April 21st, 2011
07:11 PM ET

Obama invokes his faith and A.G. in Nevada town hall

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - President Obama invoked his Christian faith Thursday, to explain his understanding of scientific advancements, at a town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada.

“I am a Christian and a person of faith and I believe that God gave us brains to figure things out,” Obama said when asked by a woman in the audience what his health policies could do to assist her husband who is suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Obama touted a provision in the Recovery Act that funds the National Institutes of Health to deal with such ailments. “We've got to use science to make lives better for our families and our communities and this planet,” Obama said.

While he acknowledged he did not know much about her husband’s disease, Obama promised “I will do when I get back is I will have the National Institute of Health explain to me what they're currently doing and start seeing if they can do more on this particular ailment.”
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Topics: Economy • Energy • President Obama
Singing woman interrupts Obama fundraiser
President Obama greeting supporters after a Wednesday night DNC fundraiser at Nob Hill Masonic Center in San Francisco.
April 21st, 2011
02:04 PM ET

Singing woman interrupts Obama fundraiser

By the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - A woman wearing a T-shirt supporting WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning interrupted President Barack Obama at a California fundraiser Thursday by breaking into song.

After completing her song, in which others at her table joined as it progressed, the unidentified woman was escorted out by two White House aides as she said: "Free Bradley Manning. I'm leaving. I hope I don't get tortured in jail."

Manning, an Army private first class suspected of giving classified documents to WikiLeaks, was transferred to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, this week.

The 23-year-old military intelligence analyst from Oklahoma had been held in the brig at Quantico Marine Base south of Washington. Supporters complained he was confined in a one-man cell for 23 hours a day and forced to sleep without clothing. Protesters including Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg demonstrated on Manning's behalf last month.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • fundraiser • President Obama • The News • Wikileaks
Picture of the Week
April 21st, 2011
12:09 PM ET

Picture of the Week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - This week has been all about campaigning – both for his message on debt-reduction and fiscal reform and also campaigning for his re-election bid. CNN White House Producer Shawna Shepherd captured this moment at President Obama's first town hall of the week, at Northern Virginia Community College, where he began his quest to connect with the American people about debt-reduction and bringing down the deficit.

TIME 100 list: Obama honors Giffords
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) AZ, injured in a mass shooting in January has been chosen as one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. President Obama who was also on the list wrote a tribute to Giffords for the magazine.
April 21st, 2011
10:53 AM ET

TIME 100 list: Obama honors Giffords

WASHINGTON (CNN)–Injured Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is among the one hundred people selected by TIME magazine for its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2011.  President Barack Obama, who also made that list, wrote the tribute to her for the magazine. 

"Gabrielle Giffords may not have been a household name. But the reason she has long been admired by people of all political stripes is that she embodies the best of what public service should be: hard work and fair play, hope and resilience, a willingness to listen and a determination to do your best in a busy world," Mr. Obama wrote.  FULL POST

April 21st, 2011
08:23 AM ET

Judicial nominee logjam creates 'crisis' in some federal courts

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

Washington (CNN) - In the words of Judge Roslyn Silver, the situation is "dire." From her chambers in Phoenix, Arizona, the chief judge of federal judicial District of Arizona warns a bulging criminal caseload is being exacerbated by three unfilled bench seats, which the Obama administration and the Senate have, until recently, shown little urgency to address.

"We have a crisis, we have vacancies, and we would like to have them filled so that justice can be served," she told CNN in an exclusive television interview.

The crisis was thrust suddenly upon the 64-year-old Arizona native. The murder of her predecessor, Chief Judge John Roll in the January 8 Tucson shootings that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded suddenly put her in charge. Losing a colleague and dear friend, while ensuring her court continued to do its job remains a personal and professional challenge for Silver, but she remains quietly confident.

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Fundraiser-in-chief
President Obama with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in California Wednesday. Mr. Obama is on the west coast for several fundraisers and two town hall events.
April 21st, 2011
08:20 AM ET

Fundraiser-in-chief

SAN FRANCISCO (CNN) – With his re-election campaign officially up and running, President Obama offered supporters in San Francisco a robust defense of accomplishments thus far in his first term, while asking them to step up their efforts to help him win a second.

“Our work is not finished,” he told a largely enthusiastic crowd at a ‘Gen 44’ fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, even as he cited his administration’s efforts to battle a deep recession, reform the education system, and passage of health care reform legislation.  His remarks were met with loud applause by the crowd when he mentioned the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ as well as his appointment of two women to the Supreme Court.

“I believe in an America where government lives within its means,” Obama said as he focused on his day job and spoke of the need to confront the deficit and called for cuts in defense spending, as well as reforming the tax code.  “We all need to share in the sacrifice,” the president said while saying that sacrifice should not extend to investments in education, infrastructure, and technology for the jobs of America’s future.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy,” Obama told the crowd of the setbacks and disappointments that have followed since his election, but that it was the unfinished business they needed to pick up on going forward.  The sentiment of unfinished business was echoed periodically throughout the remarks by audience members asking more to be done in certain areas such as same sex marriage, and a single payer health care system. FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • DNC • fundraiser • President Obama • The News
President's schedule for Thursday, April 21
President Obama and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at a Facebook town hall event Wednesday in Palo Alto, CA.
April 21st, 2011
08:10 AM ET

President's schedule for Thursday, April 21

All times PDT

9:40AM          THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a DNC event/St.Regis Hotel,San Francisco,California/ Print Pool Coverage Only

10:35AM        THE PRESIDENT departs San Francisco,California/San Francisco International Airport/ Open Press

11:30AM        THE PRESIDENT arrives in Reno,Nevada/Reno-Tahoe International Airport/ Open Press

11:50AM        THE PRESIDENT participates in a Shared Responsibility and Shared Prosperity town hall where he will discuss his vision for bringing down our deficit

ElectraTherm, Inc.,Reno,Nevada/ Pooled for TV, Open to pre-credentialed correspondents and still photographers FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule • The News • White House