Washington (CNN) - President Obama has asked Jeff Zients to stay on as Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget until his replacement can be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a source familiar with the president's thinking told CNN on Tuesday.
At a press conference in the East Room on March 4, the president nominated current Walmart Foundation President Sylvia Matthews Burwell to be the next OMB director, and he praised Zients for his service.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama held his first meeting with leaders of the Arab-American community on Monday to get feedback and ask questions one week before departing on a tour of the Middle East.
Several participants characterized the off-the-record meeting as a complement to a similar one held with Jewish-American leaders last week, saying it was a chance for the president to talk with individuals deeply involved in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and seek input on his first trip to the region as president.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama convened an unannounced energy-policy meeting at the White House on Thursday night with a group of leaders from the business, academic and green energy communities.
One participant characterized the off the record gathering as a chance for the president to talk with people who have different perspectives on energy issues, including the controversial process of natural gas development known as hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking.'
Washington (CNN) - Visitors to Washington D.C. hoping to take a tour of the White House will soon be out of luck. The White House Visitor Center has canceled all tours effective Saturday March 9, a move meant to cut costs in the wake of forced spending cuts that hit the entire federal government last Friday.
An automated message at the visitor center's hotline informed callers of the news on Tuesday.
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama will attend a funeral service on Saturday for Hadiya Pendleton, the Chicago 15-year-old gunned down last week in a park, a White House official said Thursday.
Washington (CNN) - In an extended television interview with Bloomberg News Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the "potential" for a deal to avoid the looming fiscal cliff remains, but that House Speaker John Boehner's initial offer is "still out of balance."
"The issue right now that's relevant is the acknowledgement that if we're going to raise revenues that are sufficient to balance with very tough cuts that we've already made and the further reforms in entitlements that I'm prepared to make, that we're going to have to see the rates on the top two percent go up and we're not going to be able to get a deal without it," the president said.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday delivered a "strong" and "determined" defense of his intent to allow Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans to expire while preserving cuts for middle-income earners, according to conversations with several people who attended a meeting between the president and labor and progressive leaders.
The meeting at the White House - along with a second unannounced meeting with representatives from roughly a dozen groups focused on women's issues - was the start of a lengthy process of negotiating a resolution to the nation's impending budget crisis.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In an email sent to reporters on Sunday night, a White House official laid out President Obama’s meeting schedule for the week culminating in the first round of negotiations with Congressional leaders on how to avoid the impending fiscal cliff at the White House on Friday.
The president will be meeting with leaders from both parties at the end of the week, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.FULL STORY
Hollywood, Florida (CNN) – President Obama kept up his efforts on Sunday to convince voters he's the only candidate for president that voters can trust.
Addressing a crowd of more than 25,000 supporters on a high school football field here in Broward County, Obama stuck to the closing argument he's been delivering to swing-state voters for the past several days.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (CNN) - Despite a strained voice and a hectic campaign schedule, President Obama's rhetoric was as lofty as ever when he took the stage before 20,000 supporters here Saturday afternoon.
Promising to be a voice in Washington, D.C. for voiceless Americans, the president told the crowd that those who listened closely to his speeches in 2008 should remember that "change we believe in is not just changing the president."