May 31st, 2012
10:59 PM ET

Three presidents gather for Bush portrait unveiling

There were smiles, laughter and tears - but little politics - when former Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, joined current President Barack Obama at the White House for the unveiling Thursday of the younger Bush's official portrait.

POTUS on the road pressing for jobs and raising more $$$ Friday
May 31st, 2012
12:47 PM ET

POTUS on the road pressing for jobs and raising more $$$ Friday

(CNN) - President Obama will focus on jobs Friday continuing to press Congress on his so-called "to do" list. Friday’s item: pushing for the establishment of a Veterans Job Corps. At a Honeywell International plant in a Minneapolis suburb, he will make his case that the country needs to "honor our commitment to returning veterans," according to a White House release.

Friday’s event coincides with the release of the May unemployment numbers. Economists will be closely watching the jobs numbers after two months of slowdown in the sputtering U.S. economy.

Mr. Obama announced his plan to establish a jobs program for veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars earlier this year. Currently the unemployment rate for veterans is 9.2%, more than a full percentage point higher than the overall unemployment rate which stands at 8.1% for April. The so-called Veterans Jobs Corps would be similar to a 1930's government program, the Civilian Conservation Corps. It is designed to put veterans to work building infrastructure like roads and bridges. FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • jobs • President Obama • Veterans
Presidents at the White House today
May 31st, 2012
08:12 AM ET

Presidents at the White House today

Thursday two former presidents, two former first ladies, the current president and the current first lady (phew) will be in the White House for the unveiling of the official portrait of George W. Bush. The two Presidents Bush will be attending but WH spokesman Jay Carney Wednesday didn't think that talk of politics would dominate the presidents time together. At the briefing saying, "[T]here is so much shared experience between so far the men and one day the men and women who hold this office that there is much to talk about that is - that they hold in common. So there's not a lot of need to talk about where they - where they differ."

The presidents and first ladies will have lunch in the Red Room which is closed press. The unveiling is in the East Room at 1:25 ET.

Full schedule after the jump
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