44: The Obama Presidency



Cast of Characters

White House releases visitor logs

Updated 8:53 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta In a move it is hailing as "transparency like...

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 05:49 PM ET | Comments (47)

Obama bestows medal on Edward Brooke

President Obama honored Edward Brooke, the first African American to be elected to the Senate by popular vote, praising him Wednesday as a political pioneer who broke racial barriers and bridged divides to move "the arc of history."

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

Gay Rights Lawyer Selected for an Ambassadorship

President Obama has named a noted gay activist to be his ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, marking only the second time that an openly gay person has been selected for a top foreign posting.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 02:07 PM ET | Comments (4)

Senate Confirms Obama DoJ Civil Rights Nominee

The Senate voted Tuesday afternoon to confirm President Obama's nominee to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (8)

Progressive Coalition Comes Out for ACORN

Leaders of several progressive community groups stood up Thursday to defend ACORN, the community organizing group under fire and under threat of losing all federal funding, after some of its employees were caught on videotape appearing to give advice on how to conceal a prostitution business.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 03:45 PM ET | Comments (26)

White House Renominates a Nominee

Seems the White House, in sending his nomination up to the Hill, mistakenly said Sherman was from California, instead of from Colorado. They don't use Wite-out at the White House, a source said, so this meant they had to withdraw the nomination and then send it up again.

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 05:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Goolsbee Chides AIG CEO to Mind His Tongue

In an interview for the Post's Voices of Power series, White House economist Austan Goolsbee cautions the insurance giant AIG to count to ten before again swiping at its major stakeholder.

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 09:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

ACORN Sues O'Keefe, Giles and Breitbart.com

By Garance Franke-Ruta The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) announced Thursday it...

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (62)

ACORN Shutting Down Tax Clinics, Vows to Continue Voter-Registration Efforts

ACORN, the community organizing group embarrassed recently in a video sting, announced Wednesday it will shut down it free tax preparation clinics.

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

A New Chief for Customs and Border Protection

President Obama plans to nominate Alan Bersin, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's adviser for U.S.-Mexico border issues, to be commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, officials said.

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Coalition Organizes in Support of Mark Lloyd

More than 50 public interest groups wrote Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to speak out in support of its chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, who has suffered a recent barrage of criticism from right-wing commentators.

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

Van Jones Sends Supporters a Letter

Van Jones, the former adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality who resigned under fire from conservatives on Sept. 6, sent a message to his supporters Tuesday asking them to support President Obama's goals, work for green jobs generally and to "speak up for me via your favorite blogs...on message boards and all of your favorite social networking platforms ."

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 04:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Disability, Gay Rights Expert Picked for EEOC

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama announced Monday his intent to nominate Chai R. Feldblum for...

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 06:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

Senate Confirms Harvard Professor to Oversee Regulatory Affairs

Bloomberg News Cass Sunstein won Senate confirmation Thursday as President Obama's director of regulatory affairs,...

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

Edith Childs Tips Her Hat to the President

Edith Childs, the Greenwood, S.C., councilwoman famed for her church-lady hat and "Fired Up? Ready to Go!" chant that roused first candidate Barack Obama and then his campaign rallies during campaign 2008, said she still prays for the president and his family and staff "in the morning when I get out of bed and at night before I close my eyes, because one thing I do know is that prayer changes things. And the president is going to be OK."

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 09:48 PM ET | Comments (9)

White House Adviser Van Jones Resigns Amid Controversy Over Past Activism

White House environmental adviser Van Jones resigned late Saturday after a simmering controversy over his past statements and activism erupted into calls for his ouster from Republican leaders on Friday.

Posted on September 6, 2009 at 12:30 AM ET | Comments (1009)

Leading Republican Demands That White House Fire 'Green Collar' Adviser

Updated 4:52 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta White House press secretary Robert Gibbs offered few signs...

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 02:18 PM ET | Comments (153)

At White House-Backed Conference, University Presidents Sound Guarded

At a meeting this week of presidents from the nation's historically black colleges, convened by the White House, Obama administration officials offered support and new programs, but they also challenged the educators to do more toward providing their students with a quality higher education.

