Obama forecasts manufacturing comeback
President Obama speaking to workers at Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh.
June 24th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

Obama forecasts manufacturing comeback

President Obama - whose poll numbers have dipped in recent weeks amid a stubbornly sluggish economic recovery - touted the hard-hit manufacturing sector Friday, saying the country’s best production days may well lie ahead.

“We are inventors, we are makers, and we are doers. If we want a robust growing economy, we need a robust manufacturing sector,” Obama told a crowd at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, the school founded by steel industrialist Andrew Carnegie nearly 100 years ago.

The president’s speech followed a tour through the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon, which the White House describes as a national effort to encourage investment from industry, universities, and the federal government in emerging manufacturing technologies.

“This partnership is about new cutting edge ideas to create new jobs, spark new breakthroughs, reinvigorate American manufacturing today, right now. Not some day off in the future,” Obama said.

Among the new technologies the president saw Friday was a robotic pipe inspection that independently navigates through waste-water pipes and new modeling and simulation software created by Proctor and Gamble that the company is releasing free of charge to small and mid-sized manufacturers.

That Obama is touting jobs in Pennsylvania is of course no accident. That perennial battleground state is again expected to play a key role in 2012 and the president’s approval rating stands at a wobbly 48 percent there.


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June 24th, 2011
08:50 AM ET

Michelle Obama and Desmond Tutu –working it out

First lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Gaborone, Botswana. But before leaving Cape Town, South Africa Mrs. Obama delivered a message to some youth in the country stressing the importance of exercise and sports while also emphasizing education to prevent the spread of HIV/Aids.  Joined by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, Mrs. Obama got to work showing the kids her workout skills.


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The President's Schedule Friday June 24
June 24th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

The President's Schedule Friday June 24

10:45AM        THE PRESIDENT toursCarnegieMellonUniversity's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC)/ Pooled Press

11:00AM       THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the need to focus on cross-cutting technologies that will enhance the   global competitiveness ofU.S.manufacturing and speed up ideas from the drawing board to the manufacturing floor CarnegieMellonUniversity'sNationalRoboticsEngineeringCenter/ Open Press

12:45PM         THE PRESIDENT departsPittsburgh,Pennsylvania/ PittsburghInternationalAirport/ Open Press

1:40PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives at Andrews Air Force Base/ Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

1:55PM         THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House/ South Lawn  Open Press

President Obama's "evolving" stance on legalizing same sex marriage?
President Obama speaks at the LGBT fundraiser Thursday in New York.
June 24th, 2011
07:47 AM ET

President Obama's "evolving" stance on legalizing same sex marriage?

The president received a standing ovation at a DNC fundraiser in New York sponsored by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Leadership Council Thursday night saying, "I believe that gay couples deserve the same rights as every other couple in this country."

But...he never actually said the word "marriage".  (read more here)


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Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser
President Obama will address a LGBT fundraiser in New York City Thursday.
June 23rd, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser

New York (CNN) - President Obama headlines three big-money fundraisers inNew York City Thursday evening, one of them steeped in controversy.  The largest of the three campaign fundraising events is sponsored by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Leadership Council at the Sheraton Hotel in midtownManhattan.   It's expected to rake in upwards of one million dollars with 600 attendees forking over a minimum $1250 a ticket to hear the president speak.  But outside, protesters from three other LGBT organizations are expected to chastise the president for not supporting the legalization of same sex marriage which is set to could come to a vote in theNew YorkState legislature as early as this week. 

Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president will "mention" the vote in his remarks tonight.  "[H]e believes that this is something that states should be able to decide," Carney told reporter on Air Force One.  But Carney said the president is "not going to make any new declarations of a position. He's simply going to address it."

During the 2008 presidential campaign the president made it clear he was against same sex marriage, saying marriage should be between a man and a woman.  But within the last year the president has seemed to soften his position indicating it has been "evolving".


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Your commander in chief has your back
President Barack Obama speaks to troops from the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division in a dining hall at Fort Drum in New York Thursday. The president visited with troops and their families after announcing a partial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
June 23rd, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Your commander in chief has your back

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that theU.S. military withdrawal fromAfghanistan will not be done "precipitously."

It will be done in a steady way to ensure recent gains "will be sustained," he said.

"Areas likeKandahar are more secure than they've been in years," Obama said during a visit toFort Drum,New York.

TheU.S.military and its allies are "taking the fight" to the Taliban, he said. As a result, there are signs the Taliban are more interested in a political settlement.

As for al Qaeda, we have "decimated their ranks," he said. But "our job is not finished."

"Your commander in chief has your back," he said.


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Picture of the week
June 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Picture of the week

The White House press briefing room while President Obama addresses the nation upstairs in the East Room.

POTUS schedule Thursday June 23, 2011
June 23rd, 2011
08:21 AM ET

POTUS schedule Thursday June 23, 2011

 After last night's announcement to drawn down 33,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, President Obama will fly to Fort Drum,  home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.   There he will meet with Gold Star families and troops, many that have just recently returned from Afghanistan.

From Fort Drum he will head to New York City for a series of 3 evening fundraisers.

The full schedule is after the jump

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Obama talks to troops
June 23rd, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Obama talks to troops

By CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama goes on the road Thursday to sell his plan to withdraw 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

He will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York - many of whom have recently returned from Afghan deployments.

France announced on Thursday that it would follow suit, saying it "will initiate a progressive withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, and will follow a timetable comparable to the withdrawal of the American troops."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the withdrawal will be done in consultation with NATO allies and the Afghan government.

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33,000 out by September 2012
June 22nd, 2011
05:43 PM ET

33,000 out by September 2012

From CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar:

A senior administration official tells CNN that President Obama will announce tonight that he’s ordering the withdrawal of all 33,000 surge forces in Afghanistan by the September of 2012.


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