Meat and greet the candidates
June 26th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

What'll ya have, Mr. President?

They say when the cat’s away the mice will play… which seems to be the case whenever First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t around to watch over her husband’s daily dose of healthy foods.

Tuesday afternoon, President Obama sneaked in another fast-food pit stop at The Varsity, an Atlanta-based eatery renowned for its chili dogs and its famous 84-year-old slogan, “What’ll ya have?” Touting itself as the largest drive-in restaurant in America, The Varsity can accommodate 600 cars and more than 800 people inside its famous walls, according to its website.

Visiting this mouth-watering establishment has been a rite of passage for other U.S. presidents as well – Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton all had a taste for The Varsity’s renowned food during their respective terms in office.  (CNN's Eatocracy blog lists some other must-stops for campaigners)

But with a wife known for championing healthy choices, it’s no surprise that President Obama has tried finding refuge from dishes that include White House-grown “Barackoli.” Last week, Obama satisfied his sweet tooth on a campaign trip up north, swinging by the University of New Hampshire’s Dairy Bar, where he joked with onlookers that under other circumstances – namely, outside polling places – he would not be able to buy them ice cream. And in June, Obama celebrated Father’s Day by breaking bread with some local dads at Kenny’s BBQ place in Washington D.C, where he accidentally walked out on his bill.

With the election season heating up, the president will be hitting the road more than ever, where snack stops will most likely be a regular occurrence. Hopefully, though, the first lady won’t be too angry with her husband and his less-than-healthy choices.

White House weighs in on rising Turkey and Syria tensions
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the lawmakers of his Justice and Development Party at the parliament in Ankara. (PHOTO CREDIT: AFP)
June 26th, 2012
01:00 PM ET

White House weighs in on rising Turkey and Syria tensions

(CNN)–White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday condemned Syria's shoot down of a Turkish military plane last week calling the action "unacceptable". Speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to campaign events in Georgia and Florida, Carney commended Turkey for what he called its "measured" response.
Carney said the United States stands by Turkey and its allies and will work with Turkey to hold Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime accountable. The incident, which occurred last Friday when the Turkish Phantom F-4 was shot down as it flew over Syrian waters, raised even more tension between Turkey and Syria, two heavily armed regional powers.
Carney said Syrians have, in his words, paid for Assad's "hubris and lies" and the spokesman again called for the international community to come together to remove the dictator.
But asked about Syria's regional ally Russia which has been resistant to backing Assad's removal, Carney would only say the United States has had "productive" conversations with Russia and admitted the two countries have "differed" on how to handle the growing violence in Syria

Topics: Jay Carney • NATO • Russia • Syria
June 26th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

Obama-Romney 2012 race- it's the economy but take a look at this town

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As the presidential election heats up Americans still see the economy as the number one issue. But try to imagine a town with just 1 percent unemployment where they can't build houses fast enough for a surging population, and schools are struggling to hire dozens of new teachers. While much of the U.S. is struggling, Williston, North Dakota, is enjoying a boom most cities can only dream of. It's all thanks to one thing: oil. CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian reports.

Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama
POTUS on the road
(photo credit: Martin Dougherty, CNN)
June 26th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

POTUS on the road


9:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Boston, Massachusetts en route Atlanta, Georgia/ Boston Logan International Airport/ Open Press

11:15AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Atlanta, Georgia/ Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport/ Open Press

1:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event/ Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel/ Pooled for TV, Open to Stills and Correspondents

2:10PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event/ Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel/ Closed Press FULL POST

Topics: Daily Schedule