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Vice President Biden serves lunch at homeless shelter

In a foray to the side of Washington that tourists and television cameras rarely see, Vice President Biden helped serve lunch Friday to dozens of homeless men at a shelter on the outskirts of downtown Washington.

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

'Emotional' Michelle Obama announces White House mentoring program for girls

First lady Michelle Obama, who has often talked about the influence of role models in her life, announced a year-long mentoring program at the White House for area high school girls.

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 05:32 PM ET | Comments (37)

Uprooting a fall harvest at the White House kitchen garden

First lady Michelle Obama led groups of fifth graders from Bancroft Elementary and Kimball Elementary schools in the fall harvesting of the White House Kitchen Garden Thursday afternoon.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 04:00 PM ET | Comments (39)

Obama bestows medal on Edward Brooke

President Obama honored Edward Brooke, the first African American to be elected to the Senate by popular vote, praising him Wednesday as a political pioneer who broke racial barriers and bridged divides to move "the arc of history."

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

Ladies who've got game, too

Obama may have better luck integrating his all-guy basketball game, because the great female golfers in politics are all Republicans.

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 11:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

Woman joins Obama on the links

President Obama headed for the links again Sunday, but this time a woman joined him on the green.

Posted on October 25, 2009 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (51)

New Obama family portrait, by Annie Leibovitz

Here's the new family portrait of the Obamas, released Friday by the White House.

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 04:25 PM ET | Comments (84)

Michelle Obama hoops it up for health

Michelle Obama instinctively knows that there is only so often that parents and kids want to hear about a healthful lifestyle. So the first lady found a new way to get their attention. She hula-hooped. Really, really well.

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 05:50 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama makes surprise visit to Silver Spring school

President Obama paid a surprise lunchtime visit to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring Monday.

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 02:30 PM ET | Comments (24)

Ahead by a rose? Va. florist pulls out front

The hush-hush search for a new White House florist is almost over: The Reliable Source has learned that Laura Dowling, a floral designer from Alexandria, is the front-runner for the prestigious position.

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obamas Throw A 'Fiesta' Mas Fina

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, "Fiesta Latina" -- the latest concert in the Obamas' continuing White House Music Series -- came to life on the South Lawn in a sprawling tent.

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 06:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Courting Allies: Who's Got Game?

President Obama has invited four Cabinet secretaries and a slew of members of Congress to come over to shoot some hoops on the White House basketball court Thursday evening.

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

On the South Lawn, A White House 'Star Party'

The White House brings an array of telescopes to the South Lawn for an evening "star party" for 150 middle-school kids.

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 09:40 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama to Keynote Gay-Rights Dinner With Lady Gaga, "Glee"

Why did Lady Gaga and Kanye West call off their joint tour? Still no solid answers, but maybe she was just trading up: On Saturday, it turns out, Gaga will share a stage with none other than President Obama at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner.

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 03:52 PM ET | Comments (7)

Antiwar Protesters Turn Their Sights on Obama

Anti-war protesters await a rally in front of the White House in Washington October 5,...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 06:02 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Bans Federal Employees From Texting While Driving

President Obama has banned federal employees from text messaging when they are behind the wheel of government vehicles and from texting in their own cars if they use government-issued phones or are on official business.

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (11)

Beck Strikes Again; Yosi Sergant Reassigned at NEA

The National Endowment for the Arts has reassigned former communications director Yosi Sergant, who had become the latest target of FOX News talk show host Glenn Beck.

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 05:38 PM ET | Comments (74)

Victoria Kennedy a Guest of First Lady

Victoria Reggie Kennedy is a guest of first lady Michelle Obama.

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 08:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ramadan Dinner at the White House: The Guest List

President Obama will host a White House dinner Tuesday night celebrating Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which the faithful fast from dawn to sunset each day.

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 05:42 PM ET | Comments (108)

Getting 'All Wee-Weed Up'

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Posted on August 21, 2009 at 01:16 PM ET | Comments (77)

Rahm Emanuel Reads to Small Children, Ad Libbing All the Way

By Garance Franke-Ruta The White House played it straight, because really, what else could...

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 05:05 PM ET | Comments (3)

For Shared Birthday, Obama Brings Cupcakes to Helen Thomas

President Barack Obama is celebrating his own birthday by leading the White House press corps in singing Happy Birthday to veteran reporter Helen Thomas.

