POTUS's Tuesday behind closed doors
(Photo Credit: Martin Dougherty, CNN)
July 31st, 2012
07:29 AM ET

POTUS's Tuesday behind closed doors

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:

10:00AM        In-Town Pool Call Time

10:30AM        THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

BRIEFING SCHEDULE:

12:30PM           Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.


Topics: Daily Schedule
July 30th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave

(CNN) –His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in pre-revolutionary America.

Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother.

"We have two of the most significant Africans in our country's history being directly related to each other," Joseph Shumway, an Ancestry.com genealogist, told CNN.

Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in colonial Virginia.

The Ancestry.com researchers found the new connection to the president's African roots through an unlikely link, that of Obama's Caucasian mother.  President Obama's African American roots had previously been tied to his father's Kenyan birth. But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors, they found a connection to the Bunch family which had recently published DNA evidence that they had roots in sub-Saharan Africa. FULL POST


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The Family
POTUS closed WH meetings & fundraising in NYC
(Photo Credit: Martin Dougherty, CNN)
July 30th, 2012
07:33 AM ET

POTUS closed WH meetings & fundraising in NYC

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:

10:00AM        In-Town Pool Call Time

11:10AM        THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press

1:45PM           THE PRESIDENT participates in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony/ Oval Office/  Closed Press

3:30PM           THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/ South Lawn/  Open Press FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule
Did Obama try to upstage Romney on Israel?
July 27th, 2012
02:40 PM ET

Did Obama try to upstage Romney on Israel?

Washington (CNN) - The day before Mitt Romney makes a highly publicized trip to Israel, President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill passed by Congress designed to increase security ties with the Jewish state.

Both the timing of Friday's event and the presence of TV cameras opened the White House to accusations of political maneuvering in a presidential election year.

Obama's schedule for this week, distributed by the White House on July 20, made no mention of the signing of the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act. The measure won final approval from Congress on July 17, receiving strong bipartisan support.

White House spokesman Jay Carney denied any political intent with the timing of the bill signing, saying the measure passed last week and Obama was traveling from Sunday to Wednesday.

"The president's been on the road, and today was the day to sign it," he said Friday. (READ MORE)


Topics: 2012 Election • Israel • Mitt Romney • President Obama
White House day for Friday July 27
July 27th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

White House day for Friday July 27

BRIEFING SCHEDULE:
11:30AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
9:00AM Pool Call Time
9:40AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT signs the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act/ Oval Office/ Pool Spray
11:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Ambassador Crocker/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary of State Clinton / Oval Office /Closed Press FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama received Olympic security briefing
July 26th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

Obama received Olympic security briefing

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that President Obama received an Olympic Security briefing on Thursday.

"Earlier this morning, John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism hosted an Olympic security deputy's meeting, with the full terrorism and law enforcement community, to take stock of our efforts working with the United Kingdom to prepare for the London 2012 Olympic games. Following that meeting, Mr. Brennan provided the President with an update on the Olympics as well as the United States government's support to the United Kingdom prior to and during the games. The President directed that we continue to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep the American people safe and to continue close cooperation with our British counterparts in keeping with our special relationship, the President also made clear he has the utmost confidence in our close friend and ally, the United Kingdom, as they finalize preparations to host the London Olympics."


Topics: Olympics • President Obama
Obama ad airs in Colorado; campaign cites station mistake
July 26th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

Obama ad airs in Colorado; campaign cites station mistake

(CNN) – A television ad from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign mistakenly aired in Colorado Springs Thursday morning, marking the first time since last Friday's deadly shooting a spot for one of the presidential candidates aired in the state.

Both candidates' campaigns said on the morning of the shooting they would discontinue airing political ads in the state. A spokeswoman for Obama's campaign said Sunday the ads would remain off the air through Friday. Romney's team said the ads would not be airing "until further notice."

FULL POST

Obama takes on gun violence in Urban League speech
President Obama speaks at the National Urban League convention in New Orleans Wednesday. (Photo credit: Tim Garraty, CNN)
July 26th, 2012
07:43 AM ET

Obama takes on gun violence in Urban League speech

(CNN) - Days after the Colorado movie theater massacre, President Barack Obama on Wednesday forcefully spoke out against gun violence, making perhaps some of his strongest comments yet as president on the issue.
While the president said he stands by the Second Amendment and recognizes the traditions of hunting and gun ownership in the country, he told a crowd at a gathering for the National Urban League in New Orleans that there is work left to be done in tackling the problem.

"I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals," Obama said. "That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities.

FULL POST

POTUS is back in the House
July 26th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

POTUS is back in the House

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time (CNN is travel pool)
11:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
11:30AM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary Shinseki/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch/ Private Dining Room/ Closed Press
2:10PM THE PRESIDENT holds a Cabinet Meeting/ Cabinet Meeting/ Pool Spray at the Top
4:45PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet with Secretary Panetta/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
BRIEFING SCHEDULE:
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Topics: Daily Schedule
POTUS heads to New Orleans
Air Force One outside Seattle where President Obama attended fundraisers Tuesday. He heads to New Orleans for more campaign events and then to address the National Urban League convention. (photo credit: Tom Larson/ CNN)
July 25th, 2012
07:39 AM ET

POTUS heads to New Orleans

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
PDT
9:25AM THE PRESIDENT departs Seattle, Washington en route New Orleans, Louisiana/Boeing Field/ Open Press
CDT
3:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives New Orleans, Louisiana/ Louis Armstrong International Airport/ Open Press
3:50PM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event/ Private Residence/ Closed Press
5:45PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event/ The House of Blues/ Pooled for TV; Open to Stills and Correspondents
7:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks the National Urban League convention / Ernest N. Morial Convention Center/ Open Press
8:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs New Orleans, Louisiana en route Joint Base Andrews/ Louis Armstrong International Airport/ Open Press
EDT
11:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews / Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
11:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House / South Lawn/ Open Press