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 07:31 PM ET | Comments (3)

Senior UBS Official, Key Donor Shares Some of Obama's Down Time

President Obama tees off his round of golf Monday as, from left, his friend Eric...

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

White House Asks Media to Let Obama Girls Enjoy Their Vacation

By Michael D. Shear The White House pleaded Friday for privacy for President Obama's daughters...

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (43)

Axelrod's Son Hired by Huffington Post

The son of White House senior adviser David Axelrod is joining the staff of the Huffington Post, the liberal Web site that has been largely supportive of President Obama.

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 06:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

A New U.S. Archivist: David Ferriero

President Obama is said to have picked David S. Ferriero, now chief executive of the research libraries at The New York Public Library, to be the Archivist of the United States.

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 01:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Stands by His Criticism

President Obama has no regrets about criticizing the Cambridge police department's arrest of Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (353)

NTSB's Higgins Announces Departure After 34 Years in Public Service

By Al Kamen National Transportation Safety Board member Kathryn O'Leary "Kitty" Higgins told the White...

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 02:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Meet with Mormon President

When President Obama meets with Mormon president Thomas S. Monson this afternoon, it's safe to say that Obama will not exactly be speaking to his base.

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (8)

White House Announces Pick for State Dept. Economic Post, Other Positions

The White House has released three more names of folks they intend to nominate.

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 05:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Nancy Hogan Picked as New White House Personnel Director

White House aides were notified this morning that Nancy D. Hogan, chief of staff for White House personnel, has been picked to head that office, replacing office of personnel director Donald Gips, who has been nominated to be ambassador to South Africa.

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Selects Alabama Doctor as Surgeon General

President Obama has chosen Regina Benjamin, a family physician from Alabama, to be the next Surgeon General.

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (98)

Lynn Rosenthal Named White House Adviser on Violence Against Women

In announcing the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President Biden said that creating the job allows the White House to revive a focus on domestic violence issues -- which Biden said were not at the forefront during the Bush administration.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 05:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Formal Jackson Statement from Obama

It took just hours earlier this month for President Obama to express his sadness to the people of Gabon on the sudden death of notorious dictator President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, but for the latest monarch to pass -- the King of Pop -- nearly a day.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (95)

Davis: 'Probably Not' on Cyber Czar Post

By Amy Gardner Tom Davis, the former Republican congressman from Fairfax County and now a...

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Emanuel Talks Sanford and Health Care at Monitor Breakfast

Rahm Emanuel talks health care at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (3)

Live Online: Pershing on Sanford

Washington Post blogger Ben Pershing will be online today 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss reaction...

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

East Wing Shakeup as First Lady Gets New Chief of Staff

First lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, with a longtime friend from Chicago, Susan Sher.

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 05:17 PM ET | Comments (38)

Obama National Service Pick Bows Out

The White House pick to head the federal government's national service agency has withdrawn her nomination for unspecified health reasons, becoming the latest in a series of candidates to bail out of consideration for a senior administration post.

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bolden to Meet with Obama Monday about NASA Job

Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden, a four-time shuttle astronaut, is under consideration to be the next NASA administrator.

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama 2, Fenty -2

By Nikita Stewart Mayor Adrian M. Fenty announced today that he is losing city administrator...

Posted on May 15, 2009 at 04:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Capricia Marshall to Be Named Chief of Protocol

By Al Kamen The long-expected nomination of Capricia Marshall, White House social secretary during the...

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 06:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Fills CPSC Posts

By Ed O'Keefe President Obama named new leadership to the Consumer Product Safety Commission today...

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 12:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Labor Advocate to Join Biden's Middle Class Task Force

The White House announced today that Mary Beth Maxwell, director of the pro-labor advocacy group American Rights at Work, is leaving that organization to become a senior adviser to the middle-class task force being headed up by Vice President Biden.

