Parting gift for Obama at Facebook
President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg during a town hall at Facebook headquarters
April 20th, 2011
09:47 PM ET

Parting gift for Obama at Facebook

Palo Alto, California (CNN) - President Obama can now channel his inner Facebook after receiving the signature "Facebook hoodie" attire of the company's founder.

As an hour long town hall meeting at his company's headquarters drew to a close, Mark Zuckerberg presented the official sweatshirt to Obama "as a small token of our appreciation, in case for some reason you want to dress like me."

"This is a high fashion statement right here," Obama said. "This is beautiful."
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Topics: President Obama • The News
Obamas will attend space shuttle launch
April 20th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Obamas will attend space shuttle launch

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Obama family plans to attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour later this month.

According to a senior administration official, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha will watch the launch in person on Friday, April 29th at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Endeavour, NASA's next-to-last shuttle launch, will be commanded by Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head  from the Jan. 8th shootings in Tucson, Arizona.  Doctors expect Giffords to make the trip from her Houston hospital room to see her husband's launch.

Kelly will lead a crew of six to deliver physics instruments to the International Space Station. He resumed training with the team in February after being by his wife's side at an Arizona hospital. The crew will arrive in Florida next Tuesday to begin final preparations for the mission.

After the shuttle launch, President Obama will give a commencement speech at Miami Dade College.


Topics: NASA • The Family
Obama is a fan of Facebook?
FILE/President Obama greets Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a dinner for business and technology leaders in February in San Francisco.
April 20th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

Obama is a fan of Facebook?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As President Obama traveled to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, what movie was playing on Air Force One?

"The Social Network" of course!

The movie chronicles the creation of the social network website and founder Mark Zuckerberg's life.

President Obama met with Zuckerberg in February during a trip to San Francisco for a closed meeting with business and technology leaders.  But Obama's relationship with Facebook and social media goes back to his campaign for president. 

"Dating back to the President’s first campaign for the presidency, there’s a great focus on social media," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One. FULL POST


Topics: President Obama • The News
Weekly poll
April 20th, 2011
12:07 PM ET

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Topics: 2012 Election • Poll
POTUS schedule for Wednesday, April 20
April 20th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Wednesday, April 20

President Obama is expected to leave the White House at 10am this morning for a 3-day trip to California and Nevada. He will be the first sitting president to visit Facebook HQ when he participates in a town hall meeting there later this afternoon. Obama also attends two DNC fundraisers this evening in San Francisco, and will spend the night there tonight before traveling to Reno and LA tomorrow.

Jay Carney will gaggle with reporters on Air Force One en route to the West Coast.

Below is the schedule, as distributed by the White House last night.

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