POTUS's schedule for Thursday 10/11/12
October 11th, 2012
09:00 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday 10/11/12

All eyes are on the stage of the Vice Presidential debate tonight in Danville, Kentucky where Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will face-off for the only time in this election. But President Obama will be doing his own thing as he travels to the politically important state of Florida. Today's trip is his 12th trip there. New polls are out in the Sunshine State which have the race virtually tied so with 26 more days until Election Day, the events in south Florida are important. While there, he'll have two campaign events- the first is a big grassroots event at the University of Miami's BankUnited Center. Later, he'll attend a smaller fundraising reception at the JW Marriott in Miami. He'll return to the White House by the time the Vice Presidential debate has ended but chances are he'll be watching aboard Air Force One.

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POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, October 10, 2012
October 10th, 2012
08:44 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

President Obama takes a little time off the campaign trail and spends the day at the White House on Wednesday. The only things on his public schedule are his usual presidential daily briefing and an afternoon meeting with Secretary Clinton. Perhaps in between, he could take some time to start preparing for the next debate but that is purely speculation. Meanwhile, we'll have the first briefing in well over a week today when Jay Carney briefs reporters at 12:30p.

The guidance released last night by the White House:

10:00AM Pool Call Time

10:45AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

Oval Office (Closed Press)

2:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton

Oval Office  (Closed Press)

Briefing Schedule

12:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney


Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam
President Obama visits Hoover Dam on Tuesday October 2, 2012
October 2nd, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam

LAS VEGAS (CNN) – For the second day in a row, President Barack Obama took an afternoon break from preparing for Wednesday night’s debate with a field trip. Tuesday's trip was a visit to the Hoover Dam.

The president’s motorcade drove 30 minutes to Boulder City, Nevada, where he stopped at the site ofa heliport overlooking the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge.

"Its spectacular and I've never seen it before. I didn't realize it was so close by,” Obama told reporters along for the trip. Marvin [Nicholson] said we were only 15 miles away and I said well we've got to go check it out.”

Obama was led on a short tour by Rob Skordas, Assistant Dam Manager for History and Operational Logistics, and Janel Brawner-Potucek from the United States Bureau of Reclamation in the Department of Interior.

The president was surprised to learn the dam didn’t provide water and electricity to Las Vegas. Curious about the history of the construction, he spent slightly more than an hour viewing various parts of the dam, including the transformer deck and the power house.

On Monday, the president ventured out to visit a local campaign office and thank volunteers. While speaking with one worker, he commented on being at his hotel while he practiced for the debate. “Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. It’s a drag,” he joked. “They're making me do my homework."

Campaign officials attributed in part the president's pre-debate Nevada swing to a desireto speak to voters and focus on early voting in the state, which begins on October 20th. But in his stops for the past two days, interactions with voters have mostly been limited to campaign volunteers during Monday's stop, followed by officials at the Hoover Dam on Tuesday.

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday: Back to the Buckeye State
September 26th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Wednesday: Back to the Buckeye State

President Obama heads back to the Buckeye State for the lucky 13th time today. He'll have two campaign events on the road today. At the first one, he'll be speaking to the campus at Bowling Green State University and then later on in the afternoon, he'll be talking at Kent State University. The trip comes on the heels of a new poll suggesting the president's lead is widening in the crucial battleground state.  It also comes six days before early voting starts in the state.  We expect the president to make a particularly strong push for voter registration, as the deadline in Ohio is October 9.  He'll return back to the White House later this evening.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Daily Schedule • Ohio
Obama and the Lynx
September 18th, 2012
02:07 PM ET

Obama and the Lynx

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – President Obama welcomed WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx to the White House to celebrate their championship season.

The Lynx started the 2011 season being one of the worst team in the WNBA but they went on to win the title by beating the Atlanta Dream last October.

“This team has come a long way to get here. Just two years ago, the Lynx had the worst record in the WNBA. I’m just saying. But they didn’t let it get them down. They got to work,” the president said.

Among the players present at the East Room ceremony were rookie star Maya Moore, veterans Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen. Seimone Augustus, the Finals MVP after averaging nearly 25 points a game, presented President Obama with a Lynx jersey with his name on it.

The president told the team that he admired the team for all their accomplishments but mainly for being good role models for his daughters.

