White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union
January 23rd, 2014
01:10 PM ET
7 months ago

White House uses social media in preps for the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – Just days before President Barack Obama gives his annual State of the Union address, the White House is offering a rare look at the preparations for the speech.

The President's chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan, used the White House's Instagram account on Wednesday to release several pictures of the process that goes into writing the speech. Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett continued the behind-the-scenes look on Thursday with pictures listed under #InsideSOTU on Instagram as well as Twitter.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues
January 13th, 2014
08:01 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama, Maria Shriver to talk women’s poverty issues

(CNN) – President Barack Obama will on Tuesday discuss a topic he is familiar with from his childhood – American women living in economic insecurity and trying to be breadwinners and caregivers at the same time.

Raised by a single mother who was described as someone who struggled to pay the bills, Obama on Tuesday will meet with Maria Shriver, who is reporting on some 42 million women who she says live “one single incident – a doctor's bill, a late paycheck, or a broken-down car – away from economic ruin."

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Filed under: Maria Shriver • President Obama
White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'
January 8th, 2014
09:13 PM ET
8 months ago

White House to announce efforts for 'Promise Zones'

Updated 9:34 a.m. ET, 1/9/2014

White House (CNN) – The White House is finally following on an initiative in 2013’s State of the Union, just three weeks before he lays out his new agenda for this year.

President Obama will host an event in the East Room on Thursday to announce what they refer to as “Promise Zones”- economically hard-hit areas where the White House will focus efforts to attract investments to overall improve the areas with job creation, economic security, education, affordable housing, and public safety.
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The first family's European vacation
June 14th, 2013
03:49 PM ET
1 year ago

The first family's European vacation

White House (CNN) - President Barack Obama's family will start their summer vacation with a trip to Europe, joining him as he travels to the United Kingdom and Germany next week, the White House announced on Friday.

First lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Malia and Sasha will start their three-day tour by attending the president's speech to local students in Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
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Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • President Obama • Sasha Obama
Obama will give up portion of his salary
April 3rd, 2013
03:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama will give up portion of his salary

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of unity with furloughed federal workers, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. treasury every month beginning in April. Since the mandatory across-the-board spending cuts went into effect March 1, his payment for last month will be paid retroactively.
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Michelle Obama to visit 'Live with Kelly and Michael'
October 15th, 2012
11:05 AM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama to visit 'Live with Kelly and Michael'

White House (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama will appear again on "Live with Kelly and Michael" in a segment scheduled to air this Friday.

Obama will tape the interview on Wednesday in New York, co-host Kelly Ripa announced on Monday's show which airs on various local stations.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama
Obama takes field trip to the Hoover Dam
October 2nd, 2012
07:01 PM ET
2 years ago

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 of a heliport overlooking the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River Bridge

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • President Obama
Obama: 'They're making me do my homework'
October 1st, 2012
07:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama: 'They're making me do my homework'

Henderson, Nevada (CNN) – President Barack Obama took a break Monday from his debate prep for a thank-you stop at one of his local campaign offices.

While visiting the South Henderson Obama for America office, he sat down to make calls to several campaign workers to thank them for their work. When asked how he was enjoying his debate preparation time in Las Vegas, he responded, "Basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. It's a drag," he joked. "They're making me do my homework."
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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • President Obama • Presidential Debates
Obama begins debate prep with Las Vegas rally
October 1st, 2012
01:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama begins debate prep with Las Vegas rally

Las Vegas (CNN) – President Barack Obama began his three-day debate preparation cram session by rallying voters at an outdoor event at a Las Vegas high school.

The president continued his campaign theme to create jobs, a key issue in the state of Nevada.

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Filed under: 2012 • Nevada • President Obama • Presidential Debate
Obama's jobs message to Iowans
September 7th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's jobs message to Iowans

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - On the first day of campaigning after his speech to the Democratic National Convention, President Obama attempted to keep the post-convention momentum going with a rally on the campus of the University of Iowa.

He continued to push his economic message of what he calls "two fundamentally different visions" for the middle class.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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