February 4th, 2011
11:27 PM ET

White House week in review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One word was on everyone's mind this week – Egypt. At the beginning of the week, "orderly transition" was the term the White House repeatedly used and by Friday, the phrase "begin now" had been used for days. Here's a look at what happened this week.


Topics: Egypt • The Visuals • week in review
Gibbs' special guests
February 4th, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Gibbs' special guests

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had two very special guests today at the White House: Emily Sparrow and Elaine Rutland. Or as he more likely refers to his high school government and economic teachers – Ms. Sparrow and Ms. Rutland.

Both retired from Auburn High School in Alabama, they made the journey to Washington, DC, today to visit “Bobby” Gibbs, their former ace student (Auburn HS class of ’89). FULL POST


Topics: Press Briefing • Robert Gibbs • The Buzz
February 4th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Obama: "Attacks are unacceptable"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - During his Press Conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama says the attacks on reporters, human rights activists and peaceful protesters in Egypt are unacceptable.


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Press Conference • The News
Spotted at the White House today...
February 4th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Spotted at the White House today...

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Spotted in today's Obama/Harper joint presser: incoming White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who watched from the wings with his soon-to-be predecessor.

Obama to meet the press on Egypt
February 4th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

Obama to meet the press on Egypt

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After meeting behind closed doors with Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper, President Obama will answer questions from the press Friday afternoon for the first time since the unrest escalated in Egypt.

An administration official told CNN “it’s fair to say” the president's opening remarks will address the situation in the Middle East. FULL POST


Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Press Conference • The News
Analysis: Obama's second year is the most polarizing since Eisenhower
President Obama, with members of Congress behind him, shortly before he delivered his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.
February 4th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Analysis: Obama's second year is the most polarizing since Eisenhower

By CNN Political Producer Shannon Travis

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Which president, in recent history, had the most polarizing second year in office?

The answer: President Obama, according to a fresh analysis.

Gallup compared Obama's second year approval numbers – from January 2010 to January 2011 – against figures from the second year of other presidents. It reports that an average of 81 percent of Democrats approved of the president, while only 13 percent of Republicans approved, on average. That's a 68 percentage point gap in party ratings - higher than the gap faced by any other president in his second year.

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.


Topics: President Obama • The News
Star and football watching at the White House
February 4th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

Star and football watching at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obamas are adding a bit of sparkle to their Super Bowl party this year.   CNN has confirmed “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez and her Grammy award winning husband singer Marc Anthony will attend the football watching party at the White House.

In an interview on "Extra" on Wednesday, Lopez said she "can't believe it."

"I don't know, maybe that's why I don't want to talk about it. I don't even feel like it's real," Lopez said. FULL POST


Topics: Super Bowl • The Buzz • Uncategorized • White House
POTUS schedule for February 4, 2011
February 4th, 2011
06:31 AM ET

POTUS schedule for February 4, 2011

The president has yet to take questions from the press on the events in Egypt, but that will change today when he conducts a 3:10pm joint press availability with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  This will be available LIVE.  Prior to that, the president and prime minister will hold meetings in the Oval Office.  Both are closed to coverage.

President Obama will also receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the morning, and meet later with his senior advisors.  Both meetings will take place in the Oval Office, and both will be closed to coverage. FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule