Archives for White House

Timing of firing of Navy captain over video raises questions

The Navy brusquely fired the captain of the USS Enterprise on Tuesday, more than three years after he made lewd videos to boost morale for his crew, timing that put the military under pressure to explain why it acted only after the videos became public. Senior military officials said they were trying to determine who among Navy leaders knew about the videos when they were shown repeatedly in 2006 and 2007 to thousands of crew members aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. An investigation by U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., also is seeking to determine whether Capt. Owen Honors
Read More

Volcker ending term on Obama’s economic planel

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is ending his term as chairman of President Barack Obama‘s economic advisory panel next month, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. Volcker is a highly regarded voice on financial policy and has been an occasional outside counselor to the White House both as head of the recovery advisory board and as an advocate of tougher banking regulations. Obama gave the advisory board a two-year mission that expires next month and is considering whether to extend it. But Volcker has told colleagues that he will not stay on. The source told The Associated
Read More

Gibbs out as White House spokesman

Robert Gibbs, the feisty press secretary whose job as President Barack Obama‘s chief spokesman and confidant has given him an outsized presence at the White House, announced Wednesday he was quitting for the less demanding, more lucrative role of giving paid speeches and advising the president from the outside world. In a rapidly unfolding makeover, Obama was also closing in on a decision whether to tap William Daley, a former commerce secretary, for the vital gatekeeping job of White House chief of staff. Obama and Daley met at the White House on Wednesday, and a presidential decision on that position
Read More

Obama’s fantasy: Democrats & Rebulblicans will cooperate in new year

President Barack Obama says Democrats and Republicans must work together in the new year and share responsibility for moving the country forward. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Saturday that lawmakers must return to Washington next week prepared to make serious decisions about how to grow the economy in the short run and stay competitive in the future. “I’m willing to work with anyone of either party who’s got a good idea and the commitment to see it through,” Obama said. “And we should all expect you to hold us accountable for our progress or our failure
Read More

Obama still vague on Gitmo’s future

Basking in a series of end-of-the-year victories, President Barack Obama is showing no interest in discussing one of his biggest unmet promises: the closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. The White House has acknowledged it is working on an executive order that would set up a legal process for detainees who are being held there indefinitely. It was a tacit acknowledgment that the U.S. naval prison in Cuba will be open for the foreseeable future. Though many in his liberal base adamantly oppose indefinite detention, Obama said Wednesday that his team is trying to figure out what to do with
Read More

Obama’s economic pick: A sign of changes to come?

Change is soon coming to the White House economic team, with President Barack Obama set to announce a new top adviser who will have broad influence over the administration’s efforts to jumpstart the struggling economy. Obama is expected to announce a replacement for departing National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers early in the new year, soon after he returns to Washington from his Hawaiian vacation. The president’s choice is being closely watched for signs of where he wants to take his economic agenda in the second half of his term, and how he looks to bring down the almost double-digit
Read More

Obama delays 2012 budget release

President Barack Obama, who has pledged to tackle long-term U.S. debt and deficit challenges, will delay the delivery of his fiscal year 2012 budget by about a week until after February 14. An administration official said on Monday the delay was due to the long time it took for the U.S. Senate to confirm Jack Lew as Obama’s new budget director, and because funding decisions for 2011 went so late into the year. The Democratic president nominated Lew in July but the appointment was held up in the Senate by Mary Landrieu, a member of Obama’s own party, to protest
Read More

Hawaii Gov.: Time to release Obaba birth info

MARK NIESSE Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie wants to find a way to release more information about President Barack Obama‘s Hawaii birth and dispel conspiracy theories that he was born elsewhere. Abercrombie was a friend of Obama’s parents and knew him as a child, and is deeply troubled by the effort to cast doubt on the president’s citizenship. The newly elected governor will ask the state attorney general’s office about what can be done to put an end to questions about Obama’s birth documentation from Aug. 4, 1961, spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Tuesday. “He had a friendship with Mr. Obama’s
Read More

Obama’s year: Nothing to brag about

Barack Obama‘s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year got off to a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start. There he was, on New Year’s Day, on vacation with his family in Hawaii, stuck on a secure phone with counterterrorism officials, trying to figure out what screw-ups had allowed a would-be terrorist to board a Christmas Day flight with explosives in his underwear. Things only got worse for Obama when he returned to Washington in between a pair of epic winter storms. From the start, 2010 delivered a string of setbacks that built up to an electoral shellacking come
Read More

Obama worse than Bush, Cheney when it comes to terrorism policies

Two of former President George W. Bush‘s top intelligence officials say President Barack Obama is far worse than either Bush or former Vice President Dick Cheney when it comes to the so-called “war on terror.” Speaking on CNN’s Sysyr of he Union, former National Intelligence Director ad retired Vice Admiral Michael McConnell told host Candy Crowley that he admired the Obama White House for being even more aggressive than Bush or Cheney when it came to terrorism issues. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama attacked Bush over what he then called over-aggressive attacks on anti-terrorism issues.  Since the election, some
Read More