May 17th, 2009
07:58 AM ET

Dear President Obama #118: My biker gang

Reporter's Note: The President of the United States would like suggestions on how to run the country. Nancy Pelosi, I suspect, would like a re-do. Can’t help with that, but I happily press on with my letter a day to the White House.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/17/art.bike.chu.jpg caption="U.S. Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu rides his bicycle to work after he attended a 'Bike to Work Day' event in Washington, DC."]

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

I have never been one to work for the weekends, but I sure feel that way lately. I don’t know if it’s this weird hot-one-day-cold-the-next spring we are having, or all the economic ups and downs, but by Friday afternoon I am just bushed. Plus with the end of the school year looming, it seems like the kids’ schedule is just spinning out of control. I’m not a drinker, but if I were…

Maybe that is why I completely missed Bike to Work day! I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of most of these “special” occasions ginned up to promote causes. Fly a Kite Day, Milk a Cow Month, Call Your Mother Mondays, Kiss a Hitchhiker Week, whatever. But this biking business is something I can get behind.

I commuted on my bike, back and forth to work in downtown DC for almost a straight year at one point, and it was great. Roughly twenty miles round trip every day. (Have I already told you about this?) I’d load up every morning, rain or shine, and take off. DC has enough good trails that I did not have to deal with a lot of crazy traffic.


May 17th, 2009
07:11 AM ET

Pres. Obama girds for Supreme Court fight

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/05/17/obama.supreme.court/art.souter.cnn.jpg caption="Justice David Souter is retiring and President Obama is expected to choose his replacement soon."]

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

President Obama has started arming for the possibility of a major Supreme Court nomination battle, pulling a longtime Democratic power player into the White House to help run the confirmation process, senior administration officials told CNN.

Stephanie Cutter is leaving the Treasury Department, where she has served as one of Secretary Timothy Geithner's most senior advisers during the financial crisis, to be the point person for mobilizing public support for Obama's pick to replace retiring Justice David Souter, three senior administration officials said.

Administration officials say Obama is likely to name Souter's replacement in late May or early June, before the president leaves for Egypt to deliver a speech to the Muslim world. Regardless of whom he picks, liberal and conservative activists are already bracing for an epic battle over the future of the high court.

Cutter will reprise the key behind-the-scenes role that Republican operative Steve Schmidt played for the Bush administration on the successful nominations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito.

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