(CNN) - It's still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey's prime minister earlier this week. An official White House photo shows the president with the bat in one hand and a phone in the other.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the photo on Tuesday and promised get some answers but so far nothing.
Washington (CNN) – As Michael Phelps swam into the history books on Tuesday, becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time, it didn't go unnoticed by the number one fan in the White House.
President Barack Obama tweeted to his 18 million followers:
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. -bo— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 01, 2012
Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. -bo
White House (CNN) - President Barack Obama raised a cool one-and-a-half million dollars in just under an hour on Wednesday, meeting with 25 high dollar donors at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
A Democratic campaign official tells a pool reporter each of the 25 attendees donated at least $60,000 a piece to be split between the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties. Just last month the Obama campaign lamented it was out fundraised by the Romney campaign. The presumed Republican nominee announced he raised $100 million dollars in June compared to just $71 million raised by President Obama.
Washington (CNN) – In a Fourth of July ceremony at the White House, brimming with political undertones, President Obama hosted a naturalization ceremony for more than two dozen active duty service members.
"[T]his is one of my favorite things to do. It brings me great joy and inspiration because it reminds us that we are a country that is bound together not simply by ethnicity or bloodlines, but by fidelity to a set of ideas," Mr. Obama told the audience of new Americans and their families.
Washington (CNN) - It's one of those awkward questions that everyone really wants to know but few want to ask: what's your salary?
Well, if you're a White House employee, your salary is public record.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will focus on jobs Friday, continuing to press Congress on his so-called "to do" list. Friday’s item: pushing for the establishment of a Veterans Job Corps. At a Honeywell International plant in a Minneapolis suburb, he will make his case that the country needs to "honor our commitment to returning veterans," according to a White House release.
Friday’s event coincides with the release of the May unemployment numbers. Economists will be closely watching the jobs numbers after two months of slowdown in the sputtering U.S. economy.
Joplin, Missouri (CNN) – On the eve of the one year anniversary of the tornado that ripped apart the southern Missouri town of Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 residents and injuring 900 others, President Barack Obama told graduating high school seniors they and their town serve as an inspiration.
"We can define our own lives not by what happens to us, but by how we respond. We can choose to carry on. We can choose to make a difference in the world," the president told the 2012 graduating class at Joplin High School. "Of all that’s come from this tragedy, let this be the central lesson that guides us. Let it be the lesson that sustains through whatever challenges lie ahead.”
(CNN) – It's always a heady combination–the intersection of politics and Hollywood–and now Team Obama is reportedly cashing in big time.
The campaign just capped a contest called "Obama, Clooney, and You," which offered supporters a chance to win two tickets for dinner with the president, George Clooney, and a host of other high-dollar donors at the movie star's Los Angeles home next week.
(CNN) – The head of the General Services Administration resigned Monday after a scathing report that called government spending on a training seminar in Las Vegas "excessive, wasteful, and in some cases impermissible."
The White House put out a statement that President Barack Obama was "outraged" when he found out about the spending.
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama continues to take Hollywood by storm. She’s appeared with David Letterman, Jay Leno and Ellen DeGeneres in recent months - and Saturday, she made her first-ever live appearance on Nickelodeon’s Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
Obama was on hand to present "The Big Help Award" to country pop singer Taylor Swift for Swift's work helping tornado and flood victims.