Rochester, Michigan (CNN) – Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan focused on the sluggish economy at a rally that included a rock star introduction by Kid Rock, despite last week’s slight improvement of the nation’s jobless rate.
In Michigan Monday evening, Ryan pivoted from Friday’s government report, which showed unemployment had dipped to its lowest rate in years to 7.8%, to sluggish job growth.
Sioux City, Iowa (CNN)– Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the option of ordering a sandwich special named after him during his first campaign stop at Sioux City's Coffee Works Thursday.
There were only about 10 people waiting for the presidential candidate, but luckily for the coffee shop, there were as many press – probably more – keeping the baristas busy.
London (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama confessed she didn’t see the presidency in Barack Obama’s future when they first met over 20 years ago.
Mrs. Obama jokingly responded with “absolutely not” when a high school student asked the first lady, “when you first met the president did you think he would go on to do such great things?”
Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN) - As many as 700,000 people, including the first family, were hoping to watch space shuttle Endeavour lift off at 3:47 p.m. for its final space flight. Any excitement was replaced with disappointment when news spread that the launch had been postponed.
President Obama was wrapping up his visit in Alabama, surveying tornado damage, when NASA tweeted that the launch was scrubbed “because of an issue with Auxiliary Power Unit 1 heaters.”
Kennedy Space Center, Florida (CNN) - With the curtain closing on America’s space shuttle program, President Obama will bring his wife and two daughters to witness the 25th and final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour, which appears to be a “go” for it’s scheduled 3:47pm launch.
Before takeoff, the family will tour the Orbiter Processing Facility, where the space shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for its final launch in June.
(CNN)– President Obama chatted with friend and supporter Oprah Winfrey about today’s big revelation, that he is indeed a U.S. citizen.
Obama said he requested and released his long-form birth certificate to “see if we can put this to rest” and turn the conversation back to serious issues, not "carnival barkers who are going around trying to get attention instead of actually solving the problems."
Washington (CNN) – The Obamas will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House Monday evening with family, friends and White House employees.
Obama hosted his first Seder in Pennsylvania in 2008, when the presidential candidate gathered a group of Jewish and non-Jewish staffers for an impromptu Seder in Harrisburg after a long day on the campaign trail. The Seders that followed at the White House in 2009 and 2010 were held in the Old Family Dining Room and included the same group, plus other staffers and family.
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama presented the Air Force Academy football team with the Commander-in-Chief Trophy in the Rose Garden Monday. The last time the Air Force Academy beat the Army and Navy in the three-way season series was in 2002.
"Until this year, no one on this team knew what it felt like to beat Army, to beat Navy, to visit the White House, and to earn football bragging rights over the other branches," Obama said. "Now you know the feeling."
Washington (CNN) - It looks like President Obama plans to return to Rio.
During his address to the people of Brazil, Obama made this comment: "Now you may be aware that this city was not my first choice for the Summer Olympics. But if the Games could not be held in Chicago, there's no place I'd rather see them than right here in Rio. And I intend to come back in 2016 to watch what happens."
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (CNN) - He may not be ready for World Cup 2014 in Brazil, but President Obama showed kids in Rio de Janeiro he can do more than just dribble a basketball.
The president and his family watched kids playing soccer, known to the world as football or futebol in Portuguese, on a cement playground while visiting the "City of God" (Cidade de Deus) Favela.