President Barack Obama walks with Col. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, before boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The president is scheduled to deliver remarks on the economy at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
11:35: PBO arrives in Cleveland, Ohio.
12:05: PBO participates in a discussion with a family at a private residence.
The Boston Globe: The head of Fiat-Chrysler said today that Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney must have been “smoking illegal material” when he argued in 2008 that the US auto industry could be resurrected without federal financial assistance.
During an interview with CNN, Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat and Chrysler, said government support was pivotal.
The comment contrasted with a 2008 op-ed column in which Romney urged the federal government not to provide an industry bailout but instead force automakers into a “managed bankruptcy.”
Marchionne told CNN: “Whoever told you that is smoking illegal material. That market had become absolutely dysfunctional in 2008 and 2009. There were attempts made by a variety of people to find strategic alliances with other car makers on a global scale and the government stepped in, as the actor of last resort. It had to do it because the consequences would have been just too large to deal with.”
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talk with Chief of Staff Bill Daley, left, and Senior Advisor David Plouffe in the Oval Office, April 7, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama greets AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka before a meeting with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building adjacent to the White House on February 24
White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Bill Daley, and interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse walk along the Colonnade of the White House prior to President Obama’s announcement of Daley as his new Chief of Staff, Jan. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama walks with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Chief of Staff Bill Daley and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling from the White House before giving a speech at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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p m carpenter’s commentary: This morning the Post’s Dan Balz assesses the choice of Bill Daley as “another significant step in the post-election evolution of President Obama,” noting that Daley “has a reputation for shooting straight, playing hard, talking bluntly and, above all, remaining calm in a crisis.”
Indeed, the Beltway consensus is that Daley is pragmatic, thoughtful, damn smart, diplomatic, effective, loyal and philosophically mature — all in all he’s a judicious choice, one that will serve the administration well and frustrate the Republican noise machine.
So, naturally, with the notable exception of Howard Dean, who has responded as a model of reason, the activist progressive community launched into orbital unhingement over the Daley pick.
Gloomily representative of what’s become their orthodox overreaction to most everything Obama was the Torquemada of ProgThink, Adam Green, who said … “(bla bla bla)”
Yes, just another White House “mistake” …. such as rescuing the nation from the Great Depression II, securing universal health care, pulling DADT’s repeal out of a hopeless hat, saving the domestic auto industry, and so on, and so on, and so on.
President Barack Obama waits in the Green Room of the White House with interim Chief of Staff Pete Rouse, right, and William Daley before the announcement that he was naming Daley as his new Chief of Staff, Jan. 6, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Chicago Tribune: First lady Michelle Obama has chosen White House staffer and longtime Chicagoan Tina Tchen as her new top aide …. Tchen, 54, a lawyer, will replace another Chicago attorney, Susan Sher, as Obama’s chief of staff … Tchen’s move to the East Wing, a promotion, comes after serving the West Wing in three roles.
She was a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama, director of the office of public engagement and executive director of the Council on Women and Girls. Tchen will stay on at the helm of the council.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Tina to my team,” Mrs. Obama said in a statement Wednesday. She called the hire a “natural choice” in light of Tchen’s work to ensure that “communities across the country have a voice and a presence at the White House.”
Tchen, a “proud Chinese American” … said a highlight of her White House tenure was being part of a presidential delegation to China last July for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the home of her late parents, who fled Communist China in 1949.
Before coming to Washington, Tchen lived in Chicago for 30 years and was active in progressive politics and several civic groups … A native of Columbus, Ohio, she is a 1978 graduate of Harvard University and a 1984 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Law. She has a son and a daughter.
Mrs. Obama called Sher’s White House service a “gift” and said: “As sad as I am to see Susan go, I always knew she would return to her family and her community in Chicago.” Sher said Wednesday she was “thrilled” Tchen was replacing her since “the East Wing will be in great hands.” Tchen called her new job a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity and said she was “honored and humbled” to take it.