November 1st, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Boehner vs. Obama

(CNN) - He is poised to become the most powerful Republican in Congress if the GOP takes control of the House Tuesday.

And Rep. John Boehner's ramping up the rhetoric in anticipation, going after the president.

"We have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as 'our enemies,'" Boehner said Monday. "When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush used the word 'enemy,' they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators – enemies of the United States."


Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The News
November 1st, 2010
08:04 PM ET

Transcript of interview of President Obama by Michael Baisden

Q Great to have you back on the show. President Barack Obama, it’s show time, sir. Twenty-four hours before Election Day, how are you doing?


Q Yes, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: How are you, sir?

Q I’m doing wonderful. It’s time to get out the vote.

THE PRESIDENT: It is time to get out the vote. And I really appreciate you taking me on today, and I want to make sure that all your listeners understand the importance of this election. My name may not be on the ballot, but the future of the country, in terms of us being able to move forward, create jobs, grow the economy, make sure young people get a good education, all that is going to be dependent on me having some folks in Congress who are ready and willing to cooperate. And that's going to be determined largely by the turnout in this election.

Obama dials off of 'enemies' as Boehner tees up
November 1st, 2010
07:57 PM ET

Obama dials off of 'enemies' as Boehner tees up

Washington (CNN) – President Obama appeared to be walking back his comments in a recent radio interview where he said Latino American voters should "punish our enemies" by turning out to vote in the midterm election.

In an interview with radio host Michael Baisden on Monday, President Obama admitted to using the wrong word choice. "I probably should have used the word "opponents" instead of enemies. Now the Republicans are saying that I'm calling them enemies."

Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The News
November 1st, 2010
04:37 PM ET

Michelle Obama says the truth is hard

Today at a Harry Reid rally in Nevada First Lady Michelle Obama had this to say:

"I know that for a lot of folks change has not come fast enough. But believe me it hasn't come fast enough for Barack or Harry either – not when so many families are still looking for work and struggling to pay the bills and worrying about how they are going to provide for their kids. No, it hasn't come fast enough. But I think that many of us came into this expecting to see all the change we talked about happen all at once, right away, the minute Barack stepped foot into the Oval Office....But, the truth is it is going to take a lot longer to dig ourselves out of this hole than any of us would like. The, the truth is this is the hard part of change. "

The First Lady has a 70% approval rating these days. She has become a headliner on the campaign trail. So what do you think about this? A new realization? Or too little too late? What do you suppose the voters will say?

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Buzz • The Family
November 1st, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Midterm global image makeover?

WASHINGTON (CNN)--The ground may shift under the Capitol Tuesday, but the White House is not concerned that midterm election tremors will impact America’s image abroad.

“It demonstrates once and again the most powerful example for the world to see the American people exercising their constitutional responsibilities, said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

During a briefing on the Presidents upcoming Asia trip, Gibbs insisted that regardless of the outcome in the midterm elections it is still “a testament to the great American experience,” because it shows the global community how the U.S. “conducts elections” and brings about “electoral change in a peaceful way.”

Topics: Asia • President Obama • White House
Where's Obama?
November 1st, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Where's Obama?

It's one day before the all-important mid term elections.  Democratic surrogates are crisscrossing the country to make last minute appeals in key states.  Michelle Obama is in Nevada and Pennsylvania.  Vice President Biden hits the stump in Vermont and Delaware.  Even former President Clinton is doing his part wrapping up a nine-state blitz today. So where in the world if the leader of the Democratic party? At home.

One day before the midterm elections and President Obama is staying mostly behind close doors to make calls and do radio interviews. What's up with that?

Our CNN contributors and others will be talking today about the president's curious strategy. We'll add their comments shortly on our new blog, and surely some of you, our dear peanut gallery, may have some thoughts on the matter...‬

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • White House
November 1st, 2010
10:19 AM ET

Obama's election eve rundown

WASHINGTON–(CNN) One day before the midterm elections President Obama is staying mostly behind close doors to make calls and do radio interviews.  White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the President will tape "several syndicated radio programs" on Monday, to be aired on Tuesday.

Gibbs said that between 8 to 9pm ET Monday, the President will make phone calls to Democratic volunteers in Florida, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Hawaii.

Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The News
November 1st, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Stump speech


Category: Thing

Definition: A single political speech used by a politician to address a variety of crowds.  It’s often necessary due to the multiple speeches given each day during the height of campaign season.  The term originated in the 19th century when politicians often used tree stumps platforms in order to stand above the crowd when they delivered campaign speeches.

Topics: The Vault • WH Words
November 1st, 2010
05:55 AM ET

South Lawn


Category: Place

Definition: Since the address of the White House is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and the North Lawn faces Pennsylvania Avenue, the South Lawn is often described as the “back lawn” of the White House. Marine One, the presidential helicopter, departs from and lands on the South Lawn. It is also the location of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Topics: Place • The Vault • WH Words
November 1st, 2010
04:00 AM ET

President's Schedule – Tuesday, November 2, 2010

In the morning, the President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. These meetings are closed press. Later, the President will do local radio interviews with KPWR Los Angeles, WGCI Chicago, WSOL Jacksonville and KVEG Las Vegas from the Oval Office. These interviews are closed press. In the afternoon, the President will meet with Secretary of Defense Gates in the Oval Office. This meeting is closed press.

9:30AM ET       THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:00AM ET    THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
11:35AM ET      THE PRESIDENT is interviewed live on KPWR Los Angeles
11:50AM ET      THE PRESIDENT tapes a radio interview with WGCI Chicago
12:05PM ET      THE PRESIDENT tapes a radio interview with WSOL Jacksonville
12:20PM ET      THE PRESIDENT is interviewed live on KVEG Las Vegas
4:30PM ET        THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of Defense Gates