April 22nd, 2011
10:00 PM ET

Economy dampens Obama's re-election efforts

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The pessimistic mood over the economy is a harsh reality check for President Obama's re-election prospects, Kate Bolduan reports.

Topics: Campaign • Economy • President Obama • The Visuals
Spring has sprung at the White House
April 22nd, 2011
01:37 PM ET

White House week in review

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Spring has sprung at the White House but this week the president escaped the high pollen and spent much of the week out-of-town.

President Obama headed west this week to focus on two things: 1) selling his plan for debt reduction and 2) raising money for his re-election campaign. While in California and Nevada, he held town hall meetings with Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Palo Alto, CA and at ElectraTherm in Reno, NV. Also on his agenda was raising money at six different fundraisers while on the West Coast.

Reggie Love's slam dunk campaign strategy
April 22nd, 2011
09:09 AM ET

Reggie Love's slam dunk campaign strategy

By CNN’s Greg Clary

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sometimes seen but rarely heard, President Obama’s personal aide Reggie Love came out of his shell in an interview that aired Thursday night on WRC-TV in Washington.

A member of the 2001 NCAA champion Duke basketball team, Love is known to play ball quite often with Obama.

In fact, Love told WRC sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak the game was a component of their 2008 campaign strategy. After the then-Senator Obama played basketball before winning the Iowa caucuses but lost the New Hampshire primary when he didn’t, basketball became part of a campaign checklist, Love said.

“Obviously, I think, basketball wasn’t responsible for the outcome. It did give you some peace of mind like: ‘Not only did you make all the phone calls you were supposed to make but did you raise as much money as you could raise? Did you run the right advertisements? Did you also play basketball?’” Love said.

For the full story, click here.

Topics: Basketball • Reggie Love • The Buzz
POTUS Schedule for Friday, April 22
April 22nd, 2011
08:38 AM ET

POTUS Schedule for Friday, April 22

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Happy Earth Day! President Obama has a pretty light schedule today. He'll be leaving California this morning (around noon ET) and he'll return back to DC this afternoon at 4:15p. We won't see a Marine One arrival at the White House today because they are prepping the South Lawn for Monday's White House Easter Egg Roll. He'll motorcade back from Andrews Air Force Base today.

For the official White House Schedule, click below. FULL POST

Topics: Daily Schedule • The Vault
April 22nd, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Obama continues campaign swing with star power

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Despite switching an audience of tech executives for Hollywood moguls, President Barack Obama on Thursday night made the same plea for help in his re-election as he wrapped up a two-day west coast campaign swing in Los Angeles.

At the first of two fundraisers on the lot of Sony Studios in Culver City, Obama told an audience of about 100 guests he needed the same commitment from them in 2012 that drove them to support his unlikely candidacy four years earlier.

"Lets face it, it was not likely that I was going to end up in the Oval Office," Obama said of his supporters' grassroots efforts in his first campaign.

Obama told the audience that included Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and actor Dennis Haysbert that with the power of incumbency also comes an even tougher electoral atmosphere in the next cycle.

Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama