May 13th, 2010
03:15 PM ET
8 years ago

Pres. to visit Youngstown, Ohio

Buffalo, New York (CNN) –- President Obama will visit the Youngstown, Ohio area on Tuesday to continue his tour of main street America.

In recent weeks, the President has visited Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and New York to tout the improving economy and more recently, positive jobs numbers. The government's latest monthly jobs report, released Friday, showed employers added 290,000 jobs in April, the best gain in four years.

Youngstown is considered a "Rust Belt" city where steel manufacturing once thrived. But the city has long suffered from a declining economy and a shrinking population. The area has seen some success in recent years by creating high tech jobs.

Filed under: Ohio • President Obama
May 13th, 2010
02:10 PM ET
8 years ago

How to get Obama's attention

President Obama received a flattering compliment Thursday in Buffalo, New York.

President Obama received a flattering compliment Thursday in Buffalo, New York.

Buffalo, New York (CNN) –What's one way to get the president's attention? Flattery.

"You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," Luann Haley told President Obama as he walked around Duff's Famous Wings near Buffalo.

According to pool reports, Obama responded by giving a big hug to Haley, a 45-year-old Department of Education contractor. But the president warned her that first lady Michelle Obama would be watching.

"That's alright," Haley told Obama and then said "Hi, Michelle. Eat your heart out."

The president made a surprise visit to the local restaurant on his way to an event in Buffalo, New York.

Related: When in Buffalo, Obama orders wings

Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama
May 11th, 2010
06:05 PM ET
8 years ago

President Obama calls new British PM

ALT TEXT President Obama called new British Prime Minister David Cameron from the Oval Office on Tuesday to congratulate him. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN)
-– President Barack Obama called new British Prime Minister David Cameron Tuesday to congratulate him on his successful campaign.

In a statement released by the White House, President Obama said he emphasized the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom to Mr. Cameron. Obama called it “a bond that has endured for generations and across party lines, and that is essential to the security and prosperity of our two countries, and the world.”

Additionally, the president invited Cameron and his wife, Samatha, to visit Washington this summer.

Filed under: David Cameron • President Obama
May 6th, 2010
04:55 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama heading to Buffalo

Washington (CNN) – President Obama will travel to Buffalo, New York, next Thursday to discuss the economy.

Obama has taken several trips in recent weeks as part of his "White House to Main Street" tour. Most recently he traveled to Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri during a multi-stop trip.

Buffalo suffers from one of the country's highest poverty rates with nearly 30% of its population living at or below the poverty line. The city has struggled in recent decades with the loss of industrial employers like steel and auto-related manufacturers, but has weathered the most recent recession a little better than the national average. The unemployment rate in Buffalo currently stands at 8.6 percent while the national average is 9.7 percent.

Filed under: New York • President Obama
May 4th, 2010
06:52 PM ET
8 years ago

Demi Moore visits the White House

Washington (CNN) - Actress Demi Moore visited the White House on Tuesday to bring attention to the issue of domestic sex trafficking of children.

After earlier meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Moore went across town to discuss the topic with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. The actress was accompanied to her various stops by three young women who were once sex slaves.

Moore and her husband, Ashton Kutcher, recently formed a non-profit group called "DNA" - The Demi and Ashton Foundation - with the goal of eliminating sexual enslavement.

According to the group's website, as many as 300,000 children have been sold into sexual slavery in the United States. The global market generates $32 billion in profits yearly, the foundation says.

Filed under: White House
May 1st, 2010
09:40 AM ET
8 years ago

Celebs mingle with pols and journalists


Hollywood celebrities mingled with Washington pols and reporters at Friday night's People/Time Magazine party, part of the festivities leading up to Saturday night's annual White House Correspondents Association dinner featuring remarks by President Obama. (Photo Credit: Xuan Thai/CNN)

Washington (CNN) - Beauties and brains, pop stars and pols, hotties and notties - there are lots of ways to describe what happened at the People/Time Magazine party Friday evening ahead of the big White House Correspondents Association's annual dinner, but the biggest thing at the party was the swag bag.

Worlds collided Friday night when the stars of Hollywood met the stars of Washington. Events around the city celebrated the meeting. At the People/Time Magazine Party stars like Tim Daly, Gayle King, Cheryl Hines, Gabourey Sidibe, Matthew Morrison, and more mixed and mingled with the politicos and the journalists who cover them.

Some engaged more than others. Sitting separately in a corner away from the Washington players of Dan Pfeiffer, Bill Burton, Anne Compton, Andrea Mitchell, and CNN's Dan Lothian, was Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and actor Chace Crawford being 'handled" by a stern handler.

Most of the celebrities attending the party at the St. Regis Hotel, located blocks away from the White House, were thrilled to be part of the event. They posed for pictures with fans, talked about previous "nerd prom" dinners, and the possibility of meeting the president.

At an earlier more intimate event hosted by Rosario Dawson, the focus was on multiculturalism in the media. Journalists gathered on a rooftop overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate diversity in news. Former "Bachelor" star Andy Baldwin, was spotted at the event.

Filed under: White House
April 30th, 2010
07:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Bono and Obama meet

President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House.

President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House.

Washington (CNN) – President Obama and U2 lead singer Bono met on Friday at the White House following the star's recent trip to Africa.

"[They discussed] ways to make sure our foreign aid is effective, and the opportunities for innovation and technology to change the development landscape in Africa," National Security spokesman Mike Hammer told CNN.

Obama's meeting with the singer was not on the White House schedule. It was Bono's philanthropic organization, ONE, that announced Friday's meeting.

"With the first blackberry president, we discussed the power of new technology to empower activists and entrepreneurs across Africa, part of a new rising generation that's boosting growth and governance and defying stereotypes," Bono said in a statement released by ONE.


Filed under: Popular Posts • President Obama
April 27th, 2010
07:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama calls out Republicans over Wall Street reform

Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) – Saying Republican senators are preventing a legislative debate the American people deserve, President Obama called out the GOP at an Iowa rally Tuesday.

"The American people deserve an honest debate on this bill." Obama told the crowd. "You should not have to wait one more day."

For the second time in as many days, Senate Republics blocked efforts Tuesday to move the debate forward on a financial reform bill because, in the GOP's view, there needs to be more focus on making sure there are no loopholes for banks to be "bailed out" in the future.

Before the Iowa crowd, the president took issue with Republicans' united front.


Filed under: GOP • President Obama • Wall Street
April 27th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
8 years ago

Arizona law 'poorly conceived,' says Obama

Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) – President Obama spoke more extensively on the Arizona immigration bill on Tuesday, taking a question during a rally at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa Iowa.

"I have a lot of undocumented friends," said Julie Morales, a student at the community college. "Immigration has been in the news for many, many years, and nothing has been done about it, and I was just wondering what your plan was for our undocumented workers who have established our country?"

Obama criticized the recently passed Arizona immigration bill, calling it "poorly conceived."

"You can imagine if you are an Hispanic American in Arizona, your great grandparents may have been there before Arizona was even a state, but now suddenly if you don't have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you're gonna be harassed," Obama said. "That's something that could potentially happen. That's not the right way to go."


Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • President Obama
April 27th, 2010
02:45 PM ET
8 years ago

In Iowa, White House says Obama not campaigning yet


Obama traveled to Iowa Tuesday, but the campaign for 2012 has yet to begin, the White House said.  (Getty Images)

Ottumwa, Iowa (CNN) - President Obama may be focusing on the 2010 midterm elections, but the White House says don't look for any 2012 campaigning - yet.

On the way to Iowa for Obama's third visit to the state since taking office, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton was asked if the president is getting an early start on the 2012 reelection campaign in Iowa.

"God, I hope it's not," Burton told the traveling press aboard Air Force One.

At an event in Ft. Madison, Iowa, the president himself was asked, "Why Iowa today?"

His response? "I love Iowa!"


Filed under: 2010 • 2012 • Iowa • President Obama
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