November 26th, 2011
04:18 PM ET
On one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, President Obama and first daughters Sasha and Malia dropped by a local area bookstore in support of the 2nd annual Small Business Saturday. The First Family, known for their bookstore outings provided some Thanksgiving retail therapy to Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood. The family was dressed casually, with both girls wearing jeans. The visit didn’t seem like a spur of the moment decision, since the area in front of the store had been cordoned off with yellow police tape.
The President and first daughters were greeted with applause, as some stunned shoppers stopped in their tracks at the scene of Secret Service and travelling Media in the crowded bookstore. The First Family browsed together, spending time in the travel/writing section of the trendy bookstore/restaurant known for its eclectic variety of books.
The President greeted 5-year old Alexander Lee Mussehl at the behest of the youngster’s Grandmother, Susan Lee of Washington. Obama asked Alexander if he was doing some Christmas shopping. The President then responded for him “Well, we're starting early. This is 'Small Business Saturday.' So we're out here supporting small business."
Daughter Malia, loaded down with an armful of books, also said hello to young Alexander. The White House provided this list of the books purchased at the shop by the first family.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret – by Brian Selznick
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever – by Jeff Kinney
Tails – by Matthew Van Fleet
Descent into Chaos – by Ahmed Rashid
The Tiger's Wife – by Tea Obreht
The Phantom Tollbooth – by Norton Juster
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – by Junot Diaz
Zen Shorts – by Jon Muth
November 26th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
President Obama remarked "good deal!" and gave a thumbs-up in response to reporter questions about today's agreement to resume the NBA season. The President responded to the news of the agreement between the NBA owners and player after wrapping up his own personal game of basketball with friends at Washington's Fort McNair Army Base.
September 21st, 2011
05:15 PM ET
NEW YORK (CNN) – As President Obama scurries around downtown New York City attending various events for his official visit to the annual United Nations General Assembly, only a handful of journalists are actually right there, to cover his every move – or at least every move the White House will allow. And as usual the theme to the day for the travel pool, especially when the President has a busy schedule, is “hurry up and wait!”
The “travel pool” is a small group of journalists who accompany the President on Air Force One, in the motorcade and to the many events where the entire White House press corps cannot be accommodated. It’s made of representatives from the wires services, still photographers, one print writer/reporter, and a 3-member team representing one of the five U.S. television networks- ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NBC. The travel pool producer is the eyes and ears on the ground for all five networks and shares information in frequent reports back to the rest of the group.
The TV networks have pool responsibilities on a five-day rotation, and Tuesday was CNN’s turn to follow the president.