When Barack Obama held his first prime-time news conference as president, the financial crisis was at its peak and not a single Republican had voted for his economic stimulus bill. So he pleaded for their partnership.
President Barack Obama has signaled to his senior advisers that Denis McDonough, currently a deputy national security adviser, is his leading candidate to succeed Jack Lew as White House chief of staff, according to two people familiar with the matter.
With his choice of Pete Rouse to temporarily replace Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff, President Barack Obama is seeking to recapture the “no drama’ culture that defined his early years in Washington.
Presidents who enjoy successful second terms usually pull fresh thinking into their inner circles and maintain close working relations with Congress. Barack Obama has shown little inclination to do either.
The resignation of William M. Daley as President Barack Obama’s White House chief of staff brings to mind the words of David Wilhelm when he left his post as chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1994: “I’m going back to Chicago where they stab you in the front.”
Sarah Palin calls local media “biased and unfair” and praises an energy speech by then- candidate Barack Obama in some of the thousands of e-mails sent during her first two years as governor of Alaska.