Lady Gaga at the White House
December 6th, 2011
02:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Lady Gaga at the White House

Washington (CNN) - Pop superstar Lady Gaga is taking her mission to end bullying to the White House. Gaga met Tuesday with members of the White House Office of Public Engagement about the issue, according to an administration official.

She will not meet with President Obama who traveled to Kansas.

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Filed under: Lady Gaga • White House
White House to cut waste
November 9th, 2011
10:16 AM ET
3 years ago

White House to cut waste

(CNN) - As Americans continue to struggle with their personal budgets in a fragile economy, President Barack Obama is taking steps Wednesday to cut what the White House terms wasteful spending in the federal budget.

Targeting areas such as government travel, the doling out of smart phones and laptops to government workers and limiting who gets a free car for official duties, the plan builds on the Campaign to Cut Waste program, which the administration says has already saved $8.5 billion.

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Filed under: Budget • President Obama • White House
Could No Child Left Behind be history?
September 22nd, 2011
07:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Could No Child Left Behind be history?

Washington (CNN) - Ten years after the Bush administration's landmark attempt to revamp the nation's education system with the No Child Left Behind law, President Obama is poised to allow states to opt out of the heavily criticized guidelines.

Friday, President Obama will announce that his administration will begin reviewing state's applications to waive the No Child Left Behind requirements in return for tangible commitments to close achievement gaps.

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Filed under: Education • George W. Bush • President Obama
Michelle Obama and Olive Garden team up for healthier kids meals
September 15th, 2011
12:23 PM ET
3 years ago

Michelle Obama and Olive Garden team up for healthier kids meals

Hyattsville, Md. (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama scored a big win Thursday in her campaign to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. Mrs. Obama announced that the biggest full service restaurant company in the world, Darden Restaurants which owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and LongHorn Steakhouse among others, has agreed to cut sodium and calories on its menus across the board as well as offering healthier menu choices targeted to kids.

"This is a breakthrough moment in the restaurant industry," Mrs. Obama told reporters and guests invited by Darden and the White House to an Olive Garden Restaurant in suburban Hyattsville, Maryland. The first lady, who called on restaurants to rethink their menus when she spoke at the National Restaurant Association more than a year ago, praised Darden for what she called its vision and commitment.

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Obama criticized by key voting block for skipping Latino conference
June 24th, 2011
01:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama criticized by key voting block for skipping Latino conference

Washington (CNN) - It is one of the most influential voting blocks and key to the 2012 presidential election, but President Obama's popularity continues to decline among Hispanic and Latino voters and now the president is facing criticism for once again skipping a major Latino convention.

The annual conference of NALEO, The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, is being held this weekend in San Antonio, Texas. For the third year in a row, the president declined to speak at the conference. The White House says it's simply a scheduling issue and the president cannot make it to every conference he would like to attend.

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Filed under: 2012 • Latinos • President Obama
Air Force One's forecast: missed approach
May 18th, 2011
11:47 AM ET
3 years ago

Air Force One's forecast: missed approach

Washington (CNN) - Even the commander-in-chief takes a back seat to bad weather. Wednesday, just as Air Force One was approaching Hartford’s Bradley International Airport to land, the pilot executed a missed approach and circled around.

Federal Aviation Authority spokeswoman Laura Brown tells CNN, "The plane had not yet reached the runway and the weather was 'bad' so the pilot circled around and lined up for another landing."

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Obama announces steps to speed oil drilling in weekly address
May 14th, 2011
09:10 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama announces steps to speed oil drilling in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – With gas topping $4 a gallon, President Barack Obama on Saturday announced new plans to speed up domestic drilling for oil.

In his weekly address to the nation, the president outlined his plans for what he calls "safe and responsible" oil production.

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Filed under: Alaska • Energy • gas prices • President Obama
Time 100 list: Obama honors Giffords
April 21st, 2011
11:31 AM ET
3 years ago

Time 100 list: Obama honors Giffords

WASHINGTON (CNN)– Injured Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is among the one hundred people selected by TIME magazine for its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2011. President Barack Obama who also made that list wrote the tribute to her for the magazine.

"Gabrielle Giffords may not have been a household name. But the reason she has long been admired by people of all political stripes is that she embodies the best of what public service should be: hard work and fair play, hope and resilience, a willingness to listen and a determination to do your best in a busy world," Mr. Obama wrote.

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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • President Obama
Obamas to appear on Oprah
April 12th, 2011
04:54 PM ET
3 years ago

Obamas to appear on Oprah

Washington (CNN) – The President and Mrs. Obama will sit down with Oprah Winfrey for a taping of her talk show April 27th, a White House source confirmed to CNN.

This is the final season for Oprah's popular syndicated show, which she has hosted for 25 years. She famously endorsed then-Senator Obama in his bid for president in 2007 on CNN's "Larry King Live." That was the first time the talk show queen inserted herself into a presidential race. Winfrey went on to campaign for Obama and was very visible at his election night victory rally in Chicago's Grant Park.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • Oprah Winfrey • President Obama
Beyonce lends star power to Michelle Obama's initiative
April 11th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Beyonce lends star power to Michelle Obama's initiative

Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama's efforts to eliminate childhood obesity through her Let's Move initiative are getting a big boost by Beyonce. The Grammy-award winning pop star is releasing "Let's Move! Flash Workout" a video re-written with new words to her hit song "Get Me Bodied," the press office for the first lady confirmed to CNN.

The new video is set for release May 3rd at a "dance-in" at middle schools across the country. A preview is now posted on YouTube and shows Beyonce dancing at a school with kids. The pop star opens the video by saying her intent is to "promote the benefits of healthy eating and exercise, but what we want to do is make it fun."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
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