POTUS' Day Ahead: A day off?
March 28th, 2012
07:38 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: A day off?

President Obama appears to be keeping a low profile Wednesday after his two-day jaunt to South Korea. The president, who returned to the White House at about 8 p.m. last night after a fourteen hour flight, has no official events on his schedule.


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Trayvon Martin protest at the White House
March 27th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Trayvon Martin protest at the White House

About 300 supporters of Trayvon Martin marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House today to show their support for an investigation into the death of the Florida teen.

Many were students and faculty from the School Without Walls, a D.C. magnet high school located on the campus of George Washington University.

The marchers called for justice for Trayvon Martin, who was shot to death in February while walking unarmed through a gated community in Sanford, Florida.

President Obama was not at the White House. He is flying home from his trip to South Korea and will arrive later this evening.


Topics: White House
March 27th, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Obama clarifies open-mic comments

President Obama took the opportunity Monday (Tuesday in South Korea time) to clarify his private comments that were picked up by TV microphones earlier in the day:

So this is not a matter of hiding the ball, I'm on the record. I made a speech about to a whole bunch of Korean unversity students yesterday. I want to see us over time, gradually, systematically, reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons. And as Dimitri said the United States and Russia, because of our history and because we are nuclear superpowers have a special obligation – that doesn't make it easier, because both countries are committed to their sovereignty and their defense.

And last point I'll make: the only way I get this stuff done is if I'm consulting with the Pentagon, if I'm consulting with Congress, if I've got bipartisan support, and frankly the current environment is not conducive to those kinds of thoughtful consultations. I think the stories you guys have been writing over the last 24 hours is probably pretty good evidence of that.


Topics: President Obama
POTUS' Day Ahead: Up in the air
March 27th, 2012
08:09 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Up in the air

The president has already departed South Korea after a two day stay and as en route to the United States. Total trip time: 15.5 hours.

Obama is expected to return to the South lawn at 9:55 p.m. this evening.


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Spring in the White House garden
March 26th, 2012
06:41 PM ET

Spring in the White House garden

First Lady Michelle Obama was out in the garden today. She was joined by school kids from across the country for the fourth annual White House Kitchen Garden spring planting.

Helping with the planting this year were kids from New York, Iowa, Pennsylvania and North Carolina as well as White House garden regulars from the D.C. schools Harriet Tubman and Bancroft Elementary.

Mrs. Obama uses the garden to highlight her “Let’s Move” initiative which encourages kids to eat better and exercise more.   “And the garden is a good way to start the conversation, because vegetables and fruits are a big part of a healthy diet” she said.

Vegetables harvested from the garden will be used in the White House kitchen and approximately 1/3 will be donated to “Martha’s Table” a D.C. kitchen that provides meals to the homeless 365 days a year.


Topics: Let's Move • Michelle Obama
RNC Jumps
March 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

RNC Jumps

(CNN) – Republicans wasted no time Monday pouncing on President Barack Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In a new web video, the Republican National Committee painted a stark picture of Obama's exchange with the Russian leader, introducing the conversation with the text: "What Obama tells world leaders when he thinks you aren't listening."

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March 26th, 2012
08:27 AM ET

Open mic catches Obama asking Russian president for space on missile defense

In a private conversation about the planned U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe, President Obama asked outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for space on the issue.

“On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this, this can be solved but it's important for him to give me space,” Obama told Medvedev.

“Yeah, I understand. I understand your message about space,” Medvedev replied.

"This is my last election," Obama said. "After my election I have more flexibility."

"I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev said, referring to incoming President Vladimir Putin.

The two leaders talked Monday during a formal one-on-one meeting ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.  In video they are seen seated, almost huddled, facing each other, each man with his elbows on his knees, leaning in closely over a small table, as they speak intently. Part of the exchange was caught on camera at the end of the 90-minute meeting as reporters and cameras entered the room for a quick photo opportunity of Obama and Medvedev. FULL POST

POTUS Day Ahead: Nuclear Security Summit
South Korea's President Lee Myung-Bak greets President Barack Obama as he arrives for the welcoming ceremony for the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit at the Coex Center in Seoul on March 26, 2012. The two-day meeting in South Korea is a follow-up to an inaugural summit in Washington in 2010 hosted by US President Barack Obama, which kick-started efforts to lock up fissile material around the globe that could make thousands of bombs.
March 26th, 2012
07:16 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead: Nuclear Security Summit

While it’s morning at the White House, President Obama’s day is almost over in South Korea, where he is meeting with members of the international community at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit going on right now in Seoul. The president remains in South Korea tomorrow, when leaders will sit down for two official group sessions, a working lunch and take the customary group photo.

Here’s what the president did earlier today in South Korea: FULL POST


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POTUS visits DMZ
President Obama looks toward North Korea from the demilaterized zone.
March 25th, 2012
05:32 AM ET

POTUS visits DMZ

Seoul, South Korea (CNN) - President Barack Obama used his first visit to the demilitarized zone that splits the Korean peninsula to peer through binoculars into North Korea where flags flew at half-staff to mark the 100-day anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.
The stop at the border Sunday marked the start of a three-day trip to South Korea where the American president is to attend an international nuclear summit.
Top officials from 54 countries including China and Russia will attend the summit. But its message of international cooperation has been overshadowed by North Korea's announcement last week that it is planning to carry out a rocket-powered satellite launch in April.

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Topics: President Obama • South Korea • The News