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama's Backyard Summit

By Garance Franke-Ruta Vice President Biden joined President Obama at Thursday evening's much-anticipated "beer...

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 07:25 PM ET | Comments (15)

A Fine Belgian Beer Called Budweiser

Sometime after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination in 2008, Budweiser ceased to be an American company, selling itself to InBev, a gigantic Flemish-Brazilian beer consortium based in Leuven, Belgium.

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM ET | Comments (13)

So, Who's Bringing the S'mores?

Obama's summer White House? Camp David.

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Defends His Dad Jeans

President Obama responds to the snark over the suburban-dad jeans he wore throwing out the first pitch at last week's All-Star game.

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 01:08 PM ET | Comments (3)

On Moon-Landing Anniversary, Obama Meets with - and Praises - Apollo 11 Crew

Forty years to the day after their historic moon landing, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin met with President Obama in the Oval Office this afternoon.

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 04:14 PM ET | Comments (5)

Before Obama's First Pitch, a Little Wind Up

The president plans to warm up before throwing the first pitch at tonight's All-Star Game with St. Louis Cardinal slugger Albert Pujols, known to fans as Phat Albert or El Hombre.

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 02:44 PM ET | Comments (16)

District Council Member Proposes "Barack Hussein Obama Park"

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) introduced a resolution today to rename Girard Park in Columbia Heights "Barack Hussein Obama Park."

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 02:18 PM ET | Comments (5)

Suspicious Package Outside Vice President's Residence

The Special Operations Division of the District's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department is investigating a suspicious briefcase that was left outside the vice president's residence this morning about about 9 a.m.

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Kal Penn Lands in D.C., Begins White House Job

After months of faux-sightings, bloggery skepticism and anticipatory Twittering, Kal Penn has finally arrived, reports our colleague Monica Hesse.

Posted on July 6, 2009 at 01:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Post 'Salon' Story Prompts WH Ethics Rules Reminder

White House counsel Greg Craig reminded administration staffers this afternoon that they operate under strict ethical guidelines, in the wake of reports that The Washington Post had solicited Obama officials for off-the-record "salons" with corporate sponsorship.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 05:35 PM ET | Comments (16)

White House Kitchen Welcomes Brainfood

This week, the White House executive chef got 10 extra pairs of hands from Brainfood, an area nonprofit organization that helps teach teenagers life skills through cooking, to prepare for the Obamas' Fourth of July extravaganza.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

At the White House, a Wall of Newspapers

Every morning, White House staffers have taken to printing out dozens of front pages of newspapers from across the country and pinning them to a wall in the press office.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Gibbs to Get Dunked

Press secretary Robert Gibbs is used to taking shots from reporters, but tonight he becomes a more literal target -- sitting in the dunk tank and allowing journalists to try and dunk him before the members of Congress arrive.

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 05:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

A Barack Obama Elementary School?

That's the proposal under consideration in Prince George's County, Md., according to a report from The Post's Nelson Hernandez, and up for a vote tomorrow.

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 02:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Takes the Girls For Frozen Custard

By Michael A. Fletcher On the eve of Father's Day, the First Father showed how...

Posted on June 20, 2009 at 06:28 PM ET | Comments (62)

Obama to Rib Reporters at Gala Dinner

Advance jokes.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 07:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

White House Dog Photographed, Remains Cute

First dog gets an official portrait.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 03:42 PM ET | Comments (5)

Gibbs: Obama Struggles 'Every Day' Against Smoking

Does President Obama still smoke? White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs won't say, but he acknowledged that the president continues to struggle to control the habit.

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 04:07 PM ET | Comments (28)

White House Locked Down After Woman Jumps Fence

A woman jumped a fence onto White House property Tuesday and was immediately taken into custody, the Secret Service said.

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 06:48 PM ET | Comments (28)

Obama Signs Bill to Create Reagan Centennial Panel

With former first lady Nancy Reagan by his side, President Obama today created a commission to plan events that will honor former president Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 100th birthday.

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 05:27 PM ET | Comments (51)

Nancy Reagan to Lunch with Michelle Obama

By Roxanne Roberts Nancy Reagan (Reuters/Jason Reed) The ultimate ladies lunch has to be a...

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

At Blue Hill, It's President and Mrs. Foodie

By Garance Franke-Ruta President and Michelle Obama can cross another restaurant off their foodie must-visit...

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 02:34 PM ET | Comments (14)

President Obama, Burger Guy

President Obama today zipped down to the Five Guys burger joint near Nationals Park.

