Washington (CNN) - President Obama seemed to take aim at Donald Trump Wednesday evening in New York when he said the reasoning behind the release of his long form birth certificate was “trying to remind the press and trying to remind both parties that what we do in politics is not a reality show. It’s serious.”
The remarks came the same day that Trump, the businessman, reality television personality and possible contender for the 2012 GOP nomination, said he was “proud” of his efforts and took credit for the release of Obama’s long form birth certificate earlier in the day.
“Today was a fun day,” the president said as he began his remarks. “Nobody checked my ID at the door.”FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – With the Easter Bunny at their side, the first family opened up their backyard to 30,000 people from all 50 states for the annual action packed Easter Egg Roll on Monday.
As Colbie Caillat sang the national anthem, President Obama appeared on the Truman Balcony overlooking the South Lawn with the first lady, their daughters Sasha and Malia and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson.FULL STORY
San Francisco (CNN) – With his re-election campaign officially up and running, President Obama offered supporters in San Francisco a robust defense of accomplishments thus far in his first term, while asking them to step up their efforts to help him win a second.
“Our work is not finished,” he told a largely enthusiastic crowd at a ‘Gen 44’ fundraiser at the Nob Hill Masonic Center, even as he cited his administration’s efforts to battle a deep recession, reform the education system, and passage of health care reform legislation. His remarks were met with loud applause by the crowd when he mentioned the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ as well as his appointment of two women to the Supreme Court.
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San Francisco (CNN) - We all know that San Francisco's an overwhelmingly Democratic leaning city. And if you are a Democratic president running for re-election, the city's also a pretty good place to fund raise, and that's just what President Barack Obama's doing Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The president headlines two fundraisers Wednesday night. The first is a small dinner at a private residence and the second is being held at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. National Football League hall of famer Jerry Rice, a former wide receiver with the San Francisco 49ers, is scheduled to speak at the second event, which is expected to have approximately 2,500 people in attendance.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama announced on Thursday - St. Patrick's Day - that he will stop in Ireland in May as a side trip from his state visit to the United Kingdom, and that he hopes to visit the birthplace there of his great-great-great-great-great grandfather.
He made the announcement as he met with the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny in the Oval Office. The birthplace is in Moneygall, he said, adding that he also plans to visit "famous sites" in the country.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – You can soon add "author" to the distinguished resume of first lady Michelle Obama when she writes an upcoming book about her garden at the White House.
The still untitled book will "tell the story of the garden she has established on the South Lawn of the White House and explore how improved access to fresh, locally grown food can promote healthier eating habits for families and communities," her publisher, Crown Publishing Group, said in a press release announcing the project.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - With civil war and unrest unfolding across portions of the Middle East and North Africa, President Barack Obama is seeking to fill an important diplomatic post in the region by nominating Dan Shapiro to be the next U.S. ambassador to Israel.
The nomination of Shapiro, currently senior director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council, was announced Wednesday by the White House.
Miami (CNN) - The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows will be alive and well Friday when President Obama and Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush make a joint appearance in the sunshine state. The two are joining forces to discuss education as the president begins a month-long public push for the country to "out-educate" the world.
Both men will appear at Central High School in Miami to tout the school’s turnaround in performance. For Bush it’s an opportunity to highlight an issue he championed in office, and continues to do so in private life. For Obama, he gets a picture of bi-partisan support for an issue he has repeatedly stressed is in desperate need of reform if the country wants to lead the 21st century.FULL STORY
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former President George H.W. Bush returned to his old office on Tuesday for a brief meeting with President Obama.
Bush, the 41st President of the United States is in Washington to recieve the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this afternoon in the East Room. He is one of 15 recipients to receive the nation's highest civilian honor. Maya Angelou, Warren Buffet, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Rep. John Lewis, and Yo-Yo Ma are some of the other recipients.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - The White House's top lawyer is not concerned about the latest legal setback for health care reform. Responding to Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Florida, White House counsel Robert Bauer said it was "part of a process" that will not result in the ultimate nullification of President Obama's signature domestic achievement.
"I would have decided it differently," Bauer said Thursday at a forum to discuss the implication of pending nominations to the federal judiciary. Bauer said the decision added "another voice" to the constitutional objections to the law, but he believed the issue would eventually be resolved in the administration's favor.