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Posted at 6:48 AM ET, 01/14/2011

West Wing briefing: Somber end to a sad week

By Perry Bacon Jr.

Friday will complete a week that, for the White House, was almost entirely removed from politics, in the wake of last Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson.

President Obama will attend the funeral of Richard Holbrooke, who was serving as the administration's special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan when he died last month.

Obama will also meet with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in Washington for the funeral despite a simmering political situation at home.

At a news conference, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will preview the administration's goals for next week's state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Obama met with human rights advocates at the White House for more than an hour Thursday in advance of Hu's visit.

Those events complete a somber week at the White House, where both the president and first lady Michelle Obama were said to be deeply moved by the deaths of a nine-year-old girl and five others in a shooting that targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.). The administration has for the last five days largely suspended any political activity, and the president's only public events have been related to the shooting or foreign policy, such as a Monday meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Obama distilled the nation's grief over the shooting with emotional remarks at a Tucson memorial service Wednesday night.

Staff Shuffle
Quietly, the much-ballyhooed staff shuffle at the White House started this week. David Plouffe joined the White House as a senior adviser on Monday, and new chief of staff William Daley took the helm officially two days later.

The changes are not yet complete; Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who announced last week he is soon leaving his post, said Thursday he has not decided when will be his final day. The administration is still trying to figure out who should replace him.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 14, 2011; 6:48 AM ET
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Comments

How do they get away with this?!?!?

http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

Posted by: fakedude1 | January 16, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

I believe you pathetic, pandering MSM have milked this tragedy enough. Get back to work and report how the Chi Coms, N. Koreans, Iranians, your "peaceful Muslims" and other dirt bags are taking us to the cleaners. Continue sending that idiot, hilly to further ruin our dwindling respect among nations that were once strong allies.

Posted by: nomobarry | January 16, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

TexRancher,

One thing both sides could agree upon about Jared was that he should have sought mental health help for his anger and confused thoughts early on. What about you?

Posted by: BobSanderson | January 14, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

This fool, is a phony, arrogant divisive charlatan, Where was this "outpouring" when that "Peaceful MUSLIM TERRORIST" murdered those 14 Americans at Fort Hood. Imam Hussein Bary is afraid to use the term 'MUSLIM TERRORIST." Instead he uses insurgents, militants, suspected militants, al-Qaeda, Taliban, etc. He probably feels safer in using these p.c., cutesy terms. I am sure Imam Hussein and Eric the red Holder have made sure this murdering Muslim Terrorist is nice and comfy, has cable T.V., phone calls to mommy and new prayer rugs and Koran

Posted by: nomobarry | January 14, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The first paragraph in this story is a load of crap!

Kenya Boy showed up in Tucson like a rock star and proceeded to turn a solemn
ceremony into a political rally complete with applause, cheers and other noise not appropriate for the time. DISGUSTING!

His arrogant attitude was equally inappropriate! Shameful!

But what can we expect from a Kenyan Born, Anti-American, Anti-Constitution, Muslim who kisses up to Arabs?

BTW He still is AWOL on the killing of an American citizen on Falcon Lake last summer and now we have a shooting yesterday also by Mexican criminals on Texas road workers near the border.

When does this imposter start defending Americans?

Posted by: TexRancher | January 14, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The first paragraph in this story is a load of crap!

Kenya Boy showed up in Tucson like a rock star and proceeded to turn a solemn
ceremony into a political rally complete with applause, cheers and other noise not appropriate for the time. DISGUSTING!

His arrogant attitude was equally inappropriate! Shameful!

But what can we expect from a Kenyan Born, Anti-American, Anti-Constitution, Muslim who kisses up to Arabs?

BTW He still is AWOL on the killing of an American citizen on Falcon Lake last summer and now we have a shooting yesterday also by Mexican criminals on Texas road workers near the border.

When does this imposter start defending Americans?

Posted by: TexRancher | January 14, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

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