May 20th, 2014
06:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Michelle Obama hosts White House talent show

Washington (CNN) - Students participating in a White House talent show got a surprise visit Tuesday when President Barack Obama showed up at the end of their performance – and wondered why he wasn't part of the act.

"I've got talent, but I wasn't invited to participate,” Obama joked.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack
May 16th, 2014
01:26 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack

Washington (CNN) – President Obama met up with his vice president for lunch Friday at a Shake Shack location not far from the White House.

But more than burgers were on the President's mind.
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Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama • Washington D.C.
May 14th, 2014
04:55 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama to GOP: Tear down this bridge, and pay for a new one

Tarrytown, New York (CNN) – Saying that rebuilding America "shouldn't be a partisan issue," President Obama tackled the dense issue of federal infrastructure spending Wednesday. He called on Republicans in Congress to "not fight on something we all know makes sense."

Obama took Republicans to task several times for not approving funds that would replenish the nation's Highway Trust Fund, which could run out of money late this summer.

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Filed under: New York • President Obama
April 21st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
6 years ago

Obamas open up South Lawn to eager children for Easter Egg Roll

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South Lawn on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.

The first couple walked onto the Truman Balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn, and the President wished everyone a "Happy Easter." As he looked out onto the crowd he added, "This is the biggest event we have at the White House all year long."

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White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement
March 20th, 2014
05:31 PM ET
6 years ago

White House surprises Massachusetts high school with presidential visit announcement

(CNN) - Worcester Tech High School Principal Sheila Harrity got the shock of her life, and then had to keep it secret for a week and a half. But, on Thursday she got the okay to reveal to 311 graduating high school seniors that President Barack Obama will be their commencement speaker.

A White House official says the administration picked the high school in the central Massachusetts city because the school, "has made outstanding headway in boosting its graduation rate, implementing cutting edge vocational programs, and ensuring that all of its students have the opportunity to succeed."

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Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama
March 11th, 2014
08:57 AM ET
6 years ago

No joke: Obama interviewed by Zach Galifianakis

Updated 12:29 p.m. ET, 3/11/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Obama took his message of health care for all to a cult internet comedy show, in an effort to get young people to sign up for Obamacare.

He appeared alongside Zach Galifianakis in the comedian and actor's mock talk-show called "Between Two Ferns." The interview with the President was recorded last month and posted Tuesday morning on the popular website "Funny or Die."

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Filed under: Health care • Healthcare • President Obama
February 19th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
6 years ago

Art history professor receives handwritten apology from Obama

Washington (CNN) - Ann Collins Johns decided to let President Barack Obama know that his comments last month about art history majors were inappropriate. So she fired up her computer, found the White House website and sent off an email.

A week later she got the surprise of her life when she received an email that included a handwritten apology from the President himself.

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Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California
February 14th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama to deliver much needed aid to drought-stricken California

Palm Springs, California (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel Friday to California and announce a new federal initiative aimed at helping farms and communities there in the grips of a devastating drought.

The President will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who told reporters Thursday that the program will include $100 million in livestock disaster assistance for California farmers and producers, along with funding for water conservation projects, and aid for states across the country affected by the drought.

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Filed under: California • Jerry Brown • President Obama • Tom Vilsack
February 10th, 2014
06:08 PM ET
6 years ago

No detail spared for French president's arrival at the White House

Washington (CNN) - The White House social secretary and executive chef are working late into the night and all day Tuesday to put the finishing touches on the first State Dinner at the executive mansion in over two years.

Tuesday night, the President and Mrs. Obama will host French President Francois Hollande, and an official familiar with the process of preparing the feast says the first family will include treats "from farmers and growers across the country." White House chefs say they hope to, "honor our guests by showcasing the best of American Bounty."

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Filed under: Francois Hollande • White House
Michelle Obama eats fast food…for a reason
January 23rd, 2014
03:05 PM ET
6 years ago

Michelle Obama eats fast food…for a reason

Washington (CNN) – First Lady Michelle Obama ate lunch at a Subway sandwich shop Thursday to thank the chain for launching a new healthy food program aimed at kids. She announced the chain had taken up her challenge to offer healthier food choices and stop marketing unhealthy foods to children.

At the event, Subway announced that as of February 1, it would only offer items on its kids menu that meet federal nutritional guidelines for school lunches. They also promise to offer children healthy choices and sides that would include apples instead of chips, and drinks like water or low fat milk instead of sodas.
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