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


Topics: Daily Schedule
January 26th, 2012
04:17 PM ET

Tarmac tiff brings shines light on immigration debate

Washington (CNN) –The “testy tarmac” exchange between President Obama and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was clearly the water cooler story of the day, and it has stirred debate on a broader national issue: Immigration reform.

Differences over how to solve the problem of illegal immigration and how the discussion was handled in a 2010 Oval Office meeting are at the root of the tiff.

The frustration extends to Latino voters, but for a different reason: the slow pace of progress.
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Topics: President Obama
Morning Briefing: January 26
January 26th, 2012
09:18 AM ET

Morning Briefing: January 26

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

The tarmac showdown! [CNN]

Obama’s poll numbers up on economy [WSJ]

Warren Buffett’s secretary makes more than you think [Forbes]

Obama’s new talking points sound familiar [NYTimes]

Are there too many presidential debates [WashPost]

Is the Gingrich surge done…again? [WashPost]

POTUS' Day Ahead: More swing state visits
January 26th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: More swing state visits

President Obama continues his post State of the Union tour through several key swing states Thursday, set to make stops in Nevada and Colorado.  Those stops follow similar events in Iowa and Arizona Wednesday.   Though not considered "campaign events," the president is hitting all the themes he's expected to campaign on in states he will mo doubt trek across many times over before November.

Full schedule:

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Topics: Daily Schedule
Morning Briefing: January 25, 2012
January 25th, 2012
02:13 PM ET

Morning Briefing: January 25, 2012

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

GOP rivals rip Obama and each other (CNN)

Google... knows everything or soon it will  (WSJ)

Euro crisis focus at Davos (BBC)

Gay marriage in New Jersey (NYT)

Iran sanctions..what's next? (NYT)

Paterno rest in peace (Boston Herald)


Topics: Daily Schedule
President Obama's good news call
Pete Souza / White House
January 25th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

President Obama's good news call

In a phone call from the U.S. Capitol immediately after the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama informs John Buchanan that his daughter Jessica was rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Somalia

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Topics: Military • The Visuals
Post SOTU travel on the schedule
January 25th, 2012
06:48 AM ET

Post SOTU travel on the schedule

 

On Wednesday, President Obama kicks off his five-state/three day tour post his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. He'll make five stops which will highlight different areas touched on in his SOTU speech. His first day of the trip, he will focus on American Manufacturing with stops in Iowa and Arizona.

full schedule after the jump

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Topics: Daily Schedule
White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union
President Barack Obama talks with Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting, in the Oval Office as they prepare the State of the Union address
January 24th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House is facing hostile fire from Republicans in the final hours leading up to the State of the Union address.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the president of offering more “partisan planks for his election campaign.”

House Speaker John Boehner said the speech “sounds like we’re going to see a re-run of what we’ve heard over the last three years.”

Pushing back on the verbal attacks, a senior administration official told CNN the rhetoric from Republicans was “unfortunate and revealing.”

“After all, what is more political than criticizing a speech you haven’t even heard?” the official said.

Meanwhile the White House is pushing its own narrative, using a self produced all access video to show an engaged president and his team working on the speech and proposals aimed at helping middle class Americans.

“He really wanted us to focus on those types of economic policies that could have a tangible effect over these next few years,” said Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, in the White House produced video.

It’s a rare glimpse into how a State of the Union address goes from the first key strokes on a computer to a teleprompter read by the president.

And it’s the kind of access those who cover the White House would never be granted.

What was allowed turned out to be the only public glimpse of the president Tuesday. A small group of reporters were gathered to capture a short walk from the Oval office along the colonnade and Rose Garden.

Responding to a shouted question about the status of his speech, the president said, “May have a few touch-ups left.”

Then he declared his nearly finished speech, “not bad.”