August 14th, 2013
07:30 AM ET
7 years ago

Watch: First lady, Doug E. Fresh drop rap video

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama joins several hip-hop heavyweights to fight childhood obesity with music.

Filed under: Michelle Obama
McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay
June 7th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
7 years ago

McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay

Updated 7:24 p.m. ET on 6/7

(CNN) - American officials who toured Guantanamo Bay Friday said their visit underscored their belief the detention facility must close.

“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations," read a joint from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

May 27th, 2013
08:07 AM ET
7 years ago

Video: Obama's headaches don't go away

(CNN) - President Obama's headaches don't go away just because Congress is in recess. CNN's Dan Lothian reports.

Filed under: President Obama • White House
May 24th, 2013
10:05 AM ET
7 years ago

President Obama forgets to salute

Washington (CNN) - President Obama seemingly preoccupied forgot one piece of protocol as he boarded Marine One on his way to Annapolis Friday.

Obama walked past the Marine at the bottom of the helicopter's stairs and didn't give the traditional salute.

Realizing his mistake upon entering Marine One the president pivoted in the doorway, jogged back down, shook hands and spoke briefly with the Marine, before boarding the helicopter for a second time.

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Filed under: President Obama
W.H. holds meeting on sexual assault in military
May 9th, 2013
09:14 AM ET
7 years ago

W.H. holds meeting on sexual assault in military

Washington (CNN) - About a dozen members of Congress were invited to meet at the White House Thursday with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and the first lady's chief of staff Tina Tchen to address the issue of sexual assault in the military, a senior administration official said.

The official did not provide names of the lawmakers invited to the bicameral bipartisan meeting, but CNN confirmed three of the guests were Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.

First on CNN:  Valerie Jarrett's chief of staff to depart White House
March 19th, 2013
08:40 AM ET
7 years ago

First on CNN: Valerie Jarrett's chief of staff to depart White House

Washington (CNN) - Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to President Barack Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, is leaving his White House post in the next month, according to a White House official.

Strautmanis has accepted a job at the Walt Disney Company, where he'll focus on corporate citizenship and will be based in Los Angeles, the official said.

Yohannes Abraham, who was deputy national political director for the Obama 2012 campaign, will replace Strautmanis.

Filed under: Valerie Jarrett
Obama begins immigration push with trip to Vegas
January 25th, 2013
03:06 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama begins immigration push with trip to Vegas

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will head to Las Vegas on Tuesday to begin a push for immigration reform, an issue he failed to press for during his first four years in office but has called the top legislative priority of his second term.

In a statement, the White House said the president's goal was to "redouble the administration's efforts to work with Congress to fix the broken immigration system this year."

Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
January 22nd, 2013
07:36 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama's second-term priorities

Washington (CNN) - President Obama began his second term with a "keeping it real" moment courtesy of youngest daughter Sasha.

"You didn't mess up," she told the president after the oath was administered by Chief Justice John Roberts in the White House Blue Room.


Filed under: Inauguration • President Obama
January 3rd, 2013
08:18 PM ET
8 years ago

Big cabinet decisions loom as Obama vacations

Honolulu, Hawaii (CNN) - As a new Congress takes over on Capitol Hill, all eyes are turning to what will certainly be a vastly different Obama Cabinet in the coming weeks.

High-level vacancies in the administration are expected to include secretary of state, secretary of defense and treasury secretary. A permanent CIA director also must be chosen.

November 26th, 2012
06:08 PM ET
8 years ago

Ambassador Rice to meet with lawmakers on Libya

Washington (CNN) - After facing criticism from Republican lawmakers surrounding her characterization of the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will hold meetings on Capitol Hill about Libya, an administration official said Monday.

Rice will meet with Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, Ayotte told CNN. She said Rice's staff contacted her office about setting up the meeting.

Filed under: John McCain • Libya • Susan Rice
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