The president declined to label al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS ) "Islamic terrorists," and he's taking some heat from critics. " The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie ," said Obama. "And all of us, regardless of our faith, have a responsibility to reject it." President Obama was criticized for refraining from using the term "Islamic terror," but he is not unlike President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11. CBS News At a White House conference on violent extremism, Mr. Obama appeared to take pains to separate Islam from terrorism. Critics fault the president for not labeling the terror Islamic, and Obama student loans forgiveness at a private Republican gathering in New York Wednesday night, former mayor Rudy Giuliani went even further.
Obama Gets Update on Search for Presidential Library Site - ABC News
The White House said Obama will be in his hometown Thursday to announce the Pullman National Monument. The neighborhood on the city's South Side was built by industrialist George Pullman in the 19th century for workers to manufacture luxurious railroad sleeping cars. The neighborhood was crucial in the African-American labor movement. Obama also is expected to announce designation of Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii, the site of an internment camp where Japanese-American citizens and prisoners of war were held during World War II ; as well as Brown's Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a 21,000-acre site along the Arkansas River popular for whitewater rafting. The White House said the three new monuments "help tell the story of significant events in American history and protect unique natural resources for the benefit of all Americans." The 203-acre Pullman site includes factories and buildings associated with the Pullman Palace Car Company, which was founded in 1867 and employed thousands of workers to construct and provide service on railroad cars. While the company employed a mostly white workforce to manufacture railroad passenger cars, it also hired former slaves to serve as porters, waiters and maids on its iconic sleeping cars.
Obama Picks State's Psaki to Head White House Communications - ABC News
The Barack Obama Foundation, a nonprofit, is choosing from four universities that made the short list. The White House said the board chairman, Marty Nesbitt, and other members of the foundation team briefed Obama on Thursday. But a foundation official said no final recommendation was being made to the president. The official wasn't authorized to comment by name and requested anonymity. The University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii in Honolulu are competing. Last week the Chicago Park District approved transferring 20 acres to the city, to be leased to the foundation if Chicago gets the library.
Obama to Designate 3 National Monuments - ABC News
And although she came from the Obama camp, she was seen as close to Kerry and accurate in conveying his policy positions. A White House official said Psaki informed Obama and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough that she is expecting a baby in July. The official said Obama and McDonough made a commitment to Psaki to find flexible ways to make her new post work. Psaki will serve as an assistant to the president, the same status as White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Psaki will rejoin deputy communications director Amy Brundage, with whom she worked during the 2008 campaign and in 2010 when they undertook the media strategy for Obama's economic agenda.
Obama names Clancy Secret Service director - CNN.com
Hide Caption Joe Clancy, new Secret Service director 8 photos Clancy, far right, discusses security measures aboard Air Force One in April 2009. Hide Caption Joe Clancy, new Secret Service director 8 photos Clancy holds the door for President George W. Bush in October 2008. Hide Caption Joe Clancy, new Secret Service director 8 photos Clancy follows Bush at a Washington church in January 2005. Hide Caption 8 of 8 Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama, disregarding a government panel's recommendation to appoint an outsider as the next Secret Service director, has chosen the former chief of his personal security detail to head the embattled agency, a White House official said on Wednesday. Obama plans to name Joseph Clancy to the post, four months after Clancy assumed the role of interim director amid a shakeup in the Secret Service ranks.
Obama Picks Clancy as Secret Service Director - ABC News
He was hurriedly appointed on an interim basis last year after then-Director Julia Pierson was forced out. A panel responsible for reviewing the Secret Service and making recommendations for improvements had concluded earlier this year that the agency was too "insular" and "starving for leadership," recommending the hiring of an outsider as the next director. "The next director will have to make difficult choices, identifying clear priorities for the organization and holding management accountable for any failure to achieve those priorities," the group wrote after interviewing 50 Secret Service employees. "Only a director from outside the (Secret) Service, removed from organizational traditions and personal relationships, will be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require." On Sept. 19, a fence-jumper carrying a knife was able to run deep into the executive mansion, prompting the agency to put a second layer of fencing around the presidential complex.