Friday at the White House
President Barack Obama is photographed during a presidential portrait sitting for an official photo in the Oval Office on December 6, 2012. Pete Souza/The White House
January 18th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

Friday at the White House

The president's schedule is wide open so there is plenty of time for him to add an event, just in case he wanted to announce another cabinet nominee.

The White House released a new portrait of the president this morning. It seems the president gets one with every term.

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9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office Closed Press

Thursday at the White House: Quiet day
January 17th, 2013
07:45 AM ET

Thursday at the White House: Quiet day

One day after signing three executive orders and enacting 20 other actions aimed to reduce gun violence, President Obama has no public events on his schedule Thursday. The president and Vice President Biden will receive the daily briefing in the morning, and then it's scheduled to be a quiet day. Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief the media at 11:45 AM.

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

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press

Wednesday at the White House: Obama talks about gun violence
Final touches are being put on the presidential viewing box for next week's Inaugural Parade.
January 16th, 2013
08:14 AM ET

Wednesday at the White House: Obama talks about gun violence

Thursday is the much-anticipated event where President Obama will lay out "concrete" proposals on how to curb gun violence and protect children from future attacks such as what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School just a month ago. Vice President Biden has been focused on the issue with his working group for the last few weeks and presented his recommendations to the president earlier this week. President Obama and Vice President Biden will be joined at the events with children who wrote letters to the president following the Newtown massacre.

Guidance, as released by the White House:

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

11:55AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT hold an event at the White House to unveil a package of proposals to reduce gun violence

South Court Auditorium (Open Press)

The "Beast" gets new license plates
January 15th, 2013
10:16 PM ET

The "Beast" gets new license plates

(CNN) – In a sign of solidarity, President Barack Obama will begin using the standard license plate for the District of Columbia, which famously states "Taxation Without Representation," on presidential vehicles, a White House official confirmed Tuesday.

The move comes after the city council for Washington, D.C. petitioned the president last week through a resolution, demanding that Obama use the license plates as millions watch his presidential motorcade drive down Pennsylvania Avenue for his inauguration on Monday.

"President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and has seen first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress," the White House official said in a statement.

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Topics: D.C. • the Beast
January 15th, 2013
11:58 AM ET

Biden plan: 19 solo steps Obama could take on guns

Washington (CNN) - Gun control proposals put together by Vice President Joe Biden include as many as 19 executive actions that President Barack Obama could take without congressional approval, such as tougher enforcement of existing laws, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday.

The president could demand that agencies provide data for background checks that are supposed to accompany gun sales, ensuring that information included in the checks is as "comprehensive and complete as possible," Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California told CNN.

FULL STORY


Topics: Gun control
Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due
January 15th, 2013
07:27 AM ET

Tuesday at the White House: Biden's report due

A day after his surprise press conference, President Obama is set to receive Vice President Biden’s much anticipated recommendations on the issue of gun control.

The recommendations follow more than a week of meetings involving the vice president and several stake-holders on all sides of the issue. It’s expected the recommendations will include both proposals for legislative action as well as executive orders the president can issue unilaterally.

The prospect of the latter has especially riled gun rights supporters, who fear Obama will single-handedly undermine the spirit of the Second Amendment. During the press conference Monday, the president insisted that was not his goal.

Full schedule after the jump:
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Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress
January 15th, 2013
06:28 AM ET

Obama pushes back on criticism regarding social outreach to Congress

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama pushed back on criticism that he has not reached out enough to members of Congress socially to help build more personal relationships.

"With respect to this 'truism' about me not socializing enough and patting folks on the back and all that stuff, most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party. And the truth is when I was in the Senate, I had great relationships over there, and up until that point that I became president this was not an accusation that you heard very frequently," the president said at his news conference Monday.

He said some Republicans feel that it doesn't "look real good socializing with me."

Full story


Topics: President Obama
Obama administration: Debt ceiling deadline coming soon
January 15th, 2013
05:30 AM ET

Obama administration: Debt ceiling deadline coming soon

New York (CNNMoney) - The Obama administration on Monday turned up the heat on Congress to raise the debt ceiling.

The Treasury Department, hours after President Obama again said he would not negotiate with Congress over the issue, said it will run out of ways to keep the country under the legal borrowing limit sometime between mid-February and early March.

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Obama urges patience to critics of white male nominees
January 14th, 2013
04:32 PM ET

Obama urges patience to critics of white male nominees

Washington (CNN) – Just wait and see.

That was President Barack Obama's response Monday to critics who have questioned why his second-term cabinet nominees have all been white males.

"I would just suggest that everybody kind of wait until they've seen all my appointments, who is in the White House staff and who is in my cabinet, before they rush to judgment," Obama said during his Monday news conference, which focused mostly on the upcoming debate over raising the federal debt limit.

Since winning re-election in November, Obama has made four high-profile nominations for posts in his cabinet, including tapping Sen. John Kerry for secretary of state. If confirmed, he'll replace Hillary Clinton, the highest profile woman in Obama's administration.

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Topics: President Obama
Monday, January 14 at the White House: Gun control talks continue
January 14th, 2013
08:04 AM ET

Monday, January 14 at the White House: Gun control talks continue

President Obama and Vice President Biden will stay behind closed doors Monday but are maintaining busy schedules. After meeting Biden for lunch and then sitting down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in which he receives foreign ambassadors recently posted to the United States.

Meanwhile, Biden’s ongoing discussions surrounding the issue of gun control continue Monday, this time with several Democratic members of Congress. According to a White House official, Biden will sit down with 12 House Democrats ahead of his expecting recommendations to the president Tuesday regarding further action on the issue. The Democrats constitute the House Democratic task force on gun violence.

Those Democrats include:

Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT)
Rep. William Enyart (IL)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. John Dingell (MI)
Rep. Ron Barber (AZ)

Full Schedule:

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Topics: Daily Schedule