Michelle Obama flexes her muscles to help military families
May 9th, 2011
06:15 PM ET

Michelle Obama flexes her muscles to help military families

By White House Producers Shawna Shepherd and Bonney Kapp

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The first lady gave up the secret behind her toned arms as she encouraged military families to get more active.

As Michelle Obama rolled out "Let's Move!" commitments for National Guard and Reserve families, she gave a shout-out to her personal trainer, Cornell McClellan.

"If anybody wants to know who’s responsible for these arms - it’s that guy," said Mrs. Obama. "And it is always helpful to have somebody else pushing you - because let me tell you, there are times when my rational mind says it’s enough, and he says no it’s not."

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May 9th, 2011
05:51 PM ET

Controversy in Texas ahead of Obama's visit: political payback or just political fodder?

Washington (CNN) - The White House has declared a disaster in 26 states so far this year, and the Lone Star State’s U.S. senators are miffed that Texas isn’t one of them.

GOP Senators John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison teamed up last week and sent President Obama a letter inviting him to tour the state’s extensive wildfire damage when he visits El Paso Tuesday to talk immigration.

Their goal: convince Obama to change his mind and declare a disaster in Texas, in order to secure federal funds through FEMA.

“We are hopeful that after seeing this devastation first hand, you will reconsider your recent denial,” the senators wrote to Obama.

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Topics: FEMA • President Obama • The Buzz
Bidens to say 'buongiorno' to Italy
May 9th, 2011
05:43 PM ET

Bidens to say 'buongiorno' to Italy

The White House just announced Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden are heading to Italy this summer.

Here's the advisory, just released by the White House:

"Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Italy during the first week of June to participate in the celebration of the 150thanniversary of the unification of Italy.  Vice President Biden will also meet with Italian leaders to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues, as well as how the United States and Europe can work together to help meet the global challenges we face. Additional details about the Vice President and Dr. Biden’s trip will be forthcoming."

May 9th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Obama to meet with Senate caucuses on deficit

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday that President Obama will meet on Wednesday with the Senate Democratic Caucus, and on Thursday with the Senate Republican Caucus, "to talk about the range of important issues on the legislative agenda, including the need to adopt a balanced approach in confronting the nation's long term deficit challenges."

Carney said the president will meet with House Republican and Democratic caucuses for similar discussions in the coming weeks.

The newly announced meetings come the same week that Vice President Biden is expected to host a second round of budget talks with Hill leaders as the White House and Congress continue to debate both a deficit reduction package and legislation to increase the debt ceiling.


Topics: President Obama • The News
Immigration – the next big push?
Immigrants and working families march to demand legalization for all immigrants and to stop deportations and the attacks on workers in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2011.
May 9th, 2011
01:51 PM ET

Immigration – the next big push?

WASHINGTON  (CNN) - President Obama heads to El Paso,Texas tomorrow where he is expected to talk about an issue that was near and dear to his heart on the 2008 campaign trail: immigration.

Then candidate Obama frequently promised comprehensive immigration reform, even pledging to La Raza, the Hispanic civil rights advocacy group, that he would “make it a top priority in my first year as president.”

“It’s time for a president who won’t walk away from something as important as comprehensive reform when it becomes politically unpopular,” he told the group in July 2008, adding, “not just because we need to secure our borders and get control of who comes into our country, and not just because we have to crack down on employers abusing undocumented immigrants – but because we have to finally bring those 12 million people out of the shadows.”

Two years later, reform remained but a pledge.

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Topics: Immigration • President Obama • The Buzz • The News
POTUS schedule for Monday, May 9
May 9th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Monday, May 9

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will spend much of the morning behind closed doors in private meetings with his advisers and receiving his daily briefings. This afternoon, he'll meet with the crew of Discovery Space Shuttle in the Oval Office, but there's no coverage from TV cameras of that meeting. The crew returned in March after a 12-day mission to deliver supplies to the International Space Station and to conduct spacewalks. Later in the evening, the president and vice president will meet with the co-chairs of the U.S. and China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, including Secretary of State Clinton, Treasury Secretary Geithner, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo in the Oval Office. That meeting is also closed to the press. We'll update you if there are any updates to the schedule.

For the full schedule from the White House, click below. FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule • The Vault