fact.

There's the free transportation in the presidential limousine, Marine One and Air Force One. And don't forget the free housing in Washington's most famous mansion, complete with a killer view of the Washington Monument, along with other perks (a personal chef, for one).

When a president leaves the White House he's still on the government payroll, receiving an annual pension of about $200,000, health care, paid official travel and an office.

Rent for President Jimmy Carter's Atlanta office is $102,000 per year, according to 2010 figures compiled by the Congressional Research Service. President George H. W. Bush's Houston office costs $175,000 per year. President Bill Clinton's office in the pricey real estate market of New York City is $516,000.

Not too bad, huh?

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Gaggle notes: so what does the president watch on tv?
January 27th, 2012
02:07 PM ET

Gaggle notes: so what does the president watch on tv?

In today's meeting with reporters White House spokesman Jay Carney responded to questions regarding President Obama's opinions about the recent GOP debates. So what does the president think? Not much. Apparently he doesn't watch much television – except when it comes to sports!

Q: When the President watches this bruising Republican primary contest that’s going on, has he expressed any concern that he might be stepping into a general election that will be equally as rough-and-tumble?

MR. CARNEY: He hasn’t to me. As you know, because you've heard him say so, he doesn’t really watch the Republican primary. He reads about it, he just doesn’t - you haven't asked me yet if he watched the debate last night, but he didn’t. Not because, again, it’s just he doesn’t watch a lot of TV.

Q: He hasn’t watched a lot of the debates?

MR. CARNEY: He hasn’t watched any of them. He doesn’t watch a lot of TV, except for sports. But he certainly reads about and keeps up with what's going on.

For the complete transcript of the press gaggle transcript, read the full post.

White House technology chief logs out
January 27th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

White House technology chief logs out

On the same day that outgoing White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said his goodbyes, the White House announced another Obama staff departure.

The White House today announced the departure of Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President and the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

President Obama said, “As the federal government’s first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come, and I thank him for his outstanding service.”

Topics: Staff Changes • White House
Daily Briefing: January 27, 2012
January 27th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Daily Briefing: January 27, 2012

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Clash at the CNN debate (CNN)

Syrian army launches new attacks  (BBC)

Obama links college aid to college affordability (Bloomberg)

 Israel senses bluffing in Iran's threats (NYT)

Ford releases profits (Bloomberg)

Cashing in at the Super Bowl (CNN)

POTUS starts his day in Michigan
January 27th, 2012
09:20 AM ET

POTUS starts his day in Michigan

9:45AM   THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the University of Michiganin Ann  on his State of the Union proposals to keep college affordable and within reach for all Americans University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI/ Open Press 

11:00AM   THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan en route Joint Base Andrews, Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport /Open Press 

12:25PM   THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews 

12:30PM   THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Cambridge,Maryland

1:20PM   THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Democratic Issues Conference, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay,Cambridge,Maryland

3:00PM   THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House South Lawn  / Open Press    

3:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Oval Office / Closed Press       

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel  /Print Pool for Remarks Only

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