Local interviews for the president today
June 11th, 2012
09:11 AM ET

Local interviews for the president today

We, the national press corps won't see the president today but many of the television watching public will. As this administration has done before, they have invited local TV stations from around the country to spend a day at the White House. The day includes a tour of the White House, a tour of the kitchen garden and interviews with hometown administration officials. But the real draw is a sitdown interview with President Obama.

The local markets that snagged an in iterview are Roanoke, Virginia, Jacksonville, Florida, Greenville, South Carolina, Sioux City, Iowa, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Reno, Nevada, and Fresno, California.

Full schedule after the jump

Wednesday May 30, 2012 at The White House
May 30th, 2012
07:47 AM ET

Wednesday May 30, 2012 at The White House

Hurricane season starts on Friday. Sorry Florida. So to prepared, President Obama will attend an annual hurricane preparedness briefing in the Situation Room.

The President will then head to the EEOB to sign the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. In a released statement the administration claims, "this important step will help American businesses create jobs here at home and sell their products around the world – all at no cost to taxpayers."

In the East Room later in the evening, the President will make remarks and host a Jewish American Heritage Month reception.

The full schedule after the jump

Meeting in the Oval
May 18th, 2012
02:23 PM ET

Meeting in the Oval

President Obama met with newly elected French President Francois Hollande Friday. The two will attend the G8 summit at Camp David this weekend.

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Madeleine Albright to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
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April 26th, 2012
11:59 AM ET

Madeleine Albright to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

A senior administration official confirms the first woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor.

A White House release described the Presidential Medal of freedom as an honor presented to individuals "who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

The White House had previously announced former University of Tennesee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt and former Polish Underground officer Jan Karski, who was one of the first people to provide accounts of the Holocaust to the outside world, will also receive honor.

A ceremony honoring them will take place sometime later this year at the White House.

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April 24th, 2012
01:35 PM ET

Obama honors Teacher of the Year finalists

(CNN) – President Obama praised more than 50 teachers at a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday. The educators were previously honored by their states and territories as Teachers of the Year. President Obama told the group “I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for teachers like these.”

On Monday, The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced that Rebecca Mieliwocki, a 7th grade English teacher from California, is the 2012 National Teacher of the Year. The 14-year veteran educator said, ““I have an unshakeable understanding that when children have a strong education, they can do anything.”

Earlier in an interview, Mieliwocki said, “I'm not the best teacher in America; I'm one of so many.”

California chose Mieliwocki as the state’s Teacher of the Year from among its roughly 287,000 teachers. The state’s selection process included a written application, visits by officials to her classroom and an interview. Mieliwocki is known for her teaching techniques at Burbank Middle School. She would play music on her iPad while students work, or use playing cards to select students randomly to read in class.

Read more over at CNN's education blog Schools of Thought.

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White House focuses on women
Valerie Jarrett, (left), President Obama's senior adviser and chairwoman of the White House Council on Women and Girls, hosts Friday's forum on economic policies and women.
April 5th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

White House focuses on women

For the third year in a row, the White House is holding a conference focused on women but they insist politics has nothing to do with it.

The White House Council on Women and Girls is hosting the White House Forum on Women and the Economy where business leaders, education leaders, and Cabinet secretaries will discuss a gamut of issues from healthcare to workplace flexibility to help for small businesses run by women. President Obama will address the diverse group of participants when he gives the keynote remarks in the morning session.

There will also be breakout sessions where there will be further discussions on ways to help women's lives better through economic and social policy. Several Cabinet secretaries, like Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will lead panel discussions.

The White House will also be releasing a 55-page report on all the ways various departments and agencies have implemented policies to benefit women. Some examples of those initiatives are focusing on equal pay for women, affordable college education, tax cuts that benefit women, and healthcare policies, like the recent controversial coverage of contraceptives.

A senior administration official says the president in interested in these topics and the work of the council because he "comes by it naturally." The president was raised by a single mother and also "he is married to a strong woman who juggled her career and her family and now has two wonderful daughters who he hopes will have the best and equal opportunities in life," the senior administration official added.

Critics say this conference is just part of the president's political plan to appeal to women in an election year. The White House insists this has been planned for months and is just part of his overall focus since he created the Council for Women and Girls in the beginning of his administration.

“So why are we focusing on small businesses with a Small Business Job Creation Act? Are we discriminating against big businesses?,” Jay responded. “We’re focusing on women because there are a number of issues that are important with regards to women in the economy, women’s safety, women in education, that are very distinct and important, and we’re proud to host the conference.”

White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tour
President Barack Obama participates in an interview with YouTube and Google+ to discuss his State of the Union Address, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Jan. 30, 2012. The interview was held through a Google+ Hangout, making it the first completely virtual interview from the White House.
April 3rd, 2012
12:30 AM ET

White House Partners with Google Art Project for Virtual Tour

In what the Obama administration is describing as another step in its attempts to increase the public's access to the White House, the First Lady’s office announced on Tuesday that the Google Art Project will be creating a virtual 360-degree tour of the historic building’s public rooms.

Launched in early 2011, the Google Art Project provides virtual tours of many of the world’s preeminent art museums. As a public museum, a private residence, and the executive office of the President, the White House fills many roles. It will join museums like the National Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Google's site.

The statement from the First Lady's office announcing the partnership included quotes from a video address featuring Michelle Obama will be posted on the Google Art Project’s White House site. In the remarks, the first lady emphasizes the White House’s role as “the people’s house.”

“Thousands of people have walked these halls and gazed at the artwork,” Mrs. Obama will say in the video. “They’ve examined the portraits of Washington, Lincoln, and Kennedy. They’ve imagined the history that’s unfolded here. And now you can do all of that without leaving your home. So go ahead, look around, enjoy the history and the beauty of these rooms. Because after all, this is your house, too.”

The release announcing the new partnership between the White House and Google goes on to explain that “the White House is the only building in the world that is simultaneously the home of a head of state, the executive office of a head of state, and is regularly open to the public for tours.”

Check out the tour at the Google Art Project.

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POTUS heads to Republic of Korea
March 23rd, 2012
07:21 AM ET

POTUS heads to Republic of Korea

10:15AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
10:45AM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors/ Oval Office/ Closed Press
11:45PM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/ South Lawn / Open Press
12:00AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Seoul, Republic of Korea / Out-Of-Town Travel Pool Coverage
Briefing Schedule
12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney

March 21st, 2012
01:25 AM ET

Obama to make first visit to Korean demilitarized zone

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the demilitarized zone that splits the Korean Peninsula in two for the first time on Sunday.

His planned visit to the heavily fortified border is part of a three-day trip to South Korea to participate in a summit meeting about nuclear security in Seoul.

Top officials from 54 countries including China and Russia will attend the summit meeting next week, 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.

Obama reports $45 million February
March 19th, 2012
08:14 AM ET

Obama reports $45 million February

CNN's Paul Steinhauser reports the Obama campaign has announced they raised $45 million in February. That's a significant uptick from January of this year but about $10 million off the pace from the same period four years ago:

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign reported Monday that they raised more than $45 million in February.

The campaign made their early morning announcement on Twitter.

Obama's re-election team says 348,000 people donated to the president's campaign last month, with 105,000 being first time contributors. The campaign highlighted their small dollar grassroots efforts, saying the average donation last month was $59.04, with 97.7% of all donations being $250 or less.

The $45 million raised for the Obama re-election effort and for the Democratic National Committee is up from the $29.1 million the Obama re-election campaign raised in January, and brings to more than $300 million the amount brought in since the president organized his re-election efforts last April.

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