April 9th, 2011
05:04 PM ET

Surprise visitor at the Lincoln Memorial

WASHINGTON (CNN) -Basking in the absence of a government shutdown, President Obama made an unannouced visit to the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington on Saturday to greet a surprised set of visitors enjoying their afternoon.

With cameras snapping, Obama shook hands and said he made the stop "because Congress was able to settle its differences, that's why this place is open today."

Obama said he hoped the cooperation between Democrats and Republicans that yielded a deal would continue.

"I hope you have a great time," the president said as he headed back to the White House.


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Behind the scenes of the White House budget battle
President Obama in the White House Blue Room following his remarks on the budget deal
April 9th, 2011
03:15 AM ET

Behind the scenes of the White House budget battle

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a town where politicians like to keep score the White House isn’t boasting about the budget victory. “The American people" won, a senior administration official told reporters at a background briefing after the deal was reached. This is a "very good night for the country."

The White House was feeling optimistic that it was on the verge of a deal Thursday night.

When House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Harry Reid left the Oval Office meeting, “there was kind of an agreement on a range and agreement on the kind of composition,” said another one of five officials who briefed reporters.

But by three or four o’clock in the morning Friday, the officials described a breakdown.
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Monday: Let the race begin!
April 9th, 2011
12:42 AM ET

White House week in review

(WASHINGTON) CNN– From an announcement of the President's bid for re-election, to the marathon talks and negotiations to avert a shutdown of the federal government, here is a look back at a very busy week at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

April 9th, 2011
12:00 AM ET

POTUS hails budget agreement

(WASHINGTON) CNN–With less than an hour before the federal government would have shut down, President Obama praised the budget agreement on Capitol Hill and declared the government would "remain open for business."

"Like any worthwhile compromise, both sides had to make tough decisions and give ground on issues that were important to them," Obama said before cameras in the White House Blue Room as he acknowledged some of the cuts agreed to would be painful, with certain programs cut back and other projects encountering delays. "But beginning to live within our means is the only way to protect those investments that will help America compete for new jobs," he said.
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