Da Bears at Da White House
President Obama receives a Chicago Bears shirt from "Da Bears" 1985 Super Bowl winning coach Mike Ditka at the White House Friday.
October 7th, 2011
06:13 PM ET

Da Bears at Da White House

White House (CNN)– It's been a quarter of a century since their moment in the limelight, but Friday, the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears were finally honored at the White House.

The tragic explosion of the Shuttle Challenger occurred just days before the champion team was to meet with President Reagan in 1986.  Fast forward 25 years and the Da Bear's number one fan, President Barack Obama welcomed his hometown team to be honored at the White House.

The president was almost gushing, "This is as much fun as I will have as president of the United States," he told an audience of Illinois natives and Bears fans on the South Lawn. FULL POST


Topics: Chicago • President Obama
Embracing the underdog
October 7th, 2011
12:55 PM ET

Embracing the underdog

America loves an underdog. And it looks like the Obama campaign does as well.

In the last week, both the president and vice president have specifically painted themselves with that brush, mindful that a come-from-behind narrative often gins up more donor enthusiasm and television airtime than a campaign that appears to be in cruise control.

The initial comments came Monday from President Obama, when during an ABC/Yahoo News interview the president immediately embraced the suggestion he has a steep hill to climb toward reelection.

“Absolutely…I’m used to being an underdog,” Obama said so definitively that interviewer George Stephanopoulos noted, “You embraced that pretty quickly.”

“Because– you know, given the economy, there's no doubt that, you know, whatever happens on your watch,” the president continued.

Three days later, the vice president chimed in, saying, the GOP is “strong enough to beat both of us."

"Look, no matter what the circumstance, at the end of the day, the American people right now are in real trouble," Biden also said, speaking at the Atlantic Ideas Forum Thursday in Washington. "That is never a good place to be going into re-election, whether it's your fault or not your fault. It's almost sometimes irrelevant."

Obama and Biden might not be off the mark: To be sure, the unemployment figure remains at 9.1 percent and the president’s approval rating is stuck in the low 40’s.

But it’s no surprise the Obama campaign wants to own the underdog mantle, just as it did during the 2007 primaries when it faced what looked like an unbeatable Hillary Clinton. No longer able to run as the outsider or an agent of change, at least the president can latch on to a modern day David and Goliath story as he seeks to get his supporters as enthusiastic as they were in 2008.


Topics: Uncategorized
October 7th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

Better than expected...

The White House got some better-than-expected jobs news Friday AM:

From the CNN Wire:

(CNN) - The U.S. economy gained 103,000 jobs in September, while the unemployment rate held steady at 9.1%.


Topics: The News
Morning Briefing
October 7th, 2011
07:53 AM ET

Morning Briefing

The 1600 Blog's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Krugman’s psyched about Occupy Wall Street [NYTimes]

Geithner gets on board with pushing jobs bill [NYTimes]

Another headache over Solyndra [POLITICO]

Big money looks to be settling for Romney…finally [NYTimes]

But he’s still having issues connecting [WashPo]

Meanwhile, the Hermanator is rushing to the top [WashPo]

And Politico imagines another Clinton soon on a ballot [POLITICO]

Finally, Shakira shakes things up at the White House [AFP]

POTUS' Day Ahead: Back to the '80's
October 7th, 2011
07:27 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Back to the '80's

Good morning from the White House. The president spends the AM behind closed doors, first meeting with the vice president and the Senate Democratic leadership in the Oval Office followed by a sit-down with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

In the afternoon, the president will host the 1985 Super Bowl champions Chicago Bears. The team was unable to come to the White House in 1986 after their victory because of space shuttle Challenger accident.

Finally, the president meets with Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi in the Oval Office.

Full schedule after the jump:
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