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Mr. Daley is the Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama. Previously, Mr. Daley served as Vice Chair, Chairman of the Midwest Region, and head of the Office of Corporate Responsibility for JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Daley served as President of SBC Communications from 2001 â€“ 2004.
Mr. Daley was the campaign chairman for Al Goreâ€™s presidential run in 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Daley served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997-2000, overseeing a department of more than 40,000 people. Mr. Daley also served as Special Counsel to President Clinton in 1993, focusing on international trade issues.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Daley was a partner at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt; was President and Chief Operating Officer of Amalgamated Bank of Chicago; and was a lawyer at the firm of Daley and George. He has also served on the boards of a number of corporate, academic, medical, charitable and civic organizations.
Mr. Daley was born in Chicago, Illinois where he also completed his education including a B.A. from Loyola University and a law degree from John Marshall Law School. He is married to Ms. Bernadette Keller.
Emmy award-winning reporter Norah O'Donnell was named CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent in June 2011.
O'Donnell will also become the principal substitute anchor for "Face The Nation," the growing Sunday morning public affairs broadcast anchored by CBS News' Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, and will report for all CBS News broadcasts, including occasionally for "60 Minutes."
O'Donnell has been the Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC and a contributing correspondent for "TODAY" and "Weekend TODAY." She also appears regularly on "The Chris Matthews Show" and has co-anchored the 9 a.m. hour of "TODAY."
O'Donnell provided in-depth coverage of the 2008 presidential election, during which she anchored throughout the primaries and reported on the exit polls. She was one of the main anchors for MSNBC's primetime coverage of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, and moderated a panel of MSNBC's chief political analysts. She won an Emmy as part of NBC News' election night coverage.
O'Donnell joined NBC News in 1999. Prior to that, she was a staff reporter for the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, and worked as a contributor and analyst for MSNBC.
During her 12-year tenure at NBC, O'Donnell's assignments have taken her around the country and the globe. They include coverage of the 2004 presidential campaign of President George W. Bush, as well as the 2000 presidential campaigns of John McCain and George W. Bush. She provided analysis of the debates, the Republican and Democratic conventions, Election Night, as well as the 2000 Florida recount.
For her "Dateline NBC" story, "D.C. In Crisis," which aired on Sept. 11, 2001, O'Donnell was honored with the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage. In the months following the attacks, she traveled extensively with then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, reporting on the war in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.
Born into a military family, O'Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She is married to Geoff Tracy, a restaurateur in Washington, D.C, where they live with their three children.
White House Chief of Staff William Daley responds to Ben Bernanke's recent claim that the U.S. economic recovery is not working. "The President put a package forward. No one else has put a package forward that can be independently analyzed and decided whether it creates jobs or causes economic growth," says Daley.
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O'DONNELL: And Secretary Daley, thank you so much for joining us, of course, theWhite House Chief of Staff. I want to start this off sort of in a little bit of afun way, get some insight about you and your position and start by asking you how doyou start your day and what do you read first?DALEY: I read the Post and the New York Times because they're delivered. I stillactually open a paper. And then I go online and begin to read the Times and theFinancial Times and the Journal and the Chicago Tribune, just to make sure I canwatch what my predecessor is doing so that when he calls 10 minutes later I canharass him about something.O'DONNELL: Does Rahm call you a lot?DALEY: We talk a lot, yeah, yeah.O'DONNELL: And what does he say?DALEY: This is being recorded, isn't it? You want to know what he -- how he saysand what he says in -- you don't know if you have to hear it from somebody else.And then I'm usually in by 7:00 and start with a 7:30 meeting of the senior staff,and we do an 8:30 meeting with about 50 people, the leadership of the entire WestWing, NOBOB (ph). And then the day begins and finishes up usually -- at least Ileave somewhere around 7:00, 7:30.O'DONNELL: You joined the