Sarah Jessica Parker finds her inner paparazzi
But the inner paparazzi comes out in many of us especially at the White House. Here is Sarah Jessica Parker, often the object of paparazzi, snapping away as President Obama speaks in the East Room at the White House Monday.
February 13th, 2012
07:15 PM ET
The movie star switches roles with paparazzi at White House
Sarah Jessica Parker arrives at the White House East Room Monday for the National Medal of Arts and Humanities awards as White House press scrambles for a shot of the Sex and the City star.
February 13th, 2012
07:04 PM ET
Arts honored at the White House
President Obama Tuesday presented National medal of Arts and National Medal of Humanities to recipients in the East Room of the White House. Pictured in audience are honorees (from left to right) Rita Dove, Al Pacino, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Martin Puryear and Mel Tillis. First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden also attended.
February 13th, 2012
05:58 PM ET

Arts honored at the White House

President Obama paid tribute to Americans who have excelled in the arts and humanities when he awarded the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal.

Actor Al Pacino, country singer Mel Tillis and Rita Dove, the youngest person to be named U.S. youngest poet laureate, were among those honored in the White House East Room Monday.

Quoting from the work of American poet Emily Dickinson, Mr. Obama told the artists and writers, "[W]hat connects every one of you is that you dwell in possibilities. You create new possibilities for all of us."

The president also stressed the importance of continued support of the arts for children in this country.

"[A]s we honor the icons of today we also have to champion the icons of tomorrow. They need our support. We need them to succeed. We need them to succeed as much as we need engineers, scientists, we also need artists, scholars,” said President Obama. “We need them to take the mantle from you, to do their part to disrupt our views and to challenge our presumptions and, most of all, to steer in us a need to be our better selves."

2011 National Medal of Arts

Will Barnet
Rita Dove
Al Pacino
Emily Rauh Pulitzer
Martin Puryear
Mel Tillis
United Service Organization
André Watts

2011 National Humanities Medal

Kwame Anthony Appiah
John Ashbery
Robert Darnton
Andrew Delbanco
National History Day
Charles Rosen
Teofilo Ruiz
Ramón Saldívar
Amartya Sen

As campaign heats up, Michelle Obama settles into first lady role
First lady Michelle Obama visits Des Moines, Iowa, last week as part of her national campaign against childhood obesity (Getty Images)
February 13th, 2012
04:04 PM ET

As campaign heats up, Michelle Obama settles into first lady role

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is a popular American political figure, even more so than her husband. Her name, face and stories of her influence behind the scenes are a constant in the media, and sometimes in not so flattering words and images.

In books, she is portrayed as battling with White House insiders. In magazines, she has been satirized as a militant activist. On TV, she responds to those who see her as an "angry black woman."

But still, she stays centered, focusing on her issues - health and young children, military families and raising her family inside the White House bubble.

"The administration is doing everything they can to keep her out in the public eye and remind everyone why they liked this family in the first place," said Garrett Graff, editor of The Washingtonian magazine.

Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family • The News
The Morning Briefing
February 13th, 2012
07:46 AM ET

The Morning Briefing

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

Obama's day: Selling his budget plan (USA Today)

Obama budget: Tax plans aim at rich (CNN Money)

Further Hurdles Ahead for Greece (WSJ)

Stocks head for gains after Greece OKs austerity (CNN Money)

Hague Welcomes ‘Strong Signal’ Sent to Syria by Arab League (Bloomberg)

Israel says bombs target embassies in India, Georgia (Reuters)

Obama Proposes $8 Billion for Job Training at Community Colleges (Bloomberg)

GE to hire 5,000 U.S. veterans, investing in plants (Reuters)

POTUS' Day Ahead: Budget Day
February 13th, 2012
07:34 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Budget Day

It's budget day at the White House, and President Obama will travel to Northern Virginia Community College to give an address on his budget for next year. In the afternoon, the president heads back to the White House where he will award the 2011 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in the East Room.

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