July 23rd, 2009
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Ed Henry tweets while following Obama today from Cleveland

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/23/ed.henry.jpg caption="CNN's Ed Henry on his iPhone tweeting from Cleveland as he reports on President Obama."](CNN) CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry - who "tweeted" last night from the White House before and after President Obama's press conference - is back on Twitter today as the president hits the road to plug his health care plan. The CNN Political Ticker will bring you updates from @EdHenryCNN throughout the day, or you can follow him yourself on Twitter here.

(See his tweets after the jump)

10:00 a.m. – Taking off from Andrews AFB for cleveland. will Tweet from Obama town hall on health care this aftnoon

11:14 a.m. – hello from rainy Cleveland airport http://yfrog.com/e55ojj

11:23 a.m. – WH press thankful we had JetBlue today - live satellite en route Cleveland! ESPN, CNN need i say more? http://yfrog.com/abk88j

11:28 a.m. – Press charter chatter: odd that Steve Thomma of McClatchy stole ? from another "Steve" last nite. But second Steve got second shot

11:34 a.m. – @HeyitsLori brought umbrella got free w/Men's Vogue subscription and dang thing snapped by wind already! http://yfrog.com/ab2szj

11:36 a.m. – and yes, save the jokes, i'm not sure Men's Vogue helped me much anyway so i cancelled that awhile ago 🙂

11:36 a.m. – back to substance: President takes a 115pm et tour of Cleveland Clinic, which he has singled out for innovative, high-quality low-cost care

11:41 a.m. – POTUS will be heading on to his hometown of Chicago for a couple of Dem fundraisers, including one at home of pal Penny Pritzker

11:46 a.m – then Mr. Obama has 205pm et health care town hall at Shaker Heights High School. after has sit-down w/terry moran for Nightline day-in-life

11:46 a.m. – hey there's baseball park they used to lovingly call The Jake but now has some offensive corporate moniker http://yfrog.com/ab1zdj

11:52 a.m my first live shots will be 103pm et on cnn tv and then right after on cnn.com

12:40 p.m. (approximately) – President Obama lands in Cleveland, local tv goes wild http://yfrog.com/6glspj

12:45 p.m. (approximately) – President threw Secret Service curveball by literally sprinting in the rain to a rope line to shake hands http://yfrog.com/egy9sj

1:47 p.m. – President has just wrapped up private tour of Cleveland Clinic without any public comments. now headed here to high school for town hall

1:50 p.m. – WH aide told me POTUS giving Congress august deadline, despite Harry Reid saying full Senate will NOT vote before going home 4 recess

1:52 p.m.@KristienAntwerp press corps arrived in Cleveland ahead of President so we can start filing stories. but a press pool went to clinic w/him

2:00 p.m. – My producer @jamie1600 in our digs for the day - a piping hot high school gym. must have AC soon http://yfrog.com/0oty5zj

2:10 p.m. – a peek at the backdrop for President's town hall starting shortly http://yfrog.com/abok5j

2:27 p.m. – heads-up, President Obama about to start town hall about 20 mins late. he was apparently doing an interview with ABC's Terry Moran

2:28 p.m. – person introducing President says he's paying $489 a month for health care, "more and more out of pocket money" on prescription drugs etc

2:28 p.m. – introducer is Rick Vacha, a Teamster, says his health care premium rising to about 1k a month, making it difficult for he & his wife

2:30 p.m. – Vacha getting emotional as he discusses grandson going for five-year-old check-up and parents had to pay over $300 for shots

2:32 p.m. – President gets loud ovation as he's introduced, loud crowd. sometimes he goes casual at town halls but today he's in dark suit, light tie

2:33 p.m. – potus in a good mood, says Ohio Gov. Strickland "is in the house"

2:34 p.m. – we kept saying last yr during campaign no Repub had won WH without Ohio; Obama victory here was pivotal and will be hotly contested in 2012

2:34 p.m. – POTUS starts today, as he did last nite, with pep talk: "We've been able to pull the economy back from the brink" and avoid a depression

2:36 p.m. – Fully aware of Republican attacks claiming stimulus has not worked, President is going on offense here, touting steps he took

2:38 p.m. – obama: "we are doing everything in our power to get people back to work." crowd: "we love u" .. O: "i love u back"

2:39 p.m. (approximately) – O: "reform is not just about the nearly 46 million without insurance" - trying to reassure people who have coverage, worried about changes

2:40 p.m. (approximately) – Obama vowing to stop insurers from "cherry-picking" who they cover, and cap on how much insurance companies can make u pay out-of-pocket

2:41 p.m. (approximately) – Obama pushing back hard on Repubs - "folks have a lot of nerve" for getting us in this "fiscal hole" and then preaching responsibility

2: 42 p.m. (approximately) – but adds "I'm President now" to cheers, willing to take responsibility for digging out of fiscal mess; debt issue key to conserv Dem support

2:51 p.m. – obama hears loud noise: "is that the air conditioning? good ... little warm" ... (tell me about it)

2:52 p.m. – "we just heard today we won't be able" to get hcare done by august ... "that's ok. i just want people to keep working"

2:53 p.m. – obama standing firm: "i want it done by the end of this year. i want it done in the fall."

2:54 p.m. – "reform may be coming too soon for some in washington but it's not coming too soon" for am people ... "america doesn't shirk from" challenge

2:55 p.m. – Obama taking off jacket, "this is the fun part," time for questions from audience

2:59 p.m. – seniors weigh in: "AARP is disappointed in the failure to reach agreement on passing ... health care reform until after the August recess"

3:02 p.m. – first question from audience about home care, Medicare

3:03 p.m. – President asked if he will make Reid, Pelosi stay in session. Obama: "I want to get it right but I also want to get it done promptly."

3:04 p.m. – reading b/w lines, President is giving a little by letting go of August "deadline" but he's holding firm on this getting done soon

3:05 p.m. – question on prescription drugs: Obama points out pharmaceutical companies have put $80b on the table to help with more drug coverage

3:06 p.m. – better dessert on Air Force One than press charter. Gibbs started his gaggle: "All right, is everybody done with their strawberry pie?"

3:07 p.m. – student question to Obama: how can young people help pass health reform? President says "make sure you're persuading your parents"

3:10 p.m. – O says call your Senators: "frankly they are hearing from the other side, all those folks saying 'we can't afford this, this is socialism'"

3:14 p.m. – question from Shaker Heights senior class president - he's in a bow tie and suspenders!

3:16 p.m. – question about coverage for young people, President talks about creating an "exchange" to give people government and private plan options

3:20 p.m. – question on wellness, President using example of treating someone with diabetes early, rather than paying big $ later for foot amputation

3:22 p.m. – President apologizes, "only have time for one more question" .. picking a young person

3:23 p.m. – talking about Congressional process, lot of confusion about winding road, but then President says: Bottom line still want it done in fall

3:25 p.m. – President mocks "special interests scurrying around" but insists not "scrapping" the current system

3:26 p.m. – obama ends, "stay on your members of congress, keep up the heat!"

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  1. white female

    When will you'll come to your right minds and know that this an will clean house before he leaves this office of all the pass mean and hateful things that has been done . So get over it Ed Henry he is the real deal and he is not going away for the next eight years. you'll can name call him and his admin, and family but you are the stupid ones to keep showing you lack of power, and leadership.

    July 23, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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