December 1st, 2010
07:40 PM ET

POTUS schedule Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010

From the White House:

In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. The President will then meet with Governor Strickland in the Oval Office. Later, the President will meet with senior advisors in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press.

Later, the President and the Vice President will have lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet with newly elected governors at the Blair House. There will be pooled press coverage of the President’s remarks at this meeting. Expected attendees include:

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Simple Gifts
December 1st, 2010
06:45 PM ET

White House decked out

First lady Michelle Obama unveiled this year's holiday decorations at the White House.  If you want to see what a 400 pound white chocolate gingerbread White House looks like you'll have to check out my slideshow.


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First lady gives military families holiday preview
December 1st, 2010
06:39 PM ET

First lady kicks off holiday festivities

First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families to the White House Wednesday to see this year's holiday decorations.  She also announced a "Toys for Tots" toy drive for children in the D.C. area.

Check out a these great photos taken by CNN White House producer Erika Dimmler.


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December 1st, 2010
05:55 PM ET

Colin Powell visits the White House

Remarks by the President and General Colin Powell in the Oval Office

THE PRESIDENT:  I want to thank General Colin Powell for being here with me today.  He is not only a great statesman and a great public servant, but also a great friend and a great counselor.  And periodically I check in with him, and I know my entire team, including the Vice President, checks in with him, because he continues to have an unparalleled sense of our national security needs, and I think really taps into the best impulses of the American people.
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December 1st, 2010
04:56 PM ET

Along came a spider

Washington (CNN) - During the White House Press Briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had an unexpected visitor.


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The Sweep: What's on Obama's holiday wish list?
December 1st, 2010
04:38 PM ET

The Sweep: What's on Obama's holiday wish list?

Washington (CNN) - You don't need to peek at Santa's long list to know what the White House is asking for this holiday season - a large, nicely wrapped box of bipartisanship.

The ideal gift would come fully assembled, with members of Congress ready to reach across the aisle and "budge on some deeply held positions," as President Obama said earlier this week.

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POTUS meeting with Gen. Powell this afternoon
December 1st, 2010
11:41 AM ET

POTUS meeting with Gen. Powell this afternoon

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House has updated President Obama's schedule this afternoon so we will be seeing him on camera after all.

He and Vice President Biden will meet with Gen. Colin Powell today at 3pm in the Oval Office to chat about a range of topics from education to the high school dropout rate to the even more pressing issue of the START treaty. We'll get some video at the end of the meeting.

Gen. Powell obviously has a lot of experience to draw on from his time as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State. But he also founded America's Promise Alliance, an organization focused on improving childrens' lives through many ways including better education.

A little rain doesn't keep us down
December 1st, 2010
09:50 AM ET

A little rain doesn't keep us down

If we can't be ON the television platform, we can keep dry UNDER it.


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December 1st, 2010
08:22 AM ET

POTUS Schedule December 1, 2010

So far today, President Obama has no public events on his schedule. He receives his daily briefings and meets with his senior advisors in the morning in the Oval Office. Later at 12:45p, he'll have lunch with D.C. Mayor-elect Vince Gray in the private dining room. These are all closed to the press but we will keep you updated on anything that comes up on his schedule.

As Wednesday in World AIDS Day, members of the administration will mark the occasion at an event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at 1:30pm.  As noted yesterday, the White House has also adorned the North Portico entrance with a huge red ribbon in observance of World AIDS Day.

Finally, First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome military families to the White House Wednesday for an event with Toys for Tots.  CNN will cover this event.


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