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First Lady Michelle Obama tours Notre Dame Cathedral

White House photo/Lawrence Jackson   First Lady Michelle Obama joined the wives of the NATO Summit leaders in a tour of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France yesterday. Built on the site of a Roman Temple in 1284, the Gothic Roman Catholic church is known for its remarkable architecture and details such as several stained glass windows and distinctive spire. Mrs. Obama is shown in the photo above listening to an interpreter with Hayrunnisa Gul, the wife of the president of Turkey. Two photos of the NATO Summit wives on tour are on The White House Blog. President... Read More →

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President Obama calls the G-20 Summit “a turning point” for the struggling global economy

G-20 Summit leading delegates gather for group photos 04/02/09    Chuck Kennedy/The White House    At a news conference yesterday President Barack Obama summed up the achievements of the G-20 Summit in London: “…  after weeks of preparation, and two days of careful negotiation, we have agreed on a series of unprecedented steps to restore growth and prevent a crisis like this from happening again.” The President said some of the major points of the summit agreement are “growth and job creation”, “support of developing countries,” and rejection of “… the protectionism that could deepen... Read More →

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First couple meet Queen Elizabeth II

White House photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle enjoyed a private visit with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, today at Buckingham Palace. In a gift exchange, the Obamas gave the royals a special video iPod and a rare songbook by American composer Richard Rodgers. The British couple gifted the Obamas with a signed portrait of themselves. President Obama is in London for a series of meetings and the G-20 Summit set to officially get underway tomorrow. The 20 leaders of the world’s largest economic powers will grapple with... Read More →

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President Obama faces the nation in prime-time

   White House file photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama took to the air waves last night for the second prime-time news conference of his 64-day-old administration. President Obama’s main goal was to rally the country around his proposed new $3.6 trillion budget, which is causing debate in Congress mainly because of its huge dollar commitment. In his news conference, the president described how his budget: “… will build our economic recovery on a stronger foundation so that we don’t face another crisis like this 10 or 20 years from now. We invest in... Read More →

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President Obama makes historic appearance on “Tonight Show”

                                                                                                       FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove President Barack Obama is back in Washington, D.C. today after a whirlwind visit to the Southland. President Obama wrapped up two days of events with a trip to Burbank to tape a guest appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” late yesterday. This is the first time a  U.S. President has sat down for a chat on the “Tonight Show.” However, Obama has been on the late night show twice before: December of 2006 and October of 2007. So the president was quite comfortable with the routine... Read More →

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President Obama gets cheers and applause in the OC

 Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama and his team today are probably doing a quick review of his performance at yesterday’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. It seems to me that the president pretty much rocked the place.  The one thousand or so folks in the auditorium cheered and applauded like so many did during Obama’s presidential campaign. That’s really a surprise in Orange County, the bastion of conservative Republican views, a county the president did not win during... Read More →

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Air Force One touches down at Long Beach Airport

Lawrence K.Ho/Los Angeles Times   President Barack Obama arrived on board Air Force One at Long Beach Airport right on schedule, at around 3 p.m. today.     Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times   The president stepped off the aircraft and into the Southern California sunshine and waved at the waiting crowd. The first stop on his busy two day visit: the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa for a town hall meeting.

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President Obama arrives in the Southland today

Folks in the ticket line pass the time by doing the “wave” yesterday. Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times   Despite spending hours in line just for a chance at a ticket for President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting at the Orange County Fairground and Event Center in Costa Mesa, many folks were in the mood to have a bit of fun by performing the “wave” yesterday. Those fortunate enough to get tickets returned to the fairgrounds this morning to wait again. Hundreds of people have to go through some very... Read More →

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Hundreds line up for tickets to see President Obama in the OC

Allen J. Schaben/ Los Angeles Times   At the Orange County Fairgrounds today, a long line of hopefuls waited for hours to get tickets to President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting tomorrow. Some media reports say as many as a thousand people were in line. KNX 1070 newsradio reported that some arrived as early as 3 p.m. Monday afternoon, even though the distribution of the first-come first-serve tickets did not begin until today at 10 a.m. The tickets went fast, but some got lucky like Ralph Hardy, who... Read More →

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An angry President Obama moves to block AIG bonuses

AIG build in Los Angeles. Photo by Fred Prouser/Reuters   President Barack Obama reacted with “outrage” today to news of the insurance giant, AIG, handing out $165 million in bonuses after receiving $173 billion in government bailout funds. At the White House, the president lashed out at AIG: “This is a corporation that finds itself in financial distress due to recklessness and greed.” The president pointed out that regular folks across the nation are struggling to stay afloat in this weak economy without the benefits of government bailout money or... Read More →

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President Obama creates White House Council on Women and Girls

