West Wing Week: 01/11/13 or "The Interests of Our Country"
12:00 AM EDT
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the President nominated a bipartisan slate of leaders to key administration jobs and the Vice President met with a wide array of organizations to talk about efforts to reduce gun violence.
Friday, January 4th:
- West Wing Week caught up with special assistant to the President for economic policy, Brian Deese, who gave us some further explanation on the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.
Monday, January 7th:
- The President announced two key nominations for his national security team, former republican Senator Chuck Hagel who would be the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense, and the President's Chief Counterterrorism Advisor John Brennan to lead the CIA.
Wednesday, January 9th:
- The Vice President held a series of meetings with representatives of victims’ groups, gun rights organizations and gun safety organizations as part of the Administration’s effort to develop new policy proposals to reduce gun violence.
Thursday, January 10th:
- The President called Alabama's Head Football Coach Nick Saban to congratulate his team on their victory in the BCS National Championship Game. The Crimson Tide has now won the title 3 times in the last 4 years.
That afternoon, the President held an event in the East Room of the White House to announce his intention to nominate Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the new Treasury Secretary.