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (6)

Michelle Obama Visits, John Berry Sworn In at OPM

By Ed O'Keefe Making her ninth visit to a federal agency, first lady Michelle Obama...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 04:35 PM ET | Comments (1)

Gibbs: Moran Leaving White House "to Spend More Time" With Her Family

By Garance Franke-Ruta Leaving a job to spend more time with one's family is among...

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (5)

White House Communications Director to Hop to Commerce

White House Communications Director Ellen Moran is leaving her post to become the chief of staff at the Commerce Department, becoming the first of President Obama's top advisers to depart his inner circle.

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Appoints Virginian to CTO Post

By Michael D. Shear and Anita Kumar President Obama has named Virginia's Secretary of Technology,...

Posted on April 18, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

Senior GOP Consultant Backs Gay Marriage

By Perry Bacon Jr. Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008...

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama to Name Border 'Czar'

By Spencer Hsu The Obama administration will name a new U.S.-Mexico border "czar" to advise...

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 07:20 PM ET | Comments (3)

Four More Administration Appointees Announced

While most of official Washington lays low for the Passover and Good Friday holidays, President Obama has announced his intention to nominate four more individuals to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (2)

Senate Confirms a Slew of Nominees

By Al Kamen The Senate early this morning confirmed 14 nominees for top posts in...

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 04:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Transportation and Education Depts. Get Key Nominees

By Philip Rucker President Obama continued to fill top administration jobs today, tapping nominees to...

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 07:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

White House Announces Names for Agency Posts

The White House tonight announced that President Obama intends to nominate several individuals for top jobs.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 07:27 PM ET | Comments (8)

Navy Secretary-Desginate Mabus Can Expect Smooth Sailing, Despite Messy Divorce

Former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus's messy divorce a decade ago may have spawned a suit that's still being litigated, but it's not likely to emerge as an obstacle in his bid to become secretary of the navy.

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Taps Mabus for Navy Secretary

By Philip Rucker President Obama will nominate former Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus to be secretary...

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 05:03 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama No. 2 EPA Pick Withdraws Name

President Obama's pick for the No. 2 spot at the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew his name from consideration today.

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 07:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Announces Nominee for Appeals Court

President Obama today said he plans to nominate U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton to the federal appeals court, turning to a jurist widely viewed as a moderate for his first judicial appointment.

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (38)

Obama Rounds Out Staffs at Agencies

By Scott Wilson President Obama announced Friday that he would nominate Tom Perez, a former...

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (8)

Holdren and Lubchenco Headed for Confirmation

Two of Obama's top scientific advisers are a step closer to getting to work, now that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has unanimously confirmed their nominations.

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 12:20 PM ET | Comments (5)

Urban Policy Chief Says He's Proud of Record

By Robin Shulman NEW YORK -- Adolfo Carrión Jr., the new director of the White...

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 08:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

D.C. Official Arrested in Federal Bribery Sting

By Del Quentin Wilber An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology...

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 11:43 AM ET | Comments (7)

Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Post

Phil Reitinger, currently "chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist" at Microsoft, will become deputy undersecretary of DHS's National Protections Program division.

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (4)

Sources: Margaret Hamburg to Head FDA

The Obama administration has tapped Margaret Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner with an interest in bioterrorism, to run the struggling Food and Drug Administration.

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 06:38 PM ET | Comments (3)

Gupta Steps Aside

Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has decided against becoming the U.S. surgeon general.

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 05:40 PM ET | Comments (41)

Obama to Nominate Florida's Craig Fugate to Lead FEMA

President Obama will nominate W. Craig Fugate Jr. to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tapping a veteran Florida hurricane official to assume the high-profile disaster response post, the White House announced today.

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 02:41 PM ET | Comments (10)

Zoo Director to Head Office of Personnel Management

President Obama has nominated John Berry to serve as the next director of the Office of Personnel Management.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (8)

Two Potential Deputy Secretaries Bowing Out

Top candidates for the No. 2 slots at the Energy and Transportation Departments have begged off.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 12:31 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kathleen Sebelius Announced to Lead Obama Health Effort

President Obama today named Nancy-Ann DeParle to be the director of the White House Office for Health Reform and also formally named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his secretary of health and human services.

