Obama talks tough on deficit at Philadelphia fundraiser
June 30th, 2011
06:23 PM ET

Obama talks tough on deficit at Philadelphia fundraiser

Philadelphia (CNN) - President Obama Thursday continued his tough talk on negotiations that surround raising the debt ceiling, telling a packed ballroom of supporters in Philadelphia he will not agree to the broad spending cuts some Republican leaders in Congress are demanding.

“I am prepared to bring our deficit down by trillions of dollars. That’s with a T, trillions. But I will not reduce our deficit by sacrificing our kids’ education… by eliminating medical research being done by our scientists,” Obama said to a largely enthusiastic crowd. “I won’t sacrifice rebuilding our roads, and our bridges, and our railways and our airports.”

The comments followed similarly tough talk at his White House press conference Wednesday and came at a joint fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s reelection campaign - an event that more than 800 people paid at least $100 to attend, according to DNC officials.

Before the president touched down in Philadelphia Thursday evening, he was already taking heat from Republicans for taking time to raise money only a day after he scolded Congress for not showing enough action ahead of the looming August 2 debt ceiling deadline.
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Everybody's all a twitter about Obama's Twitter town hall
June 30th, 2011
01:09 PM ET

Everybody's all a twitter about Obama's Twitter town hall

President Obama is taking his message directly to the people and once again is using social media to do it.  The first ever Twitter presidential town hall is set for Wednesday, July 6.  The White House tweeted the announcement this morning.  And amid continuing bad economic news for the administration, the focus of the town hall will be the economy and jobs. The live webcast will be held at the White House July, 6 at 2p EDT.  You can tweet your questions to #AskObama.

 Earlier this year in April, the president held a similar town hall on Facebook with its founder Mark Zuckerberg.


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News
Obama hits two fundraisers as crucial quarter ends
June 30th, 2011
10:09 AM ET

Obama hits two fundraisers as crucial quarter ends

Philadelphia (CNN) – President Obama will head to Philadelphia for two events organized by the Democratic National Committee Thursday, the same day the first major and closely-watched fundraising quarter of the 2012 presidential campaign cycle draws to a close.

The president, joined by Reps. Bob Brady and Chaka Fattah and Mayor Michael Nutter, will deliver remarks at a fundraising bash at The Bellevue Hyatt in the afternoon. Ticket prices started at $100 according to two Democratic officials.

The officials said he will then attend a fundraising dinner at the home of Rhonda and David L. Cohen, tickets for which started at $10,000. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania will attend the evening event.
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The President's Schedule Thursday June 30
June 30th, 2011
08:19 AM ET

The President's Schedule Thursday June 30

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Secretary Gates; THE VICE PRESIDENT attends/ The Pentagon/ Pooled for TV, Open for Correspondents and Still Photographers

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press FULL POST


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Obama pushes GOP on taxes in debt ceiling talks
June 29th, 2011
03:07 PM ET

Obama pushes GOP on taxes in debt ceiling talks

By Tom Cohen and Alan Silverleib

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.

People shouldn't get "spooked," but "the yellow light (is) flashing," he warned. "This is urgent."

Top economic analysts have warned of potentially catastrophic repercussions if the ceiling is not raised by August 2, including skyrocketing interest rates and a plummeting U.S. dollar.

The president blasted congressional Republicans for refusing to consider raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans as part of any deal. Congress needs to be willing to "take on their sacred cows and do tough things" while moving away from "maximalist positions," he said.

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Live blogging Obama's news conference
June 29th, 2011
11:26 AM ET

Live blogging Obama's news conference

Can't watch the news conference?  CNN's Political Ticker and The 1600 Report will be live blogging so you can follow in real time.

The President's Schedule:  11:30am news conference
President Obama will hold a news conference Wednesday at 11:30am. You can watch live on CNN.
June 29th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

The President's Schedule: 11:30am news conference

9:30AM          THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ClosedPress

11:30AM        THE PRESIDENT holds a news conference/ East Room/ Open Press

1:50PM           THE PRESIDENT welcomes the WNBA Champion Seattle Storm to the White House/Rose Garden/OpenPress

3:00PM           THE PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT meet with Senate Democratic Leadership/Oval Office/ClosedPress FULL POST

Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit
June 28th, 2011
04:34 PM ET

Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, telling a group of manufacturing workers in Iowa that while times remain tough, the administration has made a series of critical investments in the country's long-term development.

He also knocked Washington's harsh partisan environment, saying that lawmakers need to start working more as a team for the country's common good.

"I ran (for president in 2008) because I believe in an America where working families aren't just treading water, but where they're moving forward," the president said during a visit to an Alcoa plant in Bettendorf.

"I know these are difficult times," he conceded. "Sometimes it's tempting to turn cynical ... and start thinking that maybe our best days are behind us. But that's not the America I know."

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Topics: Economy • Iowa Caucuses
Did you know...?
Then-Senator Obama making a campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Feb. 10, 2007.
June 28th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Did you know...?

Barack Obama will be making his fifth visit as president to Iowa today.  After formally announcing his intention to run for president on Feb. 10, 2007 in Illinois, then-Senator Obama spent the next two days in Iowa with visits to Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Ames.  Obama held more than 100 town hall meetings with Iowans over the course of his 21-month race to the White House, according to his 2008 presidential campaign.  In 2008, Obama carried the state with 54 percent over Republican presidential nominee John McCain's 45 percent.

POTUS schedule June 28, 2011
June 28th, 2011
08:27 AM ET

POTUS schedule June 28, 2011

President Obama heads to Iowa this morning, not to talk politics but jobs and manufacturing.  According to Jen Psaki, deputy White House communications director the president is "going to focus his visit on growth of manufacturing."  

The president will visit Alcoa Davenport Works Factory, a facility with state of the art aluminum rolling capabilities.  It is a hub for Alcoa's $3 billion aerospace business.

The President's full schedule is after the jump

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