“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” White House press secretary Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”
News organizations face an incoming Trump administration that seems sure to institute new media restrictions that are far more stringent than the Obama White House’s rules for photographers. Yet we don’t we hear much in terms of an organized protest.
So, farewell, Mrs. Obama. Please know that, as an American — and particularly as an African American — I am proud of how you’ve conducted yourself as first lady. You, madam, are gorgeous — in many more ways than one.
Obama, noting that the first president of the United States, George Washington, had penned a farewell address in 1796, said he would deliver his speech in his hometown of Chicago.
According to CNN, the president-elect’s transition team are planning an “office for the First Family” in the East Wing of the presidential estate, where First Lady Michelle Obama currently works.
Under the White House portico, Donald Trump welcomes ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson and former Texas governor Rick Perry — both of whom are literally dripping dark, sludgy oil.
The Constitution puts Congress in charge of enforcing the gift ban, and so the Republican-controlled House and Senate could grant him waivers. If Trump is allowed to flout the Constitution, it would be a supreme irony.
Micromanaging is not necessarily a recipe for disaster – presidents like Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama gained reputations as micromanagers. However, a micromanager with a lack of any government experience is a potentially toxic combination.
Lawyers for the president-elect have been squaring off against students who claim they were they were lured by false promises into paying up to $35,000 to learn Trump’s real estate investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.
Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
When Trump gleefully ignored all sorts of media norms on the campaign trail, he was met with modest resistance from the press, and he won the election. So why would he suddenly feel pressure to follow previous White House media traditions?
Donald Trump is considering Laura Ingraham as a possible choice for White House press secretary. The attacks she’s launched against Hispanic journalists and Spanish-language media would make the White House briefing room a very hostile place for Hispanic journalists.
Ben Carson’s business manager, Armstrong Williams, said Carson has made clear he has no experience in running a federal bureaucracy. “Dr. Carson doesn’t feel like that’s the best way for him to serve the president-elect,” Williams said.
Steve Bannon’s background and reputation is steeped in accusations of misogyny and assault, and critics are protesting his appointment.
After observing Trump’s frightening lack of preparedness, President Obama is now said to be in the unenviable position of having to go above and beyond what’s generally expected in advising his successor.
Donald Trump has no real ideology beyond advancing his brand and fluffing his own feathers. Ironically, this might actually work to the country’s advantage.
A White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies. The 18-page plan marks the first time in five years that the Obama administration has updated its policy for preventing the spread of violent groups.
The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.
The group is expected to talk about a continuing resolution, or CR, to temporarily fund the government when the 2017 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Congress has yet to approve full appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal 2017, a senior Democratic congressional aide said.
Enslaved families across America were split apart, rape was common, and human life was a commodity to be traded worldwide. But hey, food and shelter. Let’s move on.
By my count, seven presidents adored their wives and made a show of it. If you add Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, grief-stricken widowers, a trend becomes visible.
Secretary of Labor: “We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn.”