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 12:44 PM ET | Comments (29)

EEOC Chairman Butts?

Cassandra Butts is a leading candidate to head the troubled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has been beset by shrinking staff, a growing backlog of job discrimination cases to investigate and plummeting morale.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Crowley to Direct Office of National AIDS Policy

President Obama has named a new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy -- Jeffrey Crowley, who is currently a senior research scholar at Georgetown University.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:33 AM ET | Comments (4)

Selection of Organic Food Policy Expert at Ag. Hailed by Advocates

President Obama's choice of organics expert Kathleen Merrigan for the No. 2 spot at the Agriculture Department was immediately welcomed by sustainable agriculture and food policy advocates.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Mary Wakefield Picked as HRSA Chief

Mary Wakefield, a nurse who most recently directed the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, will run HRSA, which oversees community health centers across the nation.

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 04:21 PM ET | Comments (6)

Carrión and Douglas Formally Named to Urban Affairs

President Obama made his new White House Office of Urban Affairs official this morning as he named two New York political figures to oversee his strategy for America's cities.

Posted on February 19, 2009 at 11:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Science Nominees Warmly Welcomed on Hill

While President Obama reopens the search for a Commerce secretary in the wake Sen. Judd Gregg's (R-N.H.) decision to withdraw his name from consideration, two of his top scientific nominees received a largely warm welcome from members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today.

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (7)

Activist Group Calls for Deportation of Obama's Aunt

An anti-immigration group yesterday called on President Obama to arrest and deport his aunt, an immigrant who is living legally in the United States pending an April hearing.

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (28)

Ron Sims Named Deputy Secretary of HUD

President Obama has nominated Ron Sims, county executive of King County, Wash., to become the deputy secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, responsible for HUD's day-to-day activities.

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary Named

W. Scott Gould, a former naval reservist who served in the Iraq war as an intelligence officer, is President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Selects Pastor, 26, to Head Faith Office

President Obama has named Josh DuBois, who ran religious outreach for his presidential campaign, to head the White House's new office of faith-based programs.

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (29)

Hearing Set for Deputy Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing Feb. 5 on the nomination of David W. Odgen to serve as the Justice Department's second in command.

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bruno Taking Fire in FEMA Commissioner Competition

Backers of Los Angeles emergency manager Ellis M. Stanley Sr. are fiercely lobbying advisers to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not to name rival New York City emergency commissioner Joseph F. Bruno to the post.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 04:55 PM ET | Comments (2)

Stern Appointed Climate Change Envoy

Hillary Rodham Clinton made the announcement at the State Department this morning.

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 02:25 PM ET | Comments (5)

Jarrett Will Represent Obama in Davos

Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend of President Obama's and a senior adviser in the White House, will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on behalf of America's new president.

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 06:46 PM ET | Comments (17)

Mitchell and Holbrooke to be Named Envoys

By Glenn Kessler Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as Secretary of State, the...

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (7)

Mitchell Under Consideration for Middle East Envoy

By Anne E. Kornblut George Mitchell, the former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, is under serious...

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Formally Rolls Out Intelligence Team

President-elect Barack Obama announced Leon Panetta as his next Central Intelligence Agency director today.

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 11:16 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Names Deputy Defense Secretary, Top Pentagon Officials

President-elect Barack Obama officially named William J. Lynn III as deputy secretary of defense today and also announced several other top Pentagon officials who will work under Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 03:04 PM ET | Comments (3)

Don Gips Selected as White House Director of Personnel as Obama Rounds Out Staff

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to round out their White House staff this afternoon, naming seven new appointments.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 04:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Solicitor General and Deputy Attorney General Named

The new Justice Department began to take shape this morning as President-elect Barack Obama announced he would nominate a quartet of well known lawyers to key posts including the department's chief operating officer, its top representative to the U.S. Supreme Court and the chief of the Office of Legal Counsel.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (15)

Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Replace Obama

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today selected a former state attorney general to take the Senate seat previously held by President-elect Barack Obama over the objections Democratic leaders who vowed to refuse the appointment.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM ET | Comments (181)

Obama Fills More Key National Security Slots

President-elect Barack Obama began filling out the rest of his national security team today, naming long-standing Democratic foreign policy figures -- plus a former White House budget director -- to key posts at the State Department and National Security Council.

