Kids brave soggy weather for White House tricks and treats
President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, handed out treats to Washington-area kids Saturday (AFP/Getty Photo)
October 29th, 2011
07:31 PM ET

Kids brave soggy weather for White House tricks and treats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some children in Washington braved cold and soggy weather Saturday for an early Halloween treat - a brief visit to the White House.

President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and the first lady's mother, Marian Robinson, emerged from the North Portico of the White House Saturday afternoon to hand out goodie bags to the children.

"Let's give out some candy," President Obama said as he walked outside. "I know it's cold here, you guys doing alright? It's not ideal out here."

September 24th, 2011
03:49 PM ET

Obama tees off with Clinton

President Obama hit the links with former President Clinton Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington.  Rounding out the foursome were White House chief of staff Bill Daley and Doug Band, a Clinton aide.

Obama visits storm-battered New Jersey
Pool Photo
September 4th, 2011
03:56 PM ET

Obama visits storm-battered New Jersey

By the CNN Wire Staff

PATERSON, New Jersey (CNN) - President Barack Obama reviewed damage inflicted by Hurricane Irene in northern New Jersey on Sunday, promising residents, "We'll be there to help."

Obama visited the towns of Paterson and Wayne, where residents showed the high-water marks from the flooding spawned by last week's hurricane. The Passaic River and one of its tributaries, the Pompton, overflowed their banks through the area after Irene dumped heavy rains across the Northeast.

"I know it's a tough time right now," Obama told people whose homes had flooded in Wayne, on the banks of the Pompton. "You guys hang in there. We're going to do everything we can to help."


Topics: FEMA • Hurricane Irene
Political realities and gas prices
April 23rd, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Political realities and gas prices

By CNN Political Coverage Manager Steve Brusk

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama confronted two political realities this week:

– Rising gas prices are bad for a politician's poll numbers.

– There is almost nothing a politician can do about it, at least in the short run.

The national average for gas rose another eight-tenths of a cent in the last 24 hours, to $3.856 a gallon, according to AAA. That's the 32nd consecutive day with an increase. Prices have risen nearly 31 cents a gallon during that streak, or nearly 9 percent.

And during that same period, Obama has seen his approval ratings slide and an increase in Americans who say the country is heading in the wrong direction. The latest CNN Poll of Polls out Friday put the president's approval rating at 45 percent, with his disapproval number up to 52 percent.  That's his lowest approval rating of 2011. (In contrast, 52 percent of Americans approved of the job he was doing in mid-January).

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Topics: Poll • President Obama
April 23rd, 2011
02:22 PM ET

Weekly addresses highlight bipartisan disagreement on job creation

From CNN's Rebecca Stewart

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama recognized the economic strain caused by soaring gas prices and stressed the importance of clean energy initiatives to reduce America's dependence on oil in the weekly address Saturday.

"Even if you haven't faced a job loss, it's still not easy out there," he said.

Obama added that despite rising costs, paychecks are not getting any bigger.

"There's no silver bullet that can bring gas prices down right away," he said.

Obama offered solutions including the "safe and responsible production of oil at home," and discussed a task force launched Thursday by Attorney General Eric Holder that has the mission of "rooting out cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets that might affect gas prices, including any illegal activity by traders and speculators."

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Topics: Economy • President Obama • Weekly Address
Education meets budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses
February 19th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

Education meets budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses

(CNN)–President Obama turned his attention to education during his weekly address as he discussed another aspect of how he believes the nation can "win the future." Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."

He delivered the address from outside Portland, Oregon, while visiting Intel, a company that he said models how "instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe.

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Topics: Education • Uncategorized • Weekly Address
White House on WikiLeaks
November 28th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

White House on WikiLeaks

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House press secretary Robert Gibbs released this statement Sunday on the latest leak of classified U.S. government documents by the WikiLeaks website:

"We anticipate the release of what are claimed to be several hundred thousand classified State department cables on Sunday night that detail private diplomatic discussions with foreign governments. By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often incomplete information. It is not an expression of policy, nor does it always shape final policy decisions. Nevertheless, these cables could compromise private discussions with foreign governments and opposition leaders, and when the substance of private conversations is printed on the front pages of newspapers across the world, it can deeply impact not only US foreign policy interests, but those of our allies and friends around the world. To be clear - such disclosures put at risk our diplomats, intelligence professionals, and people around the world who come to the United States for assistance in promoting democracy and open government. These documents also may include named individuals who in many cases live and work under oppressive regimes and who are trying to create more open and free societies. President Obama supports responsible, accountable, and open government at home and around the world, but this reckless and dangerous action runs counter to that goal. By releasing stolen and classified documents, Wikileaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals. We condemn in the strongest terms the unauthorized disclosure of classified documents and sensitive national security information."

Topics: President Obama • Robert Gibbs • The News • White House
Obama stays on sidelines this time
November 27th, 2010
04:24 PM ET

Obama stays on sidelines this time

WASHINGTON (CNN) - There's more basketball on President Barack Obama's agenda Saturday, but this time he's staying on the sidelines.

Obama has arrived at Howard University to watch its basketball team take on Oregon State University, according to pool reports.

Topics: President Obama