White House in January. You had previously worked in theClinton administration as the Secretary of Commerce. How would you say PresidentObama and President Clinton are different?DALEY: Well, let me think -- think about that. There's lots of ways they'redifferent. Obviously the times are very different, which I think when you look atpresidents it isn't just their personality, their style of management, it's thetimes in which they're in.President Clinton was a very different -- he was somebody who expressed himselfquite a bit and rather vocally. He was very open in his emotions and the way heconveyed it through his feelings to people.President Obama, as people have said, is, you know, no drama Obama. He's verysteady, controlled, constantly searching for more information. Bill Clinton alsowas, but it's just -- stylistically, they're very different. But the times really Ithink impact how they operate and how they manage more so than even theirpersonalities, to be very frank with you.O'DONNELL: You were brought into the White House and there was a lot of discussionyou were gonna strengthen ties with Capitol Hill, with the business community.How's that going?DALEY: It's going great. Can't you tell? I mean, you know, things are just reallygreat. There's no problem and business community loves us and they love therhetoric and there are just no problems.No, look, these are tough times for American people, and the difficulties in thistown politically -- I know Senator Rubio is on next -- is just -- is much morereflective of what's going on out there in America.What happens in this town is much more reflective than we sometimes like to admit.So the difficulty politically, we have been a divided nation politically for a verylong time. If you look back at the elections of the last number of years, '08 andsome -- to some degree was an aberration. '04 was a relatively close election.60,000 votes in Ohio and we would have had a different outcome. 2000, which Ichaired Al Gore's campaign was 500 votes in Florida. '96, Bill Clinton got lessthan 50 percent of the vote, and in '92 got less than 50 percent of the vote.So for the -- for the last number of years, America is divided and you've had theseenormous swings, '06, '08, '10, and the American people are, you know, stressed out,but they are -- it's an extremely volatile political season right now and --O'DONNELL: There's no doubt there's been a history of polarization, but what wouldyou say about this state of the relationship between the White House and Republicanson Capitol Hill?DALEY: Well, I think it's -- I think the Republican mantra starting in '09, shortlyafter the president was inaugurated, of basically, you know, we're gonna take aposition, a very hard line position of no, and that's pretty much been it, when theMajority -- when the Minority Leader, pardon me, of the Senate says, "My number onegoal is to defeat the president," that's a pretty amazing statement, and -- I mean,we all believe him and that is his goal and that is his objective, and he's everyday trying to accomplish his objective.That puts a certain different twist on trying to get accommodation. The presidentcame to town to try to have a different voice, a less shrill voice, someone who's --who, as he did in previous positions in Illinois was very much bringing peopletogether, but it's proven to be much more difficult than I think he or anyone elsethought it would be.O'DONNELL: But I was in the press briefing room with you this summer when thepresident came in, gave us about a five minute notice, came in at 6:00 to announcethat he had just received a call from Speaker Boehner that they were breaking offtalks on the debt ceiling, and the question I asked at that time to the presidentwas it seems like there's been an extraordinary breakdown of trust. Are you guyseven talking anymore? Do you talk to --DALEY: Sure, I talk to the speaker. The president speaks to the leadership. Butthere's no question that -- and it's partly because of the -- in my opinion, you'vegot the -- this happens every cycle. The presidential elections begin earlier thananyone likes, but every cycle we all complain about it, but we all participate init.So you -- you have that going even earlier than usual, and I think that impacts,obviously, the Hill and impacts the politics on the Republican side. We don't havea primary going on, so that's a little different, and it -- it's well known thatthere's a struggle within the Republican party as to what is the actual heart andsoul of the Republican Party.You had an election in the fall that was very much driven by a wing of the partythat became much -- much more energized, much more aggressive. The leadership thatcame in on that wave was not part of that wave. And so that -- that presents astruggle within their caucus, and we watch that play out in the debt ceiling andthat continues to play out in other votes. So they also -- struggles also.O'DONNELL: Is it not just -- but is it -- the president has been out on the roadand blaming Republicans, is now naming names, specifically talked about