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 05:22 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State

James B. Steinberg, a top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues that he expects to be nominated Tuesday as deputy secretary of state.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 11:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

Lubchenco Will Helm National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco, one of the nation's most prominent marine biologists, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (12)

Ron Kirk Likely to Head USTR

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk is likely to pick up the U.S. Trade Representative portfolio.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (8)

Report: Holdren to Lead White House Science Policy

President-elect Obama will announce this weekend that he has selected physicist John Holdren, who has devoted much of his career to energy and environmental research, as his White House science adviser, according to a published report today.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 02:46 PM ET | Comments (8)

Mary Schapiro Chosen to Head SEC

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a veteran financial regulator as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the beleaguered overseer of Wall Street that has been pilloried for failing to prevent the global economic meltdown, senior Democratic officials said yesterday.

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 07:42 PM ET | Comments (12)

Bronx Chief Carrion Gets a Post After All

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. is slated to direct the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy, sources familiar with the appointment said last night.

Posted on December 13, 2008 at 10:24 PM ET | Comments (3)

More Special Envoys in the Works

By Al Kamen The economic downturn has spiked unemployment for just about everyone. But not...

Posted on December 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Podesta Dips His Toe in the Jury Pool

John Podesta spends the morning doing his civic duty.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 03:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sutley to Chair Council on Environmental Quality

President-elect Barack Obama has selected Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los Angeles for energy and environment, to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a Democratic source said.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (6)

Browner to Take White House Energy and Environment Job

President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce -- perhaps as early as Wednesday -- that Clinton administration Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner will take a new White House position as head of environmental, energy, climate and related matters, according to Democratic sources.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 06:22 PM ET | Comments (18)

Incoming WH Press Secretary Gibbs Prepping for His New Job

Gibbs is conducting practice briefings and studying up on issues, Obama aides said, with the help of Anita Dunn, who was a senior communications adviser during the campaign.

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 05:01 PM ET | Comments (29)

Obama Adds Two More to White House Staff

President-elect Barack Obama continued to round out his staff today by naming two lawyers with Chicago roots to positions in his White House.

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Biden Picks Jared Bernstein as Economic Adviser

Bernstein is a well-known skeptic on free trade and has worked for years as a senior official at the Economic Policy Institute, a labor-funded think tank which advocates for low and middle-income workers.

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (10)

One More Question...

Awkward pictures pop up on Facebook of incoming White House director of speechwriting Jon Favreau.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 08:55 PM ET | Comments (539)

Dee Dee Meyers Offers Gibbs Some Advice

Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Meyers offered some words of advice to incoming Barack Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs about how to keep cool in the hot seat in an interview with a women's interest Web site while promoting her book, "Why Women Should Rule the World."

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bill Gates Says He's Open to a Role Helping Obama Admin

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is in Washington this week to press his foundation's education and global health agenda, said he is keeping an open mind about taking a role aiding the incoming Obama administration.

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM ET | Comments (21)

Obama Gives Political Ambassadors Their Pink Slips

By Glenn Kessler The incoming Obama administration has notified all politically-appointed ambassadors that they must...

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 10:04 AM ET | Comments (100)

Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief Steps Down

Jonathan "Jock" Scharfen, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services since April, stepped down yesterday to take a position in the private sector, continuing the Bush administration transition exodus.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 06:26 PM ET | Comments (8)

Holbrooke Under Consideration for South Asia Diplomatic Role

President -elect Barack Obama is seriously considering appointing former ambassador Richard Holbrooke as his special envoy for south Asia, a move that would put one of America's most prominent diplomatic troubleshooters in charge of trying to resolve the thorny and interrelated problems surrounding India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (10)

Louis Caldera to Oversee White House Military Operations

President-elect Barack Obama announced today he has tapped Louis E. Caldera, a former Army secretary, lawyer, politician and university president, to serve as director of the White House Military Office.

