Going green at the White House
The new CNN set up from the reporters' perspective.
April 24th, 2012
06:29 PM ET

Going green at the White House

CNN has joined some of the other major television networks covering the White House in upgrading its equipment to be a bit more environmentally friendly.

Located on a raised platform along the west edge of the North Lawn are a row of television cameras and stalls where reporters go on TV with the White House in the background. CNN recently installed new Nila brand LED lighting instruments at its location to help illuminate on-air talent when they’re live from the White House North Lawn.

The new lights are bright enough while drawing far less energy than the old HMI (Hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide) lights that were used at the White House for over 20 years.

So next time you see Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian or Briana Keilar live from the White House you'll now know what they're looking at.

Trayvon Martin protest at the White House
March 27th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Trayvon Martin protest at the White House

About 300 supporters of Trayvon Martin marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House today to show their support for an investigation into the death of the Florida teen.

Many were students and faculty from the School Without Walls, a D.C. magnet high school located on the campus of George Washington University.

The marchers called for justice for Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death in February while walking unarmed through a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

President Obama was not at the White House. He is flying home from his trip to South Korea and will arrive later this evening.


Topics: White House
Mayors push for local issues in meetings at the White House
January 19th, 2012
05:21 PM ET

Mayors push for local issues in meetings at the White House

While President Obama is at Disney World and in New York City for several fundraisers, the work at the White House continues. A group of mayors from cities across the U.S. have been at the White House for the past two days to meet with a variety of officials to discuss local economic issues like in-sourcing and job creation. They met with President Obama yesterday evening in the East Room and were back today for more meetings with other officials.

President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, CA spoke to reporters at the White House about the issues they discussed.

"The president has put forth a jobs agenda.  The president understands that we've got to bring manufacturing and focus on in-sourcing jobs here in the United States of American," Villaraigosa said. "The president understands that the best way to do that is to partner with our cities and he intends to fight for the idea that it's time for the Congress to get off its duff."

Also at the stakeout were Mayor Michael Nutter (Philadelphia, PA), Mayor Michael Coleman (Columbus, OH), Mayor Anthony Foxx (Charlotte, NC), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA), Mayor Brenda Lawrence (Southfield, MI), Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore, MD), Mayor Joe Riley (Charleston, SC) and Mayor R.T. Rybak (Minneapolis, MN).


Topics: Mayors • White House
Super-soaked White House
September 7th, 2011
12:37 PM ET

Super-soaked White House

As the remants of Tropical Storm Lee pass through the Mid-Atlantic, heavy downpours have left a little flash flooding along the White House sidewalk. The White House has already moved this afternoon's Rose Garden event with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson inside to the East Room. We're guessing that Johnson's No. 48 car, sponsored by Lowe's, will have to stay outside.


Topics: The Visuals • White House
Snowy White House
December 16th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Snowy White House

It's beginning to look like a Winter Wonderland over here at the White House. Just in time for a busy morning when POTUS, VPOTUS, Sec. Gates and Sec. Clinton will be here to update reporters on the Af-Pak strategy.


Topics: The Visuals • White House
December 7th, 2010
04:07 PM ET

Obama on the offense

I snapped these photos during President Obama's unexpected press conference in the Brady Briefing Room on Tuesday.  We watched POTUS answer a series of six questions from the press as he spent the bulk of his time behind the podium defending his agreement with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts.