September 27th, 2011
09:30 AM ET

Protester disrupts Obama event

An apparently-crazed protester interrupted President Obama Monday during a fundraiser at Los Angeles' House of Blues. Here's how official White House transcript reports what went down:

AUDIENCE MEMBER: The Christian God is the only true living God, the Creator of the heavens and the universe -

AUDIENCE: Booo - Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: Is that his jacket? Is that his jacket? Is that his jacket?

First of all, I agree Jesus Christ is the Lord. I believe in that. I do have a question, though. I think the young man may have left his jacket. (Laughter.) So make sure that he gets his jacket.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: That’s mine.

THE PRESIDENT: Oh, that’s yours? Hold on, hold on. It’s hers. (Laughter.) And I think somebody’s car keys are in there, too. See, we’re having all kinds of confusion here. Oh, goodness gracious. There you go. All right, I wasn’t sure. Don’t leave your jacket around like that. (Laughter.)

Well, listen, all right, where was I? It is good to be back in LA. (Applause.) Now, here’s the reason I’m here

One remark by the protester, according to the pool reporter present, that did not make it into the White House-released transcript: “Barrack Obama is the antichrist!"


Topics: Uncategorized
POTUS' Day Ahead: Touching down in another purple state
September 27th, 2011
07:59 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Touching down in another purple state

President Obama continues his West Coast swing , departing Los Angeles later Tuesday for Denver where he will host a town-hall event on his jobs plan. Colorado marks yet another swing state the president won in 2008 but is in danger of going red this time around. POTUS has already visited several similarly-situated states as part of his jobs push over the last month, including Ohio (twice), Virginia, and North Carolina.

Full schedule after the jump:
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Topics: Daily Schedule
Morning Briefing: Mining for gold out west
September 26th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Morning Briefing: Mining for gold out west

President Obama is in full fundraising mode to begin the week, hitting seven separate events on the west coast before returning to Washington Tuesday afternoon. Media outlets are covering the glitzy events in full force, especially highlighting Lady Gaga’s quick chat with the POTUS at a private dinner Sunday night.

Meanwhile back on Washington, another government shutdown looks to be a possibility and the Washington Post does a fact check of the president’s recent trip to Cincinnati to tout his jobs plan before a crumbling bridge.

It’s all part of your morning briefing, below:

Obama heads to L.A. for fundraising push [CNN.com]

Lady Gaga attends Obama political event [CNN.com]

Obama offers pointed critique of Republican values [WashPost]

Small Donors Are Slow to Return to the Obama Fold [NYTimes]

Disaster aid or disaster in making? [POLITICO]

As Sides Dig In, Panel on Deficit Has an Uphill Fight [NYTimes]

Tennessee Senator Takes a Stand for Compromise [NYTimes]

Obama’s strained symbolism at an Ohio River bridge [WashPost]

Obama takes digs at Perry, GOP debate audiences
September 26th, 2011
08:13 AM ET

Obama takes digs at Perry, GOP debate audiences

In the latest sign the race for the White House is well under way, President Obama took direct aim at Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sunday night as well as some of the now-infamous crowd reactions at recent Republican presidential debates.

“Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what's happened to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?” Obama told supporters at a private fundraiser hosted in Woodside, California Sunday night, where tickets cost as much as $35,800 per person.

“You've got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change," Obama continued, in a clear reference to Perry. "It's true. You've got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don't have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they're gay.”
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Topics: President Obama
POTUS Day Ahead: Networking at LinkedIn
September 26th, 2011
07:06 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Networking at LinkedIn

I guess it’s only natural for the president to pay homage to one of the social media giants during his trip through California Monday. POTUS begins the day with a town hall event at LinkedIn, the resume/career building website that went public earlier this year to much fanfare.

Following that event, Obama jets to San Diego for a fundraising event and then to Los Angeles for two additional fundraisers. The president’s entire west coast swing, which lasts through Tuesday, is expected to net his campaign and the Democratic National Committee at least $8 million.

Full schedule after the jump:
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Topics: Daily Schedule
Obama rallies supporters in Seattle to 'write our own destiny'
President Obama spoke Sunday at a fundraiser for his re-election bid in Seattle, Washington. (Getty photo)
September 25th, 2011
07:51 PM ET

Obama rallies supporters in Seattle to 'write our own destiny'

(CNN) - In a fund-raising pitch in Seattle, President Barack Obama implored his supporters to rally behind him once again, saying that helping secure his re-election is the best way to turn around a sluggish economy and overcome strident political opposition.

"We are tougher than the times that we live in, we are bigger than the small politics that we've been witnessing," he told the audience at the city's Paramount Theatre. "We are a people who write our own destiny, and it is fully within our power to write it once more."

Obama took the stage after being introduced by basketball hall of famers Lenny Wilkens and Bill Russell, the latter imploring the crowd that "as Americans, we must support our president." 

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Topics: Campaign • President Obama • Uncategorized
CBC members react to Obama's speech
President Obama touted his jobs bill at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday, September 24, 2011. (Getty Photo)
September 25th, 2011
09:56 AM ET

CBC members react to Obama's speech

WASHINGTON (CNN) -President Obama's fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner Saturday night, in which he challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and explained how his jobs bill would help the black community, was well-received by the CBC audience.

As  he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs Act, the president repeatedly called on Congress to pass the bill.

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Topics: CBC • jobs • President Obama
September 24th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Obama's west coast swing: Priceless

Seven fundraisers, a visit to three politically important west coast states and a possible meeting between rock superstar Lady Gaga and the leader of the free world. Cost: Priceless? Perhaps, but for President Obama’s west coast swing beginning Sunday, he’ll raise an astonishing $8 million dollars – minimum – for his re-election war chest.

Against the backdrop of falling approval numbers and another looming government shutdown, the president heads out of Washington, DC, to raise some serious money for his campaign and continue the drumbeat for Congress to approve his jobs bill.

A democratic campaign official shared some details with CNN about the president’s trip. The first stop to another Washington- Washington state that is. His whirlwind money-making tour begins with a bang at the suburban Seattle home of former Microsoft chief operating officer Jon Shirley. It’s brunch for 100 people. The price tag: $35,800 per couple, translating into a cool $1,750,000.
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Topics: fundraiser • President Obama • The News
President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders
President Obama spoke at the CBC Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner in September of last year. He speaks there again Saturday night. (pool photo)
September 24th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

President Obama to speak to black congressional leaders

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The economic slowdown has hit the black community particularly hard, pushing the unemployment rate among blacks up to 16.7% in August, nearly double the national average. The problem is the Congressional Black Caucus' chief concern and one many members have pushed the White House to do a better job of addressing.

As President Barack Obama prepares to speak at Saturday night's 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner, he is likely to tout some of the proposals in the American Jobs Act he introduced this month. Several are aimed at tackling the problem of long-term unemployment, steps that could provide much-needed aid to the community where the jobless rate is highest.

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Topics: CBC • Economy • President Obama
September 24th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Obama tees off with Clinton

President Obama hit the links with former President Clinton Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.  Rounding out the foursome were White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Doug Band, a Clinton aide.