July 14th, 2010
06:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Michelle Obama unveils preventative care guidelines

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden attended at even Wednesday focused on preventative care guidelines.
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden attended at even Wednesday focused on preventative care guidelines.

Washington (CNN) – Cost savings could be coming this fall to a doctor's office near you. First lady Michelle Obama announced Wednesday a plan for free preventative health care services, a part of the Affordable Care Act, which goes into effect in September.

One of the services provided under the new guidelines, obesity screenings, directly impacts the first lady's signature issue, the Let's Move campaign to prevent childhood obesity. She said her interest in the subject started years ago when she as a mother was "having a regular, normal life."

"I wasn't cooking enough. We were eating out a little bit too much, having our way with snacks and desserts - it was shameless," Obama said.

She thanks her children's pediatrician for recommending a body mass index screening at an annual well-child visit.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
June 12th, 2010
03:04 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama, Cameron wager beer over World Cup match

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The president called Prime Minister Cameron Saturday. (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)
Washington (CNN) – President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have wagered their nation’s “best” beer and lager over Saturday’s World Cup showdown match between their two nations, the White House said.

Obama, who spoke to Cameron by phone from the Oval Office Saturday, suggested the wager, according to a summary of the conversation provided by the White House. “The president noted that the historical record of previous World Cup matches between the United States and England favors the United States and the president wagered the best lager against the best beer in America on an American win over England.”

Later: U.S., England play to a 1-1 tie

The White House did not specify what the president considers to be the nation’s best beer. Obama drank a Bud Light at the White House last summer during the so-called “beer summit” which brought together a Harvard professor and police officer after an incident between them sparked controversy.
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Filed under: David Cameron • Popular Posts • President Obama
December 3rd, 2009
05:03 AM ET
9 months ago

Michelle Obama previews White House's holiday look

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'Reflect, Rejoice, Renew,' is the theme of this year's holiday decorations at the White House. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Unveiling the White House Christmas tree and holiday decorations Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama explained why she chose this year's theme, "Reflect, Rejoice and Renew."

Related video: Mrs. Obama on holiday giving

"For the Obama family, Christmas and the new year has always been a time to reflect on our many blessings, to rejoice in the pleasure of spending time with our family and our friends, and to renew our commitment to one another and to the causes that we believe in," she said in the Grand Foyer of the White House.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • White House
December 2nd, 2009
08:35 PM ET
9 months ago

Michelle Obama previews White House's holiday look

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'Reflect, Rejoice, Renew,' is the theme of this year's holiday decorations at the White House. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) - Unveiling the White House Christmas tree and holiday decorations Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama explained why she chose this year's theme, "Reflect, Rejoice and Renew."

Related video: Mrs. Obama on holiday giving

"For the Obama family, Christmas and the new year has always been a time to reflect on our many blessings, to rejoice in the pleasure of spending time with our family and our friends, and to renew our commitment to one another and to the causes that we believe in," she said in the Grand Foyer of the White House.
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Filed under: Extra • Michelle Obama • Popular Posts • White House
August 17th, 2009
09:03 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama, Bill Clinton to meet at the White House Tuesday

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former President Clinton will meet with President Obama at the White House tomorrow afternoon for the first time since Clinton's trip to North Korea that secured the release of two jailed journalists Eung Lee and Laura Ling in early August.

President Obama made a congratulatory phone call to the former president when he returned to the U.S. on August 6, but Clinton will provide a fuller debriefing at this face-to-face meeting.

According to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, President Clinton has debriefed with members of the president’s National Security team on at least two occasions since his return. Gibbs said the two presidents had not met sooner because they were unable to coordinate their schedules.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • President Obama
April 9th, 2009
07:36 PM ET
2 years ago

White House hit by swarm of bees

Beekeeper Charlie Brandts was dispatched Thursday to deal with a swarm of bees on the White House grounds.
Beekeeper Charlie Brandts was dispatched Thursday to deal with a swarm of bees on the White House grounds.

(CNN) – The Secret Service is always on the alert for aerial assaults - but on Thursday, White House grounds were hit by one unexpected airborne threat.

A swarm of honey bees took over a bush located between the Northwest security gate of the White House and the area where television networks stand-up positions are located early Thursday.

CNN photojournalist John Bodnar said he came through the Northwest gate around 12:30 pm and was warned about the bees by Secret Service on duty in the guard post. "I walked out and thought it was a swirl of blossoms blowing in the wind, but turns out it was a swarm of bees," he says. Half an hour later, they were still issuing warnings."

White House carpenter Charlie Brandts, who is also a beekeeper and will be managing two bee hives in Michelle Obama's garden, came over to the area around shortly before 2 pm wearing protective gear and carrying a cardboard box. Brandts was reportedly able to get the queen bee in the cardboard box and many, though not all, of the other bees followed. CNN has not yet been able to confirm the capture of the winged invaders.


Filed under: Popular Posts • White House
December 27th, 2008
01:08 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama gives the press the slip

Barack Obama enjoys some shaved ice while vacationing in Hawaii with his family.
Barack Obama enjoys some shaved ice while vacationing in Hawaii with his family.

WAIMANALO, Hawaii (CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama slipped away Friday from the traveling press pool that follows him wherever he goes, taking his two young daughters and other family members and friends to Sea Life Park Hawaii.

The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii.

CNN was the only news organization to witness the park outing. The president-elect was joined by about nine others, including daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, half-sister Maya Sotero-Ng, her husband and daughter and friend Eric Whitaker.

The group caught a dolphin show before visiting a touch pool and the sea lion exhibit, where it was feeding time.

After the park visit, the Obama group was joined by the press pool - which arrived at the park about an hour after the Obamas but was not allowed in - as they stopped for a sandwich and shaved ice. The reporters refused an offer from Obama to buy them some shaved ice.

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