Obama press conference Friday
President Obama taking questions from reporters in the briefing room on April 9, 2010.
March 10th, 2011
06:33 PM ET

Obama press conference Friday

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The White House just announced President Obama will hold a press conference on Friday at 11:15 a.m. to discuss rising gas prices and other issues, CNN's Ed Henry reports. Obama will take questions from the press in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  This will be his 12th solo press conference at the White House.

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Picture of the week
March 10th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Picture of the week

Chip Somodevilla of Getty Images captured this shot during President Obama's opening remarks at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.  In the back row, Laura and Kirk Smalley weep while listening to the president talk about their son, 11-year-old Ty Field, who shot himself after being bullied at school and being suspended because of a fight with a bully.

President Obama acknowledged the Smalley's and other families who have endured similar tragedies.

"No family should have to go through what these families have gone through," President Obama read from the teleprompter.  "No child should feel that alone. We’ve got to make sure our young people know that if they’re in trouble, there are caring adults who can help and young adults that can help; that even if they’re having a tough time, they’re going to get through it, and there’s a whole world full of possibility waiting for them."

Obama: 'I wasn't immune' to being bullied as a child
March 10th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Obama: 'I wasn't immune' to being bullied as a child

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama took on the issue of bullying in the first ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday.

"We all have a lot of work to do in this country on this issue," Mrs. Obama said in remarks to educators, parents, students, politicos and businesses leaders.

So how does the White House define bullying?

According to StopBullying.gov, a website announced today by the administration, "Bullying can happen anywhere: face-to-face, by text messages or on the web. It is not limited by age, gender, or education level.  It is not a phase and it is not a joke. Bullying can cause lasting harm."

The president cited a statistic that one third of all middle and high school students in the nation have reported being bullied over the course of the school year. Personalizing the statistic, he then admitted even he was bullied as a youngster.

"As adults, we all remember what it was like to see kids picked on in the hallways or in the schoolyard," Obama said. "And I have to say, with big ears and the name that I have, I wasn’t immune. I didn’t emerge unscathed."

While he didn't disclose his own experience had any "lasting harm," the president did state that that the goal of the conference was "to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."

"It’s not," he stressed.

POTUS schedule March 10, 2011
Outside the White House on a rainy day
March 10th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

POTUS schedule March 10, 2011

Bullying prevention is the theme of the day here at the White House as the President and First Lady convene a day-long conference to discuss the issue.  They both will deliver remarks at 10:35amEST in the East Room to convene the summit.  In the afternoon, the president will meet with a bicameral, bipartisan group of legislators to discuss reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. The group will also be discussing ways in which the signature legislative achievement of the previous administration can be revised.   The president will meet with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in the Oval Office later in the afternoon.

Here's the schedule, as provided by the White House:

10:00AM        THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY meet with students and parents from the Conference on Bullying Prevention Oval Office

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White House conference tackles bullying
March 10th, 2011
05:16 AM ET

White House conference tackles bullying

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama will host the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday.

"For a long time bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up but more and more we're seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school to their phone to their computer screen," the president said in a video promoting the event.

An anti-bullying PSA released online in January declares that more than six-million schoolchildren experienced bullying in the past six months.  As parents of two teenage girls, the issue resonates with the president and first lady.

"I spend a lot of time talking to them about putting themselves in other people's shoes and seeing through other people's eyes," Obama said at a town hall, hosted by BET and MTV, in October 2010. "And if somebody is different from you, that's not something you criticize, that's something that you appreciate."

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