December 24th, 2010
09:11 PM ET

White House Week in Review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - It was a short but busy week for President Obama and the White House. By Wednesday, he got almost everything on his Holiday wish list with the exception of the DREAM Act passing.  Bipartisanship may have been his biggest gift this year.

Take a look at all the highlights in this week's White House Week in Review.

December 24th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

First family's Christmas dinner menu

HONOLULU (CNN) - The first family may be enjoying an ocean side view on their holiday vacation but for Christmas dinner they'll be eating something a little more land based.

The Obamas plan to have steak, roasted potatoes, green beans and of course, one of the president's favorite desserts - pie. No word from the White House on what kind of pie will be available.

Topics: Hawaii • The Family
December 24th, 2010
12:42 PM ET

The President and first lady extend Christmas greeting and urge Americans to support the troops and their families

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished families across the country a “Merry Christmas” and encouraged everyone to support the troops and their families this holiday season. Anyone can visit to find ideas for what they can do to help our servicemen and women and their families. You can watch the President's address at

THE PRESIDENT: Merry Christmas, everybody. Michelle and I just wanted to take a moment today to send greetings from our family to yours.

THE FIRST LADY: This is one of our favorite times of year. And we’re so fortunate to be able to celebrate it together in this wonderful home.

This is the “People’s House.” So Barack and I try to open it to as many people as we can, especially during the holiday season.

This month, more than 100,000 Americans have passed through these halls. And the idea behind this year’s theme, “Simple Gifts,” is that the greatest blessings of all are the ones that don’t cost a thing – the comfort of spending time with loved ones…the freedoms we enjoy as Americans… and the joy we feel upon giving something of ourselves.

So in this time of family, friends, and good cheer; let’s also be sure to look out for those who are less fortunate, who’ve hit a run of bad luck, or who are hungry and alone this holiday season.

Topics: President Obama • The News • White House
December 24th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

Obama's rough 2010

HONOLULU (CNN) - It was a long year with a lot of ups, downs and a few sharp elbows. Ed Henry reports on President Obama's rough 2010.

Topics: President Obama • The Vault • White House