What's for lunch?
June 14th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

What's for lunch?

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CNN) - During President Obama's four-hour visit to Puerto Rico, he made a surprise stop for lunch at the Kasalta Bakery, near San Juan's beaches to dine with the president of the opposition party, Alejandro Garcia Padilla. What did the leader of the free world order?  A "medianoche" sandwich - which is a Cuban sandwich with ham, pork, swiss cheese, pickle and mustard on sweet bread and 2 ham croquettes. He washed it down with a bottle of H2O.

Obama touches down in Puerto Rico
June 14th, 2011
01:16 PM ET

Obama touches down in Puerto Rico

President Obama was quick to speak to the issue on many Puerto Ricans' minds when he touched down Tuesday: the territory's future political status:

We’ve addressed the question of political status. In March, a report from our presidential task force on Puerto Rican status provided a meaningful way forward on this question so that the residents of the island can determine their own future. And when the people of Puerto Rico make a clear decision, my administration will stand by you.

Obama's full remarks after the jump:
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Did you know?
Puerto Rican singer Marc Anthony greets President Obama at the airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
June 14th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Did you know?

It's been 50 years since a sitting American president has made an official trip to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.  Today President Obama travels to  San Juan to fulfill a campaign promise to visit as President.   Though Gerald Ford traveled to the US territory as president in 1976 to attend an economic summit, the last formal presidential visit was by John F. Kennedy in 1961.

Obama: What debate?
June 14th, 2011
12:29 PM ET

Obama: What debate?

Seven Republicans tore into President Obama at CNN’s GOP Debate Monday night, but the president wasn’t watching, the White House says.

From Jay Carney’s briefing on Air Force One Tuesday:

“The president did not watch. He was otherwise occupied. I spoke with him this morning and he did not see any of it. … He never watched his own debates, so he’s not spending a lot of time watching other debates.”

Carney also reiterated the same talking point the Democratic National Committee is pushing Tuesday, noting a few words that were not spoken by the candidates.

“I would note as an observer having caught up with the replays, I was struck by the fact that middle class and education did not pass anyone’s lips that I heard, which was striking to me because the middle class is obviously to our mind the primary focus of everything we do, in terms of the economic policies we pursue, the concerns we have.”


Topics: President Obama
June 14th, 2011
10:38 AM ET

Gibbs spins in New Hampshire

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was dispatched by the Obama campaign to act as its surrogate at the CNN GOP presidential debate where seven Republicans eagerly beat up on the president.


Topics: Robert Gibbs
POTUS Schedule: June 14, 2011
June 14th, 2011
08:18 AM ET

POTUS Schedule: June 14, 2011

President Obama spends the day in Puerto Rico, making him the first president to make a formal visit to the U.S. territory in 50 years. Of course, the trip is aimed as much at Puerto Ricans on the mainland as those on the island, considering there are more than 5 million Puerto Ricans living in the United States and they are a largely Democratic constituency.

Full schedule after the jump:
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Topics: Daily Schedule