November: National __________ Month
November 1st, 2011
04:22 PM ET

November: National __________ Month

The first of the month means it’s time for some Presidential Proclamations declaring November as National __________ Month. But there seems to be quite a lot to celebrate/memorialize/remember this November.

Today the White House has sent out seven separate proclamations proclaiming this month as National Diabetes Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Military Family Month, National Native American Heritage Month, National Entrepreneurship Month, National Adoption Month and National Family Caregivers Month.

Each proclamation comes with its own explanation of why it’s important to honor each cause. Here are some ways President Obama recommends you spend November:

During National Diabetes Month, we remember those we have lost to diabetes, and we stand with the millions of Americans who have been touched by its consequences.

The task of making America competitive throughout the 21st century is a job for all of us. By cultivating innovation on our college and university campuses, we can inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders. With the help of experienced entrepreneurs and companies, and through events like Global Entrepreneurship Week, which begins on November 14, we can ensure our startups have access to the resources, connections, and partnerships that will promote their success.

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Topics: President Obama
November 1st, 2011
03:25 PM ET

Obama notes passing of Hillary Clinton's mother

President Obama called Dorothy Rodham a strong, determined and gifted person" Tuesday and said his thoughts are with the "entire Clinton family."

The comments came during a signing ceremony in the Oval Office.

From the White House transcript:

Ms. Rodham was a remarkable person. Anybody who knows her history knows what a strong, determined and gifted person she was. For her to have been able to live the life that she did and to see her daughter succeed at the pinnacle of public service in this country, I’m sure was deeply satisfying to her.

My thoughts, Michelle’s thoughts, the entire White House’s thoughts go out to the entire Clinton family. And I know that she will be remembered as somebody who helped make a difference in this country and this world.

Obama designates Ft. Monroe as national monument
November 1st, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Obama designates Ft. Monroe as national monument

President Obama on Tuesday formally designated Ft. Monroe a national monument. The Hampton Roads, Virginia military base had closed in September. The White House says this new designation will create 3,000 new jobs and stimulate the local economy.

“During the Civil War, Fort Monroe stood as a foremost Union outpost in the midst of the Confederacy and remained under Union Army control during the entire conflict,” the official proclamation notes.

The full proclamation [PDF]


Topics: President Obama
White House staying mum on Cain
November 1st, 2011
01:31 PM ET

White House staying mum on Cain

Senior White House officials have had no problem attacking Mitt Romney, but when it comes to the recent sexual harassment reports surrounding Herman Cain, mum's the word.

From today's daily briefing:

QUESTION: Wondering if the White House has any comment on the allegations that Herman Cain is facing and whether – from your perspective – that has any effect on his candidacy for the presidency?

CARNEY: I really don't have any comment on that.


Topics: Uncategorized
Did you know…where the table in the Cabinet Room comes from?
November 1st, 2011
12:47 PM ET

Did you know…where the table in the Cabinet Room comes from?

The president is giving several interviews with local news reporters in the Cabinet Room Tuesday. Did you know the Cabinet Room table is made of mahogany and was a gift from President Nixon in 1970? It seats 20 and the president occupies a taller chair than everybody else at the table.

Source: whitehousemuseum.org

White House opens doors to local reporters
November 1st, 2011
12:05 PM ET

White House opens doors to local reporters

In the latest effort to sell his jobs proposals and gin up support in key battleground regions, President Obama will sit down with ten local news reporters on Tuesday while his staff provides them with special access to the White House grounds, senior advisors, and cabinet secretaries.

The White House is billing the event as “Live from the White House,” and is providing space on the South Lawn for the local reporters to anchor their broadcasts tonight. In addition to a quick interview with President Obama, the reporters will speak with several cabinet secretaries and a White House staffer who is from their hometown market.

The local reporters will also have lunch with senior Obama advisor David Plouffe, tour the main floor of the White House and Kitchen garden, and ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a question in the daily briefing.

It all appears to be part of a clear effort from the White House communications team to connect to voters who may not otherwise follow politics or the president closely while reiterating the president’s jobs message.

“Many Americans rely on the stories that local television anchors report every evening to understand what's happening both in their community and across the country. It's because of this strong relationship that they have with their viewers that we've invited them to the White House to talk about the President’s efforts to strengthen our economy and create jobs,” said Josh Earnest, the principal deputy White House press secretary.

The local markets represented include Portland (Oregon), Phoenix, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston, Omaha, Tampa, Hampton Roads, Philadelphia. A reporter from Hearst, which represents several smaller news stations across the country, is also participating.

- CNN's Brianna Keilar and Alex Mooney contributed to this report

Morning Briefing:
November 1st, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Morning Briefing:

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

*Cain accused of inappropriate behavior in 1990s (CNN)

*Stocks slide (WSJ)

*Bullet train cost estimates rise (LA Times)

*Beacon Power; Another energy loan gone bad  (CNNMoney)

POTUS schedule Novemebr 1, 2011
November 1st, 2011
08:45 AM ET

POTUS schedule Novemebr 1, 2011

9:45AM          In-Town Pool Call Time  

 9:45AM          THE PRESIDENT and the VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing – Oval Office (Closed Press)

 11:00AM        THE PRESIDENT participates in interviews with local TV anchors from across the country – Cabinet Room (Closed Press)

 12:20PM        THE PRESIDENT greets the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis – Oval Office (Closed Press)

 1:45PM         THE PRESIDENT signs a proclamation – Oval Office, Pooled Press  

3:15PM         THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with House Democratic Leadership – Oval Offic (Closed Press)


Topics: Daily Schedule