POTUS Day Ahead: Obama College tour
August 28th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Obama College tour

President Obama begins a two-day college tour today with stops at Iowa State University and Colorado State University. On Wednesday the president will visit Charlottesville, VA home to University of Virginia. The White House is careful to emphasize that the president is staying up to date on all the latest preparations for Hurricane Isaac during his travels, but his trip will go on as scheduled despite expectations that the storm should hit land sometime today. The president will depart from the South Lawn around 10 AM, and Press Secretary Jay Carney is set to gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One.

UPDATE: The White House has added an event this morning. President Obama will deliver a statement on Hurricane Isaac to pooled press in the Diplomatic Room at 10 AM, just before departing the South Lawn for his trip to Iowa.

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

White House gets ready for Isaac
August 27th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

White House gets ready for Isaac

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama has continued to get updates on Tropical Storm Isaac as it bears down on the Gulf Coast. The storm is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane and take much of the same path as Hurricane Katrina did exactly seven years ago.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb updated the president with reports of where FEMA has prepositioned resources around the Gulf Coast ahead of the storm. FEMA response teams are working with the Defense Department to set up bases in Jacksonville, Florida and Montgomery, AL to stage disaster supplies for affected areas. Also teams are in four states- Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi- in anticipation of the storm's landfall.

President Obama also called several state and local officials to express the federal government's support. He spoke with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The White House also released a federal emergency disaster declaration for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac which makes federal funding available for preparing and responding to the storm.


Topics: FEMA • Louisiana • Tropical Storm Isaac
Reggie Love: Obama leads like he plays
August 27th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Reggie Love: Obama leads like he plays

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Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Reggie Love, the man by President Barack Obama's side for two years in the White House, said the president plays basketball like he leads.

In an exclusive interview with CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin, Love said the president is a competitor above all else.

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If These Walls Could Talk: Installing a direct line to Moscow
President John F. Kennedy announces on television the strategic blockade of Cuba and warns the Soviet Union about missile sanctions during the Cuban missile crisis.
August 27th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

If These Walls Could Talk: Installing a direct line to Moscow

“If These Walls Could Talk” is a weekly look back at the storied history of the White House – from Washington to Obama, from the absurd to the historic.

Washington (CNN) – It took the United States hours to receive and decode Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev’s 3,000-word détente message to the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. During those tense, incommunicado hours, plans were put into motion that many speculate would have catapulted the United States and a nuclear Soviet Union into all out war.

The USSR’s installment of weapons into Cuba was an eye opening experience for the United States’ military apparatus. Not only did it show how close two superpowers could come to a breaking point, but it proved that direct, codeless communication was essential to peace.

Enter: the Washington-to-Moscow “hotline.”

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Topics: White House
Breaking rules: Obama, Romney try to rain on each other's parade
August 27th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Breaking rules: Obama, Romney try to rain on each other's parade

(CNN) - When President Barack Obama's campaign announced plans for a full-court press while Republicans hold their convention in Tampa, Florida, this week, some veteran political watchers marked the end of an era.

After all, as much as there has ever been accepted "rules" of presidential politics, it was once a given that the opposing candidate ceded the convention week to his rival - it was the polite thing to do.

Instead, the Obama campaign is doing anything but. Not only will surrogates for the president blanket Tampa and key battleground regions, but the campaign's three key figures will also be doing their best to steal some of Mitt Romney's orchestrated thunder this week.

On Tuesday, the day Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are scheduled to address the convention in prime time, Obama will kick off a two-day, three-state tour of swing states that include stops at college towns in Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia. The Obama campaign strategy: contrast the expectedly older demographic that historically is represented among Republican convention attendees with images of the president rallying thousands of enthusiastic young people.

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Quiet day at the White House
August 27th, 2012
08:29 AM ET

Quiet day at the White House

The President is back in the White House this morning after spending the weekend at Camp David with his family. According to his schedule he will "attend meetings." Unfortunately they have not specified what kind of meetings.

At this point there is no briefing scheduled. We will update this if this changes.


Topics: Daily Schedule
Conservative group’s ad tries to deflate historic presidential remarks
August 24th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

Conservative group’s ad tries to deflate historic presidential remarks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It’s the video of President Obama announcing to the world that Osama Bin Laden had been killed.

“The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date in our nation’s effort to defeat al Qaeda," the president said.

You can surf the web and replay the moment that the White House considers one of the high points of his presidency.

But one anti-Obama group wants viewers to see something else first: former supporters of the president who have now had a change of heart.
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Topics: 2012 Election • Advertising • Mitt Romney
Anti-Obama group to make big YouTube splash Thursday
August 24th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

Anti-Obama group to make big YouTube splash Thursday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group backed by Kansas billionaires Charles and David Koch plans to “essentially own the front page of YouTube” on Thursday, when Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney officially accepts the nomination in Tampa, according to Levi Russell the groups director of public affairs.

The group is buying the large banner space at the top of YouTube’s main page. “We’ll be running a poll on how visitors feel about President Obama and they’ll have the ability to cycle through 3 of our most recent national TV spots,” Russell said.

Two of the ads feature testimonials from people who supported President Obama in 2008 but are now having voter remorse.
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Topics: 2012 Election • Advertising • Mitt Romney
POTUS's schedule for Friday, August 24
August 24th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Friday, August 24

TGIF! The President is once again spending his day without anything on his public schedule. So it's still quiet at the White House again today. There isn't even a White House briefing today. But we will see President Obama when he leaves for a weekend at Camp David this evening.


Topics: Camp David • Daily Schedule • The Vault
August 23rd, 2012
06:24 PM ET

White House brews its own secret beer

As we told you earlier in the week, President Obama recently told a voter at the Iowa State Fair that the White House has its own micro-brewery. CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar follows up on finding the secret recipes.