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (14)

Life in Pictures: The Playful President

President Barack Obama "meets" with speechwriter Cody Keenan, who dressed as a pirate for an...

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ring, Ring: Gibbs Confiscates Reporter's Phone During Briefing

The White House briefing room erupted in laughter today as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs put on his best high school principal face and confiscated a ringing cell phone.

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 04:10 PM ET | Comments (13)

White House Poetry Jam Follows Morning Arts Meeting

The White House today brought together a coalition of more than 50 of the nation's grassroots community arts groups for a briefing and discussion about avenues for future collaboration.

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Congratulates the Tar Heels

President Obama hosted the 2009 NCAA champion team from the University of North Carolina on the South Lawn of the White House.

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (11)

Michelle Obama and Staff Go for Burgers

Michelle Obama dropped by Spike Mendelsohn's burger place Good Stuff Eatery on Pennsylvania Avenue over lunch, the White House confirmed, along with her staff.

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 01:12 PM ET | Comments (26)

Obama, Biden Go Out for Burgers

President Obama and Vice President Biden pay a lunchtime visit to the small, independent burger joint called Ray's Hell Burger in Virginia.

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (112)

The Official Presidential Flickr Photostream

Just in time for the "100 days" milestone, White House photographer Pete Souza has opened an "Official White House Photostream" on Flickr with several hundred photographs from President Obama's first months in office.

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 11:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

At the White House, Lobbyists Complain of Restrictions

By Dan Eggen A group of lobbyists were invited into the White House Friday, where...

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 06:33 PM ET | Comments (16)

The President and the Guest List

The White House has released a list of the members of Congress attending tonight's reception...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 06:36 PM ET | Comments (2)

Breaking: First Dog Is "Crazy," Says First Lady

First lady Michelle Obama fields questions at the White House's Take Your Child to...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 01:22 PM ET | Comments (10)

The Obamas and Clinton Plant Some Trees

President Obama pauses while planting trees with volunteers as they participate in a national...

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 06:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

Presidential Beefcake -- Haven't We Seen This Before?

Compare and contrast: Washingtonian magazine covers from May 2009, at left, and May 1980.Enlarge Image...

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 04:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bo Arrives at the White House

Pictures of the first dog.

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (5)

White House Egg Roll Transforms South Lawn

President Obama and the first family are hosting one heck of an Easter Egg Roll at the White House today.

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 11:25 AM ET | Comments (13)

A Low-Key, High Profile Seder

Last night, President Obama held what the White House believes is the first Seder to be hosted by a sitting American president at the White House. Here is the guest list.

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (17)

No Nats First Pitch for Obama

President Obama has turned down an invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener of the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 04:20 PM ET | Comments (88)

Obama Teases Press: Dog's Arrival Is 'Top Secret'

Following President Obama's statement on the economy today, the big issues gave way to a small story whose reassuring mundanity in these turbulent times has made it loom ever larger.

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 01:42 PM ET | Comments (13)

With Easter Approaching, Pastor Waits on Word from the White House

Despite media reports that President Obama and the first family plan to worship this Easter Sunday at his church, the pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church is still waiting by the phone.

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 02:09 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama's Call to Winning NCAA Coach

As he jetted home last night from an eight-day trip that included stops in Europe, Turkey and Iraq, President Obama placed a phone call to North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams to congratulate him on his team's victory over Michigan State for the NCAA national championship.

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama to Host Passover Seder

President Obama and his family plan to mark the second night of Passover Thursday with friends and aides at a White House seder.

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (14)

Frustration Over Ticket Process for Easter Egg Roll

By Timothy Wilson The White House began distributing tickets online today to this year's Easter...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (4)

At the White House, It's Back to the Garden

By Garance Franke-Ruta The first lady, looking like one of the more chic farmers...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 06:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

March Madness at the WH: Obama's Bracket

The First Picks are in, and the president is playing it safe with his NCAA Tournament predictions.

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 01:44 PM ET | Comments (66)

At Miriam's Kitchen, Michelle Obama Feeds and Mingles with the Homeless

Michelle Obama went to Miriam's Kitchen today, where she served about 50 homeless guests.

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (67)

The Wizards Fan Who Talked Trash to Obama

Miles Rawls taunts the sitting president.

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 04:40 PM ET | Comments (11)

Future First Dog News! Sort Of.

