White House News

2012 election far off but inaugural plans begin

The presidential election may be seven months off, but congressional leaders have already begun planning for the winner's inauguration. The first item of concern? Preventing another "purple tunnel of doom."

Wednesday - 03/28/2012, 02:03pm EDT

Children help first lady plant White House garden

Michelle Obama is harvesting vegetables and plants at the White House with children from across the country for the first time.

Monday - 03/26/2012, 03:39pm EDT

Aide: Obama reacted as parent to Florida shooting

A top presidential adviser says President Barack Obama's decision to comment on the shooting death of an African-American teenager in Florida was motivated by parental instinct more than the incident's emergence as a racial issue.

Sunday - 03/25/2012, 10:19am EDT

Obama calls for end of transportation showdown

President Barack Obama wants Congress to end a showdown that threatens to cut off federal highway and transit aid to states just as the spring construction season starts.

Saturday - 03/24/2012, 10:40am EDT

Obama heads to SKorea for nonproliferation summit

President Barack Obama has departed for Seoul, South Korea, for an international summit on keeping nuclear materials out of the hands of terrorists.

Saturday - 03/24/2012, 12:43am EDT

Jim Kim: Obama makes surprise pick for World Bank

Passing over better-known candidates, President Barack Obama on Friday nominated global health expert and Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim to lead the World Bank. It was a surprise pick aimed in part at fending off challenges from developing nations eager to end the U.S. monopoly of the top job at the international institution.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 07:01pm EDT

Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

Urging Americans to "do some soul searching," President Barack Obama injected himself into the emotional debate over the fatal shooting of a teenager in Florida, turning the racially charged case into a personal matter for the nation's first black president.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:43pm EDT

Text of Obama comments on Trayvon Martin case

Text of President Barack Obama's comments Friday about the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, as transcribed by the White House.

Friday - 03/23/2012, 11:27am EDT

Insurers speed health care overhaul preparations

The nation's big insurers are spending millions to carry out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul even though there's a chance the wide-reaching law won't survive Supreme Court scrutiny.

Thursday - 03/22/2012, 05:04pm EDT

Obama to fast-track oil pipeline, other projects

President Barack Obama will direct federal agencies to fast-track an oil pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas, backing a segment of the larger Keystone XL project that he rejected earlier this year.

Wednesday - 03/21/2012, 05:52pm EDT

Obama welcomes Irish PM to White House

President Barack Obama celebrated an extended St. Patrick's Day at the White House Tuesday with a visit from Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, who assured Obama that his debt-ridden nation would make an economic comeback.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 07:40pm EDT

Malia Obama safe after earthquake in Mexico

President Barack Obama's oldest daughter, Malia, was never in danger during a strong earthquake Tuesday in Mexico, the White House said.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 06:45pm EDT

Obama to visit heavily fortified Korean border

Amid new tension with North Korea over a planned rocket launch, President Barack Obama plans to visit the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea at the start of an international trip next week, the White House said Tuesday.

Tuesday - 03/20/2012, 05:46pm EDT

Obama marks St. Patrick's Day with pint in a pub

His jacket was only moss green but his pint was true Guinness.

Saturday - 03/17/2012, 11:01pm EDT

Admin. outlines options on birth control coverage

The Obama administration signaled Friday it's willing to help insurance companies offset the cost of providing free birth control to women working at church-affiliated institutions like hospitals and colleges.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 06:11pm EDT

Obama to host Harper, Calderon in April

The White House says President Barack Obama will host Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico for a North American summit in Washington in April.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 03:35pm EDT

Obama phones Karzai, discusses troop pullback call

President Obama has telephoned Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss Karzai's call for NATO troops to withdraw from rural villages.

Friday - 03/16/2012, 12:24pm EDT

Obama warns students change not always quick

President Barack Obama, hinting at his own political challenges, gave student leaders a pep talk Thursday, telling them them not be dissuaded by setbacks.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 06:20pm EDT

What's for lunch? For Obama, it's baby back ribs

Hot dogs. Bison Wellington. Baby back ribs.

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 01:56pm EDT

Michelle Obama wears Marchesa to state dinner

Michelle Obama chose an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown for her duties Wednesday night as hostess at a White House state dinner honoring the British prime minister and his wife, David and Samantha Cameron.

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 08:33pm EDT
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