Obama on NFL refs
The controversial call as the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers at Monday night's game. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
September 27th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Obama on NFL refs


(CNN)–A botched touchdown call Monday night and a tongue lashing from the president may have helped push the NFL referee controversy across the goal line.

As millions of sports fans celebrate an agreement between the NFL and its referees, the number one fan-in-chief is once again weighing in. White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Thursday aboard Air Force One that the president was "very pleased" that the two sides have come together. Carney told reporters, "going forward when we watch our favorite teams play in the NFL we can focus on the players and the game rather than on officiating."

This comes just days after the president weighed in on the lockout telling reporters Tuesday at the White House, "I've been saying for months, we've gotta get our refs back." The president was asked about the weekend's controversial touchdown call in the Seattle Sea Hawks versus Green Bay Packers game and he called it "terrible".

Thursday Carney said of the resolution, "It is a great day on America."

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POTUS on the NFL
September 25th, 2012
05:56 PM ET

POTUS on the NFL

The president decided to weigh in today on one of football's biggest stories this season.

The president had just exited M1 on the South Lawn and was walking toward the residence when a reporter shouted a question about the controversial call in last night's Packers-Seahawks game.

Obama couldn't hear him over the noise from the helicopter so the reporter shouted again, "Packers?."

"Terrible," Obama said of the game, and then added. "I've been saying for months, we've gotta get our refs back."

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White House releases much-anticipated beer recipe
President Obama shared a beer with patrons at an Amherst, Ohio pub during a campaign trip in July.
September 1st, 2012
03:53 PM ET

White House releases much-anticipated beer recipe

(CNN) – After some pressure from the online home brewing community that included a petition on the White House website and a Freedom of Information Act request, the Obama administration gave in Saturday and released its homemade beer recipe.

In a post on the White House Blog, head chef Sam Kass posted the recipes for two beers brewed on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter. Both beers are made using honey harvested from the White House bee hive.

Read the full story on CNN's Political Ticker.

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Obama vows to release his beer recipe
August 29th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Obama vows to release his beer recipe

(CNN) – Move over Anheuser Busch, President Obama is releasing his own beer recipe.

The president himself confirmed the news Wednesday during an online chat on the user-generated website Reddit.

“It will be out soon!” Obama wrote. “I can tell you from first hand experience, it is tasty.”

Public clamor for the recipe began earlier this month, when the president told a voter in Iowa that his campaign bus was stocked his homemade suds. Previously, Obama officials had been tight-lipped on the subject.

But in a petition on the White House website, individuals identifying themselves as “home brewers across America” called on the Obama administration to fork over details of the secret ingredients, which reportedly include honey from the White House gardens. Separately, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed in an attempt to score the details.

White House chefs reportedly brew three varieties: a porter, a honey ale, and a honey blonde.

Topics: 2012 Election • The Buzz
August 23rd, 2012
06:24 PM ET

White House brews its own secret beer

As we told you earlier in the week, President Obama recently told a voter at the Iowa State Fair that the White House has its own micro-brewery. CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar follows up on finding the secret recipes.

Obama calls Olympic gold medal winners
President Obama speaks on the phone with members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team during a phone call from Air Force One Wednesday. The President called the women to congratulate them on their gold medal in the team competition. (Photo credit: Pete Souza, The White House)
August 2nd, 2012
07:37 AM ET
July 30th, 2012
11:44 AM ET

Obama's family tree connection to first African American slave

(CNN) –His family tree has been linked to Brad Pitt, Sarah Palin and both Presidents Bush but now President Barack Obama may be related to the first documented African slave in pre-revolutionary America.

Ancestry.com, which bills itself as the world's largest online family history resource, on Monday released research and documents which it says shows the first indentured African American servant is an ancestor of President Obama's mother.

"We have two of the most significant Africans in our country's history being directly related to each other," Joseph Shumway, an Ancestry.com genealogist, told CNN.

Shumway was part of a team of four genealogists who say they worked more than 500 hours to establish the connection between Obama's family and that of John Punch, an indentured servant who was sentenced to a life of slavery after an unsuccessful escape attempt in colonial Virginia.

The Ancestry.com researchers found the new connection to the president's African roots through an unlikely link, that of Obama's Caucasian mother.  President Obama's African American roots had previously been tied to his father's Kenyan birth. But as genealogists were pouring through documents tracing Stanley Ann Dunham’s ancestors, they found a connection to the Bunch family which had recently published DNA evidence that they had roots in sub-Saharan Africa. FULL POST

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July 4th, 2012
08:57 AM ET

The politics of presidential vacations in an election year


CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian reports the Obamas will not be vacationing again in Martha's Vineyard this year. He examines the "optics" of presidential vacations especially in an election year.

Brad Paisley to star in White House's 4th of July celebration
July 3rd, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Brad Paisley to star in White House's 4th of July celebration

Country music star Brad Paisley will headline the USO's Fourth of July concert on the South Lawn of the White House tomorrow night.

The first family is hosting members of the military and their families for the "Salute to the Military" concert. Paisley will perform in addition to the United States Marine Corps band, also known as "The President's Own". The event will also include games, a barbecue, and prime seats to watch the fireworks over the Washington Monument.

“The Fourth of July has always been about family, freedom and celebration,” Paisley said in a statement released by the USO. “I am so honored to be spending my holiday performing a USO concert for our troops and their families and to be celebrating those freedoms with the men and women who put everything on the line to defend them.”

According to the USO, more than 1200 troops and their families will attend the festivities.

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Martha's Vineyard is a no go this summer for First Family vacation
July 3rd, 2012
12:48 PM ET

Martha's Vineyard is a no go this summer for First Family vacation

WASHINGTON (CNN) –A senior administration official tells CNN the first family will not be vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard this summer as they have done for the past three years.

There had been plenty of speculation about the president’s plans given the potential image clash during an election year, of a vacation at an expensive estate on a posh New England island.

Instead of an extended vacation the president is likely to take some long weekends this summer, but where and when is still unclear the official said.

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