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Obama addresses Native American leaders

President Obama told what he called the largest gathering of Native American tribal leaders Thursday that "you will not be forgotten by this White House," pledging to work with them to address the community's chronic problems with health care, economic development, land management and education.

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (77)

'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 in Dover as fallen troops arrive home

President Obama made a solemn pre-dawn visit to this military outpost Thursday to honor 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Obama is deliberating over how to reshape his war strategy in the face of growing violence and political unrest in Afghanistan and deepening public unease at home.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM ET | Comments (243)

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)

Secret Service Probing Facebook Poll on Obama

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Barack Obama should be assassinated, officials said Monday.

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 03:21 PM ET | Comments (297)

Obamas Will Get Flu Vaccine

By Ceci Connolly The first family plans to queue up for the swine flu vaccine...

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Lunches with Bill Clinton

President Obama traveled to New York for a speech to the financial sector today, followed by a lunch with former president Bill Clinton.

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 11:22 AM ET | Comments (6)

White House to Release Visitor Logs

Reversing a policy embraced by previous presidents of both parties, the Obama administration will make public a listing of visitors to the White House.

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (44)

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)

DNC Outraises RNC in July, but Republicans Retain Cash Edge

Reversing an earlier trend, the Democratic National Committee outraised the Republican National Committee in July, but the RNC continues to hold a cash edge as the parties arm themselves for electoral battle.

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Democrats Signal Embrace of Co-op Plans

By John Amick Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius signaled on Sunday a willingness...

Posted on August 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM ET | Comments (269)

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)

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)

Obama on Smoking: '95 Percent Cured'

President Obama revealed today at his nationally televised news conference that he has fallen off the wagon but is "95 percent cured" of his tobacco addiction.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Condemns Iran Goverment's 'Unjust Actions'

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," the president says.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

White House E-Mails Speech to Supporters

Saying "It was a historic speech, and since many Americans were asleep at the time it was given we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it," Obama senior adviser David Axelrod sent out a video of President Obama's speech in Cairo to the White House's e-mail list today.

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 01:19 PM ET | Comments (7)

How Does a President Mark 100 Days? With a News Conference

By Michael D. Shear President Obama will convene a prime-time news conference -- his third...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 03:29 PM ET | Comments (5)

From the Pirate Menace to a White House Tour

White House officials confirmed on background today that several of the families of the crew members from the U.S. container ship hijacked by pirates were given a tour of the White House today.

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 02:56 PM ET | Comments (27)

Lights Out as White House Loses Power

The lights went out in the West Wing today, dropping the president and the rest of his team into darkness while technicians raced to restore the lights and computers to life.

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (32)

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)

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)

Obama Selects Pastor, 26, to Head Faith Office

President Obama has named Josh DuBois, who ran religious outreach for his presidential campaign, to head the White House's new office of faith-based programs.

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (29)

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)

E-Mail System Running Again at the White House

After leaving frustrated White House staffers without e-mail for nearly 24 hours, the West Wing servers came back to life early this morning.

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (5)

White House E-Mail System Goes Down

The server outages have left the president and first lady's offices without e-mail for five hours and counting.

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (9)

White House Pool Reports to Stay Press Property

Anne E. Kornblut The new White House web site is expected to display many cool...

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 01:55 PM ET | Comments (12)

White House to Establish Office of Urban Policy

Plans are underway to establish a White House Office of Urban Policy in order to better coordinate federal efforts to help America's cities.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (11)

A Meeting of the President and President-Elect

By Ben Pershing The once and future kings, better known as 43 and 44, will...

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Barney Gets Territorial

Presidential terrier Barney gets aggressive with a reporter.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 01:45 PM ET | Comments (5)

Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama Chief of Staff

Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has, as expected, accepted the job as chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama, according to informed Democratic sources.

Posted on November 6, 2008 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

White House Makes Peace With Being Unpopular

Spokeswoman says Bush "is realistic about the political environment that we're in" but has not let his flagging approval ratings bother him.

Posted on November 3, 2008 at 03:25 PM ET | Comments (29)

Cheney Endorsement of McCain Sets Off Round of Campaign Fire

After months of trying to tie Sen. John McCain to the Bush administration and paint him as portending a retread of the current presidency, Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden today jumped on footage of Vice President Cheney endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket at a Wyoming Republican event.

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 08:45 PM ET | Comments (40)

Palin Pranked by Sarkozy Impersonator

By Mary Ann Akers Two well-known Canadian pranksters tricked Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah...

Posted on November 1, 2008 at 06:08 PM ET | Comments (112)

Gore to Campaign for Obama in Florida

Al Gore will headline a pair of rallies for Barack Obama on Friday in the land of the butterfly ballot and the hanging chad.

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (11)

Bush Jokes About a Drape-Measurer

President Bush suggested today that one of the candidates -- he didn't say which one -- was sizing up the White House for new drapes.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (13)

Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks and Wish GOP Luck

President Bush paid a surprise visit to the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, wishing luck to GOP staffers in a year that is shaping up as a potential disaster for the party.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (42)

President and First Lady Vote for McCain-Palin

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush cast their ballots today as part of the early voting process in Texas, the White House said.

Posted on October 24, 2008 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (51)

Bush Still Bullish on McCain

"The president is convinced that John McCain has still time to close up this race," the White House press secretary told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Posted on October 10, 2008 at 04:24 PM ET | Comments (12)

President Bush Calls Obama and McCain

White House spokesman says Bush called Obama and McCain to attend a meeting in Washington on the bailout.

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 08:29 PM ET | Comments (304)

Romney Encourages Conservative Change in Washington

Mitt Romney speaks to GOP stalwarts.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:39 PM ET | Comments (20)

Bush Believes Pregnancy Is a 'Private Family Matter'

White House press secretary Dana Perino said today that President Bush believes the pregnancy of Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is a "private family matter."

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (34)


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