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Moral? Be Nice

Bayh aide newly powerful.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 02:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Former Rumsfeld Deputy Criticizes Gates

In a blog posting on National Review Online, Di Rita, who served in several Pentagon jobs under Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2006, writes that Gates focused on Iraq and Afghanistan at the cost of carrying on Rumsfeld's efforts to bring about "the most rapid and profound transformation" of the defense establishment since 1947.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (18)

Obama Appoints White House Speechwriting and Intergovernmental Affairs Heads

President-elect Barack Obama continued rounding out his White House staff today, naming Jonathan Favreau director of speechwriting and Cecilia Munoz director of intergovernmental affairs.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Clintonistas Return, But Obama Says Vision Is His

Barack Obama defended himself this morning against charges that his campaign mantra of "Change We Can Believe In" is being undermined by his decision to fill his administration with familiar faces.

Posted on November 26, 2008 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Orszag Hangs Up His Blog

Peter Orszag has been hailed as the first blogger to join the White House at Cabinet rank, as well as for his fiscal acumen. Having been named by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Office of Management and Budget, he has now hung up his blogging hat over at the Congressional Budget Office, where he was director.

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 04:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Biden Beefs Up Staff

Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to fill top positions in his office today, naming three new senior staff members with broad portfolios.

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ogden a Top Candidate for Justice Dept. No. 2

David W. Ogden, who oversees the Justice Department transition for President-elect Barack Obama, has emerged as the top candidate to become the department's second in command.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 04:08 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Foreign Policy Deputies

By Al Kamen With the top slots at the State Department and the National Security...

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM ET | Comments (8)

Vilsack Says He's Not in the Running for Ag. Sec. Spot

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack said yesterday he is not a candidate for agriculture secretary, telling the Des Moines Register that he had never been contacted by aides to President-elect Barack Obama about any administration position.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 10:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

Latino Leaders Looking Beyond Richardson

Anxiety is high among Latino leaders that Obama has not yet named a Latino to a top White House or Cabinet position.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 07:08 PM ET | Comments (10)

Pritzker: I Am Not a Candidate for Commerce Secretary

President-elect Barack Obama's campaign finance chairman and longtime friend Penny Pritzker will not seek the job of commerce secretary, she said in a statement released today.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (7)

Dunn Stays Out of the White House

Anita Dunn, one of Barack Obama's closest political advisers, is returning to her media consulting practice -- bypassing the chance to serve in the first incoming Democratic White House in more than a decade.

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 11:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Adds Brown and Lu to White House Staff

President-elect Barack Obama continued assembling his White House team today, naming Lisa Brown, a former counsel to Vice President Gore, staff secretary and tapping his former Senate legislative director, Christopher P. Lu, to be Cabinet secretary.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hillary Clinton's Fix

Section Six of Article One of the Constitution may impede Clinton's ascension to the secretary of state post.

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 05:20 PM ET | Comments (25)

Emanuel Bids House Dems Farewell, Promises $600K from Obama for DCCC

In a farewell address to House Democrats, outgoing Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) promised the incoming White House would sweeten the coffers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $600,000.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (9)

Peter Orszag on OMB Short List

Peter R. Orszag, who has headed the Congressional Budget Office for nearly the past two years, has emerged as a top choice to be the next director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, sources said.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 06:25 PM ET | Comments (1)

Greg Craig Selected as White House Counsel

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Washington lawyer Greg Craig, who served as President Bill Clinton's lead attorney during the impeachment proceedings against him, to be his White House counsel, according to an individual involved with the transition.

Posted on November 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM ET | Comments (103)

Transition Trail Mix

By Chris Cillizza It may be Sunday morning, but with only 65 days left before...

Posted on November 16, 2008 at 09:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Phil Schiliro Takes on Key Congressional Liason Role in Obama Administration

Phil Schiliro will be Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, the Obama-Biden presidential transition office announced today.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 01:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

Team of Rivals, Indeed

Obama aide and former State Department official Greg Craig ripped Hillary Clinton's foreign policy experience during the Democratic primaries.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 12:29 PM ET | Comments (3)

Valerie Jarrett Named White House Senior Advisor

As a senior advisor, Jarrett may serve a similar role for Obama to that played by Karen Hughes during President Bush's first term -- providing political advice while keeping him grounded.

