January 26th, 2011
06:54 PM ET

Mother Nature waits for no one, even presidents

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama learned that even presidential motorcades can get stuck in snowy Washington, D.C. traffic.

After a day trip to Wisconsin Wednesday following his State of the Union Address, President Obama returned to a sleeting and snowing Washington, D.C.  What is usually a 10-minute or less helicopter ride aboard Marine One from Joint Base Andrews, formerly known as Andrews Air Force Base, turned into a nearly one hour motorcade ride from the base where Air Force One landed to the White House, according to pool reports.

President Obama has previously mocked the region’s inability to handle the winter weather compared to his hometown of Chicago. During his first year in office, he joked about his daughters having a snow day from school because of a little “ice,” as he called it.


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
January 26th, 2011
12:58 PM ET

POTUS gets ribbing from Packers fans

(CNN) - As things go for fans of the Chicago Bears these days, President Obama would probably have enjoyed a different arrival ceremony than the one he received in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

As Air Force Once touched down in the chilly home of the team that ousted his beloved Bears from the NFL playoffs last weekend, Obama was presented with a Packers jersey that bore his name. “They’re rubbing it in,” Obama said to reporters on the tarmac as he accepted the jersey from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and James Schmitt, the mayor of Green Bay.

Charles Woodson, the Packers star cornerback signed another jersey bearing his number 21, and then sounding a confident tone of his team’s prospects in the Super Bowl wrote, “See you at the White House. Go Packers.”

Topics: President Obama
January 26th, 2011
11:23 AM ET

Obama will have a special Sputnik moment in Wisconsin town

By Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Have you been wondering why Manitowac, Wisconsin, is the first stop for President Barack Obama after his State of the Union address?

Could be that he wants to continue his conversation with American families about rebuilding the nation's economy. Or that he wants to lift Democratic blues that Wisconsin will turn red in the next election.

Nah. Any true space cadet will tell you that Manitowac was chosen for its "Sputnik moment."

Check out the complete story on CNNPolitics.

Topics: President Obama • The Buzz
January 26th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

The more the State of the Union changes, the more it stays the same

Washington (CNN) - Shortly after losing the majority in the House during the midterm elections, can you guess what president said, "There are ways of disagreeing; men who differ can still work together sincerely for the common good. We shall be risking the nation's safety and destroying our opportunities for progress if we do not settle any disagreements in this spirit..."

Was it President Obama after the "shellacking" his party took last November or maybe President George W. Bush after his party lost control of both the House and Senate in 2006? It was neither.

It was President Truman, whose party lost the majority in the House of Representatives just before his State of the Union Address in 1951.

POTUS schedule for January 26, 2011
January 26th, 2011
06:32 AM ET

POTUS schedule for January 26, 2011

From the White House:

In the morning, the President will travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The President will then travel to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as part of his White House to Main Street Tour.  The President will tour Orion Energy Systems, a power technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys energy efficiency and renewable energy technology for commercial and industrial business. There will be travel pool coverage of the tour. The President will then deliver remarks on the economy to employees at Orion Energy Systems.

The President will then tour Skana Aluminum Company, an aluminum manufacturer and rolling mill in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Later, the President will tour Tower Tech Systems, a wind turbine tower manufacturer in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Topics: Daily Schedule • White House