Obama gets clean bill of health
October 31st, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Obama gets clean bill of health

President Obama is “fit for duty,” his doctor concludes in a medical report released Monday by the White House.

According to the report by Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman, the president was found to have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels. He also tested negative in colorectal and prostate screening exams while his vision is 20/20.

“The President is in excellent health and ‘fit for duty’. All clinical data indicate he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency. The President is current on all age-appropriate screening tests. He is ‘fit at fifty’ and ‘staying healthy at 5+’,” wrote Dr. Kuhlman, who is also a Navy captain.

Obama’s vital statistics:

Age: 50 years, 2+ months
Height: 73 inches
Weight: 181.3 pounds
Body Mass Index: 23.9 kg/m2
Heart rate: 67 bpm
Blood pressure: 107/71 mm Hg
Pulse-oximetry: 100%
Temperature: 97.7 degrees F

Dr. Kuhlman recommends the president undergo another physical in December of 2012.

Topics: President Obama
Ashley Biden engaged to be married
Ashley Biden, only daughter of Vice President Joe Biden, and her fiancée Dr. Howard Krein.
October 31st, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Ashley Biden engaged to be married

While speaking in Wilmington, Delaware last week Vice President Joe Biden referred to his “future son in law” several times, but no one knew yet if his only daughter Ashley was actually engaged. Well, now it’s official.

"Ashley recently got engaged and the Vice President, Dr. Biden and their entire family are thrilled," said Jill Biden’s communications director, Courtney Diesel O’Donnell.

Ashley has been dating Dr. Howard Krein for a little over a year and the couple officially got engaged in September. Ashley is a social worker and Krein is a physician specializing in Otalaryngology and Facial and Reconstructive Surgery.



Second clean energy loan company files for bankruptcy
October 31st, 2011
04:13 PM ET

Second clean energy loan company files for bankruptcy

A second clean energy company that received a loan guarantee from the Department of Energy has filed for bankruptcy. According to their website, Beacon Power received $43 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy. The company was working on a new technology that would allow the nation’s electricity grid to store energy by constructing what, on the company’s website, they call “a state of the art energy storage facility in Stephentown, New York”.

The company also received $26 million in stimulus grants from the Department of Energy.

A White House official says Beacon’s finances protections will be part of the outside review of all the administration's clean energy loan guarantees, which was ordered by White House Chief of Staff on Friday.

Topics: Energy • The News • White House
Heating up between Obama, Romney camps
October 31st, 2011
12:21 PM ET

Heating up between Obama, Romney camps

A day after senior Obama adviser David Plouffe denounced Mitt Romney as a man with “no core,” two other Obama aides added their own stinging criticisms against the Republican presidential hopeful - the latest sign the president’s advisors have zeroed in on Romney as the likely GOP nominee.

As anyone who's watched [Mitt Romney], it’s always a question as to where he was and where he is and where he might be on any given issue,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters in an off camera briefing Monday morning. Carney has previously held back direct attacks against Republican presidential contenders.

Carney’s comments came a day after Plouffe, Obama's campaign manager in 2008 and now a senior adviser in the White House, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that Romney's national poll numbers, which are consistently in the low 20% range, showed that most Republican voters were looking elsewhere for a candidate.

“You get the sense with Mitt Romney that, you know, if he thought it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he'd say it," Plouffe said.

Romney's campaign said Plouffe's comments were an attempt to distract from what it called "the historic loss of middle-class jobs that has occurred" during Obama's presidency. But Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt called that a “false attack.”

“While the President is fighting for an economy that’s built to last where we outeducate and outinnovate the rest of the world, Mitt Romney has been busy telling Americans what he believes our nation can’t do,” LaBolt said.

With the general election now a year away, the early back-in-forth just might be a first glimpse of the sharp elbows from both sides in the months to come.

UPDATE: The gloves are still off - Andrea Saul, a spokeswoman for Romney's campaign, issued a statement Monday afternoon saying the president's advisors are going to run "a campaign of personal destruction to ‘kill’ Mitt Romney because they are intimidated by his candidacy."

"President Obama knows he can’t run on the failed policies that have brought higher taxes, exploding deficits, and record unemployment, so his allies have no choice but to launch false and personal attacks. Americans know that Mitt Romney is a fiscally responsible businessman who will put in place pro-growth policies that will create jobs and undo the damage caused by the failed Obama presidency," Saul also said in the statement.

- CNN's Jessica Yellin, Alex Mooney, and Tom Cohen contributed to this report

Topics: President Obama
POTUS's Halloween Schedule for October 31, 2011
October 31st, 2011
08:12 AM ET

POTUS's Halloween Schedule for October 31, 2011

Over the weekend, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and First Mother-in-Law Marian Robinson braved the rain to hand out candy and dried fruit to local school children. But today, he'll keep his attention on official business at the White House with a meeting with former  British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other regular briefings. This afternoon, he focuses on his "We Can't Wait" campaign by signing another executive order in the Oval Office.

For full details on the president's schedule, click below. FULL POST

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