Washington (CNN) - President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the White House Situation Room Friday by naming a secure conference room after former President John F. Kennedy, delivering remarks and thanking staffers for their "around-the-clock" work.
"We could not meet the national security challenges that we face without the capabilities of this room and the people who work here," the president said, according to a release sent out by the White House press office. "It's the President's eyes and ears. Providing the latest information and alerts, it's the nerve center for the U.S. government, the place where we come together to make policy and respond to crises from wars abroad to floods at home."
Washington (CNN) – White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday that President Obama will meet on Wednesday with the Senate Democratic Caucus, and on Thursday with the Senate Republican Caucus, "to talk about the range of important issues on the legislative agenda, including the need to adopt a balanced approach in confronting the nation's long term deficit challenges."
Carney said the president will meet with House Republican and Democratic caucuses for similar discussions in the coming weeks.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama talked energy policy Wednesday on the campus of Georgetown University, repeating his view that “there are no quick fixes” when it comes to high fuel prices – taking direct aim at the Republican “drill, baby, drill” mantra from the 2008 campaign.
"Because it was the height of political season, you had all kinds of slogans, and gimmicks, and outraged politicians – they were waving their three point plans for $2 per gallon gas. You remember that – ‘Drill, baby, drill’ – and we were going through all that,” Obama said as many in the audience laughed.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - At a DNC fundraiser in Harlem, Barack Obama all but endorsed outgoing DNC chair and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate – a decision Kaine has not yet made (or at least announced).
While many have speculated Kaine will go "plunging back into the hurly-burly of electoral politics," as Obama described it, so far the DNC chair has only coyly said he is likely to run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – The White House issued a statement Saturday from President Obama on the death of former Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro, praising her as a “trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life."
“Whether it was as a public school teacher, assistant district attorney, Member of Congress, or candidate for Vice President, Geraldine fought to uphold America's founding ideals of equality, justice, and opportunity for all. And as our Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission, she stood up for those ideals around the world. Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live,” the statement read.FULL STORY
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama is cutting his Latin America trip short by a few hours to tend to the ongoing situation in Libya.
The president was scheduled to depart San Salvador for Andrews Air Force Base at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday after visiting San Salvador's Metropolitan Cathedral to see a famous tomb and touring the nearby San Andres Mayan ruins.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) came into the James S. Brady Briefing Room after receiving the nation’s top civilian honor today. Surrounded by reporters, the civil rights icon described the honor as “unreal.”
He recounted his efforts in the civil rights movement, the more than 40 arrests he endured, and the countless times he was left beaten, bloodied, and unconscious. “I didn’t give up, I didn’t give in, I kept the faith, I kept my eyes on the prize,” he said solemnly. “It’s worth every step, every sit-in, every beating, every arrest.”