February 1st, 2011
07:26 PM ET

Obama says Egypt's transition 'must begin now'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama made comments in the Cross Hall of the White House on Tuesday evening where he said that the orderly transition should be "meaningful, must be peaceful and it must begin now." Obama also earlier had a 30-minute phone conversation with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, according to a White House spokesman.

Check out the complete story on CNNPolitics.


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • The News
Briefing Bites
February 1st, 2011
06:41 PM ET

Briefing Bites

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The originally scheduled briefing was supposed to be held this afternoon at 2:30 and include updates on the massive snow storm. But due to all the happenings in Egypt this afternoon, Gibbs indefinitely postponed the briefing and then canceled it when the White House announced President Obama will be making a statement. So no there won't be a serving of Briefing Bites today!


Topics: Briefing Bites • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
White House Counsel calls latest health care ruling just "part of process"
FILE/White House Counsel Robert Bauer attending a ceremony for Justice Elena Kagan.
February 1st, 2011
06:08 PM ET

White House Counsel calls latest health care ruling just "part of process"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House’s top lawyer appears to be taking the latest legal setback for health care reform in stride.  Responding to Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Florida, White House Counsel Robert Bauer said it was "part of a process" that will not result in the ultimate nullification of President Obama's signature domestic achievement.

"I would have decided it differently," Bauer said Tuesday at a forum to discuss the implication of pending nominations to the federal judiciary.  Bauer said the decision added "another voice" to the constitutional objections to the law, but he believed the issue would eventually be resolved in the administration's favor. FULL POST

Feds bracing for the big snowstorm
February 1st, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Feds bracing for the big snowstorm

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama held a phone call with DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and FEMA Director Craig Fugate to discuss how the federal government is preparing for this week's massive snowstorm/blizzard. More than 38 states have been issued watches, warnings and advisories for the storm that has begun today in much of the Midwest.  FULL POST


Topics: FEMA • President Obama • The Visuals
Did you know...?
Source: File/AFP/Getty Images
February 1st, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Back in 1978, President Carter negotiated a peace deal between Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel. It was called the Camp David Accords because the intense negotiations took place over 12 days at Camp David in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. Although the deal was sealed in September of 1978, the final Egypt-Israel peace deal wasn't signed until March of 1979 in a ceremony at the White House.

Source: www.whitehousehistory.org and www.whitehouse.gov

Obama's Cabinet meeting
February 1st, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Obama's Cabinet meeting

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama began his cabinet meeting this morning by letting the still cameras in for a quick photo-op. Usually, TV cameras are allowed in but not this morning for some reason. In the past, the president has made a statement about the meeting to the press afterward, recapping the important issues discussed. For today, there are no plans for a statement. We can only assume that they are discussing a number of issues like the situation in Egypt, some domestic issues at the forefront like health care, and most likely the government's resources getting prepared for the massive snowstorm/blizzard that is going to affect a large section of the country.

POTUS schedule for February 1, 2011
February 1st, 2011
06:47 AM ET

POTUS schedule for February 1, 2011

President Obama will be busy today meeting with senior advisers, the Technology CEO Council, his Cabinet,  and then Defense Sec. Gates and Vice President Biden but we won't see them.   No public events today so no questions to the president.

Schedule provided by the White House:

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Topics: Daily Schedule • White House