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  • Obama regroups on Guantanamo - Counsel Craig Replaced as Point Man

    09/25/2009 1:18:33 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 7 replies · 695+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 25, 2009 | Anne E. Kornblut and Dafna Linzer
    With four months left to meet its self-imposed deadline for closing the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Obama administration is working to recover from missteps that have put officials behind schedule and left them struggling to win the cooperation of Congress...Today, officials are acknowledging that they will be hard-pressed to meet that goal. The White House has faltered...because of the legal, political and diplomatic complexities involved in determining what to do with more than 200 terrorism suspects at the prison. But senior advisers privately acknowledge not devising a concrete plan for where to move the detainees and...
  • White House Counsel Greg Craig to get the axe --- for his ineptness on Guantanamo

    09/25/2009 7:58:34 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 37 replies · 1,504+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | September 25, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The Washington Post reports today that Greg Craig has been replaced as the point man on Guantanamo and will likely leave the White House. The story places the blame for crafting the Guantanamo strategy for a date certain shutdown, of convincing The One of its wisdom and the failure to follow through, squarely on Craig’s shoulders. It hinted that Obama may now not be able to meet his January 22 deadline.
  • White House Counsel's Job at Stake

    08/03/2009 9:17:49 PM PDT · by mfnorman · 24 replies · 1,185+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/03/2009 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON -- Obama administration officials are holding discussions that could result in White House counsel Gregory Craig leaving his post, following a rocky tenure, people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Craig, the top lawyer at the White House and a close aide to President Barack Obama, has helped lead the administration's efforts on several national-security issues that have stirred political problems for Mr. Obama. These include the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the release of Bush administration-era national-security documents, and efforts to find legal ways to indefinitely hold some detainees who can't be put on trial....
  • Obama Closes Doors on Openness

    06/20/2009 3:42:16 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 24 replies · 2,347+ views
    Newsweek ^ | Jun 20, 2009 | Michael Isikoff
    As a senator, Barack Obama denounced the Bush administration for holding "secret energy meetings" with oil executives at the White House. But last week public-interest groups were dismayed when his own administration rejected a Freedom of Information Act request for Secret Service logs showing the identities of coal executives who had visited the White House to discuss Obama's "clean coal" policies. One reason: the disclosure of such records might impinge on privileged "presidential communications." The refusal, approved by White House counsel Greg Craig's office, is the latest in a series
  • Obama aides traveled with freed Gitmo detainees [Uighurs relocated to Bermuda]

    06/11/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 1,591+ views
    Senior aides to President Barack Obama accompanied four Chinese Muslims and their lawyers on a flight from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to Bermuda. The four Chinese Muslims, called Uighurs (WEE-gurs), were resettled in Bermuda on Thursday. The U.S. government had determined they were not enemy combatants and should be released. White House spokesman Tommy Vietor says that White House counsel Greg Craig and the special envoy charged with overseeing the closure of the prison at Guantanamo, Daniel Fried, were aboard the plane.
  • Obama's Chief Vetter Has His Own Tax Problem

    02/28/2009 5:11:25 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 24 replies · 1,233+ views
    Gawker ^ | Feb 27 2009 | Owen Thomas
    White House general counsel Gregory Craig has seized control of Obama's vetting process after a series of nominees with unpaid taxes. But his wife's business may also have avoided taxes. Who vets the vetter? Derry Noyes, Craig's wife, runs Noyes Graphics, a design business, out of the couple's home in northwest Washington. Between Craig's work and hers, they've been on Washington's A-list for a decade. PBS's American Stamps aired a profile of her two days ago. She designs specialty postage for the U.S. Postal Service, including a number of notable stamps. One recent series celebrating the work of famous architect...
  • But Don't Question Their Patriotism: Greg Craig

    01/26/2009 7:07:33 PM PST · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 4 replies · 476+ views
    Vocal Minority ^ | 1/26/09 | EricTheRed_VocalMinority
    Remember during the 2004 presidential debates, liberal/Democrat Bush-haters were floating conspiracy theories that Bush was wired and that Karl Rove or Dick Cheney were feeding him lines?Then you’d think the same liberals/Democrats would be slightly more than appalled by President Obama’s puppet-master. White House counsel Greg Craig standing right there in plain view in Obama’s recent public appearances, including the one where he signed the executive order to close Guantánamo Bay. Even worse, on more than one occasion Obama had to turn to Craig to get lines fed to him. And the still fawning media couldn’t have cared less.So who...
  • Anyone have video/audio of Obama asking for Greg Craig's help on his own executive order?