The first lady dropped a couple more crumbs of vaguely new-ish details in the new issue of People for a nation slobbering for news, any news, about the future first pooch.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Raccoon Captured at the White House

One of the masked mammals that had been prowling the White House grounds has been captured by the National Park Service.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 04:03 PM ET | Comments (24)

Smoke-Filled Hallways Don't Phase Senators

A presidential speech means the highest state of security in the Capitol, but late Tuesday afternoon, the second floor of the Senate side filled with smoke and smelled like a campfire, and the police just shrugged and opened windows and doors.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 06:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

House Handshakers Already Lined Up for Obama

President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight won't be an official State of the Union address, but everyone is treating it that way. Including the annual handshake hogs.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

White House Kitchen to Give Local Students a Tutorial

First lady Michelle Obama plans to open up the White House kitchen to students from a local culinary arts program on Sunday afternoon, just hours before the planned National Governors' Association Dinner.

Posted on February 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

First Lady Guides District Children Through a History Lesson

First lady Michelle Obama invited about 180 students from D.C. schools to the East Room of the White House today for a celebration of African American History Month and to hear a performance by the famous a cappella ensemble, "Sweet Honey in the Rock."

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 07:39 PM ET | Comments (10)

A 'Raccoon Update' from the White House

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said today that there have been no masked critters caught on the White House lawn today.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 03:53 PM ET | Comments (35)

Gibbs: Obama a 'Restless Soul'

By Anne E. Kornblut Is President Obama already feeling cooped up in the White House?...

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (36)

Alvin Ailey Draws Obamas to Kennedy Center

Tonight, for the first time, President Obama is taking Michelle to sit in the president's box at the Kennedy Center, a White House aide said.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 11:05 AM ET | Comments (15)

President Plans a Superbowl Party

Continuing his sociable new administration, President Obama invited members of the Pennsylvania and Arizona delegations over to the White House to watch the 43rd Superbowl featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals.

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 07:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

Hey, Isn't That Resident Obama ...

By Hamil R. Harris So much for presidential motorcades blocking D.C. streets and racing through...

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 06:06 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Invites Congressional Leaders for Cocktails at the White House

Obama invited the bipartisan leadership of Congress to the White House for a 7:30 p.m. gathering in the Red, Blue and Green rooms on Wednesday.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (16)

The Participatory Inaugural

By Garance Franke-Ruta In his latest YouTube release, Barack Obama today issued a low-key...

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 06:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

First Lady Dresses Through the Years

Florence Harding's dress features pearlized sequins on tulle and rhinestone-trimmed blue velvet ribbon. It was...

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Gets a Half-Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl

Don't look now but you've got a present-elect over your shoulder. Cheron Wicker and Courtney...

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 03:36 PM ET | Comments (13)

The New Presidential Limo: 'A Rolling Tank with Windows'

Agence France-Presse confirms details of a new presidential limo built by Cadillac, which will debut in the Inaugural parade on Jan. 20.

Posted on January 10, 2009 at 02:27 PM ET | Comments (17)

A Mother-in-Law in the White House

Marian Robinson, Barack Obama's mother-in-law, will be living with the first couple at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 03:00 PM ET | Comments (47)

Blair House Mystery Solved: It's John Howard

We now know who is booked at Blair House, kicking President-elect Barack Obama and his family to the waiting list and across Lafayette Park to the Hay-Adams Hotel.

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 05:18 PM ET | Comments (74)

Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell

The Obama girls began school today.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (61)

Obamas to Stay at the Hay-Adams Hotel

When the Obamas move to Washington over the weekend they will take up residence at the Hay-Adams Hotel, the storied, luxury hotel on Lafayette Park, within walking distance of the White House.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 11:48 AM ET | Comments (39)

Before the White House, Obamas Moving to Washington

It's official: the Obama family is moving to Washington this weekend.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (64)

Obama Girls Get a White House Tour

Sasha and Malia on their way to school in Chicago last week. (AP Photo/Charles...

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 03:36 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama School Search Heats Up With Girls' Visit

Malia, Sasha and Michelle Obama visited Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C., today.

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 07:03 PM ET | Comments (5)

Michelle Obama Visits Georgetown Day School

Michelle Obama is expected to visit Georgetown Day School and Maret School.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (23)

Capital Welcomes Obama

The streets of Washington exploded as roughly 1,000 descended on the White House to dance, chant and cheer.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (7)


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