“You don’t see them on Sports Center doing stupid stuff. They play the game the right way. They compete fiercely, but they’re good, great sportswomen,” Obama said. “And so they’re just wonderful examples for my daughters and my niece, and for so many parents I think we all feel really, really great about what the WNBA has accomplished, but what this team in particular has accomplished.”

Topics: Basketball • Women
POTUS's schedule for Thursday, September 13: Colorado campaign
President Obama continued his campaign travel schedule on Wednesday with a trip to Las Vegas, where he paused for a moment to remember the victims at the Libya consulate.
September 13th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Thursday, September 13: Colorado campaign

President Obama wakes up in Colorado this morning to continue his two-day campaign swing. Yesterday, he traveled to Las Vegas and his speech was a bit toned down from political rhetoric due to the situation in Libya. He stopped to remember the victims of the killings at the Benghazi consulate and began his remarks repeating his words from earlier on Wednesday about bringing the perpetrators to justice. Today, he has one political rally in Golden, Colorado and we will see if that toned-down speech is given again today. He'll return to DC this evening.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Daily Schedule • Egypt • Libya
Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
September 11th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery

President Obama and First Lady Michelle made a detour on their way home from speaking at this morning's 9/11 anniversary ceremony at the Pentagon by stopping by Arlington National Cemetery.

The first couple visited Section 60, an area of the cemetery where casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest. While there, he placed ten presidential challenge coins on a large gravestone which honors the 10 members of the military and DEA who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on October 26, 2009.

Challenge coins are "medallions bearing insignia passed out by commanders as motivation or to honor achievement." President Obama has given them out to veterans he has met at different events in his presidency. He also left challenge coins at the memorials of the victims of the Ft. Hood shootings in 2009.

This was the president's fourth trip to Section 60 since taking office, including a stop last year to commemorate a decade since the deadly attacks.

POTUS's schedule for 9/11 anniversary
September 11th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for 9/11 anniversary

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with solemn events today. He and the first lady started the morning with a moment of silence at 8:46, the moment the first plane hit the first building of the World Trade Center. Later this morning, he and Mrs. Obama will travel to the Pentagon to participate in the remembrance ceremony there. He'll lay a wreath and give remarks. Then rest of this afternoon, he'll be visiting wound troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. That visit will be away from cameras but he'll return to the White House this afternoon for a meeting with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Vice President Biden is in Shanksville this morning, participating in that ceremony.

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POTUS's schedule for Friday, August 31
August 31st, 2012
08:15 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for Friday, August 31

President Obama holds his first official event since July when he spends the day with troops at Fort Bliss, Texas. While there he'll deliver remarks at the First Aviation Support Battalion Hanger on base and will have a round-table discussion with soldiers and their families. This is his second visit to Fort Bliss since he became President. The last time he was there was exactly two years ago when he visited with troops before making the announcement that the combat operation in Iraq would be coming to an end. Later that evening, he made a statement from the Oval Office in primetime back in 2010. The last combat troops left Iraq on December 17, 2011. This, of courses, is one of the accomplishments that President Obama mentions in most campaign speeches of promises he has kept as president. He'll focus on the anniversary of his announcement with remarks "underscoring his commitment as Commander-in-Chief to responsibly ending those wars, while strengthening the health of our force and providing additional support to combat two unseen wounds of these wars – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries."

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Topics: Daily Schedule • Iraq
White House gets ready for Isaac
August 27th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

White House gets ready for Isaac

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama has continued to get updates on Tropical Storm Isaac as it bears down on the Gulf Coast. The storm is expected to become a Category 1 hurricane and take much of the same path as Hurricane Katrina did exactly seven years ago.

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and National Hurricane Center Director Dr. Rick Knabb updated the president with reports of where FEMA has prepositioned resources around the Gulf Coast ahead of the storm. FEMA response teams are working with the Defense Department to set up bases in Jacksonville, Florida and Montgomery, AL to stage disaster supplies for affected areas. Also teams are in four states- Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi- in anticipation of the storm's landfall.

President Obama also called several state and local officials to express the federal government's support. He spoke with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The White House also released a federal emergency disaster declaration for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Isaac which makes federal funding available for preparing and responding to the storm.

Topics: FEMA • Louisiana • Tropical Storm Isaac