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February 25, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
President Obama made history Friday by appointing the first male and first openly gay social secretary at the White House. Jeremy Bernard will join the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris and replaces Julianna Smoot. Bernard, a former Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles, previously worked as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of his role, he’ll coordinate state dinners and other White House events. “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways,” President Obama said in a statement.
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December 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Presidential Inaugural Committee, tasked with planning festivities surrounding the second swearing-in of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, announced Thursday the preliminary details of what will be a long weekend of events to mark the start of the administration's second term, beginning with a National Day of Service on Jan. 19. The Obamas and Bidens, as well as members of the Cabinet, will participate in community service projects in...
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NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
With Donald Trump abandoning his presidential ambitions, the “birther” conspiracy theory lost one of its most prominent voices. But now an unlikely group is looking to keep birtherism in the conversation: President Obama’s reelection campaign. A fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday morning offers up—for the donation of $25 or more—a “Made in the USA” T-shirt   , featuring a picture of the president on the front and an image of his recently released long-form birth certificate on the back—a tweak at those who think Obama was not born in the United States and therefore not eligible to be president.
NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
With Donald Trump abandoning his presidential ambitions, the “birther” conspiracy theory lost one of its most prominent voices. But now an unlikely group is looking to keep birtherism in the conversation: President Obama’s reelection campaign. A fundraising e-mail sent to supporters Wednesday morning offers up—for the donation of $25 or more—a “Made in the USA” T-shirt   , featuring a picture of the president on the front and an image of his recently released long-form birth certificate on the back—a tweak at those who think Obama was not born in the United States and therefore not eligible to be president.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The Presidential Inaugural Committee, tasked with planning festivities surrounding the second swearing-in of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, announced Thursday the preliminary details of what will be a long weekend of events to mark the start of the administration's second term, beginning with a National Day of Service on Jan. 19. The Obamas and Bidens, as well as members of the Cabinet, will participate in community service projects in...
NATIONAL
February 27, 2010 | By Katherine Skiba
Desiree Rogers, the White House's flamboyant social secretary who came under criticism after two uninvited guests crashed the Obamas' only state dinner, is stepping down, White House officials said Friday. A White House official said Julianna Smoot is the top candidate to succeed Rogers. A leading fundraiser during Barack Obama's presidential campaign, Smoot is chief of staff to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Rogers, 50, a longtime Chicago friend to President Obama and the first lady, was widely disparaged after a couple from Virginia made their way into the state dinner, held Nov. 24 in honor of the Indian prime minister.
NATIONAL
January 19, 2013 | Matea Gold
Underscoring its potential to become a political heavyweight, a new advocacy group launched Friday to push President Obama's second-term agenda will be guided by his most-trusted strategists and have access to his reelection campaign's most-prized assets, including its intricately detailed voter databases. In an email to supporters with the subject line "Say you're in," Obama vowed that the group, Organizing for Action, would be "an unparalleled force in American politics. " "It will work to turn our shared values into legislative action -- and it'll empower the next generation of leaders in our movement," the president wrote.
NEWS
April 4, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Four years ago, Barack Obama was an upstart in the midst of becoming a phenomenon. Now, he's an established juggernaut with the power of the presidency at his back. But his reelection bid, formally announced Monday, seeks to re-create the grassroots effort -- the armies of volunteers, the flood of small donations, the spillover rallies -- that marked his first campaign. Few things are more laden with cynicism than modern American politics, but in the video released Monday by Obama's reelection campaign, the president clearly is asking the band to get back together for one more show -- perhaps a little less starry-eyed but, ideally, as dedicated.
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January 18, 2013 | By Matea Gold
WASHINGTON - A new advocacy organization launched by aides to President Obama on Friday will lease the database developed by his reelection campaign, which plans to hold onto such valuable assets for the foreseeable future. The arrangement will give Obama aides tight control over the use of the voter files, software and email lists assembled for his reelection bid, which are coveted by other Democratic candidates and interest groups. While the new group, Organizing for Action, does not have an exclusive deal to use those tools, the campaign has not yet made any decisions about who else will get access to them, according to a campaign official.
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August 16, 2008 | Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten, Times Staff Writers
Facing a large deficit in the Democratic National Convention budget, officials from Barack Obama's campaign have begun personally soliciting labor unions and others for contributions of up to $1 million. In exchange, donors could get stadium skyboxes for Obama's acceptance speech and other perks.
NEWS
February 25, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
President Obama made history Friday by appointing the first male and first openly gay social secretary at the White House. Jeremy Bernard will join the White House staff from the U.S. Embassy in Paris and replaces Julianna Smoot. Bernard, a former Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles, previously worked as the White House liaison to the National Endowment for the Humanities. As part of his role, he’ll coordinate state dinners and other White House events. “Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People’s House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways,” President Obama said in a statement.
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