Friday at the White House
President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office on December 6, 2012. Pete Souza/The White House
January 18th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

Friday at the White House

The president's schedule is wide open so there is plenty of time for him to add an event, just in case he wanted to announce another cabinet nominee.

The White House released a new portrait of the president this morning. It seems the president gets one with every term.

9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office Closed Press

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  1. acdcguy

    Obama Jobs Council hits 1 year without official meeting.........

    January 18, 2013 at 8:41 am |
    • jean2009

      Yes, but they passed the Jobs Act (Jump Start Our Business Start-ups Act) of 2012 (passed April 2012) that was due to the Jobs Council work.

      January 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
      • Moose

        Well thats worked out real well !!!!!!!!!!!!

        January 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
      • December 2012

        Whatever happened to 'Jobs, Jobs, Jobs' in Congress? Maybe it is time for us to tell them to stop ignoring the problem or it will be their jobs on the line.

        January 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        Well Moose, as I have said before it takes a few years, for the fruition of any new law or new policy to come to pass ...this is not a magical land where any president can wave a wand and we will have immediate results. The paperwork of bureaucracy, getting people on the job to undertake the takes time to produce a change. Why do you think it will take the full four years from 2010 to 2014 to put in place all the parts of the PPACA?

        January 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm |
      • Caramon

        So Jean, if I understand correctly, the economic recover that has been boasted over the past four years is the result of Bush policies.

        January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am |
  2. Moose

    President Barack Obama's Jobs Council hit a notable milestone on Thursday: one year without an official meeting. The 26-member panel is also set to expire at the end of the month, unless Obama extends its tenure.

    January 18, 2013 at 8:55 am |
  3. Kool-Aid Police

    Like Chris Rock said, "Isn't it strange that with Martin Luther King Day coming up, MLK stood for peace yet go to almost city and take a visit to MLK Blvd, there's some serious violence going on".

    January 18, 2013 at 10:44 am |
    • steveo

      I tend to stay away from ANY MLK Blvds.

      January 18, 2013 at 10:54 am |
      • Cynthia L.


        January 18, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • dnaanalysis

      It must be the fact that it is Blvd. We have a MLK avenue and not so much violence. Of course it is a different matter for some of the streets off MLK.

      January 18, 2013 at 11:05 am |
    • jean2009

      As of 2006 there were 760 streets in all but 11 states named for there a special reason for painting every one of those locations with the same brush?.Here is a pertinent question about your knowledge of all local situations. Just how many have you and Chris Rock visited? Or, is this just another way to comment and get your jollies?

      January 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
      • steveo

        Happy Friday Jean! Don't be so serious! It is Chris Rock, the comedian! I can tell you about the MLK Blvds that I have ever run across and like I said, I tend to stay away! Somehow I doubt there is an MLK Blvd in Beverly Hills, but I'm betting there is one in South Central LA!

        January 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Actually, I was laughing at Steveo while biting my tongue at the same time. The MLK Blvd. in my area is pretty nice in the section I've been on. Washington Blvd. – yikes.

        January 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
      • steveo

        Cynthia L,

        Chris Rock (a black/African American Comic) is simply sharing his experiences as am I. In all honestly, I have never run across an MLK Blvd outside of a rough area of town. I am not saying they don't exist, I am saying I have never had that experience! All we can comment on is our experience! Nothing racial about it, just my experience, as a black male!

        January 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • Moose

        where im at there are a few MLKs and they are all in the hood. i think farther north there are some in nicer areas, in the south the states ive seen have been in cruddy areas

        January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm |
      • jean2009

        I just researched Martin Luther King Blvd. that is located in the Baldwin Hills area of L.A....and it is considered the wealthiest majority black community in the was home to celebrities like Ray Charles, and Tina Turner....according to wikipedia.

        January 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
  4. Moose

    More American hostages in Algeirs, I thought Bamman said they were on the run ?????

    January 18, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • December 2012

      Yeah, they ran all the way to Africa and got smacked by the Algerians.

      January 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
      • Moose

        Then why are americans being held hostage ???

        January 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
      • December 2012

        I feel bad for people who have to make a living in dangerous parts of the world but if you go there without the security your home country can provide, then you have to prepare for the consequences.

        From my understanding, the Algerian army did not hesitate in engaging the Islamist militants even with their hostages. There may be a lot of casualties yet to be reported but there were also a lot of hostages freed. Kudos to the Algerians.

        January 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm |
      • steveo

        Agreed December! Our men and women in uniform (some without uniforms) operate in some of the most dangerous places on the planet, everyday! Thank God for them!

