Heads Up: President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement

President Obama talks with National Security Advisor Tom Donilon before a phone call with President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt, aboard Air Force One, Nov. 20, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza)


2:15: The President announces that Tom Donilon is departing as National Security Advisor in early July and is being succeeded by Susan Rice

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81 Responses to “Heads Up: President Obama Makes a Personnel Announcement”

  1. 4 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I’m gonna miss Tom Donilon. He was wonderful. When I watched his appearances on the Sunday shows, he was soft spoken but carried a big stick. He was not to be messed with and he didn’t stand for talking heads spewing lies about Pres. Obama and his foreign policy platform.

    I wish him well and I welcome Amb. Susan Rice into the post. She’s going to be great.

  2. 10 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, watching the press briefing the jackals are just insufferable. What a pathetic bunch of losers. It’s hard to believe they are getting six figures to ask such stupid questions. Example: Ann Compton wants to know if President Obama considers his appointment of Ambassador Susan Rice to National Security Adviser a promotion. Amazing…..

  3. June 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I bet the Republican’ts are fuming. I love it. Our President is ten steps ahead of these jackals.

  4. 12 Bill
    June 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    McCain who picked $arah Palin as a running mate said he disagrees with the Susan Rice appointment. Is anyone listening to Republicans any more about anything?

    Mrs. Greenspan is again asking if SOS Kerry is the “odd man out”. Again trying to create controversy.

    • 13 57andfemale
      June 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      Oh my GOD! So after creating a kerfuffle over PBO not appointing enough women (understand, this was all about Kerry replacing Hillary – not exactly a controversial choice), now Kerry’s the “odd man out”?

      • 14 Bill
        June 5, 2013 at 2:29 pm

        Well done.

      • 15 Ladyhawke
        June 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm

        Just imagine the contortions she had to go through to come up with that piece of garbage. She is so desperate to create controversy. It’s disgusting.

        • 16 57andfemale
          June 5, 2013 at 2:37 pm

          what’s laughable is how obvious this ploy is. She got all feministy when ONE cabinet position changed gender, and yet finds a way to put negative spin on two women in important national security positions. She looks ridiculous, and it felt good to tell her so.

          I’m in a mood today. I should be getting blocked by a bunch of puffed up jackasses today.

      • 17 Nena20409
        June 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm


  5. June 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Ready and waiting. I can already envision PBO’s calm, and his inner joy pulsing through. They thought they had stymied him – poor deluded #GOPs.

  6. June 5, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    When the presser is over, can someone tell me what I need to do to MAKE WordPress accept my login so I don’t have to keep repeating it every time I want to comment?

  7. June 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

  8. June 5, 2013 at 2:26 pm

  9. 24 sherijr
    June 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Tom Donalon really speaking well of POTUS- so lovely.

  10. 27 57andfemale
    June 5, 2013 at 2:31 pm


  11. 28 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Too late punk!

    • 29 Ladyhawke
      June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Tell us something we don’t know Karl. Sheesh…..

    • 30 Layla
      June 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      He is still however blaming the CIA, State dept and WH for editing and accepting such edits. Asshole!!!! Sorry about my bad language but I am so furious at this BS!

    • 31 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Where was Jonathan Karl’s reporting when Dr. Rice was getting a bad rap? He wrote and reported nothing to debunk those lies.

  12. 32 Ladyhawke
    June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm


  13. 34 Don
    June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    President Obama reminds me of Michael Corleone in “The Godfather II” today, all family business gets settled.

  14. June 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  15. 41 sherijr
    June 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    oh yes Bad Ass women… my President appreciates them 🙂 🙂

    What a Love-in Feast that was – completely enjoyable!

  16. June 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Group hug – what a team! Mr. President, you make smart choices every time, it seems. Thank you!

  17. 43 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I’m beaming with pride. What an AWESOME Team!!

  18. 44 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    • 45 57andfemale
      June 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Expect Mrs. Greenspan to accuse him of condescension to women in 3-2-1…….

    • 46 Nena20409
      June 5, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Oh my Lord…..pres Obama puts his hands around Women……Wow….another SCANDAL coming……Not work condition behavior…..belittling women……wow 😆 😆 🙄 😆 😆

      That would be their next place to go……

  19. June 5, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Would not be difficult to imagine Samantha Power as a presidential candidate ….

  20. 53 Don
    June 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    …….and that ladies and gentlemen is how you checkmate every motherfucking Republican out there.

  21. 55 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    For those who missed it.

  22. 56 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:47 pm

  23. June 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Our President is fearless. Tis an in your face GOP, how do you like me now….? with the Susan Rice nomination. You go Sir. We have your back.

