Obama's day ahead: Sequester at Newport News Shipbuilding
February 26th, 2013
08:12 AM ET

Obama's day ahead: Sequester at Newport News Shipbuilding

President Obama heads to Newport News, VA to talk about the effect that forced government spending cuts will have on Newport News Shipbuilding, the largest manufacturing employer in the state of Virginia. The company is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), and in his remarks the president will highlight the impact that furloughs at one factory can have across the country. The White House circulated this information late Monday night:

HII’s already fragile supply base consists of 5,000 companies located in all fifty states that depend on the work that companies like Newport News Shipbuilding do, many of which are small businesses that rely on Newport News Shipbuilding for their bottom line.

In Virginia alone, approximately 90,000 civilian Department of Defense employees would be furloughed if the sequester was to hit, reducing gross pay by around $648.4 million in total. As well, it would cancel the maintenance of 11 ships in Norfolk, defer four projects at Dahlgren, Oceana, and Norfolk, and delay other modernization and demolition projects. The President will urge Congressional Republicans to come to the table and compromise to find a solution to avert the sequester, and will make clear that the only reason these cuts will take place is if Congressional Republicans choose to protect loopholes only enjoyed by the wealthiest and big corporations at the expense of jobs in Virginia.

The president will depart the White House at 10:50 AM, and his remarks in Norfolk will come a little after 1PM. Here's the full schedule as released by the White House: FULL POST

Obama's day ahead: Hanging with governors
February 25th, 2013
07:05 AM ET

Obama's day ahead: Hanging with governors

It's a fairly quiet day for President Obama as he begins what is likely to be a busy week ahead of the implementation of the sequester on Friday.

The president will appear before cameras briefly at 11:05 to address governors of both parties at the White House. A White House official told CNN all 50 governors were invited to the event, though an actual attendance list is not available.

Meanwhile, Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:45.

Full Schedule:

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Thursday February 21 at the White House
photo: Brian Yacklyvich/CNN
February 21st, 2013
08:18 AM ET

Thursday February 21 at the White House

We won't see the president today but you can hear him. He's giving radio interviews to Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams.

9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office

10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors. Oval Office

11:25AM THE PRESIDENT records radio interviews with Al Sharpton, Joe Madison and Yolanda Adams. Oval Office

Briefing Schedule
1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


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Obama's Day Ahead: About those spending cuts...
February 19th, 2013
09:23 AM ET

Obama's Day Ahead: About those spending cuts...

President Obama begins the shortened week with remarks Tuesday morning urging action to avoid the automatic across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester. The remarks will come at at a 10:45 am event, which the White House says will include first responders whose jobs may be lost if the spending cuts are allowed to go forward, is the first White House effort in more than two weeks to publicly draw attention to the issue.

The cuts are scheduled to hit Friday, March 1 "if Congress fails to find a path forward on a balanced deficit reduction," the White House said. The reductions could spur the loss of thousands of jobs.


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Day 2 post SOTU focuses on early childhood education
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February 14th, 2013
08:24 AM ET

Day 2 post SOTU focuses on early childhood education

President Obama continues his post-State of the Union tour on Thursday by traveling to Decatur, Georgia to talk about quality preschool education for every child in America. He’ll start his time in Decatur off by visiting a pre-kindergarten class in a nearby early learning center. CNN has obtained a letter to parents of the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, saying the president would be visiting their school (despite the school system being on winter break.) Parents are encouraged to bring their kids in specifically for the President's visit. His main remarks will be later at 1:20p at the Decatur Recreation Center.

President Obama will return to DC in the late afternoon, in plenty of time to celebrate Valentine's Day with the First Lady (they’ve gone out to dinner two of the last four years).

In addition, President Obama participates in a Google+ Fireside Hangout live from the Roosevelt Room at 4:50p. According to the White House, “During the hangout, which is hosted and moderated by Google, the President will connect with people who are active online to discuss the policies and proposals in the speech.”

8:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

11:30AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Decatur, Georgia. Dobbins Air Reserve Base

12:10PM THE PRESIDENT visits a pre-kindergarten classroom at College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center. College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, Decatur, Georgia

1:20PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks. Decatur Community Recreation Center, Decatur, Georgia

2:40PM THE PRESIDENT departs Decatur, Georgia. Dobbins Air Reserve Base

4:10PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

4:25PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn

Briefing Schedule
Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will gaggle aboard Air Force One


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Obama takes his SOTU message on the road
February 13th, 2013
02:57 PM ET

Obama takes his SOTU message on the road

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (CNN)-  Seeking to build momentum and rally support for his jobs agenda, President Obama began the first of three campaign-style day trips around the country Wednesday a day after his fourth State of the Union address.

Traveling to Asheville, North Carolina Mr. Obama spoke at an auto parts plant to highlight his proposals he hopes will make America a "magnet" for jobs and manufacturing.

"I believe in manufacturing I think it makes our country stronger," Mr. Obama told the small crowd of workers gathered around the makeshift podium in the center of the factory.

Calling the middle class the "true engine of American economic growth" and "the North star that guides everything we do,"  the president warned there would be "no magic bullet".

He went on to try to rally support for his proposals now stalled in a partisan Congress.

“[W]e've got to stop with some of the politics that we see in Washington sometimes that's focused on who's up and who's down, and let's just focus on the same kind of common sense and cooperation that we're seeing at this plant," said Mr. Obama.  FULL POST

Obama to Asheville , NC post State of the Union travel
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February 13th, 2013
07:55 AM ET

Obama to Asheville , NC post State of the Union travel

Last night President Obama delivered his State of the Union address in front of the 113th congress. In his speech he called for the expansion of pre-school education for every 4-year-old, an increase in the minimum wage and a plan to create 15 "manufacturing institutes". He reiterated his call for a program to repair the infrastructure of the nation's roads and bridges. On the foreign policy front he announced 33,000 U.S. troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by this time next year.

Today the president will travel to Asheville, NC to highlight a Canadian auto parts company that has recently increased it's investment in the U.S.

Full Transcript of The State of the Union address

The White House Schedule
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. South Lawn

9:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

11:10AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Asheville, North. Asheville Regional Airport

11:35AM THE PRESIDENT tours Linamar North Carolina Factory. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina

12:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks. Linamar Factory, Asheville, North Carolina

1:25PM THE PRESIDENT departs Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville Regional Airport

2:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

2:55PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn

Briefing Schedule
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One

February 12th, 2013
07:24 AM ET

Tonight: The State of the Union address

Tonight President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union address of his second term. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters on Monday, “The economy is not in a worse place than it was before if you talk about the comparison between now and when he gave his first state of the union address. There is no comparison. We were in economic free fall. What the president has been saying and I am sure will say again is we are at a moment where the economy is poised to continue to grow, to continue to build on the progress we made, to continue to build on the job creation we've achieved – over 6.1 million jobs created by our businesses over the past 35 or 36 months.”

We’re also expecting him to touch on proposals for issues like clean energy, infrastructure, manufacturing and education. And of course, we expect him to talk about his administration’s push for gun control and their proposals to curb gun violence.

Among the guests in the First Lady’s box will be former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, who received the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on Monday; Hadiya Pendleton’s parents (Hadiya was the teenage girl gunned down in Chicago a week participating the Inaugural parade); Desiline Victor, a 102-year-old woman from FL involved in voting rights; and Bradley Henning, a middle class American who is a machinist from Louisville, Kentucky.

White House Schedule:

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office

9:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers the State of the Union Address; THE VICE PRESIDENT, THE FIRST LADY, and DR. BIDEN attend. United States Capitol


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February 11th, 2013
09:15 AM ET

Monday Medal of Honor Ceremony at the White House

President Obama will hold a rare Medal of Honor ceremony today at The White House.
The full story behind the honor awarded for combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan can be found below.

FULL STORY

10:10AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. Oval Office

1:45PM THE PRESIDENT awards Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry; THE FIRST LADY also attends. The East Room

Briefing Schedule
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


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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