Hurry up and wait!! A behind-the-scenes in travel pool
President Obama with world leaders attending the Open Government Partnership Event at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York
September 21st, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Hurry up and wait!! A behind-the-scenes in travel pool

NEW YORK (CNN) – As President Obama scurries around downtown New York City attending various events for his official visit to the annual United Nations General Assembly, only a handful of journalists are actually right there, to cover his every move – or at least every move the White House will allow. And as usual the theme to the day for the travel pool, especially when the President has a busy schedule, is “hurry up and wait!”

The “travel pool” is a small group of journalists who accompany the President on Air Force One, in the motorcade and to the many events where the entire White House press corps cannot be accommodated. It’s made of representatives from the wires services, still photographers, one print writer/reporter, and a 3-member team representing one of the five U.S. television networks- ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NBC. The travel pool producer is the eyes and ears on the ground for all five networks and shares information in frequent reports back to the rest of the group.

The TV networks have pool responsibilities on a five-day rotation, and Tuesday was CNN’s turn to follow the president.

Troy Davis protest outside the White House
Protestors gathered outside the White House Wednesday in support of death row inmate Troy Davis scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. (photo: Lesa Jansen/CNN)
September 21st, 2011
02:53 PM ET

Troy Davis protest outside the White House

The controversy over Wednesday’s scheduled execution of convicted murderer Troy Davis has reached the White House. (watch video of protest here)

More than one hundred protesters, mostly students fromHowardUniversityinWashington,DC, marched outside the White House Wednesday afternoon.  Brendon Harris, Howard University Student Association president told CNN, “We felt we had to stand up and say something.”

Protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace,” and carried signs reading “No to legal lynching.”

They vowed to continue the demonstration until the 7pm scheduled execution inGeorgia.  The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied a request to reconsider clemency for Troy Davis.

Davis has spent 22 years on death row for the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail

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September 21st, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Weekly Poll: Palestine and the UN

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President Obama at the UN General Assembly
President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday.
September 21st, 2011
11:11 AM ET

President Obama at the UN General Assembly

Some highlights of the president's high stakes diplomatic speech Wednesday:

On Israel and Palestine:

"One year ago, I stood at this podium and called for an independent Palestine. I believed then – and I believe now – that the Palestinian people deserve a state of their own. But what I also said is that genuine peace can only be realized between Israelis and Palestinians themselves.
...I know that many are frustrated by the lack of progress. So am I. But the question isn't the goal we seek – the question is how to reach it. And I am convinced that there is no short cut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades. Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN – if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians who must live side by side. Ultimately, it is Israelis and Palestinians – not us – who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them: on borders and security; on refugees and Jerusalem."

"America's commitment to Israel's security is unshakeable, and our friendship with Israel is deep and enduring. And so we believe that any lasting peace must acknowledge the very real security concerns that Israel faces every single day. Let's be honest: Israel is surrounded by neighbors that have waged repeated wars against it. Israel's citizens have been killed by rockets fired at their houses and suicide bombs on their buses. Israel's children come of age knowing that throughout the region, other children are taught to hate them. Israel, a small country of less than eight million people, looks out at a world where leaders of much larger nations threaten to wipe it off of the map. The Jewish people carry the burden of centuries of exile, persecution, and the fresh memory of knowing that six million people were killed simply because of who they were.
These facts cannot be denied. The Jewish people have forged a successful state in their historic homeland. Israel deserves recognition. It deserves normal relations with its neighbors. And friends of the Palestinians do them no favors by ignoring this truth, just as friends of Israel must recognize the need to pursue a two state solution with a secure Israel next to an independent Palestine.
That truth – that each side has legitimate aspirations – is what makes peace so hard. And the deadlock will only be broken when each side learns to stand in each other's shoes.
...The measure of our actions must always be whether they advance the right of Israeli and Palestinian children to live in peace and security, with dignity and opportunity. We will only succeed in that effort if we can encourage the parties to sit down together, to listen to each other, and to understand each other's hopes and fears. That is the project to which America is committed. And that is what the United Nations should be focused on in the weeks and months to come.

On Libya:

"From Tripoli to Misratah to Benghazi – today, Libya is free. Yesterday, the leaders of a new Libya took their rightful place beside us, and this week, the United States is reopening our Embassy in Tripoli. This is how the international community is supposed to work – nations standing together for the sake of peace and security; individuals claiming their rights."

On the Arab spring:

"Osama bin Laden is gone, and the idea that change could only come through violence has been buried with him. Something is happening in our world. The way things have been is not the way they will be. The humiliating grip of corruption and tyranny is being pried open.
...But let us remember: peace is hard. Progress can be reversed. Prosperity comes slowly. Societies can split apart. The measure of our success must be whether people can live in sustained freedom, dignity, and security. And the United Nations and its member states must do their part to support those basic aspirations." FULL POST

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High stakes diplomacy at UN Wednesday on the president's schedule
President Obama participates in the Open Government Partnership event with other world leaders at the United Nations Tuesday. The president will address the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday morning.
September 21st, 2011
09:07 AM ET

High stakes diplomacy at UN Wednesday on the president's schedule

High stakes diplomacy Wednesday as the president addresses the UN General Assembly in the morning. (10am LIVE)  Noteworthy among high profile meetings with world leaders is his meeting (separately) with Israel's PM Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Abbas. The president has meetings throughout the day with other world leaders.(Schedule below) He addresses the Clinton Global Initiative in the afternoon.

Here is the president’s schedule:

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT addresses the United Nations General Assembly – THE FIRST LADY also attends/United Nations Building/Travel Pool Coverage, UNTV Coverage, Open to Pre-Credentialed Correspondents

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel/United Nations Building/Travel Pool Spray at the Top with Statements

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