  24. 58 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:48 pm

  25. 59 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

  26. 60 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 2:51 pm

  27. 61 Don
    June 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Where the fuck are the rest of these sorry-ass democrats.

  28. June 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    WOW, such a stunning presentation. The farewell to and from Tom Donilon was very moving. I’m so proud of and excited for PBO and his team. Absolutely GREAT people.

  29. June 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    This was a beautiful touching ceremony. The president really showed deep appreciation for all Tom Donilon has done. And he was so proud
    to introduce Susan and Samantha. Class all around.

  30. 64 Bill
    June 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    If my math is correct President Lincoln first took office 72 years after President Washington first took office, President FDR first took office 72 years after President Lincoln first took office, and President Obama first took office 76 years after President FDR first took office. Four distinct eras with entirely different challenges, but there is an excellent possibility these four presidents will be considered our greatest presidents for years to come.

  31. 65 Linda
    June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Bipartisan meetings in the House of Representatives on a comprehensive immigration reform bill have failed, and the congressmen will meet for the last time today without reaching an agreement on a House bill, ABC News has learned.

    The stumbling block is GOP insistence that newly legalized workers now working in the shadows have no access to government-sponsored health care during their 15-year pathway to citizenship, according to two sources with access to the secret house “Gang of 8″ meetings.

    Democrats say that since these newly legalized immigrants would be paying taxes they should be eligible for benefits.

    The stalemate is not expected to be solved and any immigration legislation from the House would likely proceed in piecemeal fashion.

    This latest development represents a huge blow to immigration reform advocates because the House is likely to pass several smaller bills that address immigration reform, but would not include a pathway to citizenship. It creates a much longer and arduous legislative road to a bill President Obama would be willing to sign.


  32. 66 Gazelle
    June 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    [From Laura Rozen @ Back Channel]:

    The Back Channel reported May 3rd that Donilon was expected to step down this summer, several months earlier than previous reports had suggested. Among his considerations, associates said, was that he had been doing this for over four long years, and family medical issues. (Sources say that Donilon’s wife Catherine Russell, former chief of staff to the Vice President’s wife Jill Biden, is recovering from a medical issue. Obama earlier this spring nominated her to be his next ambassador at large for global women’s issues.)

    White House associates say Rice and Power, like Donilon, are trusted Obama advisors who have been in his inner circle of national security confidants going back to his 2008 presidential campaign. As such, sources anticipated a relatively smooth transition and good deal of continuity on major foreign policy issues.

    “I think the interesting thing about this transition is it’s clearly been planned for a long time,” former White House spokesperson Tommy Vietor told the Back Channel Wednesday. “It’s not a shake up. It’s a transition in which Susan and Sam can hit the ground running because they have been doing it for four years.”

    Lots more good stuff here: http://backchannel.al-monitor.com/index.php/2013/06/5419/tom-donilon-to-step-down-susan-rice-to-succeed-as-nsa/

    • 67 Gazelle
      June 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I like this bit in above article — no drama:

      Tom Donilon has been an outstanding national security adviser. As an inside manager of the President’s national security policy process, Tom succeeded in leading a collaborative and insightful process in which all players – from top to bottom – worked together rather than against each other,” Ivo Daalder, outgoing US ambassador to NATO and a friend of Donilon, said.

      “It’s a feat very few of his predecessors were able to accomplish,” continued Daalder, who is co-author of one of the defintive studies on the role of the national security advisor, In the Shadow of the Oval Office. “He truly managed a ‘no drama’ process – one that produced very effective advice for the President and ensured smooth implementation of the President’s decisions.”

  33. 68 HZ
    June 5, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Very moving announcement from President Barack Obama. Plus a very brilliant one indeed. I love it when he keeps moving forward with deep focus and doing the peoples business

    These haters do not know who they are messing with.

    That dried up Ms. Greenspan and friends will not spoil this day or any other day for us.

  34. 70 Don
    June 5, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    What a surprise! Dailykos nor Crooksandliars has the Power&Rice announcements on its website. I guess their feelings were hurt because President Obama didn’t consult with them first.

  35. 74 LDS
    June 5, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Today is great!

  36. 75 Jovie
    June 5, 2013 at 3:11 pm

  37. June 5, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    What a lovely moving presentation in the rose Garden. Clearly, these folks all love and trust each other. Keeps the team strong behind the president.

  38. 78 LDS
    June 5, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Typed above post while listening to “Still I Rise” by Yolanda Adams.
    Thank you , Mr. President for all you do. Have done. Will do.
    We are grateful for you and your beautiful wife for sacrificing your love, your family and your lives for such a time as this.

  39. 79 Allison
    June 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

  40. 81 utaustinliberal
    June 5, 2013 at 3:21 pm

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