    01/23/2009 3:55:47 PM PST · by MAD-AS-HELL · 24 replies · 173+ views
    There is NO mention or story or video/audio of it anywhere. No one, except Rush and a few bloggers have mentioned this serious gaffe of Obama not even knowing or understanding what he signed as part of his EO. The media ha purposely kept a lid on this serious mistake. Had it been Bush who had to ask his counsel about what he just signed, it would have been a story for a week.
  • Who is Edgar Bergen?

    01/22/2009 7:47:42 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 11 replies · 491+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/22/2009 | Moneyrunner
    There was much made of the Obama swearing-in flub, in which the new president repeated the words given to him by the Chief Justice. But that was in the script. That what was supposed to happen: repeat after me: “I, Barack Hussein Obama … I, Barack Hussein Obama.” What was supposed to happen after that was that this bright, articulate, handsome man would find his own words. So it was a little strange today, to hear the newly minted President of the United States in his first official act, repeat the words of his White House counsel. ... OBAMA: …In...
  • Greg Craig, Our 44th President

    01/22/2009 3:49:07 PM PST · by Evil Slayer · 32 replies · 1,482+ views ^ | 1/22/09 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Now, here's audio sound bites. This is Obama. He has to ask Greg Craig, the White House counsel, for help here, signing the closing of Gitmo executive order. OBAMA: (chiseling in marble sound effect) In order to effect the appropriate disposition of individuals currently detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo, uh, and promptly to close the detention facility at Guantanamo consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and interests of justice, I hereby order. And we then we will then, uh, provide the process whereby Guantanamo will be closed...
  • Obama Resworn in...

    01/21/2009 7:20:00 PM PST · by PilotDave · 209 replies · 7,616+ views
    drudgereport ^ | 21 JAN 09 | Drudge
    OBAMA RE-SWORN IN At 735 pm, Roberts administred the oath of office again to obama in the map room. Robert gibbs said the wh counsel, greg craig, believes the oath was fine Tuesday, but one word was out of sequence so they did this out of a "an abundance of caution." "We decided it was so much fun..." Obama joked while sitting on a couch. Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool as roberts donned his black robe. "Are you ready to take the oath?" Roberts asked. "I am, and we're going to do it very...
  • Obama Sworn in... Again

    01/21/2009 7:23:11 PM PST · by MeanGreen2008 · 26 replies · 1,284+ views
    At 735 pm [Tuesday], Roberts administered the oath of office again to Obama in the Map Room. Robert Gibbs said the WH counsel, Greg Craig, believes the oath was fine Tuesday, but one word was out of sequence so they did this out of a "an abundance of caution." "We decided it was so much fun..." Obama joked while sitting on a couch. Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool as Roberts donned his black robe. "Are you ready to take the oath?" Roberts asked. "I am, and we're going to do it very slowly," Obama...
  • Greg Craig: Another Terrorist Tie To Obama (Video)

    01/20/2009 5:45:35 AM PST · by careyb · 4 replies · 804+ views
    Sean Hannity ^ | 1/19/09 | Sean Hannity
    Good report by Hannity.
  • Greg Craig and the Terrorist (new WH counsel)

