Ed. Note: All blog posts and chats have been completed, we invite you to look through it all below as a unique retrospective.
As the first year of the Obama Administration concludes with the State of the Union, we thought it would be good to sit down with the public and take stock of what we've done over the last year, where we are now, and the tremendous amount of work that remains to bring the change the Americans want and need. That's why every day this week we're going to start the morning with a blog post from one of our top policy people looking over the past year, to be followed up by an online video chat in the afternoon.
To say the year has been a whirlwind would be an understatement – every day is a whirlwind, where you see countless hundreds of people racing down the halls at all hours to do their part for the country they serve. These blog posts and chats will be some of the first times even for people here that we can take time and look back at the full year, so we hope you'll join us throughout the week.
Here's the schedule we have planned, which will be updated in this post with the blog posts and recordings of the chats as we go,along with any time changes:
Monday, 3:30 EST: Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate, discusses the President’s push to create the new clean energy economy.
- Read the opening post from Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change.
Tuesday, 3:00 EST: Ben Rhodes of the National Security Council discusses the President’s handling of national security and foreign policy.
Wednesday, 12:15 EST [CANCELLED]: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will talk about health reform, from how far we’ve come to how reform will benefit American families and small businesses. [Secretary Sebelius was called to an extended meeting with Congressional Leaders on health reform, so unfortunately we had to cancel this chat.]
Thursday, 11:30 EST: The nation's first Federal Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, will join Norm Eisen, special counsel to the president for ethics and government reform, to talk about all the ways in which the President has changed Washington.
Friday, 12:00 EST [Updated time]: Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, talks about the President’s primary focus on restoring the economy for all Americans and creating jobs for the American people.