Lady Gaga at the White House
Singer Lady Gaga, seen here performing in Los Angeles, is meeting with White House officials Tuesday on how to prevent bullying. (photo credit: Getty Images for U Music)
December 6th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

Lady Gaga at the White House

Pop superstar Lady Gaga is taking her mission to end bullying to the White House.  Gaga met Tuesday with members of the White House Office of Public Engagement about the issue, according to an administration official. She will not meet with President Obama who traveled toKansas. 

Earlier this year Gaga tweeted about the tragic suicide of a 14 year old fan, a victim of bullying.  Days later, she was able to voice her concerns about bullying directly to President Obama at a high-dollar intimate fundraiser at theSilicon Valleyhome of Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg.  At that event, which was closed to cameras, the superstar thanked the president for his efforts.

The White House held an anti bullying conference earlier this year bringing together educators, parents, students and policymakers in an effort to make schools and communities across the country safe for all students.

Topics: bullying • President Obama
President Obama invoking Teddy Roosevelt in Kansas
President Obama speaking in Osawatomie, KS Tuesday.
December 6th, 2011
09:55 AM ET

President Obama invoking Teddy Roosevelt in Kansas

(CNN) - President Obama is heading to Kansas, a Republican stronghold, on Tuesday to talk about the economy and make another direct appeal to extend the payroll tax cut.

President Obama spoke briefly at the White House on Monday asking Congress to act quickly before the tax cut expires at the end of the year. "There aren’t many folks either in the middle class or those trying to get into the middle class who can afford to give up $1,000 - not right now," he said.

Once again he painted a picture of the GOP as being more concerned with the well being of the wealthy than with the middle class. "How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense," he said.

A White House statement said President Obama will "lay out the choice we face between a country in which too few do well while too many struggle to get by, and one where we're all in it together – where everyone engages in fair play, everyone does their share, and everyone gets a shot."

The president will speak to the Kansas community of Osawatomie, a town where former President Theodore Roosevelt made an historic address in 1910 calling for economic reform to help the poor and underprivileged. President Roosevelt’s trip to Osawatomie, according to the White House, "called for a New Nationalism, where everyone gets a fair chance, a square deal, and an equal opportunity to succeed."

Topics: Economy • President Obama • The News
Morning Briefing: December 6
December 6th, 2011
08:33 AM ET

Morning Briefing: December 6

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

About that drone in Iran…it may give up U.S. secrets [LATimes]

Sign Newt is climbing: Obama camp attacking him [CNN]

And grabs big lead in Iowa [WashPost]

But he still needs money and organization [NYTimes]

Romney spend a bundle hiding records [Reuters]

Campaigns don’t know how to deal with Trump debate [NYTimes]

POTUS' Day Ahead: Channeling Teddy Roosevelt
December 6th, 2011
08:07 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Channeling Teddy Roosevelt

Good Morning from the White House. The president travels to Osawatomie (trying saying that three times fast), Kansas Tuesday to channel his inner Teddy Roosevelt and deliver another address on the economy. It was in Osawatomie in 101 years ago that Roosevelt made the case for a "square deal," a series of policies aimed at strengthening the country's middle class in another era when the highest-income owners far outpaced the rest of the labor force.

The president returns to the White House Tuesday evening.

Full schedule after the jump:

Topics: Daily Schedule