January 6, 2011 |
Tina Tchen has plenty of qualities that made her a logical choice as First Lady Michelle Obama's top aide, but here's one that will come in especially handy: Tchen sleeps only four hours a night. Appointed Wednesday as chief of staff to the first lady, Tchen cited a "biological-clock thing" in explaining why she sleeps only from 2 to 6 a.m. "I have the good fortune to not need a lot of sleep," she said. "That's been a great gift. " The other 20 hours a day, Tchen earns a reputation as "driven," "indefatigable" and "phenomenally brilliant," according to friends and colleagues.
July 21, 2010 |
The young minister's alarm goes off at 6 a.m., time for his own devotional and the one he will send to the president of the United States. This particular morning, Joshua DuBois meditates on the disciple Peter's first letter to the early church. The text he prays over and e-mails to Barack Obama half an hour later is about something else. It's a private start to the day for the president and the pastor, a spiritual BlackBerry session they guard carefully. Hours later, they meet in a public setting, when the president arrives to give a speech at a community center.
December 2, 2009 |
The couple who made it past Secret Service protection to hobnob with the president at a state dinner last week say "the truth will come out" about their night at the White House, and they insist they were not party crashers. Tareq and Michaele Salahi told their story Tuesday in their first television appearance, as a House committee prepared for a hearing on what has developed into an increasingly embarrassing incident for the White House. The couple said in an interview on NBC's "Today" that they were "shocked and devastated" by accusations that they showed up uninvited and talked their way past security.
May 9, 2009 |
An Obama administration official who took the blame for the Air Force One flyover in Lower Manhattan last month gave his resignation Friday, after a White House investigation into a botched photo op that frightened New Yorkers with its echo of the Sept. 11 attacks. Louis Caldera, a former California assemblyman from Los Angeles, wrote to the president that he could no longer perform effectively as head of the White House Military Office.
April 10, 2009 |
When the script writers elect to kill off a popular television series character with a suicide instead of a car crash, you know that somebody needs to make an exit that's fast -- and within budget. That's exactly what Kal Penn, a member of the ensemble cast that has helped make "House" such a hit for Fox, needed this week when he announced he is putting aside acting, at least for now, to become an associate director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
March 3, 2009 |
President Obama turned to a Washington insider and a Washington outsider Monday to lead his ambitious effort to reshape the nation's healthcare system. The president asked former Clinton administration official Nancy-Ann DeParle to head the newly created White House Office for Health Reform, a job that will probably require extensive and delicate work with congressional lawmakers. And he announced the nomination of Kansas Gov.