March 29th, 2011
08:38 PM ET

Obama + Kaine: mutual admiration society

WASHINGTON (CNN) – At a DNC fundraiser in Harlem, Barack Obama all but endorsed outgoing DNC chair and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate – a decision Kaine has not yet made (or at least announced).

While many have speculated Kaine will go “plunging back into the hurly-burly of electoral politics,” as Obama described it, so far the DNC chair has only coyly said he is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D).

"I don't know if those rumors are true, but what I do know is that I cannot imagine someone who has been a better partner to me, a better friend,” Obama said, according to a pool report. “Should he choose to do so, he would be an outstanding senator for the commonwealth of Virginia."

Perhaps this pre-endorsement is some kind of quid pro quo. After all, Kaine, then Virginia’s Governor (and superdelegate), was one of Obama's earliest supporters after the Illinois senator launched his long shot campaign against Hillary Clinton.

“I've often said, even better than being a part of a historical" campaign is "the opportunity to play a small part in a transformative presidency," Kaine said of Obama at the $1.5 million fundraiser.

If Kaine were to receive his party's nomination, he would likely face former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen, who has already announced his candidacy.

Topics: 2012 Election • fundraiser • Pool Report • President Obama • The Buzz • The News
Cheeky media
November 13th, 2010
01:39 AM ET

Cheeky media

From pool press reporter, Wall Street Journal's Jonathan Weisman, in Yokohama, Japan

During a meeting between President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Aussie PM said:  "Our two countries are great mates, to use Australian terminology."  She said she passed on her nation's condolences to the US for its losses in Afghanistan.  "We are on the same page on trade," she said, talking up the Trans Pacific Partnership.

As the pool filed out, a reporter said, "Thank you, Mr. President." Someone told Obama it was an Australian. "I knew it must have been an Australian because my folks never say thank you," said the President. At that, the entire American pool said in unison, admittedly with a bit of sarcasm, "Thank you, Mr. President." PM Gillard could be heard chiming in, "There are a few cheeky Australians here."

Topics: APEC • Pool Report • President Obama • The Buzz
October 28th, 2010
06:39 PM ET

Vice President Pool Report

Sent from Maryland
Print Pool Reporter Emily Cadei
Congressional Quarterly

VP Joe Biden made an appearance at a fundraiser at a private home in Bethesda for Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil of Maryland, who is in a tough race against Republican Andy Harris (recent polls have Kratovil trailing)

No major news. Biden spoke for approx. 10 mins, exhorting  the guests in attendance to rally their friends and contacts in support of Kratovil because "this is a really big race." He acknowledged that it is a tough district for Democrats to win but said the party "can't afford to lose a great congressman" to someone who is "genuinely out of the mainstream."

October 27th, 2010
05:50 PM ET

Pool Report #2 – Obama taping The Daily Show

Note from pool – notes are not verbatim

Jon Stewart opens saying Obama just listed accomplishments but Democrats not running on it (even making a joking reference to Joe Manchins ad with the gun)

Obama says let me tell you about members of Congress

Jon Stewart says are you gonna swear?

Obama says no and that many members of Congress took tough votes, people like Tom Perriello, Betsy Markey and others who did what was right. He said he hopes that people who did what they thought was right and voted with integrity will be rewarded. He said that was tough because people are being pummeled with negative ads

October 27th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Pool Report #1 – Obama tapes The Daily Show

Pretaping underway at Harman Hall in Washington, D.C.

"The Daily Show with Jon Stewary" airs Monday-Thursday at 11pm on Comedy Central and repeats at 130am the same night and at 10am, 2pm and 7pm the following day (All times ET/PT). Full episodes, as well as clips, are posted for viewing the following day at and with URL and embed links.

Jon Stewart introduces Obama as White House chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee's boss Pres. Barack Obama

He said the president would be out in a moment, but first, a new segment called 'Let's keep the president waiting". Jon Stewart then sat at his desk acting goofy and twiddling with his pen and playing paper football with a piece of paper. He takes out a bowl of M&Ms and says he wants to play a game where you try to make people think there's a new candy called 88's

October 27th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

First Lady Pool Report

Sent from Los Angeles

First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday told an auditorium packed with supporters that sending Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, back to the Senate was pivotal in forwarding President Barack Obama’s agenda.

Mrs. Obama’s visit to Los Angeles was part of three-day swing through California to help raise money for California Democrats and help Boxer, a three-term Senator earn another six years in office. Mrs. Obama told voters to look to the future.“This election is about all we have left do in the months ahead,” Mrs. Obama said. “California, my husband can’t do it alone.”

Topics: Michelle Obama • Pool Report • The Family
October 26th, 2010
09:03 PM ET

Vice President Pool Report

Sent from New York City

Before attending a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the Vice President made a stop to rally phone bankers doing GOTV at the NY Organizing for America HQ on 21st street in Gramercy Park. About 40 volunteers are on cell phones in two central rooms of the office. In one small book-lined room, about ten sit around a conference table making calls with scripts and bags of candy in front of them. In another, 20 or so sit on folding chairs at long folding tables. They appear to be making calls for Scott Murphy. "My name is Phil," one says. "Do you know there's an election seven days away?" Upon learning the person had already voted absentee, he tried to find out if the person had voted for murphy and for Gillibrand but the voter seemed to have hung up. The next call also seemed to quickly end in a hang up.

October 26th, 2010
04:06 PM ET

Vice President Pool Report

Sent from New York City

Vice President Biden spoke Tuesday in a wood-paneled second-floor bar at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South at a fundraiser for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY-01).  He began his remarks at 1:42 p.m. and spoke for 20 minutes.

Wearing a blue suit and a bluer tie, Biden reminded the 70 people who paid a minimum of $1,000 to hear the Vice President’s remarks and eat a menu of cold-cut sandwiches, salad and coffee that the nation’s economic malaise is the fault of the Bush Administration and is improving under Democratic stewardship.