Locked out!
President Obama tries to open the french doors to his Oval office suite Wednesday--but he's locked out!
March 23rd, 2011
06:48 PM ET

Locked out!

WASHINGTON (CNN) - You know that feeling when you get back to your job from vacation and they've changed the locks on your office?  Well it wasn't that bad for President Obama, but almost.  Returning from a five day trip to Latin America, the president arrived at the White House with his family on Marine One Wednesday afternoon.  He and the first lady and his daughters walked into the residence after waving to reporters.  Then the president emerged walking along the White House colonnade, all the while being photographed by television and still photographers and observed by a crowd of reporters.  Obama confidently strode along the colonnade, then turned and pulled open a set of french doors leading to the Oval office complex.  The problem was apparently somebody didn't tell the staff that the president was coming back to work.  The doors were locked.  The commander in chief didn't miss a beat.  He nonchalantly turned and walked to another set of doors partially obscured by some flowering spring bushes.  All in a days work! (watch the video here)

A year later, health care debate continues
FILE/President Obama signs the healthcare reform bill into law on March 23, 2010.
March 23rd, 2011
06:46 PM ET

A year later, health care debate continues

WASHINGTON (CNN) – On the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the health care reform law, the debate for the law’s future continues.

Groups on both sides of the issue marked the anniversary of the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by voicing their opinions in a flurry of written statements.

President Obama and Democrats have lauded the reform passed last year for extending benefits for young adults under their parents’ insurance until they are 26, banning insurance companies from dropping patients when they get sick, and prohibiting children with pre-existing conditions from being denied coverage. The Obama administration also argued that the reform would benefit the economy by creating jobs and reducing the deficit. FULL POST


Topics: Health care • President Obama • Republicans • The News
White House says Congress in the loop on Libya
President Obama walks with daughter Sasha followed by first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia returning to the White House after a five day South American trip.
March 23rd, 2011
06:44 PM ET

White House says Congress in the loop on Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) –The White House is defending its handling of the mission in Libya despite criticism from some congressional leaders that the policy goals were not clearly defined to them or to the American people.

“We consulted congress throughout this process,” said Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes in a gaggle with reporters on Air Force One from El Salvador. “We consulted before we took military action and continue to brief Congress and again welcome its support.”

Rhodes comments came at about the same time House Speaker John Boehner was firing off a strongly worded letter to the president.  “The limited, sometimes contradictory case made to the American people by members of your administration has left some fundamental questions about our engagement unanswered,” Boehner wrote. FULL POST


Topics: Congress • President Obama • The News
Michelle Obama's advice to mothers
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with daughters Sasha and Malia at the White House earlier this year.
March 23rd, 2011
02:35 PM ET

Michelle Obama's advice to mothers

(CNN) – On the one year anniversary of the passage of President Obama's controversial health care bill, the first lady is writing about the law's benefits and even sharing a personal story about how preventive medical services helped her family.  On the Yahoo website "Shine," targeted at women seeking parenting advice, Michelle Obama writes how "surprised" she was a few years back when her daughters' pediatrician told her at a well-child visit that "we needed to start paying better attention to what we were feeding our girls."  Mrs. Obama confided that she had always had "the best intentions to feed my kids healthy food on a budget knowing that sometimes pizza or the drive-thru were inevitable."  Mrs. Obama is known for her initiative to combat childhood obesity, called "Let's Move".
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Topics: Health care • Michelle Obama • The Family • The News
March 23rd, 2011
12:00 PM ET

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POTUS schedule March 23, 2011
March 23rd, 2011
09:12 AM ET

POTUS schedule March 23, 2011

10:00AM (CST)     THE PRESIDENT attends U.S. Embassy meet and greet

Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador /Closed Press

11:05AM (CST)    THE FIRST FAMILY departs El Salvador en route Joint Base Andrews

Pool Press Coverage

4:55PM   (EDT)      THE FIRST FAMILY arrives at Joint Base Andrews

Pool Press Coverage

5:10PM   (EDT)     THE FIRST FAMILY arrives on the South Lawn

South Lawn/Open Press