President Obama treats staff to lunch
August 3rd, 2011
03:09 PM ET

President Obama treats staff to lunch

To celebrate the end of a long and stressful legislative process for the debt talks, President Obama took some members of his staff out for lunch on Wednesday.

The president, along with 5 of his staffers, dined at Good Stuff Eatery, a hamburger joint on Capitol Hill known for its burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Obama wanted to thank the team for their nonstop work for the past few months on the debt negotiations.

The group went into the restaurant, run by Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef fame, and ordered burgers and fries. No word if he ordered a "Prez Obama Burger" which is a burger topped with "applewood bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese, and delicious horseradish mayo sauce," according to the restaurant's website.

The staff members- OMB Director Jack Lew,  Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors, Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Ann DeParle, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling along with the president sat upstairs and greeted other patrons during the unannounced trip away from the White House campus.

Obama's birthday eve fundraisers
President Obama prepares to head back to Chicago tonight on the eve of his 50th birthday to raise some money for his 2012 campaign.
August 3rd, 2011
02:07 PM ET

Obama's birthday eve fundraisers

(CNN) – President Obama is jumping back onto the fundraising circuit after a month-long hiatus, set to make appearances at two high-profile events in Chicago Wednesday evening on the eve of his 50th Birthday. 

First on the list is a semi-intimate dinner where individuals and couples paid $35,800 for their chance to rub elbows with the president and wish him “Happy Birthday”.  The first $5,000 of each ticket sold will go to the Obama campaign while the remainder is allotted to the DNC‘s coffers.

Next up is a birthday concert atChicago’s Aragon Ballroom that is expected to draw as many as 1,500 people.  Tickets to that event began at a more affordable $50.  In addition to an appearance by the president, musicians Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and OK GO will entertain the crowd. FULL POST


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President Obama hits the road
President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office yesterday.
August 3rd, 2011
11:04 AM ET

President Obama hits the road

One day after the President signed into law a hotly debated bill to raise the country's debt ceiling, a White House spokesperson confirmed that he will soon be taking his jobs message on the road. On August 15th, President Obama will set out on a bus tour of the Midwest to refocus his attention on growing the flailing U.S. economy. The White House isn't announcing exactly which cities the President will visit yet, but with the GOP presidential primary already well underway, it's a safe bet that some swing states will be in the mix.


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The President's schedule Wednesday Aug. 3
August 3rd, 2011
07:50 AM ET

The President's schedule Wednesday Aug. 3

One day after averting passing the debt ceiling bill the president has mostly behind closed door meetings Wednesday. He travels home to Chicago tonight for a fundraiser on the eve of his landmark 50th birthday.

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:

10:35AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT holds a Cabinet meeting / Cabinet Room/ Pool Spray at the Top

3:15PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

3:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Attorney General Eric Holder/ Oval Office/ Closed Press FULL POST