Mr. Cantoryesterday, Congressman Cantor. But isn't it the -- isn't there an issue with theDemocrats too on the Hill? I mean, there are currently no co-sponsors of thepresident's jobs bill, his number one priority, and -- and Durbin, Senator Durbinhas said the Democrats don't have the vote, and Harry Reid has been reluctant toschedule a vote.DALEY: The senator is going to schedule -- said today in a press conference thatthe vote will be very shortly. There's no question in my mind. We didn't think itwould be before mid to end of October, and that's gonna happen, as is we're dealingwith the trade agreements, we're dealing with TAA.The Congress, which as you may have noticed, has a rather light schedule lately, butthey've got a lot of things on their plate. So trying to tee up issues and get themthrough is very difficult, considering the schedule. I think the House leaves --after three weeks they take a week off and go back in district. Not imply that it'sa vacation, but they take about every third week off. So there isn't a lot of time.O'DONNELL: What do you think has happened? I mean, as a senator said to me theother night, that Tip O'Neill and Bob Michel spoke more in one day than Boehner andPelosi speak in a year. What's happened?DALEY: I think I'm one who believes that our politics -- you know, lots of peoplesay, oh, it's a -- not as civil as it used to be and if only the politicians couldget together. The truth is our overall society has gotten less civil to each other.What's popular on TV? Reality TV shows that are generally somebody doing somethingoutrageous or obnoxious or treating somebody in an obnoxious way. And we can'tthink that somehow politics is separate from that, or that's separate from politics.So I often think about the incivility that seems to be in politics, is a little morereflective of the incivility that may be going on in our general society, which isnot a positive thing to see, obviously. But there is not -- there is not theengagement anymore that there used to be, and we've heard this story.Senators go home much more now than they used to and not as many live here.Congressman running every two years and the cost of it and the fear of being out ofa job, as opposed to, you know, if you lose your job and you'll get another one,that -- it's created a very different climate that even 10 years ago when I was hereunder Clinton, President Clinton, you could just feel it. It's very different.O'DONNELL: Just one more on this and then we'll move on to other issues about theeconomy and foreign policy. But do you -- do you take some responsibility for therelations with Capitol Hill and with Speaker Boehner?DALEY: Well, I -- I think there's no question that -- I would -- yeah, I would takesome responsibility for the -- for the relationship. That's part of my job. Ithink everybody in this room, everybody in media, everybody in this town, everybodyactive in politics has to take responsibility for some of the way our politicalsystem has gone.It's unfortunate, but it has not only gotten less civil, it's -- there's a wholebunch of changes that have occurred, and very recently -- just your business, howpeople get their news. And what's news anymore is debatable. You know, is JonStewart news or is it entertainment? You make the argument it's entertainment, lotsof people watch it and think it's news. So those are things you struggle with Iknow in your business, but the impact on the political system is enormous.O'DONNELL: On the economy, I want to get to you on the Fed chairman. Ben Bernankeof course made news yesterday when he told Congress that the recovery is close tofaltering. How do you respond to that?DALEY: Well, I think it's pretty obviously that the expectations of the first halfof this year for a stronger second half and a stronger '12 are not gonna befulfilled. That's one of the reasons the president put together the American JobsAct, in order to try to create economic growth and jobs.I think if the predictions that had been for most of the spring through the springhad been fulfilled in the second half, I don't think you'd have the pressure, atleast the impetus probably for us to feel so strongly that we've got to do somethingto create jobs and some economic growth. And that's what the president announced amonth ago and is fighting to try to get a vote in the Senate next week or the weekafter.And hopefully at some point the House will deal with a job creating bill in order toput some buffer so that the expectation of some that the economy may slip backwards,we've got some buffer to try to stop that. And most independent analysts whoanalyze the president's job package said it would add a point to a point and a halfin GDP growth and a million to 1.7 million jobs.O'DONNELL: But there's no expectation that the president's full bill will bepassed. We know that. It's dead on arrival, the full thing in the House.DALEY: Well, hope springs eternal. I don't -- I -- to say it's dead on arrival, myanswer is that may be someone's political judgment. OK, if it is, what's the --what's the plan of other people? The president