(CNN) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host the first-ever White House Conference on Bullying Prevention Thursday.
"For a long time bullying was treated as an unavoidable part of growing up but more and more we're seeing how harmful it can be for our kids, especially when it follows them from their school to their phone to their computer screen," the president said in a video promoting the event.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - For the first time in White House history the social events guru and keeper of the coveted invite lists will be an openly gay man.
Jeremy Bernard will become President Obama's third White House social secretary, filling a job that has become a revolving door of sorts since the president took office.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Any plans the first lady has to celebrate her birthday today will have to wait. Since her 47th birthday falls on Martin Luther King, Jr. day this year, Michelle Obama is participating in a community service project with President Obama and her daughters to celebrate MLK Day of Service.
The Obamas marked the national holiday by attending a Sunday service at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. The congregation sang happy birthday to the first lady and others at one point during the two-hour service.FULL STORY
HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) – President Obama is giving himself a little more time to recharge his batteries by extending his Hawaiian vacation another day, according to White House spokesperson Bill Burton. He will now return to Washington on Tuesday, January 4, giving him 12 full days on the island of Oahu.
His vacation was initially delayed several days on the front end because of the lame duck session of Congress. The first family arrived on Saturday, December 18, and the president joined them late Wednesday, December 22.FULL STORY
(CNN)–President Obama's second year in office has been a year of ups and downs, from getting health care passed to a "shellacking" in his midterms. White House producers and photojournalists share images from the year that capture the most memorable moments from 2010.
This gallery, as a well as this great story by John Helton, can be found on CNN Politics.FULL STORY
(CNN)-President Obama traveled to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and then returned to Washington Monday afternoon to finalize tax negotiations with Democratic leaders at the White House. It was a brief trip, just three hours on the ground, thanks to the luxury that presidential travel affords, like Marine One, Air Force One, and a motorcade. Meanwhile, journalists who also made the trip weren't so lucky, contending with flight delays and long drives back to Washington.
White House producer Erika Dimmler and photojournalists Martin Dougherty and Geoff Parker covered the president's trip for CNN. Dimmler provides an ALL ACCESS PASS of their trip with these behind-the-scenes photos.
Washington (CNN) - Apparently President Obama doesn't need an iPad; he's got an aide for that: iReggie.
At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' retreat in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, a print pool reporter was within earshot of a brief exchange between the president and an iPad owner, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.
Washington (CNN) - President Obama filled out his absentee ballot for the midterm election in Illinois from the White House West Wing, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Gibbs said he voted for Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias, who is in a tough race against Republican Mark Kirk for the president's former Senate seat. He said the president also voted for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn who is up for re-election.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is stepping out of her comfort zone and jumping into the political fray. She'll spend the next two weeks on the campaign trail helping to raise money for Democratic candidates in as many as seven states. But a day before she put on her political hat, Mrs. Obama focused on one of her signatures issues, supporting military families.
In typical low-key fashion with no press in tow, the first lady visited with injured service members and their families at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. She also visited one of the new Fisher House homes being built there for families of patients receiving medical care.
(CNN) - The Secret Service is now shedding some more light on the circumstances surrounding a man who threw a book at President Obama at an event in Pennsylvania Sunday. And they're not throwing the book at him.
According to Secret Service spokesperson, Ed Donovan, the person involved was an overzealous author who just wanted to toss his book into the president's reading list.