December 15th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
Today the White House released an updated family portrait. The Obama's got all dressed up on December 11, went to church and then posed in the Oval Office for Pete Souza the official White House photographer.
December 1st, 2011
08:03 PM ET
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - The Obama family went to their backyard on Thursday evening to participate in a holiday tradition. The Obamas attended the 89th annual Lighting of the National Christmas Tree and the Pageant of Peace held on the Ellipse of the White House grounds.
President Obama, joined by his daughters and the "Grandmother in Chief" Marian Robinson, spoke of the birth of Jesus and how the message of the Christian faith should bring together all Americans to serve their communities.
"No matter who we are, or where we come from, or how we worship, it’s a message that can unite all of us on this holiday season," Mr. Obama said. "It’s important for us to keep in mind the central message of this season, and keep Christ’s words not only in our thoughts, but also in our deeds."
Among the star-studded cast was Kermit the Frog who joined First Lady Michelle Obama in reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas."
The National Christmas Tree is a new tree this year after the previous one was destroyed by a wind storm last February.
"We all know that this tradition is much larger than any single tree. And tonight, once again, we gather here not simply to light some decorations, but to honor a story that lights the world," the president said.
November 17th, 2011
04:06 AM ET
Is it any coincidence that the address of the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the numbers of the license plates on the presidential limousines add up to 1600? Here the armored Chevrolet Suburban has the license plate 800 002. Do the math. 800 times 002 equals 1600. Coincidence? I think not!
November 11th, 2011
12:36 PM ET
President Obama traveled across the Potomac River to Arlington National Cemetery Friday, where he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and delivered remarks honoring America's past and current service members.
November 2nd, 2011
10:09 AM ET
Imagine having behind the scenes access to the White House, the president and his cabinet and all of it, on camera. For a TV reporter that might be just a dream. But the Obama administration is using that carrot to try to take its message, particularly on pressing for passage of the president's jobs program, directly to voters–in their living rooms. This week the White House opened its doors to nine television anchormen and women from local markets key to the president's agenda or his re-election in 2012.
"There are Americans all around the country in the many, many millions who get their news primarily through local television, local affiliates," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "And the president's very interested in communicating with them and telling them what he's doing here."
A special area was set up on the South Lawn for the media blitz. The local anchors interviewed members of the cabinet including Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan –all talking about the importance of passing the president's jobs bill.
After defeat of his $447 billion jobs bill in Congress the president has crisscrossed the country to press his case to voters and appeal for passage of key parts of the legislation.
Amelia Santaniello from Minneapolis TV station WCCO asked Carney at Tuesday's White House briefing why the president is issuing so many executive orders lately to circumvent Congress. "Why did he wait until now to do this?" she asked. FULL POST
October 29th, 2011
07:31 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some children in Washington braved cold and soggy weather Saturday for an early Halloween treat - a brief visit to the White House.
President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson, emerged from the North Portico of the White House Saturday afternoon to hand out goodie bags to the children.
"Let's give out some candy," President Obama said as he walked outside. "I know it's cold here, you guys doing alright? It's not ideal out here."
October 28th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
President Obama spent much of the week out west, touting parts of his jobs plan and raising cash for re-election. Check out this week's Week in Review for this week's top moments.