The President's Memorial Day schedule
May 28th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

The President's Memorial Day schedule

The President honors veterans by laying a wreath and making remarks at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery this morning. Early in the afternoon, he will be joined by the First Lady, Vice-President Biden and Dr. Biden at the Vietnam Wall Memorial for additional remarks. On Friday, the President issued a proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War – “a 13-year program to honor and give thanks to a generation of proud Americans who saw our country through one of the most challenging missions we have ever faced.”

Full schedule after the jump
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Obama welcomes Rolling Thunder to White House
President Barack Obama greets members of the Rolling Thunder Friday in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. This Memorial Day weekend 400,000 bikers will converge on DC for their 25th anniversary ride to honor veterans.
May 27th, 2012
10:35 AM ET
Courting the veteran vote
May 25th, 2012
12:53 PM ET

Courting the veteran vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama rarely misses an opportunity to talk about the help his administration is offering to military veterans and their families. “We will care and serve our veterans the way they've served us,” Mr. Obama said at a recent campaign event out west.

His message may be grounded in policy but in this election season it’s also about the politics.

His re-election campaign is actively courting veterans who have traditionally supported Republicans.

"It's door-to-door, person-to-person, grocery store-to-grocery store. Letting people know the president's record on his policies to veterans," said Beau Biden, an Iraq veteran and the vice president’s son, who is part of the campaign’s grassroots effort “Veterans and Military Families for Obama.”
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POTUS Day Ahead
May 25th, 2012
07:27 AM ET

POTUS Day Ahead

After a two day Mountain West/West Coast/Midwest swing, President Obama has no public events today. He'll receive the Presidential Daily Briefing in the morning, but there's nothing else on the schedule as of now.

Here's the schedule as released by the White House:

11:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office

Closed Press


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Obama compares Romney's rhetoric to ‘cow pie of distortion’
May 25th, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Obama compares Romney's rhetoric to ‘cow pie of distortion’

(CNN) - President Barack Obama returned to the politically-important state of Iowa on Thursday for the third time this year for a mixture of official and campaign business.

But in all cases, he took the opportunity to attack his presumed opponent.

In remarks to supporters at a grassroots event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Obama slammed Republican candidate Mitt Romney for his claim in a speech last week that the debt is sweeping across the country like a “prairie fire.”

"He left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion. I don't know whose record he twisted the most: mine or his," the president said.

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Obama mini Twitter town hall
May 24th, 2012
08:43 PM ET

Obama mini Twitter town hall

DES MOINES, IOWA (CNN) - It was a mini Twitter town hall.

After delivering remarks on his clean energy policy in Newton, Iowa, President Obama sat down at a laptop and answered a handful of questions on Twitter that had been submitted hours earlier by the tweeting public.

“This is barack-let’s get this started!” Mr. Obama typed.

In 40 characters or less questions ranged from help for homeowners stuck in  under water mortgages, energy independence,  to assistance for small businesses.

“ What plans do u have to keep us & our fellow smlbiz afloat?” one person wrote.
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Michelle Obama wants to trade places with Beyonce!
May 24th, 2012
06:19 PM ET

Michelle Obama wants to trade places with Beyonce!

First Lady Michelle Obama says if she could be anyone else in the world it would be Beyonce! Mrs. Obama tells PEOPLE Magazine in an interview on news stands Friday, "Gosh. If I had some gift, I’d be Beyoncé, I’d be some great singer. The power of music, being able to play an instrument…It looks like musicians just have the most fun."

The first lady also says the president serenades her at the White House. "Sometimes I can’t get him to stop singing. He loves it in the shower in the morning, sings to the kids. But it’s not a song. He’ll sing one line of something romantic or cute."

The interview for PEOPLE as well as several television appearances next week is an effort by Mrs. Obama to publicize her new book on The White House kitchen garden, "American Grown."

The White House says she will appear on Good Morning America, The View, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Live! with Kelly. The first lady's proceeds from the book will be donated to the National Park Foundation to be used for programs that promote healthy eating habits a pet cause of hers according to the White House.

POTUS schedule Thursday May 24, 2012 on the road again...
May 24th, 2012
11:20 AM ET

POTUS schedule Thursday May 24, 2012 on the road again...

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8:30AM THE PRESIDENT attends a campaign event at The Fairmont Hotel
San Jose, California

10:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs San Jose, California en route Newton, Iowa

3:00PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines International Airport

3:55PM THE PRESIDENT tours TPI Composites, a wind manufacturer
TPI Composites, Newton, Iowa

4:15PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on urging Congress to act on the
“To Do List,” specifically highlighting the need to invest in
clean energy by passing legislation
TPI Composites, Newton, Iowa

6:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Des Moines, Iowa

8:20PM THE PRESIDENT departs Des Moines, Iowa en route Joint Base Andrews
Des Moines International Airport

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11:30PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

11:45PM THE PRESIDENT arrives the White House

Briefing Schedule
Press Secretary Jay Carney will gaggle aboard Air Force One


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Obama defends global leadership at Air Force Academy
May 23rd, 2012
05:10 PM ET

Obama defends global leadership at Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) - President Barack Obama delivered a strong defense of his international leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday, telling graduating cadets they'll be building on "new era of American leadership."

Obama told the incoming corps of second lieutenants they are stepping into "a different world" than the one the United States faced when they entered the academy in 2008.

"Four years ago, you arrived here at a time of extraordinary challenge for our nation. Our forces were engaged in two wars. Al Qaeda, which had attacked us on 9/11, was entrenched in their safe havens," he said. "Many of our alliances were strained, and our standing in the world had suffered."
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Obama flies west to find gold
President Obama watches as members of the U.S. Air Force Academy class of 2012 celebrate. The president delivered the commencement address at the Academy Wednesday.
May 23rd, 2012
04:04 PM ET

Obama flies west to find gold

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) – In the race to collect campaign cash President Obama is expected to raise nearly $3.5 million dollars during his visit to Colorado and California this week.

After delivering the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Wednesday, the president travels to Denver where he’ll attend a reception at the Hyatt Regency. Seven hundred people are expected to attend, paying up to $500 each, according to a campaign official.

It’s a much more upscale event when the president heads to Atherton, California for a fundraising dinner at a private residence Wednesday evening. About 60 people paid $35,800 each to get up close with the president and take in a performance by David Crosby and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the official said.

The president wraps up the evening with a much larger event at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City, California where 1,100 supporters are expected. Tickets start at $250 dollars each.

Before flying to Iowa on Thursday to headline a campaign event and push clean energy, the president will attend one more fundraiser in San Jose, California, where a campaign official said tickets for the 20 attendees cost $35,800 per person.

All of the money raised goes to the Obama Victory Fund, which is a joint effort of the campaign, the Democratic National Committee and various state Democratic parties.