put the -- put a package forward.No one else has put a package forward that can be independently analyzed and decidedwhether it creates jobs or causes economic growth.So he's led. He's put something on the table. Don't just say no. Have somethingthat's real, not some talking points, something that can be scored and by outsideanalysts, not political inside analysts or think tanks that are in the tank withwhatever side, excuse me, who may be -- and there are plenty of them, as we know, inthis town.So, you know, my challenge to everyone else who runs around and says, "Well, his jobpackage is dead," what are you gonna do for the economy, as opposed to just talkabout it? But this plan, if it is passed, outside analysts, independent, will saythat it will be positive. So let's get it out. Let's call the question, have thevote, and if it doesn't pass, there is a responsibility of those who vote against itto have a plan, or else they're just gonna say to the American people, "We don'tneed something."O'DONNELL: Given Chairman Bernanke's comments yesterday, how worried are you aboutanother recession?DALEY: Well, I think the general consensus of the experts is that you won't have arecession, another recession, a double dip, or a new dip. But I think what's goingon in Europe causes, as you can see in the marketplace, great concern.The president speaks to the European leaders quite often, and the expectation isthat they will take action to prevent serious negative results that would cause theworld to slip back even further than we are. But we follow it. We're veryconcerned about the possibility, but the expectations as of right now is that wewould not see a double dip.O'DONNELL: I hope you know the White House press corps is hanging on every wordthat you say.DALEY: That's why I usually don't do this.O'DONNELL: Exactly. Is is --DALEY: Because Bradley and Walter --O'DONNELL: Yeah, it is -- it is a real treat.DALEY: I don't know why I said yes to this.O'DONNELL: We're just getting started.DALEY: I know. That's the problem.O'DONNELL: The super committee, as many people know, they've got to come up with a-- those cuts mandated by the debt ceiling deal. They've got to do it byThanksgiving. How likely do you think it is that they'll be able to get their workdone? Do you think it's a 50/50 chance? How would you rate --DALEY: Well, having gone through the debt ceiling negotiations with the speaker and-- twice, I know hard it is to come up with a balanced package. If it's not abalanced package, you're not gonna get a decision and will have a sequester in '13.Our hope is -- and the president here too put a $3 trillion package forward andpeople can say it's real or it's not real or whatever, and it was balanced withrevenue and real -- more entitlement cuts than we've seen in a very, very long time,if ever, in actual dollars. And so if that's not gonna be acted on and thecommittee is gonna come up with $1.2 trillion, that obviously is the minimum theyshould come up with.I think it is well intended. I think the membership is -- are truly the leaders ofCongress, and if they can't do something bold, then that would be another sort ofdamnation of the system, and that would be unfortunate. My expectation is -- Idon't want to give percents. They know it. I've talked to almost all of them andthey're sincere, but they're also finding out how difficult it is.And then to build the coalition, even within the 12 to get seven to five or eight tofour, I don't think it's a one -- one -- one member of the Republican Party jumpswith the Democrats, or one Democrat jumps over to the Republicans. I think there'sgot to be a broader consensus in order for -- our analogy was always in ournegotiations let's all hold hands and jump off the edge, not knowing if there was anet, but at least you were holding hands with somebody when you hit the floor.O'DONNELL: Gotcha. I'm going to ask you about 2012 in a minute, but I do want toask you about Al-Qaeda following the killing on Friday of Anwar al-Awlaki. Back inJuly, Secretary of Defense Panetta said the strategic defeat of Al-Qaeda is withinreach. How close do you believe we are to that goal? You were there for bin Ladenand the Friday -- news on Friday.DALEY: I think the Friday action was a -- a very substantial -- has a verysubstantial impact on Al-Qaeda and those who want to do harm to our homeland. Thereare lots of people around the world who are terrorists, but there are a few very --O'DONNELL: How close to strategic defeat?DALEY: I think we're -- we're -- we're very close, but this is the sort oforganization that we will be vigilant for as long as we are all alive, because theycan rear their heads in parts of the world and in ways that we -- we justhistorically have not been used to.But the aggressiveness of the last three years by this president, who, to be honest,lots of people when he ran were, oh, you know, he's a community activist. What doeshe know about, you know, all these very difficult, complex foreign policy andmilitary issues?I would say that this president has proven a certain steel, without using techniquesthat made America less popular in the world, in a way that's been aggressive farbeyond any administration that occupied this office in recent times.O'DONNELL: Liz Cheney is sitting over there, but she'll have a moment to respond tothat later.DALEY: I'm sure she'll have more than a moment.O'DONNELL: 2012, which Republican are you most worried about running against?DALEY: Christie.