Obamas to appear on Oprah
Oprah Winfrey traveled to President Obama's inauguration in January 2009
April 12th, 2011
04:28 PM ET

Obamas to appear on Oprah

WASHINGTON (CNN) -The queen of talk, the president and first lady of the United States together again. The President and Mrs. Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a taping of her talk show April 27th, a White House source confirms to CNN.

This is Oprah's final season for the popular syndicated show which she has hosted for 25 years. She famously endorsed then-Senator Obama in his bid for president in 2007 on the Larry King Show. That was the first time the talk show queen inserted herself into a presidential race. Winfrey went on to campaign for Obama and was very visible at his election night victory rally in Chicago's Grant Park.

Just this month the internet lit up with speculation that she might not endorse Obama in his bid for re-election in 2012. But she has remained mum on that topic. The show with the Obamas will air May 2.

First Lady leads new initiative for military families
First Lady Michelle announces a new initiative for military families in the White House East Room on Tuesday
April 12th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

First Lady leads new initiative for military families

By CNN Wires Staff
WASHINGTON (CNN) -Supporting military families with jobs, education and other services is a matter of national security, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in helping his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill announce a new initiative supporting relatives of American service members.

"Joining Forces" will encourage businesses to provide jobs for military spouses, schools to find ways to provide additional support to children of service members and also encourage everyday Americans to find ways to personally get involved.

"It's not just the right thing to do, it also makes this country stronger," Obama said, noting that soldiers often say the one thing he can do for them is ensure their families are cared for so they can focus on their jobs.
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Biden honors Bob Dole's long service
Vice President Biden participates in the unveiling of a plaque for Sen. Bob Dole at the World War II memorial
April 12th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Biden honors Bob Dole's long service

WASHINGTON (CNN) -There was a terrible rainstorm here on Tuesday morning, but NBC News anchorman and special correspondent Tom Brokaw said he woke up knowing there was just no way that an event on the National Mall honoring a certain World War II veteran would be cancelled.

"Don't worry about it, God wouldn't dare rain on Bob Dole's parade," Brokaw quipped at the beginning of a ceremony honoring the former Republican Senator and presidential nominee's efforts to create the National World War II Memorial.

With the help of a tent to block the rain, Vice President Joe Biden and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar - along with several of Dole's other former Senate colleagues - helped unveil a plaque that will now be featured at the memorial to note the 87-year-old's tireless efforts to get it built.

Biden gave an emotional speech that included an anecdote about going to the beaches of Normandy in France with Dole on the anniversary of D-Day and coming upon a veteran in a wheelchair who refused to accept thanks from Biden, instead insisting it was his wife Mary who deserved credit for helping with the war effort back home while he served overseas.
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Obama's sister describes his 'easy going' demeanor
April 12th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Obama's sister describes his 'easy going' demeanor

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sister acknowledged his first term has been a "challenging time," but said it's important he win a second term.

"He has a healthy dose of pragmatism and he knew there would be enormous challenges and that it would be hard work, but of course there are things that happened that are simply unforeseen," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air Tuesday. "As a citizen and as a parent myself, it's very important to me that he run and win."

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Did you know..?
President Obama in the treaty room as he reads one of the 10 letters from Americans chosen for him to read everyday
April 12th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Did you know..?

The Treaty Room is located on the second floor of the White House in the residence, and is used as a private office and study by the president. President Obama was photographed in the room on a recent evening after he had left the Oval Office for the day. Obama was calling Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan to discuss the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation on March 11.

The room gets its name from the peace treaty President William McKinley signed there with Spain in 1898 which ended the Spanish-American War. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft displayed personal memorabilia going to their college days in the room, and President Woodrow Wilson would go to the room after dinner to decode classified dispatches sent earlier in the day.

The centerpiece of the room is the Treaty Table, a Victorian desk, upon which the treaty with Spain, and many others have been signed. Many recent presidents have used it as their desk in the study.

POTUS schedule Tuesday April 12, 2011
April 12th, 2011
08:24 AM ET

POTUS schedule Tuesday April 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) -President Obama has plenty of meetings today.    The White House is certain to be working on a strategy to get the debt ceiling raised. 

We will hear from the president today at the  East Room event announcing a new initiative to support the military and their families.

Obama's full schedule is after the jump.

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