March 28th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

First lady to deliver commencements at three universities

(CNN) – As the spring commencement season draws near, the White House announced Friday that first lady Michelle Obama will be among the keynote speakers at three universities.

Mrs. Obama will address graduating seniors at the Virginia Tech (May 11), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (May 12), and Oregon State University (June 17).

Mrs. Obama has a particular connection to Oregon State – her brother, Craig Robinson, is the head basketball coach there. Meanwhile, the White House says Virginia Tech was chosen because Mrs. Obama is “inspired by the resilience” of the school’s student body since the shootings there. North Carolina A&T made the list because it is “part of the rich legacy of historically black colleges and universities,” the White House said.

Of course, that Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T happen to be in presidential battleground states may not have escaped the thoughts of Mrs. Obama’s schedulers.


Topics: Michelle Obama
Biden to take aim at Romney in Iowa
March 28th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Biden to take aim at Romney in Iowa

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden returns to the campaign trail Wednesday, slated to deliver a stinging critique of leading Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney before an audience of manufacturing workers in Iowa.

“Mitt Romney has been remarkably consistent - as an individual investor, a businessman, as governor of Massachusetts, and now as a candidate for president ... consistently wrong,” the vice president plans to say, according to prepared remarks distributed by the Obama campaign.

The event, to be held at an engineering plant in Davenport, is the third in a series of speeches the vice president is delivering in key battleground states as the president’s re-election effort shifts into a more publicly combative phase seven months before Election Day.

The vice president will also meet with a private gathering of grassroots supporters in Sioux City Wednesday, according the campaign.
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POTUS' Day Ahead: A day off?
March 28th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: A day off?

President Obama appears to be keeping a low profile Wednesday after his two-day jaunt to South Korea. The president, who returned to the White House at about 8 p.m. last night after a fourteen hour flight, has no official events on his schedule.


Topics: Daily Schedule