Obama to honor Sandy Hook teachers and staff posthumously
February 8th, 2013
05:49 PM ET

Obama to honor Sandy Hook teachers and staff posthumously

Washington (CNN) - President Obama will honor the six teachers and staff killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre last December with the second highest civilian honor, the Citizens Medal in a ceremony next Friday at the White House.

In announcing the honor, the White House said, "the names of six courageous women were forever etched into the heart of our Nation as unthinkable tragedy swept through Newtown, Connecticut."

Principal Dawn Hochsprung, school psychologist Mary Sherlach and teachers Anne Marie Murphy, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel Davino, and Victoria Soto and twenty children were killed when a gunman opened fire inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

The Citizens Medal recognizes Americans who have performed "exemplary deeds of service for their country or fellow citizens."

Calling the six women from the Newtown tragedy "dedicated" to their students and their community the White House noted how they often put in long hours "to give the children in their care a future worthy of their talents."

As many as 6,000 individuals were nominated for the Citizens Medal for 2012. FULL POST

Quiet Friday at the White House
February 8th, 2013
09:16 AM ET

Quiet Friday at the White House

White House officials have said that President Obama's team has been in contact with state and local officials in New England in preparation of the winter storm and blizzard that will hit this evening and over the weekend. Meanwhile, the President spends his Friday mostly behind closed doors. We assume he'll continue meeting with his advisers about the storm and other matters. This afternoon, he'll head over the Potomac River to attend the farewell ceremony of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at Joint Base Myer-Henderson in Arlington, Virginia. There isn't a White House briefing scheduled for today so we will most likely have to wait until next week for more information from the White House.

Guidance from the White House:

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

1:00PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch

Private Dining Room (Closed Press)

3:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute in honor of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

Joint Base Myer-Henderson (Pooled for TV; Open to Still Photographers and Correspondents)

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Thursday at the White House: Prayer and retreat
February 7th, 2013
08:06 AM ET

Thursday at the White House: Prayer and retreat

President Obama begins his Thursday with the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton. Every president since Dwight D. Eisenhower has attended the breakfast, sponsored by the Fellowship Foundation. This will be President Obama's fifth time attending and making remarks. Then later today, he heads to Leesburg, Virginia to attend the House Democrats' retreat at the Lansdowne Resort. He'll make remarks at 12:30p before returning to the White House later this afternoon.

For the full guidance  released by the White House, click below. FULL POST

POTUS to announce nonimee for secretary of Interior
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February 6th, 2013
10:50 AM ET

POTUS to announce nonimee for secretary of Interior

Sally Jewell, the CEO of outdoor gear company REI, will be nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ken Salazar as secretary of the Interior, a senior administration official tells CNN.
But before he makes this announcement he will head to the Senate Democatic retreat in Annapolis and discuss strategy to advance his second term agenda.

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7:45AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Annapolis, Maryland. South Lawn

10:10AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Annapolis, Maryland

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT attends the Senate Democratic Issues Conference

12:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Annapolis, Maryland

12:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT makes a personnel announcement. State Dining Room

Briefing Schedule
11:30AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Topics: Daily Schedule
Tuesday, February 5: White House puts focus on immigration
February 5th, 2013
08:06 AM ET

Tuesday, February 5: White House puts focus on immigration

While President Obama spent Monday discussing his gun control agenda, Tuesday is all about immigration.  The president is holding two high profile meetings with among the highest stakeholders in the debate - business leaders and union groups.  Members from both groups have said they support immigration reform but are wary some actions could negataively affect an already fragile economy.

Full schedule:
FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule
It's Monday and the president is going to Minneapolis
February 4th, 2013
09:54 AM ET

It's Monday and the president is going to Minneapolis

The President visits the Twin Cities to continue delivering his message against gun violence. He makes remarks in a Minneapolis Police special operations center after participating in a roundtable conversation. According to the White House "he will discuss with local leaders and law enforcement officials his comprehensive set of commonsense ideas to reduce gun violence. Minneapolis is a city has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed. President Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence."

BRIEFING SCHEDULE:
Press Secretary Jay Carney will Gaggle Aboard Air Force One

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:15AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn

10:30AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Minneapolis, Minnesota

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12:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT participates in a discussion with local leaders and law enforcement officials. Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center

1:30PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on a comprehensive set of commonsense ideas to reduce gun violence. Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center

2:35PM THE PRESIDENT departs Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

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5:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

6:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn


Topics: Daily Schedule • Gun control
White House day ahead Feb. 1: National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation
February 1st, 2013
07:37 AM ET

White House day ahead Feb. 1: National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

Only one public event at the White House on this wintery Friday. At 2:15 PM President Obama will present the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation in the East Room of the White House. Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief the press at 11:30 AM.

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

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
Oval Office
Closed Press

2:15PM THE PRESIDENT awards the National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation
The East Room
Open Press (Pre-Set 11:15AM—Final Gather 1:40PM—North Doors of the Palm Room)

Briefing Schedule

11:30AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Topics: Daily Schedule