Obama campaign makes first moves toward major ad buys
January 17th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

Obama campaign makes first moves toward major ad buys


(CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election team is taking the first initial steps towards launching campaign commercials.

The Obama re-election team is requesting rates for potentially large ad buys in key states, a Democratic source confirms to CNN. The source adds that "no decision's been made yet."

Another source familiar with the request says the Obama campaign has inquired about commercial rates in the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • The News
The Cards visit the Obamas
January 17th, 2012
05:00 PM ET

The Cards visit the Obamas

President and Mrs. Obama hosted the St. Louis Cardinals at the White House today to celebrate their 2011 World Series victory.

The first lady told the crowd of  St. Louis fans that she doesn't normally attend these type events but she wanted to honor the team for their service towards wounded members of the military and their families.

"Together we're showing that it doesn't matter who you are, whether you're a Cardinal or a Cub fan or even a White Sox guy," she said while pointing to her husband. "We all can find a way to give something back to our troops and families who've given us so much."

President Obama, while disappointed that he wasn't hosting his beloved Chicago team, echoed the admiration and thanked the team for visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed earlier in the day.

"I won’t lie, I’m a little disappointed I had to leave my White Sox jacket in the closet for another year.   But this is a special team, both because of what they do for our military and their families, but also what they did on the field last season," the president said.

President Obama also noted that their comeback victory was memorable and unique.

"At one point, they had a less than 4 percent mathematical chance of making the playoffs," he said. "Even though they trailed in each of the series that followed, they somehow had the spirit and the determination and the resolve to survive."

The St. Louis Cardinals won the 2011 World Series when they beat the Texas Rangers in 7 games. It was the club's 11th season championship title.

Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech
Obama accepted the Democratic nomination at Denver's Mile High Stadium in 2008.
January 17th, 2012
11:26 AM ET

Obama will return to football stadium for convention speech

(CNN) – Hoping to summon the energy surrounding his 2008 speech at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama will again accept his party’s nomination for president next September at a football stadium that seats nearly 80,000 people.

The president will deliver his acceptance speech at Bank of America Stadium - home of the Carolina Panthers - in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee announced Tuesday. In 2008, Obama accepted his party’s nomination at Denver’s Mile High Stadium (home of the Denver Broncos) instead of the much smaller Pepsi Center where the rest of the convention was held.

That event marked the first convention speech in nearly five decades to be delivered in such a large venue (the last being John F. Kennedy’s 1960 acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.)

The rest of this year’s Democratic convention will be held at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, as 20,000-seat basketball and hockey arena.

The DNCC also announced the convention program will shrink to three days instead of the usual four and will kick off at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to mark a day of community service.

“Dedicating Monday, September 3rd to families and the community hosting the convention will help show the world what we can do when we out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world and build an economy that creates opportunity for all,” DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan said in an e-mail to supporters.

Obama’s speech will come the last day of the convention, Thursday, September 6.

Topics: President Obama
January 17th, 2012
10:05 AM ET

Obama's job council to recommend corporate tax overhaul, deregulation

CNNMoney's got the details on what the president's Jobs Council will recommend later this morning. As CNNMoney notes, most of the recommendations have been proposed in the past:

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) - President Obama's jobs council on Tuesday released its latest round of recommendations detailing how the United States can be more competitive.

This time, the recommendations aren't all that new and appear unlikely to get much traction. Versions of all most of the council's recommendations have also been offered before by the Obama administration in an effort to spur job growth.

The recommendations include investing in education and research and development, supporting the manufacturing sector, and reforming the tax and regulatory systems.

Full story

Topics: President Obama
Morning Briefing: January 17
January 17th, 2012
08:51 AM ET

Morning Briefing: January 17

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

Romney survives another debate [NYT]

He is in a dead heat with Obama [CNN.com]

Does Newt have any life left [WashPost]

Ron Paul has a bad night [The Corner]

Iran threat could have campaign implications for Obama [NYT]

Andrew Sullivan says Obama’s critics (on the left and right) are missing something [Daily Beast]

Happy Birthday, Ike!
January 17th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

White House Birthdays

Today is Michelle Obama's 48th birthday. Happy Birthday FLOTUS! Take a look at a quick history of other famous residents of the White House as their celebrate their special day.

Topics: The Visuals • White House
POTUS' Day Ahead: Meeting with a king; hat-tipping World Series winners; first lady's birthday
January 17th, 2012
07:48 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Meeting with a king; hat-tipping World Series winners; first lady's birthday

President Obama is back to a heavy schedule Tuesday after largely laying low on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  In the morning the president convenes a meeting with his council on Jobs and Competitiveness where it is expected he will make remarks to the press.

Later, the president meets with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office.  There both leaders are expected to make public comments.

Then, President Obama and the first lady welcome the 2011 World Series winning St. Louis Cardinals to the East Room of the White House.  There, it's like the president will work in a plug for his favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox.

Finally, the first lady celebrates her 48th Birthday today.  The press corps. will be on watch for any special and unscheduled events the president has up his sleeve to mark the day.

Full schedule after the jump:

Topics: Daily Schedule