Sweet Dreams
November 18th, 2010
11:40 PM ET

Sweet Dreams

We are Lisbon bound and overnighting on Air Force One.


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Michelle Obama pumps it up
November 18th, 2010
11:13 PM ET

Michelle Obama pumps it up

Dressed in full workout clothing and charged up for her “Let’s Move” Initiative, Michelle Obama got her run on today. The outfit revealed her athleticism – then she proved it by participating in blood-pumping activities with the energetic children of the Police Athletic League in Harlem.

“I’m ready to move!” she shouted and move she did. Push ups, hoola hoops, even sprinting. Yet she never appeared to break a sweat. She meant it when she challenged everyone to “turn off the TV and video games.”

Her enthusiasm had me at hello. So I put on my spandex and ran out there myself. Oh man, not again. BRADLEY!! Wake up! Sorry about the daydream. I’m guess I'm just dying to tone up my abs.


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Michelle Obama tells press: “Let’s Move!”
November 18th, 2010
11:13 PM ET

Michelle Obama tells press: “Let’s Move!”

The First Lady not only called on children to eat healthy and be active, she pointed directly at the press and said, “You should be able to climb a six foot wall too!” Uh oh. Does it count that we could – once – way back in high school?

When Mrs. Obama told children in Harlem that they needed to be active “60 minutes everyday,” and it could be “just playing tag with your friends,” I thought, well, those of us in the press do that –chasing her across town! The big relief came when she blurted out “no one expects you to do push-ups for an hour.” Phew!

Yet the final shot to the heart was when she shouted, “put down the potato chips and candy.” Instead we picked up our cameras and notepads and headed back to the office. Didn’t want to miss the going away party in my department: CUPCAKES!!!!


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The travails of a cub reporter
November 18th, 2010
11:12 PM ET

The travails of a cub reporter

First Lady Michelle Obama met with dozens of elated children, all members of the Police Athletic League of Harlem. Unfortunately one child wasn’t so lucky. A member of the press, he was kept behind the barricades and told Mrs. Obama would not take questions.

You see, Sahil Abbi is an eleven-year-old reporter for Time Magazine. Huh? Well, he wears glasses. He dresses in a suit. He has interviewed Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Big Time Rush Band (on Nickelodeon) and worked the red carpet at the Harry Potter Premiere.

As a finalist in a journalism competition, this mini-adult is now sent out on assignments for Time. Ok not that TIME magazine, but TIME for Kids, and today’s assignment: interview the First Lady.

Though he never got that one-on-one, I asked Sahil what he would have asked her. His questions: What does she do to encourage her family to make healthy choices and be active? What is her favorite healthy kid friendly snack?

Sorry I couldn’t help you kid, but maybe Michelle Obama will read CNN.com’s “The 1600 Report” and be willing to answer your queries. The audacity of hope!


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Obama on Jack Lew
November 18th, 2010
10:35 PM ET

Obama on Jack Lew

"I am pleased that Jack Lew has been confirmed, with wide bipartisan support, to serve as my next Director of the Office of Management and Budget. He brings unparalleled experience and wisdom to this important job at a critical time in our nation’s history. After years of irresponsibility in Washington, we need to make the tough choices to put our country back on a sustainable fiscal path and lay the foundation for long-term job creation and economic growth. We need to cut waste where we find it and create a government that is efficient, effective, and responsive to the American people. I am confident Jack Lew can lead us in these efforts, and look forward to working with him in the days ahead."


Topics: Jack Lew • President Obama • The News
November 18th, 2010
10:27 PM ET

Senate confirms new White House budget chief

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. Senate confirmed Jacob J. Lew as director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget by a voice vote Thursday night. Lew succeeds Peter Orszag, who headed President Barack Obama's budget team until his departure in July.

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Obama on GM
November 18th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Obama on GM

Hello, everybody. Good afternoon. Today, one of the toughest tales of the recession took another big step towards becoming a success story.

General Motors relaunched itself as a public company, cutting the government’s stake in the company by nearly half. What’s more, American taxpayers are now positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM.

And that’s a very good thing. Last year, we told GM’s management and workers that if they made the tough decisions necessary to make themselves more competitive in the 21st century - decisions requiring real leadership, fresh thinking and also some shared sacrifice –- then we would stand by them. And because they did, the American auto industry -– an industry that’s been the proud symbol of America’s manufacturing might for a century; an industry that helped to build our middle class -– is once again on the rise.
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Topics: GM • President Obama • The News
November 18th, 2010
04:35 PM ET

Obama: The American auto industry is on the rise

"Today one of the toughest tails of the recession took another big step towards becoming a success story. General Motors re-launched itself as a public company, cutting the governments stake in the company by almost half. What's more, American tax payers are more positioned to recover more than my administration invested in GM."


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Obama to talk about GM
November 18th, 2010
02:07 PM ET

Obama to talk about GM

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will make a statement Thursday on General Motors. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced the statement in an off camera gaggle at the White House just moments ago. The president’s statement will happen at 4:15 pm Thursday and focus on the recent success of GM’s economic turnaround.


Topics: GM • President Obama • The News
Obama's next trip
November 18th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Obama's next trip

LISBON, Portugal (CNN)– President Obama may have just gotten back from his 10-day swing through Asia, but he's about to get back on Air Force One for a quick trip to Lisbon, Portugal. He leaves tonight and gets here in the morning. Meanwhile, journalists from all over the world have already started to gather to cover the NATO Summit and the European Union meetings.

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