Tuesday: Quiet day at the White House
This gingerbread replica of the White House weighs just under 300 pounds and was designed to mimic the White House prior to 1798, before it was painted white.
December 11th, 2012
08:15 AM ET

Tuesday: Quiet day at the White House

President Obama has no public events on his schedule today so he'll spend the day away from cameras, meeting with advisers and the Vice President. We do know that he'll be hosting a couple of White House holiday parties today but other than that, we can assume he'll have more meetings behind closed doors, presumably on the various issues on his plate. We will hear from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney at 1pm and will see if he gives any more information about where the talks on fiscal cliff and White House personnel issues stand.

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9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT meet for lunch

Private Dining Room (Closed Press)

Briefing Schedule

1:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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Monday: Road trip for fiscal cliff
December 10th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Monday: Road trip for fiscal cliff

President Obama hits the road again to talk about the impending fiscal cliff and to continue to pressure Republicans to make a deal by the end of the year. He heads to Michigan to visit the Diamler Detroit Diesel plant to meet with middle-class Americans to talk about how the economy is rebounding but Congress should not save tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. He'll tour the plant and then make remarks before returning back to Washington for the evening.

Guidance from the White House:

9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time

9:45AM THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

10:50AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

South Lawn (Travel Pool Coverage)

11:05AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews

Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

12:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Michigan

Metro-Wayne County Airport (Open Press)

1:35PM THE PRESIDENT tours Daimler Detroit Diesel plant

Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, Michigan (Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage)

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks

Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant, Redford, Michigan (Open Press)

2:55PM THE PRESIDENT departs Michigan

Metro-Wayne County Airport (Open Press)

4:15PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

4:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House

South Lawn (Open Press)

Briefing Schedule

Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One

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Topics: Daily Schedule • Economy • Fiscal Cliff
Gov. Romney comes to the White House
November 29th, 2012
08:17 AM ET

Gov. Romney comes to the White House

President Obama welcomes his opponent in the 2012 campaign, Governor Mitt Romney, to the White House today for lunch. The much-anticipated meeting will happen today at 12:30p as the two men sit down in the private dining room of the White House. Unfortunately, there is no coverage of the event so we hope that the White House will release a photo.  Beyond that meeting, the only other meeting on the president's schedule is a meeting with American Nobel prize winners. That, too, is not open to the press. Presumably, the remainder of Obama's day will be spent behind closed doors, working on a solution to the impending fiscal cliff crisis. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters while Romney and Obama are eating lunch.

For the full guidance released by the White House, click below. FULL POST

Busy Tuesday at the White House
November 28th, 2012
08:01 AM ET

Busy Tuesday at the White House

Today, President Obama will continue to be focused on the impending fiscal cliff and he takes a page from his campaign and participates in two events where he hopes to sway public opinion in his favor and strengthen his negotiating position with Republicans. He hosts what the White House describes as "middle class Americans" at an event where the president will deliver remarks pressing Congress to extend middle class tax cuts.  The White House will use the event to launch a push on social media called #My2K online push to pass the middle class tax cuts. After the President’s event, the White House will call on Americans across the country to share on Twitter what #My2K means to them, as well as on other social media channels, and on WhiteHouse.gov. They plan to highlight the #My2K stories received on WhiteHouse.gov and through social media to show the impact of inaction for middle class families. Later the president and VP meet behind closed doors with corporate CEO's designed to show his "outreach" to the business community.

He'll also have his first cabinet meeting since his re-election. We'll get a quick glimpse of the group at the beginning of their meeting. Also, First Lady Michelle Obama unveils the White House Christmas decorations in an event this afternoon where she has invited children of military families to participate in holiday crafts and treats.

Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:30p.

For the full White House schedule, click below. FULL POST

POTUS spends day behind closed doors
A man holds up his daughter over the construction fence so she can see the White House. Construction for the inauguration parade platform has already begun on Pennsylvania Ave.
November 13th, 2012
08:47 AM ET

POTUS spends day behind closed doors

At this point, we won't see President Obama in front of any cameras today but he definitely has many issues on his plate that will get attention behind closed doors today. The only thing listed on his public schedule is a meeting with labor leaders and other progressive leaders to discuss solutions to avoiding the fiscal cliff. The meeting is in the Roosevelt Room and is closed to the press. Other than that, we assume he'll continue to be briefed on the scandals and investigations involving Gen. Petraeus and Gen. Allen. Here is a listing of meeting participants, as provided by a White House official:

  • · Mary Kay Henry, SEIU
  • · Lee Saunders, AFSCME
  • · Dennis Van Roekel, NEA
  • · Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO
  • · Neera Tanden, Center for American Progress
  • · John Podesta, Center for American Progress
  • · Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
  • · Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project
  • · Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
  • · Justin Ruben, MoveOn
  • · Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change

Beyond that, we'll hear from the WH Press Secretary when he holds a briefing at 12:30p.