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ron Klain Tapped as Joe Biden's Chief of Staff

Washington insider and former vice presidential chief of staff Ron Klain has been tapped to reprise his Clinton-era White House role and will be Joe Biden's chief of staff, a Democratic official familial with the agreement confirms.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 05:44 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lobbyists Predict Obama Short Lists

Lobbyists circulate a memo speculating on who will be in the Cabinet.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 01:46 PM ET | Comments (6)

Jarrett to HUD? Friends Render a Verdict of Unlikely

"Never going to happen," said one longtime Clinton official offering guidance to the transition team.

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Hispanic Cabinet Members? Claro Que Si.

Citing the growing influence of Hispanic voters, Latino political advocates are pushing President-elect Barack Obama to appoint at least two and as many as four Hispanics to his administration's 20 cabinet-level positions.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 08:45 AM ET | Comments (9)

Six More Foreign-Leader Calls for Obama

President-elect Barack Obama continued his round of congratulatory calls with foreign leaders today, speaking briefly with six more leaders, after chatting with nine on Thursday.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (24)

Black and Urban Groups Ponder an Obama Presidency

For one group of policy advocates, the election of the first black president has turned politicking on its head. How do black advocacy groups push a black agenda to a black president?

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 05:45 PM ET | Comments (11)

Mark Warner Still Polling

The wealthy Virginia Democrat, triumphant in the Senate election on Tuesday, had Peter D. Hart Associates, the polling firm for his campaign, phoning Virginians Thursday evening.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (2)

Clinton's Continuing Debt to Mark Penn

As the Obama campaign has helped Clinton retire her primary campaign debt, the amount owed to former chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn's firm has not changed by a single penny since July.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 01:14 PM ET | Comments (11)

Duberstein Abandons McCain

Former White House chief of Staff Kenneth Duberstein said today he was abandoning his support of John McCain and instead would back Barack Obama for president.

Posted on October 31, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (19)

Ken Adelman Backing Obama

Adelman is the latest Republican foreign-policy heavyweight to endorse Sen. Barack Obama.

Posted on October 20, 2008 at 07:17 PM ET | Comments (30)

Hank Williams Jr. Cleans Up His Act for McCain-Palin

Hank Williams Jr. sang an ode to "McCain-Palin tradition" at a rally here today, but the song's original lyrics don't quite mesh with the campaign's family values theme and were altered for the campaign event.

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 04:52 PM ET | Comments (28)

Palin Stays on the Offensive at Huge Va. Rally

By Juliet Eilperin RICHMOND -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin continued attacking Democratic nominee...

Posted on October 13, 2008 at 03:37 PM ET | Comments (324)

Conservative Columnist Turns on Palin

Kathleen Parker, after a scalding critique of Palin's readiness for high office, begs the Alaska governor to step down from the Republican ticket.

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (153)

Bill Clinton to Campaign for Obama Next Week

Former president Bill Clinton will hold events in Florida, Nevada and Ohio, as well as host fundraisers in New York, California and Ohio.

Posted on September 22, 2008 at 07:36 PM ET | Comments (62)

Aristocrat Who Favored Clinton Endorses McCain

By Matthew Mosk John McCain's election strategy has for weeks involved an aggressive push for...

Posted on September 17, 2008 at 04:15 PM ET | Comments (233)

Fiorina: Palin Lacks Experience to Run a Company

Top McCain adviser says Palin lacks experience to run a major company.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (331)

MoveOn Calls Out McCain's 'Friends'

A new 30-second message by the liberal group MoveOn.org targets some of McCain's closest associates.

Posted on September 16, 2008 at 01:37 PM ET | Comments (26)

The Return of Jane Swift

The former acting Mass. governor returns to the political scene as a defender of Sarah Palin.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 12:54 PM ET | Comments (20)

'Independent' Lieberman to Eat Lunch Alone

Lieberman, who had previously agreed not to attend party meetings where Iraq War strategy was discussed, will now not attend any of the Democrats' weekly caucus lunches or the biweekly lunches of committee chairmen.

Posted on September 9, 2008 at 04:37 PM ET | Comments (44)

Andrea Mitchell vs. the Balloons

Andrea Mitchell gets deluged by balloons.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (26)

McCain Spokesman Defends Palin, Previews McCain Speech

Excerpts from The Post's live television show.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM ET | Comments (25)

Joe Gibbs to Speak Tonight, Skins Fans Torn

The Redskins coaching legend and current NASCAR impresario is slated to speak at the Xcel Energy Center between 8 and 9 p.m., EST.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (35)

Ticket is Good, Says Dole, but That Crossword Puzzle...

Praises McCain-Palin ticket but has concerns about Post crossword puzzle.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Republican Women Turn to the Gender Card

Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, defending Sarah Palin's experience against "sexist" attacks.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (335)

Donna Brazile Hit by Pepper Spray

Incident occurred as she walked to the Xcel Center at the start of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 08:13 PM ET | Comments (118)

Palin Was a Director of Embattled Sen. Stevens's 527 Group

Palin's name is listed on 2003 incorporation papers of the "Ted Stevens Excellence in Public Service, Inc.," a group that could raise unlimited funds from corporate donors.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (214)

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Give La. Delegation Moral Support

First Lady and wife of GOP presumptive nominee meet with Louisianans in Minn.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

GOP Rallying the Rascals in Mo.

Romney and Huckabee stump with McCain and Palin in the home of the River City Rascals.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 08:03 PM ET | Comments (27)

Napolitano's Big Day Jitters

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (10)

Jesse Jackson, with No Role

His string of six straight political conventions in which he was given a coveted speaking slot has come to an end.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM ET | Comments (24)

Casey Speaks to a Changed Party

By Shailagh Murray DENVER -- It was two lines in a speech. But Sen. Robert...

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Party City, Colorado

Reports from the late night party scene at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (10)

Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson

"With people who have a lot of gifts, it's hard for people to identify with them," the governor said.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (174)

Kennedy Passes the Torch

Ted Kennedy speaking during day one of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug....

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (138)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

"He's definitely not performing," says a source privy to The Boss's schedule.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (11)

Gasolina! Daddy Yankee Endorses McCain

Daddy Yankee, one of the country's top Latino music stars, backs the Arizona senator.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (152)

No Red Meat from Warner Speech

Former Va. governor Mark Warner says his convention keynote speech will forgo aggressive attacks on Republicans.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

Young Evangelical Backs Out of Giving Convention Opening Prayer

A popular young evangelical backs out of the Democrats' Monday night program.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (74)

Pastor Who Opposes Abortion to Deliver DNC's Closing Prayer

Joel C. Hunter, a Florida megachurch pastor who will deliver the convention's closing prayer following Obama's speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 05:39 PM ET | Comments (31)

McCain's Chief Evangelizer, a Long Way from Home

By Alec MacGillis Things may seem tough at the moment for Sen. John McCain. But...

Posted on July 28, 2008 at 04:23 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Snaps Up Senior Clinton Policy Hands

The Obama campaign hires Neera Tanden, Clinton's long-time policy aide, and Melody Barnes, the executive vice president for policy of the Center for American Progress.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (20)

Obama Hires New Religious Affairs Adviser

Shaun Casey has been hired by the Obama campaign to focus on outreach to evangelical voters.

Posted on June 27, 2008 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (70)

Obama Seeks out the Wise Old Men (and Women) of Foreign Policy

By Perry Bacon Jr. Interviewed in April about his role advising Barack Obama on foreign...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Randy Scheunemann: McCain Adviser Campaigned for War

Randy Scheunemann, the foreign policy adviser to Sen. John McCain who today accused Sen. Barack Obama of a "policy of delusion" toward terrorism, in late 2002, Scheunemann helped create The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq. --Peter Slevin

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)


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