If These Walls Could Talk: Fillmore’s appointment leads to Buchanan’s conflict
President Millard Fillmore
September 28th, 2012
01:34 PM ET

If These Walls Could Talk: Fillmore’s appointment leads to Buchanan’s conflict

Utah’s path to statehood was not an easy one. Because of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ early acceptance of polygamy (the practice of having multiple wives that was outlawed in the United States), there was much skepticism of Mormons in the 1800s.

As a way to assert control over the territory, President Millard Fillmore named Brigham Young, a leader in the Mormon’s migration west, as governor of the territory on this day in 1850 in the hopes that Young would be the federal government’s representative.

Young’s governorship was, in effect, a compromise for statehood. Initially, Young asked Congress to create the “State of Deseret” – a sweeping area that would have included nearly all of Nevada, as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado and California. As part of the Compromise of 1850 – a compilation of bills that hoped to diffuse tensions between slave- and non-slave states – the Utah territory was established.

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Topics: White House
It's Friday at the White House
September 28th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

It's Friday at the White House

We don't expect to see much out of the White House today. At this point Carney is not briefing and only one of the president's 3 afternoon fundraisers is open for TV coverage.

One thing not on the schedule but in the works is a "follow up" phone call between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors. Oval Office

4:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC

6:05PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Private Residence, Washington, DC

8:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event. Capital Hilton, Washington, DC

Obama on NFL refs
The controversial call as the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers at Monday night's game. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
September 27th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Obama on NFL refs

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(CNN)–A botched touchdown call Monday night and a tongue lashing from the president may have helped push the NFL referee controversy across the goal line.

As millions of sports fans celebrate an agreement between the NFL and its referees, the number one fan-in-chief is once again weighing in. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One that the president was "very pleased" that the two sides have come together. Carney told reporters, "going forward when we watch our favorite teams play in the NFL we can focus on the players and the game rather than on officiating."

This comes just days after the president weighed in on the lockout telling reporters Tuesday at the White House, "I've been saying for months, we've gotta get our refs back." The president was asked about the weekend's controversial touchdown call in the Seattle Sea Hawks versus Green Bay Packers game and he called it "terrible".

Thursday Carney said of the resolution, "It is a great day on America."


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
Obama heads to Virginia campaign event
September 27th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Obama heads to Virginia campaign event

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews / South Lawn/ Open Press
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews
11:05AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Virginia Beach, VA/Naval Air Station Oceana/ Open Press FULL POST


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama • Virginia
Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?
September 26th, 2012
03:35 PM ET

Briefing Bites: Was strike on Libyan consulate a 'terrorist attack'?

Both the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee released statements Wednesday criticizing President Obama for not explicitly classifying the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya as “terrorist attacks” in public appearances over the past two weeks.

At the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Obama called the violence, “attacks on America,” but stopped short of labeling the perpetrators as terrorists.

“There should be no doubt that we will be relentless in tracking down the killers and bringing them to justice,” the president said.

When specifically asked whether the strikes were terrorist attacks during a television appearance on ABC’s The View on Monday, Obama wouldn’t say. FULL POST


Topics: Briefing Bites • Jay Carney • Libya • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC
Obama above 50% in some battleground polls
September 26th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

Obama above 50% in some battleground polls

(CNN) - New polls in three swing states indicate President Barack Obama exceeding 50% support among likely voters and holding leads of nine to 12 points over Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Fueling those numbers, the four polls suggest that Romney has lost his edge on the economy, an issue on which the challenger has based his campaign.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Poll • President Obama
POTUS's schedule for Wednesday: Back to the Buckeye State
September 26th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday: Back to the Buckeye State

President Obama heads back to the Buckeye State for the lucky 13th time today. He'll have two campaign events on the road today. At the first one, he'll be speaking to the campus at Bowling Green State University and then later on in the afternoon, he'll be talking at Kent State University. The trip comes on the heels of a new poll suggesting the president's lead is widening in the crucial battleground state.  It also comes six days before early voting starts in the state.  We expect the president to make a particularly strong push for voter registration, as the deadline in Ohio is October 9.  He'll return back to the White House later this evening.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Daily Schedule • Ohio
POTUS on the NFL
September 25th, 2012
05:56 PM ET

POTUS on the NFL

The president decided to weigh in today on one of football's biggest stories this season.

The president had just exited M1 on the South Lawn and was walking toward the residence when a reporter shouted a question about the controversial call in last night's Packers-Seahawks game.

Obama couldn't hear him over the noise from the helicopter so the reporter shouted again, "Packers?."

"Terrible," Obama said of the game, and then added. "I've been saying for months, we've gotta get our refs back."


Topics: The Buzz
Obama's day ahead
September 25th, 2012
08:11 AM ET

Obama's day ahead

2012 politics is being put on the back-burner today - slightly - as President Obama gets set to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City followed by an early afternoon speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. He will return to the White House at 2:35 p.m. this afternoon. Of course, the president has taken heat from Republicans for not meeting with any foreign leaders while in New York as has long been customary while the UN is in session. The White House has responded that the president often talks with a variety of leaders and scheduling issues prevented any meetings this week.

Full schedule:
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Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama vs. Bush, battle of the bilats
September 24th, 2012
08:30 PM ET

Obama vs. Bush, battle of the bilats

New York (CNN) - President Barack Obama's decision not hold any bilateral meetings with world leaders while in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly is a departure from the last incumbent president to run for re-election.

In 2004, while in an election fight with Sen. John Kerry, President George W. Bush held meetings with leaders from Iraq, Japan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the president on Monday, saying he has held "extensive consultations with world leaders, including the leaders of Egypt, Israel, Yemen, Turkey, Libya."

"Those consultations will continue, not just with leaders in the region, but with leaders around the world. It is part of the job of being president that that be the case, and he will certainly encounter many leaders tonight in New York as well as tomorrow," Carney said.

By avoiding meetings with world leaders the president sidesteps any inadvertent news-making moments. And if Obama were to take a meeting with one ally, that would undoubtedly open the door to other requests. Therefore the president has left the one-on-ones to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will meet with the leaders from Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan and Egypt among others.