November 3rd, 2011
03:29 PM ET
The White House is again pressuring Republicans in the Senate to support the nomination of Richard Cordray as head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The latest pressure point: military families. In a conference call with reporters, White House officials cited the importance of the CFPB in the lives of service members to protect them from predatory lenders, certain types of installment loans and debt collectors who often harass service members during active duty.
Pegging this latest push to today’s testimony before the Senate banking committee by Holly Petraeus – head of Servicemember Affairs at the CFPB – representatives from the Treasury Department, the National Economic Council and the Executive Office of the President explained why the CFPB’s ability to help military families was effectively neutered by not having a director.
"The way the statute works, until such time as the CFPB gets a director it will not have the authority to supervise and enforce all these various consumer protection laws, with respect to payday lenders, debt collectors, etcetera, etcetera, the kinds of firms that we're talking about…that are preying on military families,” said Deputy Treasury Secretary Neil Wolin.
Cordray’s nomination recently passed out of the banking committee on a party-line vote, with all 10 Republican members voting in opposition, and Senate Republicans have vowed to block his nomination if it ever comes to the floor. On today’s call Stephanie Cutter – a deputy senior advisor to President Obama – used Mrs. Petraeus’ testimony as proof that military families are hurt by such Republican opposition.
Citing a specific question from Republican Sen. Richard Shelby about whether the CFPB had enough resources to do its job, Cutter quoted Mrs. Petraeus as saying that while the resources are there to the job, “they're not able to actually do the work.” FULL POST
September 7th, 2011
07:05 PM ET
NASCAR's top drivers including champion Jimmie Johnson came to the White House Wednesday. President Obama honored Johnson and seven of the top 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for their efforts to give back to the community especially the military.
"[W]hat also makes NASCAR special is the difference that it makes in the lives of so many people, especially our troops and their families," the president told the drivers and NASCAR fans gathered in the East Room. The president noting that the drivers and NASCAR staff served dinner to 400 wounded servicemen at Walter Reed Army Hospital last month.
Wednesday's event was all smiles despite the perception of a flap when some of the top drivers declined the coveted White House invite. Today's attendees included Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton. The driver's presented the president with his own helmet and driving gloves.
The president joked he would put them to good use.
"I’m not allowed to drive much these days– basically just my golf cart at Camp David– which is called Golf Cart One."
August 5th, 2011
07:39 AM ET
(CNN) – President Obama is focusing his renewed job creation effort on unemployed veterans Friday, set to outline a new initiative that aims to help former members of the military find private sector jobs.
In a speech at the Washington Navy Yard scheduled for Friday morning, the president is expected to lay out a series of reforms that the Obama administration is pledging will both better prepare service members for the civilian workforce and encourage employers to hire recent veterans.
Among the president’s proposals Friday will be a “Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credit,” which would provide businesses that hire veterans a tax break, varying in size depending on how long the newly-hired veteran has been unemployed and whether he or she has a disability.
June 17th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
President Obama will spend a few hours visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Walter Reed is the Army’s largest healthcare facility and takes in 35 new patients a day, according to the hospital’s website.
Other events on his schedule include lunch with Vice President Biden and a meeting with Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner.
full schedule after the jump
May 30th, 2011
06:05 AM ET
The schedule as released by the White House
9:10AM THE PRESIDENT and the First Lady will host a breakfast for Gold
Star Families at the White House
State Dining Room Closed Press
10:10AM THE PRESIDENT makes Department of Defense personnel announcements
Rose Garden Open Press
10:55AM THE PRESIDENT will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the
Tomb of the Unknowns
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT will participate in the Memorial Day Service at
Arlington National Cemetery
April 14th, 2011
06:26 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - With bragging rights on the line, students at a Colorado high school did battle with their military parents in a science competition on Thursday. The event was hosted by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, as they continued their cross country tour to promote their recently launched initiative supporting military families.
Mrs. Obama and Biden were joined at the event at Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Colorado Springs by Jamie Hyneman and Grant Imahara from the Discovery Channel program “MythBusters.” The two, who host a program that tests the scientific accuracy of various stories and myths, were split up to serve as an adviser to each team. “If you lose, don’t blame the Mythbusters,” the first lady joked as she kicked off the competition.
The event was used to highlight the new initiative, “Joining Forces,” whose efforts include a push to increase interest in math and science at schools serving military children. Such courses “open up a whole new world,” for future careers in medicine, engineering, and business Mrs. Obama said in her remarks before the competition got underway.
April 12th, 2011
03:59 PM ET
By CNN Wires Staff
"Joining Forces" will encourage businesses to provide jobs for military spouses, schools to find ways to provide additional support to children of service members and also encourage everyday Americans to find ways to personally get involved.
"It's not just the right thing to do, it also makes this country stronger," Obama said, noting that soldiers often say the one thing he can do for them is ensure their families are cared for so they can focus on their jobs.
April 11th, 2011
11:41 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) -Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal, President Obama’s former top military commander in Afghanistan relieved from duty last year, is taking a new post working with the Obama administration. According to a White House official, he will lead a three-member advisory board for a new White House initiative to support and honor military families, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife Jill Biden.
The initiative, called Joining Forces, “aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of society” to address the unique challenges American troops, veterans and their families face said the White House press office.
“He will be a unique and powerful advocate for the millions of Americans who serve our country selflessly,” said the First Lady in a statement welcoming McChrystal to the effort. “This program will build upon our nation’s great patriotism by asking all Americans to take action and ensure our military families have the support they have earned. General McChrystal will be a powerful leader in this cause.”