44, Day 35: Christmas in February
An ongoing log of the daily activities of the 44th president of the United States during his first 100 days:
-President Obama vowed to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office. One trick he'll use: ending the "casual dishonesty" that former President Bush used with his budgets.
-The president also announced today that Christmas is coming early this year. Ok, he didn't actually say that. But he did say the nation's governors would start seeing the first batch of federal stimulus aid coming to them later this week. Some GOP governors, namely Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, are saying no thanks.
-As reported yesterday, Obama made it official and tapped former Interior Department Inspector General Earl Devaney to head a new Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board and be, in effect, the guardian of the $787 billion stimulus plan.
-The White House is hoping the third time will be a charm as it prepares to announce Obama's third choice to head the Commerce Department. This time the nominee will be former Washington Governor Gary Locke, according to media reports .. In other Cabinet news, the rumored choice to be Obama's HHS secretary, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, said today she had not discussed the job yet with the president.
by J. Jennings Moss