First Lady's plane has close call
April 19th, 2011
07:09 PM ET

First Lady's plane has close call

By CNN Wires Staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) -  A plane carrying Michelle Obama had to abort its landing on Monday after it came too close to a military C-17 cargo plane, according to a senior administration official and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The planes were three miles apart, when they are supposed to be five miles apart, the official told CNN. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating what went wrong, as it is believed to be an air traffic controller mistake, the official said.

Check out Ed Henry's live report on CNN

The White House does not believe the first lady's life was ever in danger, the senior official said.

The FAA said in a statement controllers at Andrews Air Force Base instructed an incoming Boeing 737 to perform a "go around" "because the plane did not have the required amount of separation" behind the military plane. The FAA is investigating. "The aircraft were never in any danger," the agency said. FULL POST


Topics: Michelle Obama • The News
Obama meets with leaders about immigration
April 19th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Obama meets with leaders about immigration

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama met this afternoon with a variety of government, religious, and business leaders behind closed doors to discuss immigration. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Rev. Al Sharpton were among the attendees. According to the White House, the president and the group discussed the failure to pass the DREAM Act and "stressed that in order to successfully tackle this issue they must bring the debate to communities around the country and involve many sectors of American society in insisting that Congress act to create a system that meets our nation's needs for the 21st century and that upholds America's history as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants."

 
Full the full readout of the meeting, provided by the White House, click below.

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Commencement Speaker Dr. Jill Biden
April 19th, 2011
05:18 PM ET

Commencement Speaker Dr. Jill Biden

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, will be the commencement speaker for two college graduations next month.

She will be giving advice to graduating students at both Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island and Montgomery County Community College in King of Prussia, PA during commencement ceremonies. Salve Regina is a small Catholic liberal arts school with 2,500 students. Montgomery County Community College has close to 34,000 students on two campuses in Central Pennsylvania.  

Dr. Biden teaches English at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia, the same campus where President Obama hosted a town-hall meeting with students and faculty on Tuesday morning.


Topics: Education • Jill Biden • The News
Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting
April 19th, 2011
02:45 PM ET

Obama talks fiscal reform at town hall-style meeting

By CNN's Tom Cohen

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Facing a possible future downgrade of America's credit rating, President Barack Obama on Tuesday told the first of three town hall-style meetings this week that a "big philosophical divide" exists between his approach to deficit reduction and how Republicans think.

The hour-long event at Northern Virginia Community College brought few challenging questions from a mostly student audience that cheered Obama and applauded his major policy statements.

Given such free rein, Obama delivered campaign-style messages that emphasized what he called his balanced approach to reducing federal deficits and bringing down the national debt versus a Republican proposal that the president characterized as unfair to middle-class Americans and vulnerable communities such as senior citizens.

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Topics: Budget • The News • Virginia
Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'
April 19th, 2011
02:36 PM ET

Obama to reporter: 'Let me finish'

By Ed Hornick, CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Politics is serious business – but not all the time.

President Barack Obama got into a somewhat tense exchange with a Dallas TV reporter during an interview Monday at the White House.

Read the full article at the CNN Political Ticker


Topics: President Obama
Did you know...?
FILE/President Obama cheers on children in last year's White House Easter Egg Roll.
April 19th, 2011
12:27 PM ET

Did you know...?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Next Monday, the White House will host the 133rd Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.  President Rutherford B. Hayes began the tradition in 1878 by inviting children to roll eggs on the White House lawn after Congress had passed a law banning egg-rolling at the Capitol in 1876. This year 1,200 volunteers will assist the White House in making it possible. Also, 14,500 hard-boiled eggs will be used in the egg roll and the egg hunt and another 4,500 hard-boiled eggs will be decorated by children as part of the festivities.

For more fun facts provided by the White House, click below. FULL POST

Obama hosts Holy Week prayer breakfast
Obama prays with faith leaders at the second annual Easter week prayer breakfast
April 19th, 2011
10:18 AM ET

Obama hosts Holy Week prayer breakfast

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama held a prayer breakfast this morning at the White House, where he spoke about faith this Easter week. 130 clergy and faith leaders from a wide range of Christian backgrounds including Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox clergy attended the breakfast.

"I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason – because as busy as we are, as many tasks that pile up, during this season we are reminded that there is something about the resurrection, something about the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective," he said.

The president spoke for just five minutes, and did not bring up the debt or the deficit – a subject he will address later this morning at a town hall meeting in Virginia.

Rather, the focus was solely on Holy Week, and his belief in Jesus.

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Topics: Faith • President Obama • The Buzz • The News
Obama's upcoming fundraisers in LA
April 19th, 2011
10:16 AM ET

Obama's upcoming fundraisers in LA

By CNN National Correspondent Jessica Yellin:

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Democratic sources tell CNN the president's Los Angeles fundraisers include two small dinners and a rally. Each dinner seats 60 people. The ask: $35,800 per person. That includes $30,800 for the DNC and $5000 to the campaign.

The first 60 person dinner will be on the Sony Pictures lot, chaired by Sony CEO and Chairman Michael Lynton. The second, at the Brentwood restaurant, the Tavern, will be chaired by tennis channel CEO Ken Soloman and Capital Group's John Emerson – Southern California finance Co-chairs – as well as democratic consultant and fundraiser Andy Spahn and movie mogul Jeffery Katzenberg.

For the full post, click here.


Topics: 2012 Election • fundraiser • The News
POTUS schedule for Tuesday, April 19
Flowers blooming in the White House Rose Garden
April 19th, 2011
08:58 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, April 19

Obama hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House this morning. Later he heads toNorthern Virginiato a town hall focused on “reducing our debt and bringing down our deficit.”

Here is the schedule as released last night by the White House press office.

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Topics: Daily Schedule