Washington (CNN) – President Obama last week urged Americans to fill out their Census forms and, as a way of setting an example for the rest of the country, he filled one out himself.
The White House press office even released a photo of the President filling out the ten-question form in the Oval Office.
And in completing the form, President Obama made official what we have long known: He is the nation's first African-American president.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that the President checked the box labeled "Black, African Am., or Negro" when asked his race.
Like many Americans, Obama – the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas – could have selected multiple races, but there is no check box for Americans that consider themselves multi-racial.
Washington (CNN) – The White House isn't confirming a report that actor Kal Penn is leaving the Obama administration.
Entertainment Weekly reported Friday that Penn, best known for his roles in the "Harold and Kumar" films and on the popular medical drama "House, M.D." is leaving the White House.
Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Modi, has spent much of the past year working in the White House Office of Public Liaison, which is run by Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
EW.com reported that the actor is returning to Hollywood to resume his acting career, starting with a Christmas-themed installation of the "Harold and Kumar" series.
Despite the report, the White House press office isn't saying much about Penn's plans.
Washington (CNN) - One day after the Obama administration touted favorable new employment figures, Republicans hit the administration for pushing "job-killing legislation that would guarantee permanent bailouts for Wall Street."
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a member of the House Financial Services Committee chosen to deliver the weekly GOP address, used the platform to call Democrat's Wall Street reform bill a "job killer."
"President Obama wants Congress to pass job-killing legislation that would guarantee permanent bailouts for Wall Street," McCarthy said. "Under his plan, unelected Washington bureaucrats would be granted virtually unlimited power to pick winners and losers – and hardworking American taxpayers would pick up the tab for the reckless decisions made by irresponsible bankers."
Washington (CNN) – President Obama touted favorable employment figures in his weekly White House radio and video address Saturday, saying a "devastating slide" was reversing.
Obama pointed to an employment report released Friday as evidence the economy might soon turn the corner.
"[F]or the first time in more than two years, our economy created a substantial number of jobs, instead of losing them. We have begun to reverse the devastating slide, but we have a long way to go to repair the damage from this recession, and that will continue to be my focus every single day.