(CNN) - The hits to President Obama's popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday.
"If you remember, I've gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you're down is that usually you've got nowhere to go but up."
(CNN) - HealthCare.gov, the problem-plagued federal online site for signing up for insurance under Obamacare, will go down for extended maintenance on Friday night and overnight ahead of Saturday's deadline to have it working for most people, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said.
The work is set to last from 9 p.m. ET Friday until 8 a.m. ET Saturday.
It's not the first time the website has gone down; the administration has frequently done regular weekend maintenance, usually on Sunday mornings.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 29, 2013| 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
NEW CNN/ORC POLL: ON BLACK FRIDAY, A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF THE ECONOMY … Americans view on the state of the economy is turning increasingly sour, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. The survey indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.
CLEAR GOP FRONTRUNNER: CHRISTIE LEADS POSSIBLE 2016 GOP CONTENDERS IN NEW CNN/ORC POLL … A new CNN/ORC International Poll indicates that for the first time there may be an early frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Chris Christie. And according to the survey, if Hillary Clinton decides against making another bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination. – Paul Steinhauser
Washington (CNN) – President Obama paid a visit Friday to a group of activists who have been fasting for weeks in the hopes of pressuring Congress to pass new immigration laws.
The President and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, visited the group on the National Mall to lend support for the cause. The "Fast for Families" protesters have given up all sustenance except water during their protest, which they hope will force lawmakers to take up immigration reform measures pending on Capitol Hill.
(CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama, along with daughters Sasha and Malia and dogs Bo and Sunny, welcomed the official White House Christmas tree Friday.
The 18.5-foot-tall Douglas fir will go in the White House Blue Room. Chris Botek, the third-generation Christmas tree grower from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, and his family, were at the White House when the tree from his farm arrived. Last year's tree was from a farm in North Carolina.
Updated 3:59 p.m. ET, 11/29/2013
(CNN) – Josh Romney, one of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's five sons, is trumpeting his heroism at the scene of a Thanksgiving Day car wreck in Utah.
"Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful," he tweeted Friday with a picture of himself standing in front of the wreckage, smiling.
(CNN) – After the elections in 2016, President Barack Obama will leave the White House, but he may not leave Washington.
In an interview with ABC, Obama said the decision will revolve around Sasha, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama's youngest daughter, who will be a sophomore in high school when he leaves office. Malia, the oldest daughter, will be in college.
Washington (CNN) - A new national poll indicates, that for the first time, there may be an early frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
And according to a CNN/ORC International survey, if Hillary Clinton decides against making another bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination.
Washington (CNN) - Americans views on the state of the nation are turning increasingly sour, according to a new national poll.
And a CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.