        January 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
      • December 2012

        While I am thankful we have the greatest fighting force in the planet, there is still a danger of getting spread too thin when terrorists can pop up almost anywhere. In the case of Africa, it is good to have allies like the French and Algerian forces taking some initiative to combat terrorism.

        January 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
      • steveo

        Agreeed! We cannot do this alone!

        January 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        it is all about location and historical time frame when it comes to safety. I can remember places in W. Germany that were not all that safe for Americans when I was there 10 years after WWII.....and there are places in this country that are not too safe right now.

        Let's hope many of these people get out and come home safely. We can only hope the world is a safer place for everyone in another 20 years.

        January 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
    • Marie

      Al Qaeda has been weakened since the Clinton days, but it isn't dead. And, a lot of the destruction came from the Bush days, not that I dislike Obama's use of drones.

      January 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
  5. Moose

    Former New Orleans mayor indicted on federal corruption charges, bammans buddy , go figure

    January 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • December 2012

      Riiight. He also endorsed Bobby Jindal for governor. I guess they're pals too?

      January 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Marie

      Heyy, Jindal is pretty good, especially with a state that has faced many crisis. I learned today that believe it or not, in the senate and gubernatorial positions, the Republicans are the diverse party. I was a little surprise, but I see potential in some of 'em.

      January 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Bobby Jindal is one of the voices of reason in the Republican Party as of late. The reason he was endorsed by Ray Nagin was because Jindal was thoughtful and detailed n his response to the concerns of the people of New Orleans.

        January 20, 2013 at 2:29 am |
  6. sue

    oops to many retards on this site,. Bye

    January 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
  7. Gonzo

    Saturday at the White House:
    Al Qaeda is alive and well. Remember when BO said they were virtually vanquished? On the run, he said. Yeah.... some run they're on.....

    January 20, 2013 at 9:55 am |
  8. Kool-Aid Police

    And you thought the US Congress was dysfunctional.

    A Nevada lawmaker was arrested on Saturday night for threatening to shoot a colleague, KNTV reported.

    According to the Las Vegas Sun, State Assemblyman Steven Brooks was arrested with a loaded gun. He had threatened to shoot Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick. He was apparently unhappy with his committee assignments.

    He spent the night in custody, the Las Vegas-Review Journal reported.

    Brooks is a Democratic assemblyman who represents North Las Vegas. He was first elected in 2010.

    As the Sun reported, the Nevada State Assembly recently experienced a shakeup after its previous speaker had lost his bid for reelection. The Democratic caucus was split between Kirkpatrick and another official. Brooks had reportedly been seeking the spot of chairman of the Assembly's Ways and Means Committee, but the position went to another lawmaker.

    The Nevada State Assembly is set to reconvene on February 4th.

    January 21, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      What a whackjob. I hope he goes to jail for a while.

      January 21, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  9. Moose

    @Jean if thats the case than clinton killed the economy with the nafta act

    January 21, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • jean2009

      As I remember it, NAFTA was Newt's, Dennis Hastert, John Boehner, and Dick Armey's baby...Newt was like the goto guy on that. NAFTA passed with a 234 to 200 vote....132 Republicans voted YES! and 102 Democrats voted YES! for the bill. The votes against were 156 Democrats' NO!, 48 Republican's NO!, and 1 Independent NO!

      Did you ever think to check and see what else was going on in November 1993?

      January 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
      • Moose

        Not true, but i love when you dont know you make things up

        January 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
    • jerry

      clinton began his first term like obama did, he had it all, both houses and he ran wild. The mid terms changed everything for him...along with scandal in every direction, especially the death of Vince Foster and old friend of mz clinton and the following coverups....well, clinton set the stage for our mortgage melt down with deregulation of the bankings system...and it took a number of years for that to happen (as some one said in an early post, "it takes years for policy to happen". There is nothing obama has done that will create jobs or solidify the dollar or our financial all points toward a horrible out of control mess in the middle east and africa due to obama's policy and crushing national debt and the eventual colapse of the dollar as world currency as our debt increases and china, the UK, Indonesia, and India's economies pass, yes in a very short years our children will stand in bread lines...thanks in large part to B.H. obama, the anti-American.

      January 21, 2013 at 5:28 pm |
      • jerry

        oppps...not the UK economy, it is a mess and will not change...the EU however, is way a head of us in austerity and the will to change.

        January 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm |
  10. Marie

    I'm not so concerned about things like the stock market or even the housing crisis under Obama as much as I am the massive debt he is wracking up- 10 TRILLION+ IN 8 YEARS- that is horrendous. I remember him saying Bush was unconstitutional for borrowing that much money- I guess a back peddle on that is in order.

    January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Marie

    The debt is the largest looming crisis

    January 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm |