White House tracking 'fluid situation' in Egypt
January 28th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

White House tracking 'fluid situation' in Egypt

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday that the U.S. is reviewing its aid to Egypt in the wake of the violent protests taking place in the country.

"We will be reviewing our assistance posture based on events now and in the coming days," Gibbs said.

In the carefully worded press conference, Gibbs also revealed that President Obama hadn't spoken with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

The president "has not made specific calls on this...We continue to monitor [the situation]," Gibbs said.

He added that the White House is "deeply concerned about the images and the events we see in Egypt today."

When asked why the president hadn't contacted the Egyptian leader, Gibbs said "We are - again, we're monitoring a very fluid situation."


Topics: Egypt • Robert Gibbs • The News • Uncategorized
Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda
President Obama discusses the situation in Egypt with Vice President Biden and his national security team during the Presidential Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.
January 28th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

Egyptian protests rising to top of Obama's agenda

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Just three days after a State of the Union Address that President Obama's own aides say was 80 percent devoted to the economy and domestic issues, the pressing national security issue of unrest in Egypt has suddenly vaulted to the top of the commander-in-chief's agenda as he struggles with how closely he wants to stand with a longtime U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama has been getting regular briefings on the unfolding situation throughout the week, and the president got a special memo with the latest information on Friday morning.

"The president has requested multiple briefings each day on the situation in the Middle East," said Vietor. "Today, he received a memo updating him on the latest in Egypt from National Security Advisor Tom Donilon."

Vietor added that Obama will get even more on the latest intelligence on Friday during his Presidential Daily Briefing, which is focused each day on sensitive material dealing with pressing national security issues.

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Topics: Egypt • President Obama • Roger Altman
Moving up: Stephanie Cutter
January 27th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Carney named White House press secretary

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden's communications director, Jay Carney, was named the new White House press secretary Thursday as part of a series of other big staff moves announced by new Chief of Staff Bill Daley.

Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will succeed Robert Gibbs as the most visible spokesman for President Barack Obama. Other White House aides who have been considered for press secretary include Bill Burton, Stephanie Cutter, Josh Earnest and Jen Psaki.

Several Democratic sources said that based on the private deliberations inside the White House, Carney was the clear front-runner for the job.

One of the sources said the job was "totally lined up for Jay" before Daley was named chief of staff this month. Then Daley reopened the process to more candidates to make sure they were making the right move, and that second round of considerations has come to a close with Carney at the top of the list, the source said.

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.


Topics: Bill Burton • Robert Gibbs • The News • The Visuals • William Daley
Af-Pak meeting in the Situation Room
January 27th, 2011
02:19 PM ET

Af-Pak meeting in the Situation Room

President Obama meeting Thursday with his national security team on Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Situation Room of the White House. These monthly meetings are always closed press, but the White House usually releases a photo taken by one of their White House photographers.


Topics: Afghanistan • Pakistan • President Obama • The Visuals • White House
Picture of the week
January 27th, 2011
01:01 PM ET

Picture of the week

CNN White House producer Erika Dimmler snapped this photo of President Obama delivering remarks at Orion Energy Systems in Manitowoc, Wis., on Wednesday, January 28, as part of his 'White House to Main Street' tour the day after delivering his State of the Union address.

First Lady takes healthy eating message to military
January 27th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

First Lady takes healthy eating message to military

WASHINGTON (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama took her campaign to battle childhood obesity to the military on Thursday.

"It's not just a health issue for children, its a national security issue," Mrs. Obama said at Fort Jackson in South Carolina as she promoted her 'Let's Move!' initiative. Fort Jackson is the Army's largest basic training facility.

Obama attended a briefing led by Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, the Army's Deputy Commanding General for training, on the poor state of physical fitness for today's youth, and the difficulty for the military to attract new recruits who can meet basic fitness standards. Of the 129,000 new recruits every year, approximately 40 percent are overweight.
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Topics: Michelle Obama
POTUS to take questions via YouTube today
January 27th, 2011
11:10 AM ET

POTUS to take questions via YouTube today

By CNN Wire Staff

WASHINGTON (CNN) – As part of a White House offensive in support of this week's State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama will hold a YouTube interview Thursday to answer questions submitted by viewers.

The interview on YouTube at 2:30 p.m. ET is part of a series of events in which top administration officials are talking directly to Americans about administration policies set out in Tuesday's address to a joint session of Congress.

Obama spent Wednesday visiting solar and wind energy companies in Wisconsin to tout his push for increased government investment in clean energy as a growth industry of the future, a major theme of his speech the night before.

Later Wednesday, senior administration officials David Plouffe and Stephanie Cutter were holding a conference call to discuss a range of issues important to "young Americans," according to a White House web posting on the State of the Union speech.
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Topics: President Obama
POTUS schedule for January 27, 2011
January 27th, 2011
07:35 AM ET

POTUS schedule for January 27, 2011

WASHINGTON (CNN) -  The winter weather may slow down business elsewhere in Washington, D.C., but at the White House it's business as usual.

President Obama is meeting with his national security team on Thursday for their monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan, also called Af-Pak.  This closed press meeting happens at 11am and the list of attendees is listed below.   Before that the president has a closed press meeting with Secretary Clinton in the Oval Office at 10:15 am.

Here is the full schedule from the White House:

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Topics: Daily Schedule • The News • White House
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.

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Topics: President Obama • The Buzz