By Jueseppi B.
Valerie Jarrett at World Business Chicago forum on Monday
By Lynn Sweet
WASHINGTON–White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett returns home Monday for a World Business Chicago forum where she will discuss the administration plans for 2014 as President Barack Obama outlined in his State of the Union address.
Jarrett’s talk is billed as “strong cities, strong nations, a conversation with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.”
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff; Michael Sacks, the CEO of Grosvenor Capital Management and the Vice Chairman of World Business Chicago and Robert Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago are also part of the event.
The morning event will take place at the Gleacher Center of the Booth School of Business, 450 North Cityfront Drive, Chicago.
Democratic National Committee to slam Gov. Christie over bridge scandal during Tuesday Chicago visit
By Lynn Sweet
WASHINGTON—The Democratic National Committee plans to highlight the bridge scandal consuming New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie when he hits Chicago Tuesday for a series of Republican Governors Association fundraisers and a lunch event at The Economic Club of Chicago.
The DNC is deploying former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to hold a Chicago press conference Tuesday where he will highlight the George Washington Bridge controversy as the embattled Christie is starting to travel across the country in his new role as RGA chair, where his main job is to raise money to elect Republican governors.
The Christie Chicago fundraisers are not open press, but his event at The Economic Club of Chicago is open to media coverage—and I’m told a crowd of press from New Jersey and Washington is expected.
Christie will take part in The Economics Club of Chicago “conversation” with Motorola Solutions CEO and Board Chairman Greg Brown 12:30 p.m. CT at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water St.
GOP governors elected Christie to the post to last November when he seemed to show powerhouse fundraising potential for the 2014 election cycle—with the payoff for Christie a year of national travel that could pave the way for a 2016 presidential bid.
Now the DNC is trying to make sure that the bridge scandal follows Christie as he steps up his national RGA travel. In the political business it’s called “bracketing,” that is piggybacking on an already scheduled event to hound the New Jersey governor. The DNC has been working with the Democratic Governors Association to target Christie.
On a recent Christie Florida RGA fundraising swing, DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz D-Fl. held press conferences on Christie in Florida and last Thursday Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa smashed Christie in Dallas.
The bridge scandal for now has shelved all talk of Christie making a White House run with ongoing probes addressing the question of what Christie knew when about lane closures on the bridge spanning New Jersey and New York.
So far, Republicans have been restrained when asked if Christie should step down as RGA chair “Yes, I don’t think he should step down,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former RGA chair, told CNN’s “State of the Union” host Candy Crowley on Sunday. “I think he should stay there.”
Statements and Releases
President Obama Announces Another Key Administration Post
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:
- Mark Green – Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post:
Ambassador Mark Green, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
Ambassador Mark Green is the President of the International Republican Institute (IRI), a position he has held since January 2014. Prior to joining IRI, Ambassador Green was President and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development. From 2010 to 2013, Ambassador Green was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. From 2011 to 2013, Ambassador Green was Senior Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. From 2007 to 2009, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania. Ambassador Green served four terms representing Wisconsin’s eighth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Among his committee assignments, he served as a member of the House Committee on International Relations. He received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law.
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
- Bob Work – Deputy Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
- Cassandra Q. Butts – Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Department of State
- Matthew T. McGuire – United States Executive Director, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
President Obama said, “I am pleased to announce that these experienced and committed individuals have agreed to join this Administration, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:
Bob Work, Nominee for Deputy Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
Bob Work is Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Work served as the Under Secretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2013. In 2008, Mr. Work served on President Obama’s Department of Defense Transition Team. At the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) from 2002 to 2009, Mr. Work was the Senior Fellow for Maritime Affairs and later the Vice President for Strategic Studies. While serving at CSBA, Mr. Work was also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he taught Defense Analysis and Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 27 years in various assignments, including Military Assistant and Senior Aide to the 71st Secretary of the Navy, Richard J. Danzig. Mr. Work received a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S. from the University of Southern California, an M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Cassandra Q. Butts, Nominee for Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Department of State
Cassandra Q. Butts is currently a Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she chairs the Investment Management Committee. Prior to that, she served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Obama and General Counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. From 2004 to 2008, Ms. Butts served as Senior Vice President for Domestic Policy at the Center for American Progress. From 2002 to 2004, she served as Counsel and Policy Director to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt and as Deputy Executive Director of the Democratic Policy Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002. She has worked as an Associate Counsel for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund, as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, and as a Fellow for the National Health Law Program in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a past recipient of the Georgetown Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship. Ms. Butts received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Matthew T. McGuire, Nominee for United States Executive Director, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Matthew T. McGuire is currently Director of the Office of Business Liaison at the Department of Commerce. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. McGuire was a Vice President at Citadel Asset Management from 2010 to 2011 and a Principal at Origami Capital Partners from 2009 to 2011. Mr. McGuire was the Vice President of Institutional Marketing and Client Services at Ariel Investments from 2003 to 2009 after having worked as an Investment Officer at the New York State Common Retirement Fund from 2000 to 2001. Mr. McGuire received a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
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The Week Ahead:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8th, 2014
Saturday and Sunday: The President has no public events scheduled.
Monday: the President looks forward to welcoming President Hollande of France to Washington for a State Visit. The United States and France are close friends and allies, including through NATO, and our countries have worked together to support democracy, liberty, and freedom at home and abroad for more than two centuries. During the visit, they will discuss opportunities to further strengthen our shared security; grow our economic and commercial partnership; and partner on the environment, climate change, and development. On Monday, they will tour Monticello, the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France.
Tuesday: The President and First Lady will officially welcome President Hollande with an arrival ceremony, after which the Presidents will have a bilateral meeting and press conference. That evening, the President and First Lady will host a State Dinner for President Hollande.
Wednesday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.
Thursday: The President will attend meetings at the White House.
Friday: the President will deliver remarks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Following the conference the President will depart for Rancho Mirage, California, for a meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate. The United States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are close friends and historic partners that have worked together to promote peace, prosperity, and reform. The President looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah opportunities to strengthen the U.S.-Jordan strategic partnership and to consult on regional developments.
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