Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Executive Branch

As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.

Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.

Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer

PrayFocusExecutiveBrian Deese, Counselor to the President

Brian Christopher Deese was born in 1976 in Belmont, Massachusetts. He graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Political Science, and earned a law degree from Yale Law School.

Deese has been a senior policy analyst for economic policy at the Center for American Progress. He also worked as a research assistant at the Center for Global Development.

He is currently the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget – where he was previously the Acting Director. Before that he worked at the U.S. National Economic Council as special assistant to the president for economic policy.

Following the 2008 presidential election, he served as a member of the Economic Policy Working Group for the Obama-Biden transition. He emerged as “one of the most influential voices” in the Obama Administration relative to the auto industry, and specifically the Chrysler and GM bailouts. In November 2011, Deese was included on The New Republic’s list of Washington’s most powerful, least famous people.

He is married to Kara Arsenault.

IN THE NEWS: President Barack Obama has selected Brian Deese to replace John Podesta as one of his top advisers. The choice marks the move from a seasoned and well-known outsider to a little-known and much younger insider, with 30 years difference between them in age. But it also marks the ascendency of a person who has become one of the breakout stars within the West Wing, fresh off the State of the Union address for which Deese oversaw much of the policy development. “Brian is kind of the whole package – policy, strategy, insight to legislative and public affairs matters – and that’s what the president is looking for,” Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said in a statement.

Today’s Presidential Schedule

Thursday January 29, 2015

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Executive Branch Prayer Needs


First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the restrictions placed on women in Saudi Arabia, as she paid her respects to the late King Abdullah without wearing a headscarf. Her decision not to cover has been praised and criticized.

President Barack Obama urged India to better protect religious freedom and ethnic equality in a speech to 1,500 government leaders, arguing that “our nations are strongest when we uphold the equality of all our people.”

Pray for President Obama and for U.S. relationships with allies and others across the globe.