Weinergate reaches White House
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) NY at a news conference this week where he admitted sending a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter, then lying about it.
June 8th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Weinergate reaches White House

The Anthony Weiner scandal reached all the way to the White House today.  At Wednesday's White House briefing Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked: "Tim Kaine (former DNC chairman and current Democratic candidate for VA Senate) has called for Anthony Weiner to resign.  What's the president's position?

Carney didn’t skip a beat replying,  "We have no comment on that story. "

Weiner is the New York congressman who infamously confessed this week in a teary news conference to "sexting" with multiple women and lying about it.  (read more here)


Topics: Jay Carney • White House
President pushes manufacturing job training
President Obama observing the Automotive Training Program at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, VA Wednesday. (photo: Pool)
June 8th, 2011
04:33 PM ET

President pushes manufacturing job training

Washington (CNN)–In a town where the unemployment rate is just above the national average, Louisville, KY native Jason Koerner counts himself lucky to be able to offer his students a pathway to a career.

The part time community college instructor steers a lot of his students to "Big Brown" or UPS, one of the city's largest employers that has also provided a training pipeline to the community.

"The program speaks for itself," Koerner told CNN. "It's pretty alluring." That program is a public-private partnership that UPS developed back in the 1990's. Its cornerstone is Metropolitan College which trains skilled workers, tuition free, and in return students work the overnight shift at UPS's big Next Day Air Operation headquarters in Louisville.

Expanding America's manufacturing workforce is the latest push by the Obama administration that is struggling with a sluggish economy and worsening unemployment numbers. Wednesday, the president took his message to Northern Virginia Community College to announce an expansion of a program aimed at training a half million community college students with specialized manufacturing skills.

"Lighting a spark; that's what community colleges can do," the president said. "That's what learning a new skill or training in a new field can do." FULL POST


Topics: Economy • President Obama
June 8th, 2011
04:26 PM ET

Tigers invade White House

The East Room of the White House was transformed into an Auburn football pep rally Wednesday as President Obama officially congratulated the Tigers for their BCS Championship win last January over Oregon.

The visit was delayed more than a month ago so the president could survey the deadly tornado damage that affected large parts of Alabama.

Obama gave a particular shout out to Cam Newton – Auburn’s former quarterback and winner of the Heisman Trophy - as well as Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary who attended Auburn and is a die-hard fan of the team.

But it was Gibbs' son, Ethan, who ultimately stole the show. Himself an Auburn fan, Obama asked the younger Gibbs to come on stage with the players. It was then all did not quite go as planned - check out the video above.


Topics: President Obama
Economy 'blip' not forcing Obama to change strategy
June 8th, 2011
04:13 PM ET

Economy 'blip' not forcing Obama to change strategy

Washington (CNN) - The economic recovery may not be moving as fast as some had expected, but despite a slowdown in gains, President Obama has no plans to respond by adding more road trips or ramping up his public message, according to a senior administration official.

"What he says isn't going to change," stressed the official.

The President and top aides have cautioned against an overreaction to the latest jobs numbers which showed only 54,000 jobs created last month, instead of an expected 150,000.

"Recovery doesn't happen overnight," said the official, who added that one disappointing report doesn't indicate a trend. FULL POST


Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News
CNN poll: Obama approval rating tanks as fear of depression rises
June 8th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

CNN poll: Obama approval rating tanks as fear of depression rises

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama's overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll. (read more here)


Topics: Economy • Poll • President Obama
Wednesday Poll
June 8th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

Wednesday Poll


Topics: Poll • President Obama
POTUS schedule Wednesday June 8, 2011
June 8th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

POTUS schedule Wednesday June 8, 2011

The President will head to Northern Virginia to talk about training  students for manufacturing jobs.   In the afternoon he will welcome 2010 BCS National Champions Auburn University to the East Room of the White House.   Wondering if Robert Gibbs,former Obama press secretary and Auburn fan, will show.

 Full schedule after the jump

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Topics: Daily Schedule • White House