 

Election Day tradition: Game of hoops
FILE/President Obama plays basketball with personal aide Reggie Love and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in May 2010.
November 6th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Election Day tradition: Game of hoops

In keeping with an Election Day tradition, President Obama took time out of his day to get in a game of hoops at a gym near his home in Chicago. The game, organized by the president's former personal aide Reggie Love, took place at the Attack Athletic facility about ten miles from the Obamas' house in the Kenwood neighborhood.

Among the players, former Chicago Bulls Scottie Pipen and Randy Brown and former Illinois state treasurer and 2010 Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias. Giannoulias gave few details over Twitter of the game and later talked to a reporter in the president's travel pool.

According to Giannoulias, Obama was the player-coach of his team of five and his team won by "like 20", with a score of "like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something." Each team had substitutes and referees were present to call fouls.

“It was a lot of fun,” Giannoulias said. “We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true.”

He also said the president "played very well" but declined to say how many points he scored.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Obama friend Marty Nesbitt, the president's brother-in-law Craig Robinson and White House chef Sam Kass were also among the players.

The tradition of playing basketball on Election Day has been a staple of the president's routine since the Iowa caucuses in 2008. He didn't play on the day of the New Hampshire primary and Hillary Clinton won so he's made it a priority of playing on every Election Day since.

 


Topics: 2012 Election • Arne Duncan • Basketball • Reggie Love
First Lady casts early ballot
The Obama for America campaign releases a picture of Michelle Obama preparing to mail in her early ballot.
October 15th, 2012
02:59 PM ET

First Lady casts early ballot

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama has officially cast her ballot in the 2012 presidential election.

The Obama for America campaign released a photo of her in the White House, preparing to mail her absentee ballot from the state of Illinois.

The first lady and president have recently been highlighting states' allowances for early voting and absentee ballots. Voting in her native Illinois began on September 27th. In battleground states, such as Colorado and Nevada, absentee voting begins this week. Virginia voters have been able to cast ballots since September 22nd.

“In states around the country, voters can already vote early in person or by mail,” said Mrs. Obama in a press release announcing her vote. “It means you don’t have to worry about your schedule filling up, or getting sick, or having to work late on Election Day. And more than anything, it means you can act right now to move our country forward.”

The campaign also announced President Obama will vote early in Chicago next week.

Michelle Obama to visit "Live with Kelly and Michael"
October 15th, 2012
10:54 AM ET

Michelle Obama to visit "Live with Kelly and Michael"

WHITE HOUSE (CNN)—First Lady Michelle Obama will hit the daytime talkshows once again in the final weeks of her husband’s re-election campaign.

Mrs. Obama will tape an interview with “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Wednesday in New York. Co-host Kelly Ripa announced on Monday’s show that the segment will air on Friday.

Her appearance will be the First Lady’s second time on the show this year. In June, she appeared on the show to promote her book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America . She also surprised a jump-roping team with a demonstration of her double-dutch jump-roping skills.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, appeared on the show in September where they talked about reality TV star Snooki, his pet peeve of Ann’s method of squeezing toothpaste out of the tube, and an embarrassing moment of walking in on former President George W. Bush receiving a massage during a White House visit.

Last week, Mrs. Romney co-hosted ABC’s “Good Morning America” with George Stephanopolous where she made her famous Welsh cakes and interviewed a thoroughbred rider from the Paralympics games in London in August.

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12
October 15th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

POTUS's day 3 of debate prep: 10/15/12

Good morning! The president continues his debate prep in Williamsburg, Virginia for tomorrow night's debate. Yesterday, he made an outing to deliver pizzas to a local campaign office. He has nothing on his schedule today except to receive the presidential daily briefing. But we won't be shocked if he makes a trip outside Kingsmill, the resort he is staying at to prepare for the second presidential debate.


Topics: 2012 Election • Debate prep • Virginia
POTUS's schedule for Friday, October 12
October 12th, 2012
09:29 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Friday, October 12

TGIF!! 25 more days until the election! On this morning after the debate, all the talk is about Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. President Obama told the press twice last night when he landed that he couldn't be prouder of his vice president. But today, he lays low. He has nothing on his public schedule until this evening when he goes to dinner with some winners of a recent campaign contest. He leaves tomorrow for debate prep in Williamsburg over the next few days. We can only speculate that there just might be some more debate prep going on today at the White House as well. Press Secretary Jay Carney will hold a briefing at 11:15a this morning and we expect more questions about the administration's response to the attack in Libya to come up as well as more post-debate analysis questions.

Full guidance released by the White House:

6:30PM THE PRESIDENT has dinner with winners of a campaign contest

Washington, DC

Pool Spray at the Top (In-Town Travel Pool)

Briefing Schedule

11:15AM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

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Topics: 2012 Election • White House