February 8th, 2013
09:16 AM ET
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)
February 7th, 2013
08:06 AM ET
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
February 6th, 2013
10:50 AM ET
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.
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
February 5th, 2013
08:06 AM ET
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.
February 4th, 2013
09:54 AM ET
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."
PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SCHEDULE:
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Minneapolis, Minnesota
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
6:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House. South Lawn
February 1st, 2013
07:37 AM ET
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:
January 31st, 2013
12:59 PM ET
(CNN) – The issue of Syria will take center stage during Vice President Biden’s five day trip to Europe as tensions continue to escalate across the region, the White House said Thursday.
The highlight of Biden’s visit to four European cities is expected to come Saturday at a national security conference in Munich, Germany, where he will meet with UN Special Representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and leaders of the Syrian Opposition Council, the White House announced Thursday.
The meetings come in the wake of increased sectarian strife in Syria as well as news that Israeli fighter jets Thursday struck a Syrian convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Biden, who departs for Europe Thursday evening, will also make stops in Berlin, Paris, and London before returning to Washington on Wednesday. In each country, he is slated to sit down with top officials including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
At all the meetings, White House officials said the latest developments in Syria would be a leading topic of conversation, as well as issues surrounding the Eurozone, the French military effort in Mali, and security issues surround Iran.
January 31st, 2013
08:28 AM ET
President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary will face a tough confirmation hearing before some of his former Senate colleagues Thursday. We’ll hear from Jay Carney at today’s briefing but there is nothing public on the president’s schedule today.
January 30th, 2013
11:00 AM ET
Uncle Sam cut spending and businesses drew down inventories in the fourth quarter of 2012, causing the U.S. economy to contract for the first time in more than three years.
But don't start throwing around the R-word just yet.
"No one I know would seriously call this an indicator of recession," said Bill Hampel, chief economist with the Credit Union National Association.
Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of the nation's economic growth, contracted at an annual rate of 0.1% from October to December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. It was the first quarterly contraction since the second quarter of 2009, amid the Great Recession.
January 30th, 2013
06:53 AM ET
One day after he flew to the Las Vegas area to push immigration reform, President Obama is expected to keep a relatively low profile Wednesday. While the president will not be making a public appearance, he is scheduled to sit down for interviews with Telemundo and Univision as he continues his immigration push. Also of note, Obama and Hillary Clinton are set to hold a private lunch as the outgoing Secretary of State gets set to formally resign her post.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:30 PM ET.