Beyonce lends star power to Michelle Obama's Let's Move
Pop star Beyonce is making a music video for Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
April 11th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Beyonce lends star power to Michelle Obama's Let's Move

First lady Michelle Obama's efforts to eliminate childhood obesity through her Let's Move initiative are getting a big boost by none other than Beyonce.  The Grammy-award winning pop star is releasing "Let's Move! Flash Workout" a video re-written with new words to her hit song "Get Me Bodied" the press office for the first lady confirms to CNN.   

The new video is set for release May 3rd at a "dance-in" at middle schools across the country. A preview is now posted on YouTube and shows Beyonce dancing at a school with kids.  The pop star opens the video by saying her intent is to "promote the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, but what we want to do is make it fun." 

The behind the scenes look at the shooting of the music video also shows middle school students talking about how hard it is to choose healthy foods.  Two girls in a school cafeteria ask, "kids like us we eat Chinese food, McDonalds...when's the last time anybody had a carrot?"  The next scene has Beyonce dancing while eating an apple. FULL POST

Obama meets students he mentioned in budget deal speech
President Obama meets with students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colorado
April 11th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Obama meets students he mentioned in budget deal speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) -All they wanted was for their class trip to Washington not to fall victim to a government shutdown. But a group of students from Colorado ended up getting a little more than just the standard class photo from the trip – a personal meeting with President Obama on the White House South Lawn.

“Now that things worked out, we figured we’d give you a little bonus,” Obama said Monday as he greeted the students from Altona Middle School in Longmont, Colorado.

In his remarks Friday evening following the budget deal on Capitol Hill, Obama cited a letter from Shalini Schane, a mother of one of the students in the class, who begged him to reach an agreement with Congress so her son’s trip to Washington would not be cancelled. “She wrote this wonderful letter,” Obama said as he greeted Schane and her son, and told the students he wanted to arrange a meeting with them after Schane “explained how wonderful your trip was,” in her letter.
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Topics: Budget • President Obama • White House
Gen. McChrystal's new post
President Obama met with McChrystal aboard Air Force One in 2009 during a stop in Denmark
April 11th, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Gen. McChrystal's new post

WASHINGTON (CNN) -Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, President Obama’s former top military commander in Afghanistan relieved from duty last year, is taking a new post working with the Obama administration. According to a White House official, he will lead a three-member advisory board for a new White House initiative to support and honor military families, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden.

The initiative, called Joining Forces, “aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society” to address the unique challenges American troops, veterans and their families face said the White House press office.

“He will be a unique and powerful advocate for the millions of Americans who serve our country selflessly,” said the First Lady in a statement welcoming McChrystal to the effort. “This program will build upon our nation’s great patriotism by asking all Americans to take action and ensure our military families have the support they have earned. General McChrystal will be a powerful leader in this cause.”
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Big changes to come on Obama's national security team
Gen. David Petraeus is being considered to be the next CIA Director
April 11th, 2011
11:25 AM ET

Big changes to come on Obama's national security team

By CNN's Barbara Starr -

WASHINGTON (CNN) -The Obama administration is considering General David Petraeus, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the next possible CIA director, an Administration official confirms to CNN. The official would not be identified because no announcements have been made about upcoming personnel decisions.

The move would be just one of a complex shuffle set to take place through the rest of the year as key members of the president's national security team are set to depart, including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates who has long wanted to retired, and The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term is set to end this year.

The current director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, is one of the people high on the list to replace Gates as defense secretary, the official said.

"There is a lot of chatter and a lot of speculation out there right now about what General Petraeus may do in the future. And all of it is premature and thus we aren't commenting," said Petraeus' spokesman Col. Erik Gunhus told CNN.
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POTUS schedule Monday April 11, 2011
April 11th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

POTUS schedule Monday April 11, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After a surprise visit to the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday and a round of golf on Sunday, President Obama is back at work on Monday.   He will receive the Daily Presidential Briefing in the morning then be updated on Libya in the Situation room.

EDT

 10:00AM        Pool Call Time

 10:30AM        THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office  Closed Press 

11:30AM        THE PRESIDENT holds a meeting on Libya

Situation Room      Closed Press

 Briefing Schedule

 12:30PM         Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

 


Topics: Daily Schedule • White House