    01/19/2009 8:13:41 AM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies · 852+ views
    National Review ^ | 1/26/2009 | BYRON YORK
    By any standard, the story of Pedro Miguel González is astonishing. The son of a prominent Panamanian politician, González, according to U.S. prosecutors, murdered a United States Army sergeant on a road outside Panama City on June 10, 1992, the day before Pres. George H. W. Bush was to visit the country. With his father’s help, González fled Panama, eventually coming back to be acquitted in a sham trial. Though the Clinton administration labeled him a terrorist, González became an important political figure in Panama, ultimately winning election as president of the national assembly — an event that so angered...
  • Obama had to answer investigators' questions (First President-Elect to be investigated)

    12/23/2008 5:28:01 PM PST · by jrooney · 163 replies · 11,407+ views
    The AP ^ | 12-23-08 | NEDRA PICKLER
    In the midst of two wars and an intensifying economic meltdown, Barack Obama had to take time off last week to answer questions from federal prosecutors investigating charges that the governor of Illinois had put the president-elect's former Senate seat up for sale. With his own lawyer by his side, Obama sat down Thursday with U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's staff to tell what, if anything, he knew about Gov. Rod Blagojevich's efforts to cash in on appointing Obama's Senate successor
  • Obama staff had no corrupt contact with embattled governor, report says

    12/24/2008 12:58:00 AM PST · by PasorBob · 43 replies · 1,322+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 23 December | Suzanne Goldenberg
    Craig's assertions that the transition team was unaware of Blagojevich's efforts to sell off Obama's old seat do not correspond to the transcripts of wiretapped conversations released by the FBI two weeks ago in which the governor repeatedly swears and expresses frustration in his attempts to strike a deal on the Senate seat.
  • Blagojevich questioning takes up Obama's time

    12/24/2008 4:21:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 19 replies · 938+ views
    WASHINGTON: President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team were involved in any dealmaking with the governor of Illinois over filling his vacated Senate seat. On Tuesday, Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed. "Everybody behaved appropriately," declared Greg Craig, Obama's incoming White House counsel and the person asked to conduct the internal inquiry into contacts between the transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Prosecutors have said Obama is not implicated in the case against Blagojevich, accused of trying to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. But the corruption scandal has drained precious energy from...
  • Blagojevich Scandal Distracts Obama (Predictable MSM Spin)

    12/24/2008 5:05:11 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies · 799+ views
    AP via AOLNews ^ | December 24, 2008 | JENNIFER LOVEN and BRETT J. BLACKLEDG, AP
    WASHINGTON (Dec. 24) - President-elect Barack Obama has said all along that neither he nor his team was involved in any eye-popping dealmaking over filling his vacated Senate seat. Obama's hand-picked investigator agreed. "Everybody behaved appropriately," declared Greg Craig, Obama's incoming White House counsel and the person asked to conduct the internal inquiry into contacts between the transition team and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
  • Audit Finds Obama Staff Had No Improper Contact With Blagojevich

    12/23/2008 3:34:00 PM PST · by Fred · 37 replies · 1,255+ views
    WSJ ^ | 122308 | SUSAN DAVIS
    President-elect Barack Obama's transition office said in a report released Tuesday that its staff had no inappropriate communications with the office of Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is at the center of a corruption probe. The five-page report identified incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as the only aide who had direct contact with Mr. Blagojevich. Mr. Emanuel "had one or two" telephone conversations with the governor between Nov. 6 and Nov. 8 to discuss his own resignation from the U.S. House as well as potential nominees to fill the Illinois Senate seat being vacated by Mr....
  • Obama Interviewed In Blagojevich Probe

    12/23/2008 3:07:03 PM PST · by RatsDawg · 53 replies · 2,103+ views
    DECEMBER 23--President-elect Barack Obama and two of his top advisers were interviewed last week by federal prosecutors probing Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's alleged bid to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat, according to a report issued today by an Obama lawyer. The lawyer, Gregory Craig, concluded that Obama and his aides engaged in no improper conduct in connection with the Senate opening. A copy of the Craig report can be found below. As part of his review of transition team "contacts" with Blagojevich, Craig reported that only incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had spoke with the Illinois pol....