Obama to congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our military
President Barack Obama speaks during the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada.
July 23rd, 2012
10:31 PM ET

Obama to congressional Republicans: Stop playing politics with our military

Reno, Nevada (CNN) - President Obama spoke to thousands of veterans Monday at the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but he also delivered a message to congressional Republicans.

"Stop playing politics with our military," Obama told the crowd here.

Responding to recent congressional votes demanding details on the $1.2 trillion dollars in government spending cuts set to go into effect at the start of next year, President Obama tried to shift responsibility back to Capitol Hill. FULL POST

Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims
President Obama greets an attendee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, held in Reno, Nevada.
July 23rd, 2012
06:38 PM ET

Obama pays tribute to Colorado shooting victims

RENO, Nevada (CNN) - President Obama honored members of the military who were victims of last week’s movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a speech here on Monday.

During remarks at the annual VFW convention, the president began by paying tribute to four of the 12 shooting victims who were either serving or had served in uniform.

“Yesterday I was in Aurora, with families whose loss is hard to imagine - with the wounded, who are fighting to recover; with a community and a military base in the midst of their grief. And they told me of the loved ones they lost,” Obama told the crowd of thousands of veterans gathered at the convention.

Jesse Childress was a staff sergeant in the Air Force reserves. John Larmier served as a Petty Officer Third Class in the Navy. Rebecca Wingo served as a Chinese translator in the Air Force. And Jonathan Blunk served three Navy tours.

“These young patriots were willing to serve in faraway lands, yet they were taken from us here at home,” Obama said. “And yesterday I conveyed to their families a message on behalf of all Americans: We honor your loved ones. We salute their service. And as you summon the strength to carry on and keep bright their legacy, we stand with you as one united American family.”

On Sunday, President Obama traveled to Aurora and visited with all 12 victims’ families as well as several of the injured being treated at the ICU of the University of Colorado Hospital. He spent more than two hours with the families before making a statement to reporters, but he did not attend the public prayer vigil.

After his visit, Obama continued with his previously schedule west-coast trip, stopping first in Reno, Nevada before continuing on to the San Francisco area for fundraisers Monday night. On Tuesday he’ll hold campaign events in Portland and Seattle.


Topics: Aurora shooting • President Obama • VFW
First Lady to lead U.S. delegation to London Olympics
First Lady Michelle Obama talks with a girl scout while planting the White House garden in March. White House Chef Sam Kass watches in the background.
July 23rd, 2012
03:03 PM ET

First Lady to lead U.S. delegation to London Olympics

(CNN) – The White House held a conference call on Monday to release the details of First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to London as the head of the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. Joining the first lady as part of the delegation will be former Olympics and Paralympics athletes Brandi Chastain, Dominique Dawes, Gabriel Diaz de Leon, Grant Hill and Summer Sanders.

“Leading our nation's delegation and traveling to London is truly a dream come true,” Obama said. “If anybody had asked me when I was 10, or 11 or 20 or actually 40 whether I'd be doing this I would have said not. Some of my fondest memories when I was young and not so young involved watching the Olympics on TV and cheering on Team USA and as part of this trip and my Lets Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity I decided that I wanted to turn that Olympic spirit and inspiration into action by using these games as a way to get more kids up and moving.”

The first lady will head to London on Thursday, and her official visit will begin with an informal breakfast for U.S. Olympians on Friday. Later in the morning, Obama will host a Let's Move! event for the children of American service members stationed in London as well as American and British students. Athletes such as David Beckham, Nadia Comaneci, Shawn Johnson, Carl Lewis, and Dikembe Mutombo will also attend the event. FULL POST

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech
July 23rd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.

The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.

The video from Obama's campaign centers on a parade held in St. Louis in January, the first major "welcome home" ceremony to be held by a major U.S. city.

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Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans
POTUS Day Ahead: West Coast swing
July 23rd, 2012
08:59 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: West Coast swing

President Obama wakes up on Monday in San Francisco after a trip to visit the victims of Friday's mass shooting in Colorado was added to his schedule for Sunday. After meeting with victims and their families at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Obama flew on to San Francisco where he will also overnight on Monday. He will travel to Reno to speak at the 113th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Reno Sparks Convention Center. He'll then return to the Bay Area for some fundraisers.

Here's the schedule as released by the White House:

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Topics: Daily Schedule