Obama and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi
April 26th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Obama and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

The White House provided this readout about the president’s meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi:

The President met today at the White House with His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.  The two leaders had a productive and wide-ranging discussion which focused on our common strategic interests in the region.  The President and the Crown Prince noted the strong ties between theUnited Statesand the UAE, and emphasized the importance of continued close consultations between our two countries.  This meeting  occurred after National Security Advisor Tom Donilon’s April 13 consultations with the Crown Prince in Abu Dhabi.


Topics: President Obama • The News
April 26th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

CNN 'birther' investigation: Obama born in the USA. Period.

From CNN's Gary Tuchman

Editor's note: Tune in to "AC360°" on Tuesday beginning at 10 p.m. ET to see the remainder of Gary Tuchman's investigation into President Barack Obama's birthplace.

(CNN) - Was Barack Obama really born in America?

A new CNN investigation reveals what most analysts have been saying since the "birther" controversy erupted during the 2008 presidential campaign: Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Period.

While the president has made light of the controversy, the question remains political red meat for some of his critics. A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe Obama was definitely or probably born in the United States. More than four in 10 Republicans, however, believe he probably or definitely was not born in America.

The U.S. Constitution says only "natural born" citizens can become president - a vague clause that some members of the birther movement contend disqualifies Obama because, they insist, he was born outside the United States.

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Topics: Birth Certificate • Hawaii • President Obama • The Buzz
Did you know...?
President Nixon's daughter Tricia and Edward Cox's wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden on June 12, 1971.
April 26th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Did you know...?

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In honor of this week's Royal wedding, we wanted to look into the history of weddings at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. There have been 21 White House weddings, including nine presidential children and one president, according to Doug Wead, presidential historian and author of "All The Presidents' Children."

President James Monroe's daughter Maria was the first child of a president to marry in the White House, in 1820. Fourteen presidential children were married outside the White House during their father's presidency. The most recent was President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush, who married Henry Hager in Crawford, Texas, in May 2008.

The last wedding to be held at the White House was during the Clinton administration, in May 1994, when Hillary Rodham Clinton's brother, Anthony Rodham, married Nicole Boxer.

President Richard Nixon's daughter, Tricia Nixon, is the only person to get married in the Rose Garden. According to Wead's website, White House pastry chef Heinz Bender produced a 350 pound, cantilevered cake.

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, April 26
April 26th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Tuesday, April 26

President Obama has no public events on his schedule today, but will conduct a round of interviews this morning focusing on the debt and deficit, with local affiliates in Atlanta, Cleveland, Hampton Roads, and Detroit.

Later in the day he will meet with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emiratesto discuss common strategic interests in the region. The top of the meeting is open only to still photographers, so there is no chance of reporters asking questions of the president.

 Obama will also meet with Defense Secretary Bob Gates today.

 See the schedule below the fold.

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