(LAUGHTER)DALEY: Is he not in? I don't know. You know, it's -- who knows?O'DONNELL: What do you think of Mitt Romney?DALEY: I've never met him, so I don't -- look, whoever the Republican Partynominates will be a formidable candidate, because the nation is very divided. Weare in a very difficult time. People are very nervous about the future. We've seenthese enormous swings, as I said, in '10 and '08 and '06.And so we've seen them all over, so it's -- this is a difficult time for America, soif you're in any incumbency, if you're the CEO of a company, if you're an anchor ona network, you better worry about your job every day, OK? And so this will be avery close -- unless you're --O'DONNELL: (inaudible) is still here.DALEY: Unless -- so it is going to be a very tough, close election. I don't care-- and that's how we approach it. That's how the president approaches it, and, youknow, bring it on.O'DONNELL: OK, Margaret has some questions from Twitter, but I have to ask one morereal quick, which is that you play golf -- President Obama played with PresidentClinton recently. You were part of that foursome. Who won?DALEY: I think it was -- I don't -- to be honest with you, you don't keep scorewhen you play with Bill Clinton. And he's a friend, OK? Now, he's playing prettywell, to be very frank with you.But we had a lot of fun. It was a -- it was a -- it was a fun day and the president-- President Clinton looked great and President Obama, and he was probably as muchtime as they've been able to spend together. And, you know, we just kind of all --all of us literally hacked around the course for four hours, so -- so that's aboutwhat we did.O'DONNELL: Margaret Carlson has some questions.QUESTION: How many (inaudible) were there?DALEY: You know, I don't play for money, so I don't really care. If someone wantsto say he shot a 40, shoot a 40. I don't care.QUESTION: Yeah. So I have some audience questions. How big a hole am I in withyou already?DALEY: Pretty deep.QUESTION: Pretty deep? OK. But thank you for coming.DALEY: Thank you.QUESTION: From the audience, what has been your best and worst day so far? Not inyour whole life. I think just in the White House.DALEY: Yeah.QUESTION: But you could do your whole life.DALEY: No, no. The best day, to be frank with you, was the Sunday of Osama binLaden. I was one of the only non -- may have been the only non-national securityperson in the White House who knew from -- the first day I got here, got to the job,they -- in the PDB (ph) -- I don't know if I -- anyway, it was mentioned this --QUESTION: You can do it. You can do it.DALEY: Probably -- this compound, and I thought, gee, that's interesting. And sothat Sunday, and the -- the -- seeing the thing progress over the months and thededication and focus of the intelligence agencies and the military and the way theywork together and to pull that off -- you know, there were people in that room whohad for 10 years been trying to find this fellow. And so that would be thehighlight of -- of -- that would probably have been the best day in the nine monthsthat I've been there.Probably the worst day in -- in that sense was -- in a sense was the -- when thedebt ceiling -- when we thought we were so close on a deal that I believe would havereally made -- had an impact on our country, on our economy, and it fell apart onthe debt ceiling was probably the worst day of the nine months.QUESTION: We only have a minute left, so (inaudible), but one of the questions theywanted to ask was how do women get along in the White House? Now, you've beenpretty good to Norah and me here, but how is it in the White House for women?DALEY: Since I'm not a woman, it's hard for me to answer that. I don't -- youknow, I read this --QUESTION: Do they complain?DALEY: But that was for my -- during my predecessor's year. I've not sensed anyproblem, and I think speaking -- and I know both Valerie and Melody will be herelater on, they probably obviously can answer that. We have a great relationship inthe senior staff and I think throughout the administration, and that comes from thetop down. The president has -- through his campaigns and through the issues thathe's fought for obviously has fought and been on the edge on women's issues.So I don't see it as a -- I didn't even read the book, but I -- but I did heard that-- hear that there was some issues early on under a predecessor of mine. So I candump on him for that.QUESTION: Yeah, right. Yeah, you phone him tomorrow morning.DALEY: No, he'll probably phone me. He's probably watching this thing.QUESTION: Back to you, Norah.O'DONNELL: All right, well, please thank the Chief of Staff, the present Chief ofStaff for being here, William Daley.END