Saturday, December 13, 2008

December appointments and announcements so far

President-elect Barack Obama talks economy, foreign policy on 'Meet the Press'
The President-elect says passing a short-term economic stimulus
package a top priority, announces cabinet nomination of General

President-elect Barack Obama lays out key parts of Economic Recovery Plan
In today's weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama explains the
key parts of his Economic Recovery Plan -- which will save or create
2.5 million jobs in the next two years.

President-elect Obama announces more key White House staff
Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that Christina M. Tchen
will serve as White House Director of Public Liaison and Michael
Strautmanis will serve as Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the
President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison.

Vice President-elect Biden announces Chief Economist and Economic Policy Advisor

- President-elect Barack Obama announces Governor Bill Richardson as
Secretary of Commerce

- President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden meet
with Governors

President-elect Barack Obama names Louis Caldera Director of White
House Military Office
President-elect Barack Obama announced today that Louis Caldera will
serve as Director of the White House Military Office. Caldera brings a
lifetime of military and public service to the Military Office, which
coordinates all military support for Presidential operations.

- Key members of Obama-Biden national security team announced
President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden
officially announced key members of their national security team
today, including Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and
Defense Secretary Robert Gates to remain as Secretary of

- Statement of President-elect Barack Obama [re: Mumbai]
"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the
American citizens who lost their lives in the outrageous terrorist
attacks in Mumbai. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with
all who have been touched by this terrible tragedy."

President-Elect Barack Obama names two new White House staff members
President-elect Barack Obama today announced two new members of the
White House staff. Jonathan Favreau will serve as Director of
Speechwriting, and Cecilia Muñoz will serve as Director of
Intergovernmental Affairs.

- Thanksgiving address

Monday, November 24, 2008

press conference announcing economic team

press release and transcript from

video from

Economic team to be unveiled at press conference at noon today

from The Page

Weekly Address announces jobs plan


link / hi-res

Communications and Press Secretary jobs announced


President-elect Barack Obama today announced the following White House staff: Ellen Moran, Director of Communications; Robert Gibbs, Press Secretary; and Dan Pfeiffer, Deputy Director of Communications.

President-Elect Obama said, "These individuals will fill essential roles, and bring a breadth and depth of experience that can help our administration advance prosperity and security for the American people. This dedicated and impressive group of public servants includes longtime advisors and a talented new addition to our team, and together we will work to serve our country and meet the challenges of this defining moment in history."


More White House staff announced


President-Elect Obama and Vice President-Elect Biden today announced the following White House staff: Patrick Gaspard, Director of the Office of Political Affairs; Jackie Norris, Chief of Staff to the First Lady; Catherine (Cathy) M. Russell, Chief of Staff for Dr. Jill Biden; Cynthia Hogan, Counsel to the Vice President; and Moises (Moe) V. Vela, Jr., Director of Administration for the Office of the Vice President.


Update: more staff announced

visit to Manny's Deli


Video message to Olympic committee


How much can an incoming first family change the White House decor?

from Slate

The Players on Obama's National Security Team

from Slate

Obama Adjusts to Life Inside the Bubble

from the Wash. Post.

Armed agents patrol from the back of Obama's motorcade. (By Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press)