Obama rallies in Iowa on 'Road to Charlotte' tour
September 1st, 2012
06:07 PM ET

Obama rallies in Iowa on 'Road to Charlotte' tour

Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama began his "Road to Charlotte" tour before 10,000 people here on Saturday, kicking off a string of events that will bring him right up to his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

"There's a reason for me to begin the journey here in Iowa, where it first began more than four years ago," Obama said, reminding Iowans that it was a victory at the state's caucuses in 2008 that set him on his path to the presidency. "And it will be you, Iowa, who choose the path we take from here."

Beginning what will surely be several days spent rebutting the messages of last week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, the president took his opponent to task for offering "rerun" policies "better suited for the last century."

"If you didn't DVR it, let me recap it for you," Obama said of the Republican's convention. "Everything's bad. It's Obama's fault, and Governor Romney is the only one who knows the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. That was the pitch. There was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices, but nobody ever actually bothered to tell you what they were."

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Topics: Campaign • Iowa
White House releases much-anticipated beer recipe
President Obama shared a beer with patrons at an Amherst, Ohio pub during a campaign trip in July.
September 1st, 2012
03:53 PM ET

White House releases much-anticipated beer recipe

(CNN) – After some pressure from the online home brewing community that included a petition on the White House website and a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama administration gave in Saturday and released its homemade beer recipe.

In a post on the White House Blog, head chef Sam Kass posted the recipes for two beers brewed on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter. Both beers are made using honey harvested from the White House bee hive.

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Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
September 1st, 2012
02:28 PM ET

Video: Obama on being a hands-on dad

(CNN) – President Barack Obama speaks to CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin about being a hands-on dad while in the White House.

See more of the interview as part of "Obama Revealed: A Closer Look," which airs Monday evening on CNN.

Romney omits 'war' from acceptance speech
September 1st, 2012
01:22 PM ET

Romney omits 'war' from acceptance speech

(CNN) - In a new campaign video and in emails sent to reporters throughout the day, the Obama campaign spent much of Friday highlighting what they call an important omission from Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech on Thursday night.

“In an almost 45-minute speech, Mitt Romney didn't find a moment to mention Afghanistan,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a statement sent to reporters just after midnight. “With no new plans and evasion about his real plans, Mitt Romney leaves this convention no stronger than he came.”

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Topics: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • President Obama • RNC