April 29th, 2011
09:53 PM ET

Obama talks immigration, his own past to Miami college grads

MIAMI (CNN) - President Barack Obama traveled to downtown Miami Friday evening, where he delivered remarks to some 4,000 new graduates of Miami Dade College (MDC).

"Class of 2011, you and your generation are now responsible for our future. I'm only going to be president a little bit longer," Obama said. "You are going to be leaders for many years to come."

During the 25-minute address, the president spoke of equality, diversity, and tolerance to the students, who were mostly Hispanic and black. Some, Obama acknowledged in his speech, were undocumented.

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Topics: Immigration • President Obama • The Buzz • The News
April 29th, 2011
09:42 PM ET

Look who was invited to dinner

Washington (CNN) - Saturday night the stars will shine just a bit more brightly in the nation’s capital when the White House Correspondents' Association hosts it annual dinner at the Washington Hilton.

The ballroom will once again be at capacity. All 262 tables are sold out. That means over 2,600 men and women decked out in their finest trying to see and be seen. Here is a list of invited guests scheduled to attend this year’s dinner:

Hollywood:
Maria Bello
Paul Rudd
Eric Stonestreet
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Justin Mikita
Katherine Tokarz
Jane Lynch
Elizabeth Banks
Wendell Pierce
Morgan Fairchild
Hill Harper
Daniel Dae Kim
Mira Sorvino
Kate Hudson
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Scrubbed launch doesn't deter Obama visit
April 29th, 2011
03:26 PM ET

Scrubbed launch doesn't deter Obama visit

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) – As many as 700,000 people, including the first family, were hoping to watch space shuttle Endeavour lift off at 3:47 p.m. for its final space flight.  Any excitement was mixed with disappointment when news spread that the launch had been postponed.

President Obama was wrapping up his visit in Alabama, surveying tornado damage, when NASA tweeted that the launch was scrubbed “because of an issue with Auxiliary Power Unit 1 heaters.”

It was not until Obama got on Air Force One that the press found out the president and his family would still visit Kennedy Space Center despite the scrubbed launch. FULL POST


Topics: NASA • The Family • The News
The Endeavour’s presidential send-off
April 29th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

The Endeavour’s presidential send-off

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) – With the curtain closing on America’s space shuttle program, President Obama will bring his wife and two daughters to witness the 25th and final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, which appears to be a “go” for it’s scheduled 3:47pm launch.

Before takeoff, the family will tour the Orbiter Processing Facility, where the space shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for its final launch in June.

Obama will become only the second president to attend a shuttle launch. President Bill Clinton watched Discovery takeoff in October 1998.

The shuttle commander, Mark Kelly, is also the husband of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in January. The congresswoman is expected to watch the launch with other family members of the Endeavour crew. The first family is expected join NASA Director Charles Bolden, Jr. in the Launch Control Center. FULL POST


Topics: NASA • The Family • The News
POTUS schedule for Friday, April 29
April 29th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Friday, April 29

WASHINGTON -  President Obama has a lot on his plate today.  He will tour parts of Alabama effect by the recent violent storms, then head to Florida for the launch of  the space shuttle Endeavour.  After the launch (all fingers crossed for good weather) the president will travel to Miami to deliver the commencement address at Miami Dade College.

the full schedule is after the jump

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Topics: Daily Schedule • White House