POTUS's souvenir shopping
June 3rd, 2011
06:34 PM ET

POTUS's souvenir shopping

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama brought home a souvenir for his wife from his trip to Ohio on Friday.

When President Obama returned to the White House from a trip to Ohio, the first lady was waiting for him as he stepped off Marine One. As the two walked across the South Lawn, he gave her a gift of garden gloves he had picked up earlier in the day. FULL POST


Topics: The Family • White House
White House condemns Yemen violence
June 3rd, 2011
01:45 PM ET

White House condemns Yemen violence

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is condemning the attacks in Yemen Friday, calling on all sides to "cease hostilities immediately and to pursue an orderly and peaceful process of transferring political power:"

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the senseless acts of violence today in Yemen, including the attack against the Presidential Palace compound in Sana’a as well as other attacks in Sana'a and throughout the country. We call on all sides to cease hostilities immediately and to pursue an orderly and peaceful process of transferring political power as called for in the GCC-brokered agreement. Violence cannot resolve the issues that confront Yemen, and today’s events cannot be a justification for a new round of fighting. We urge all sides to heed the wishes of the Yemeni people, whose aspirations include peace, reform, and prosperity.

Yemen's president, prime minister and other senior government officials were injured on Friday during the shelling of the presidential compound in Sanaa, a government spokesman said.


Topics: The News
Michelle Obama headed to Africa
June 3rd, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Michelle Obama headed to Africa

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is slated to make a goodwill trip to Africa later this month, the White House announced Friday, part of her ongoing efforts to be a forceful advocate for emerging leaders abroad.

The official state visit, from June 21-26, will include stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Gaborone, Botswana, and is aimed at promoting education, health and wellness in addition to leadership. The first lady has engaged in similar efforts during past trips to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. FULL POST


Topics: Africa • Michelle Obama • The News
Jobs report hampers Obama's economic message?
June 3rd, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Jobs report hampers Obama's economic message?

The latest jobs report fell significantly short of expectations, though the White House and Democrats stress this marks the 15th straight month that private-sector employment has grown. Still, stories like this aren't good on a day the White House was hoping to tout the economic recovery.

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In yet another alarm bell of a weakening U.S. economy, the job market took a disappointing turn in May.

The economy gained a mere 54,000 jobs in the month, a significant slowdown from 232,000 jobs added to payrolls in April, the government reported Friday.

The report was a major disappointment to economists who were expecting a gain of 170,000 jobs, according to a CNNMoney survey. Most believe the economy needs to add about 150,000 jobs a month just to keep pace with population growth.


Topics: President Obama • The News
Goolsbee puts best foot forward on jobs numbers
June 3rd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Goolsbee puts best foot forward on jobs numbers

White House Economic Advisor Austan Goolsbee is putting his best foot forward when it comes to the underwhelming jobs report, saying that "the overall trajectory of the economy has improved dramatically over the past two years."

Still, in a blog post on The White House website, Goolsbee writes that the 9.1 percent unemployment figure is "unacceptably high."

While the private sector has added more than 2.1 million jobs over the past 15 months, the unemployment rate is unacceptably high and faster growth is needed to replace the jobs lost in the downturn. The initiatives put in place by this Administration – such as the payroll tax cut and business incentives for investment – have contributed to solid employment growth overall this year, but this report is a reminder of the challenges that remain.

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The president's schedule, June 3, 2011
June 3rd, 2011
06:24 AM ET

The president's schedule, June 3, 2011

President Obama travels to Toledo, Ohio Friday to talk jobs and the auto industry, but the latest unemployment report may provide an inconvenient backdrop.

Full schedule:
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Topics: Daily Schedule