Another Seder at the White House
President Obama marking the beginning of Passover with a Seder with friends and staff at the White House on March 29, 2010.
April 18th, 2011
07:32 PM ET

Another Seder at the White House

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obamas will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House Monday evening with family friends, White House employees and some of their family members.

Obama hosted his first Seder in Pennsylvania in 2008, when the presidential candidate gathered a group of Jewish and non-Jewish staffers for an impromptu Seder in Harrisburg after a long day on the campaign trail. The Seders that followed at the White House in 2009 and 2010 were held in the Old Family Dining Room and included the same group, plus other staffers and family.

Danielle Borrin, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and liaison to the Jewish community, wrote Monday about the Jewish Passover tradition on the White House blog.  She said among the family recipes on the White House menu this year "are a traditional chicken soup with matzoh balls, braised beef brisket, potato kugel, carrot soufflé, and matzoh chocolate cake."

Guidance from the White House is that this year's dinner "will be not strictly kosher but kosher style," and they will again use the Maxwell House Passover Haggadah.


Topics: Michelle Obama • Passover • President Obama • The News
Obama honors Air Force Falcons
April 18th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Obama honors Air Force Falcons

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama presented the Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief Trophy in the Rose Garden Monday.  The last time the Air Force Academy beat Army and Navy in the three-way season series was in 2002.

"Until this year, no one on this team knew what it felt like to beat Army, to beat Navy, to visit the White House, and to earn football bragging rights over the other branches," President Obama said.  "Now you know the feeling."

The team presented an official Air Force football to the president with his name on it and the scores of both the Army and Navy game. They also gave him a jersey with the number 23, which was the number he wore when he played basketball in high school.

President Obama gladly reminded everyone it was "My old number - before Michael Jordan, by the way."

The team decided against a jersey with the number one because, according to Cadet Reggie Rembert, "there's only 'one' in our hearts and that's the Air Force One."

The tax man cometh...even for POTUS and VPOTUS
President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden released their income tax returns Monday.
April 18th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

The tax man cometh...even for POTUS and VPOTUS

WASHINGTON (CNN) - There are a lot of perks to being President of the United States, unfortunately avoiding taxes is not one of them.  On this tax filing deadline day President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden made public their tax returns.

The president and Mrs. Obama filed a joint return declaring a gross income of $1,728,096.  They paid $453,770 in taxes for 2010.  Most of the Obamas income surprisingly comes not from being president, which was just under $400,000, but instead from proceeds from the books the president has authored.  The Obamas supported dozens of charities from The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to the Fisher House, a public private group that supports the needs of wounded military and their families.  They donated $245,075 or 14% of their income to charity.  The Obamas also deducted just under $50,000 interest paid on their mortgage, not 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but their Chicago residence.

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Springtime at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave
April 18th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

Springtime at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

CNN photojournalist Brian Yaklyvich spotted this robin's next outside of the West Wing this morning. Signs of spring at the White House.


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POTUS Schedule for Monday, April 18
April 18th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

POTUS Schedule for Monday, April 18

Obama presents the “Commander-in-Chief Trophy” to the Air Force Academy football team today – his only open event of the day.  He will also conduct interviews with four local affiliates from Denver, Raleigh, Dallas, and Indianapolis.

Jay Carney briefs at noon.

Here is the schedule, as provided by the White House last night.

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