The big dinner: power + politics
The table setting for the state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Hu earlier this year.
April 4th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

The big dinner: power + politics

Washington (CNN) - It's the ultimate intersection of power and social connections.  In a town where as much is accomplished in a social setting as behind a desk, Washington power brokers should take note: the Obama's are hosting a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in June. 

The White House notes the historic significance of Merkel's visit, the first by a German head of state is nearly 20 years.  That last state visit was in 1992 by then German President Richard von Weizsäcker, just two years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany.  Merkel herself grew up in East Germany.  She won the 2010 Medal of Freedom and President Obama will award it to her during the June visit. 

But there's is also the undercurrent of world events on the agenda including Germany's reluctance to join NATO allies in instituting a no-fly zone over Libya.  The White House announcement of the German visit said the two leaders are expected to discuss "Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, and on promoting human rights and global economic stability and growth." FULL POST


Topics: Germany • President Obama • State Dinner • The News
Obama takes budget talks to White House
April 4th, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Obama takes budget talks to White House

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday with congressional leaders to discuss budget negotiations three days before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Carney said Obama believes it is "a very good time for these senior leaders coming together to assess where we are" and see what can be done to reach final agreement on government spending for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30. FULL POST


Topics: Budget • Congress • President Obama • The News
POTUS schedule April 4, 2011
April 4th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

POTUS schedule April 4, 2011

WASHINGTON – (CNN)  At the White House today President Obama will hold a series of closed press meetings.   Jay Carney will brief at 12 noon.    The Official White House schedule is after the jump.

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Topics: Daily Schedule • White House
Obama launches bid for re-election
April 4th, 2011
07:35 AM ET

Obama launches bid for re-election

Washington (CNN) - With a short video on BarackObama.com, the sitting president of the United States has launched his bid for re-election.

Using what apparently will be one of his campaign slogans, "It begins with us," the campaign has told supporters that the kickoff of the campaign has started and that means the race for contributions is on.

The familiar looking blue "O" over red and white stripes is back again for 2012. And at the bottom of the website, the candidates' names are clearly identified: OBAMA-BIDEN - for Vice President Joe Biden.

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Topics: fundraiser • The News