Waterloo, Iowa (CNN) - Going from a couch next to Jay Leno to the campaign bus with the president, first lady Michelle Obama will join the final leg of her husband's Iowa bus tour on Wednesday.
"This is where the journey began for him and where it began for the first lady, and Iowa will always have a special place in their hearts," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
Council Bluffs, Iowa (CNN) - With Mitt Romney's newly minted running-mate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) also campaigning in Iowa this week, President Obama plans to take a swipe at the vice presidential hopeful here during the first stop of a three-day bus tour across the Hawkeye state.
"He’s one of those leaders of Congress standing in the way," the president is expected to say, referring to the Farm Bill, which is awaiting congressional approval and that the president believes will provide much needed relief for farmers and ranchers in Iowa and across the country.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign insisted a "scheduling conflict" is behind the president's decision to skip this year's NAACP convention.
"We declined a few weeks ago and [the] NAACP was pleased [Vice President Joe Biden] was able to attend," a campaign official told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN the first family will not be vacationing on Martha's Vineyard this summer as they have done for the past three years.
There had been plenty of speculation about the president's plans given the potential image clash during an election year, of a vacation at an expensive estate on a posh New England island.
Instead of an extended vacation the president is likely to take some long weekends this summer, but where and when is still unclear the official said.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama's plea for donations from Air Force One was "a routine fund-raising call," according to a senior campaign official.
The call, which the official confirmed took place Friday, was recorded and posted in part on the Daily Beast.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is running against former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but the economy may truly be his greatest opponent.
"It's not the only factor, but it's arguably the most important factor," said George Washington University associate professor John Sides, who has created a computer model to analyze the impact of the economy on the presidential campaign.
Washington (CNN) - The White House denied authorizing national security leaks and pushed back on criticism that the release of sensitive information was politically motivated Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One as the president traveled to campaign events on the West Coast, spokesman Jay Carney called the latter charge “grossly irresponsible.”
Washington (CNN) – The Obama re-election campaign is glossing over the off message positive comments former President Clinton made about presumptive Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, during an interview on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday.
They are instead focusing on one line where Clinton described the tactics some private equity investors use.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama rarely misses an opportunity to talk about the help his administration is offering to military veterans and their families. “We will care and serve our veterans the way they've served us,” Mr. Obama said at a recent campaign event out west.
His message may be grounded in policy but in this election season it’s also about the politics.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – It was a mini Twitter town hall.
After delivering remarks on his clean-energy policy in Newton, Iowa, President Barack Obama sat down at a laptop and answered a handful of questions on Twitter that had been submitted hours earlier by the tweeting public.