Obama: 'They're rubbing it in!'
January 26th, 2011
11:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama: 'They're rubbing it in!'

(CNN) – As things go for fans of the Chicago Bears these days, President Obama would probably have enjoyed a different arrival ceremony than the one he received in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

As Air Force Once touched down in the chilly home of the team that ousted his beloved Bears from the NFL playoffs last weekend, Obama was presented with a Packers jersey that bore his name. "They're rubbing it in," Obama said to reporters on the tarmac as he accepted the jersey from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and James Schmitt, the mayor of Green Bay.

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Obama signs bill containing 'dangerous' provisions
January 7th, 2011
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama signs bill containing 'dangerous' provisions

Washington (CNN) - President Obama signed a defense spending bill into law Friday, saying he would work to repeal provisions making it harder to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

H.R. 6523, which authorizes the funding for all military activities of the United States for fiscal year 2011, includes a provision that bars the use of funds, authorized by the law, to transfer detainees from the detention facility into the United States. In a written statement after signing the bill into law, Obama called the provision "a dangerous and unprecedented challenge to critical executive branch authority to determine when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees, based on the facts and the circumstances of each case and our national security interests."
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Obama meets with wealthy philanthropists
December 14th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama meets with wealthy philanthropists

WASHINGTON (CNN) –- President Obama spent part of his Tuesday morning meeting with some pretty heavy hitters in the worlds of business and philanthropy – Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet.

A White House official told CNN that Obama invited the three to the Oval Office to discuss "The Giving Pledge," the initiative they launched that invites wealthy individuals and families to commit a majority of their fortune to philanthropic efforts.

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Obama to hit airwaves across the country
December 13th, 2010
02:18 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama to hit airwaves across the country

Washington (CNN) – As the Senate takes up the compromise he reached with Republicans to extend the Bush era tax cuts on Monday, President Obama will sit down for interviews with four local television stations from across the country to press for quick passage in Congress.

Obama will be interviewed by reporters from stations in Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Des Moines, and Tampa/St. Petersburg.
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Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal
December 8th, 2010
11:36 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama phones supporters to defend GOP deal

WASHINGTON (CNN) -With anger mounting from liberals over his compromise on extending all of the Bush-era tax cuts, President Obama joined a phone call with progressive activists Tuesday evening, and said he was "absolutely convinced" he got the best possible deal.

"We put up the best possible fight under the circumstances," the president said on a phone call arranged by 'Organizing for America,' the organization behind his presidential campaign that is now part of the DNC."

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Filed under: President Obama • Tax deal
November 16th, 2010
12:14 PM ET
3 years ago

Kumar returns to the White House

Washington (CNN) - Actor turned White House staffer Kal Penn of "Harold and Kumar" fame is returning to Washington for a job at the White House.

Penn, who also goes by his birth name of Kalpen Modi, is returning to the White House Office of Public Engagement as an associate director. He resigned a similar position in June to shoot the third installment of the "Harold and Kumar" series.
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Filed under: Kal Penn • White House
November 11th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

First lady's Veterans Day surprise

(CNN) - Some 200 service men and women stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany were greeted by a surprise server at a Veterans Day meal Thursday – first lady Michelle Obama.

"We are so grateful to all of you," she told the troops and their families. "Not just our service men and women, but their kids, wives, husbands and parents."
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November 11th, 2010
09:17 AM ET
3 years ago

Axelrod says Obama will agree to extend tax cuts for wealthy

Washington (CNN) – The White House is signaling that it is willing to negotiate on extending the Bush tax cuts, even for the wealthiest Americans, in order to deliver on its promise to extend tax cuts for middle class Americans.

In an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod seemed to open the door to the extension of the cuts for American households making more than $250,000 a year, citing the poltical reality that has resulted from the loss of Democratic seats in Congress in last week's midterm elections.
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Filed under: President Obama • Taxes
October 20th, 2010
10:22 PM ET
3 years ago

White House Dispatch: 'Baby on Board' in the Beast

Portland, Oregon (CNN) - The presidential limousine, known colloquially as 'The Beast,' carried what was probably one of its youngest passengers ever on Wednesday evening.

President Obama, who flew to Oregon as part of a five state campaign swing for Democratic candidates, was greeted by his longtime friend from Hawaii, Greg Orme, his wife, and their newborn child as the president walked off Air Force One.

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October 14th, 2010
11:23 AM ET
4 years ago

White House Dispatch: the color pink

11:15 a.m. - The White House will look a little different Thursday evening after the North Portico is lit in pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The change in lighting will happen at 6:30pm eastern time according Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, who made the announcement on Twitter.
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