Entries in National Economic Council (2)


WH Holds 'Office Hours,' But This Isn’t Your Usual TA Meeting

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Confused about this whole debt ceiling/deficit reduction negotiation and how it will affect you?  Well, if you’re looking to Obama’s White House to help sort it out for you, they’re offering “Office Hours.”  Yep, that’s right, it’s kinda like college, without the waiting in the hallway for a professor/teaching assistant/grad student who may or may not show up.  Only the office is on Twitter. And these aren’t TAs.

In another outreach effort to flex the White House’s interactive nature, National Economic Council members Brian Deese and Jason Furman will be typing away all this week responding to queries live on Twitter.  The working title for this effort? “Budget Wonks Unite.”

“We're trying something new on our social networks,” blogs Kori Schulman.

Deese, who is the deputy director of the NEC, took the first round Tuesday and answered questions for just over an hour, though it must be frustrating trying to get a complex administration policy answer on a complex economic and political issue into 140 characters. Deese, however, found some wiggle room, adding links to longer explanations to the Twitter response.

Up next, NEC Principle Deputy Director Furman took a crack at it Wednesday evening.  The pair will continue to take turns through Friday.  

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Obama Taps Gene Sperling for Top Economic Advisor

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(LANDOVER, Md.) -- President Obama will name Treasury Department official Gene Sperling, a veteran economist and policymaker, to head the National Economic Council, a post he previously held in the Clinton administration.

Sperling, 52, assumes the reins as the latest jobs report puts the nation's unemployment rate at 9.4 percent and notes one in five Americans are underemployed.

The latest round of appointments comes as part of a broader retooling inside the White House, which faces new political realities in Washington and a looming re-election campaign in 2012.

Obama appointed former Commerce secretary Bill Daley as White House chief of staff Thursday, a move widely viewed as a centrist pick who will work well with Republicans.

The president will now focus on finding a replacement for outgoing press secretary Robert Gibbs. Whoever Obama picks will help set the tone for negotiations with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and chart a course for advancing the administration's agenda.

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