March 28th, 2011
10:27 PM ET

Obama's Libya speech: the highlights

President Obama's speech about U.S. military involvement in Libya lasted about 30 minutes and consisted of approximately 3,360 words.

If you missed it, here's what you need to know from the speech – all in "just" 1,350 words.

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Topics: Libya • President Obama • The News
March 28th, 2011
09:12 PM ET

Obama makes his case for U.S. intervention in Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama made his case Monday night for intervention in Libya, addressing the nation amid tough calls for him to clarify the United States' role in the U.N.-authorized military mission.

Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized the president's policy in the war-torn North African nation. Among other things, they have questioned the purpose of the mission, as well as its cost, endgame, and consequences for the broader Arab world.

"It was not in our national interest" to let the citizens of Benghazi suffer a massacre at the hands of Gadhafi's forces, said Obama. It would have "stained the conscience of the world," he said, referring to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

He added that he ordered U.S. warships into the Mediterranean off Libya because of Gadhafi's "brutal repression" of his people and "a looming humanitarian crisis."

The transfer from U.S. to NATO command will take place Wednesday, Obama said.

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Topics: Libya • President Obama • The News
Obama gets an iPad
March 28th, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Obama gets an iPad

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Barack Obama famously became the first Blackberrier-in-Chief when it was reported the president received a $3,000 NSA-approved smartphone to use following his inauguration.

It was quickly dubbed the “Barackberry” and the president was often seen with the device.

Today President Obama was asked during a Univision town hall if he owns a computer. Obama joked, “I’m the President of the United States.  You think I’ve got a -  you think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer?"

He added that he even has an iPad.

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Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
March 28th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Obama re-election campaign to set up shop in Chicago office tower

(CNN) – When President Barack Obama sets up his 2012 re-election campaign, it will be headquartered in a downtown Chicago office building.

A Democratic source confirms to CNN that the re-election campaign will be housed in One Prudential Plaza, a skyscraper which faces the city's Grant Park, where Obama held his 2008 election night victory rally. The story was first reported earlier Monday by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times.

The office tower, known to many as the Prudential Building, its original name, is about two blocks away from the building where Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was headquartered.

CNN reported earlier this month that the president will be back in his hometown on April 14, to headline a Democratic National Committee event. Obama has picked up the pace in attending political functions as his team lays the groundwork for his 2012 re-election bid.

The DNC is technically running the president's political operation until Obama registers with the Federal Election Commission as a 2012 presidential candidate, which will allow the campaign to begin raising money. Obama brought in a record breaking $750 million dollars in his 2008 campaign for president and could raise up to $1 billion for his re-election bid.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The News
White House reveals details for Easter Egg roll
Eggs for this year's White House Easter Egg Roll
March 28th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

White House reveals details for Easter Egg roll

Washington (CNN) - With environmental stewardship and health and wellness among its themes, the White House released the details of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll Monday, and unveiled the design of the commemorative egg.

The eggs, which come in four different pastel colors and bear a stamped signature of the President and First lady, were again made with “certified hardwood,” the White House said in a written statement. With the goal of minimizing waste and environmental impact, the White House said the packaging for the eggs will be made from certified paperboard that uses no wood fibers from controversial sources, is easily recyclable, and features vegetable oil-based inks and a water-based coating.

The National Park Foundation, which produces and sells the White House Easter Egg, gives them as a souvenir to all children 12 and under who participate in the Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn.
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President to focus on needs of Latino students
President Obama delivering a speech on education at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, on March 14.
March 28th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

President to focus on needs of Latino students

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama took to the Spanish-language network airwaves to discuss challenges in educating Hispanics students. 

    In a Univision-sponsored town hall meeting with Hispanic students and educators at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, the president said in order to out-educate and out-innovate the global competition, the Latino community plays a key role in the future.

    "Our workforce is going to be more diverse; it is going to be, to a large percentage, Latino.  And if our young people are not getting the kind of education they need, we won’t succeed as a nation," Obama said.

    With several students and parents asking questions about immigration and deportations, President Obama said the answer wouldn't be overnight. He hoped the DREAM Act, which gives kids who have grown up in America to earn citizenship despite their family's immigration status, would be passed soon.

    "We didn’t get it passed this time, but I don't want young people to be giving up because if people in the past had given up, we probably wouldn’t have women’s rights, we wouldn’t have civil rights.  So many changes that we’ve made had to do with young people being willing to struggle and fight to make sure that their voices are heard," said Mr. Obama. FULL POST


Topics: Education • The News
Obama Libya speech 'in development for weeks'
March 28th, 2011
09:16 AM ET

Obama Libya speech 'in development for weeks'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama’s Libya speech began taking shape late last week, but the “themes have been in development for weeks,” according to a senior administration official.

Those themes “have been reflected in what the president and others have been saying about Libya all along,” the official added.

Pressure had been mounting on the president to deliver a speech on Libya that would provide more clarity to the mission and a reason for the U.S. engagement. FULL POST


Topics: Libya • NATO • President Obama • The News
Obama to defend Libya policy in speech
President Obama getting off of Marine One prior to departing on Air Force One in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 23.
March 28th, 2011
07:59 AM ET

Obama to defend Libya policy in speech

By: CNN's Tom Cohen

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to address the nation at 7:30 p.m. ET Monday following calls from all quarters for the U.S. leader to clarify why he sent troops to enforce the U.N.-authorized military mission.

Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized the president's Libya policy.

Obama will speak at the National Defense University in Washington "to update the American people on the situation in Libya, including the actions we've taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Gadhafi, the transition to NATO command and control, and our policy going forward," the White House announced Sunday.

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POTUS schedule March 28, 2011
CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian wrapping up a live shot Monday morning.
March 28th, 2011
07:21 AM ET

POTUS schedule March 28, 2011

(CNN) – Tonight, President Obama will deliver an address on Libya.  Guidance from the press office is the president will "update the American people on the situation in Libya, including the actions we've taken with allies and partners to protect the Libyan people from the brutality of Moammar Qadhafi, the transition to NATO command and control, and our policy going forward."

This morning the president will participate in a town hall that will broadcast on the Univision Network tonight at 7 p.m. ET.  Obama will take questions at a D.C. school from students, parents and teachers "about the importance of out-educating the competition in order to win the future and Hispanic educational attainment."

Schedule provided by the White House after the jump. FULL POST


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