The president's tweets
July 29th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

The president's tweets

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama may no longer be face-to-face negotiating the ongoing debt ceiling talks but the Obama team is using Twitter and the president's handle as its latest tool to influence the Hill.

President Obama, using his signature "-BO" to show he actually tweeted himself, launched a flurry of tweets by saying:

"The time for putting party first is over. If you want to see a bipartisan #compromise, let Congress know. Call. Email. Tweet. —BO"

The Obama team followed up with more than seventy tweets (and counting) listing the Twitter handles of Republican members of Congress encouraging followers to "urge them to support a bipartisan compromise to the debt crisis." @BarackObama, with more than 9 million Twitter followers and managed by the President's re-election office, has shown to be a powerful messaging resource.

During his prime time address on Monday night, President Obama asked Americans to make their voices heard by their representatives in Congress encouraging compromise. Americans responded – old school – calling their elected representatives in Washington.  By the next day, phone lines and servers on Capitol Hill has reached capacity.  After the president's similar plea on Friday, House telephone circuits were again on overload.

Topics: Debt Ceiling talks • The Buzz • Twitter
Protests outside White House Friday
Two opposition political parties staged protests and counter protests outside the White House to Guinean President Alpha Conde's meeting with president Obama Friday.
July 29th, 2011
12:59 PM ET

Protests outside White House Friday

More than one hundred protestors representing opposing political parties in the African nation of Guinea chanted loudly Friday outside the White House in anticipation of Guinean President Alpha Conde's meeting with President Obama.

The White House called the president's meeting with President Conde and three other African nation presidents "an opportunity to underscore the administration's support support of emerging democracies." FULL POST

Topics: Africa • President Obama • The News
July 29th, 2011
11:02 AM ET

The debt ceiling battle: Where things stand on a vote

The federal government has four days left to raise the nation's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling, the Treasury Department said. A failure to do so will risk an unprecedented national default.  Read about where things stand on our "This Just In" blog.




July 29th, 2011
10:40 AM ET

No negotiations yesterday

According to a senior Congressional Democratic aide and two Congressional Republican aides while the Boehner bill was pending all day Thursday, there were *no* quiet negotiations toward a compromise solution between Democratic and Republican leaders on either side of the Hill. Per the senior Democrat, yesterday Senate Democrats were available to talk to House Republicans but Republican leadership was too busy vote counting to talk about next steps. A House Republican leadership aide puts it differently: there were no negotiations because leadership is committed to the Boehner bill not a compromise.  On the Senate side, both the senate Democratic and Republican aides say to date, Senate Republican leaders have been unwilling to break with Speaker Boehner and cut a separate deal with Senator Reid.

Bottom line another day went by, no more progress toward a compromise.

The President's Schedule Friday
July 29th, 2011
09:08 AM ET

The President's Schedule Friday

As the tock ticks down on brokering a deal to raise the nation’s borrowing limit, President Obama Friday makes his first public appearances in three days.

10:50AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on Fuel Efficiency Standards / Walter E. Washington Convention Center/ Open Press

3:10PM THE PRESIDENT meets with President Boni Yayi of Benin, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire/ Cabinet Room / Pool Spray for Remarks at the Bottom of the Meeting

12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

Topics: Daily Schedule