White House photo/Chuck Kennedy   This is Women’s History month. While some look back at the progress made by women, others look ahead at what still needs to be done. Yesterday, President Obama did both at a ceremony for the signing of an executive order creating a White House Council on Women and Girls. President Obama said the purpose of the council “… is to ensure that American women and girls are treated fairly in all matters of public policy,” Before the president signed the executive order, he paid... Read More →

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Day 48: President Obama removes federal ban on embryonic stem cell research

White House photo/Pete Souza   President Barack Obama signed an executive order today lifting the Bush Administration’s ban on using federal funds for controversial embryonic stem cell research. President Obama conceded “the promise of stem cell research remains unknown,” but sees great opportunities in that promise: “…  scientists believe these tiny cells may have the potential to help us understand, and possibly cure, some of our most devastating diseases and conditions. To regenerate a severed spinal cord and lift someone from a wheelchair. To spur insulin production and spare a child from a... Read More →

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White House News: Michelle Obama & Stevie Wonder

 White House photo/ Joyce N. Boghosian from www.whitehouse.gov   This is the official portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. It was released yesterday and yes, continues to fuel the controversy over the first lady’s propensity to go sleeveless. According to the Mrs-O website, this stunning black dress is from Michael Kors’ spring 2009 collection. In my opinion, this time Michelle scored high marks on three levels: the dress is appropriate and it showcases her personal style and personal preference. Whether you’re a fan or not, you’ve gotta admit the... Read More →

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Day 38: President Obama outlines plan to end Iraq war

                                                         White House photo/Pete Souza    “Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end,” that coming from President Barack Obama today during an appearance at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina. The President said. “We sent our troops to Iraq to do away with Saddam Hussein’s regime – and you got the job done. We kept our troops in Iraq to help establish a sovereign government – and you got the job done. And... Read More →

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President Obama speaks to Congress and the nation

  White House photo/ Pete Souza   President Obama’s first speech to a joint session of congress is being analysed and scrutinized today. So I’m having my say. First, I agree with a radio commentator who called last night’s address a “pep talk” to keep Americans inspired and focused on the tough job of rebuilding the nation’s economy and confidence in our financial systems. A New York Times editorial complimented the president’s speech for being right on target: “He sounded confident — promising that the nation will rebuild and ’emerge stronger than before’ — without... Read More →

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The day after release, new Spidey-Obama comic still in demand

FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — House of Secrets in Burbank   The day after the release of the fifth edition of the Amazing Spider-Man #583 featuring President Barack Obama, it’s still very much in demand. Over the past few days, a lot of folks have been calling House of Secrets on West Olive Avenue in Burbank searching for the comic. New issues usually appear in comic book shops on Wednesday. Yesterday, House of Secrets got some of its order, but not the fifth edition Spidey-Obama comics. When I was in the shop on Wednesday,... Read More →

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Hot Spidey-Obama comic fifth edition released today

President Barack Obama is not only making news on the economic front, but in the comic book world as well. Today Marvel Comics  released a fifth edition of its now famous Amazing Spider-Man # 583 featuring President Obama: “After numerous sold out printings, Marvel is going back to press with a record fifth printing arriving in stores February 18. Now’s your chance to experience the story uniting President Barack Obama with the character that, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he named his favorite super hero!”  The first... Read More →

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Day 28: President Obama signs $787 billion stimulus bill into law

It’s a done deal. Less than a month into his new administration, President Barack Obama signed that massive and much fought-over $787 billion economic stimulus bill in Denver, Colorado today. President Obama reportedly used as many as 10 different pens to sign the measure. Earlier, the media event was on the verge of becoming bogged down in speeches, when President Obama finally stepped to the mike. Perhaps, the White House should have stuck with a reported original plan of having the president sign the bill yesterday, Presidents Day; and then go on the road today and the rest... Read More →

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Day 25: President Obama celebrates the passage of his stimulus bill by Congress

                                                                                                             Photo by Pete Souza  — President Barack Obama preparing to deliver his weekly address from the White House today.   Today President Barack Obama called the passage by Congress of the much debated $787 billion stimulus bill a major milestone. Even before he officially took the oath of office, President Obama has been pushing hard for his American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. The president’s original plan was larger and he had lobbied for Republican support. Yesterday, the House voted 246-183 in favor of the stimulus bill; not one Republican voted for... Read More →

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The Obama White House looking to fill thousands of jobs

President Barack Obama’s White House is looking for a few thousand dedicated public servants to fill jobs in his administration of change. Today the official White House website www.whitehouse.gov put out the call for potential candidates to use the new job link at the bottom of its pages to begin the application process. If you decide to apply, make sure you’ve got your resume and qualifications together: “Remember, the WhiteHouse.gov jobs application is just for politically appointed positions in the Executive Branch of the government. These are positions... Read More →

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DAY 21: President Obama’s economic recovery plan clears the Senate

President Barack Obama’s hard fought economic recovery plan struggled through the Senate today on a vote of 61-37. To pass, the measure needed 60 votes. Only three Republicans voted for the $838 billion stimulus bill. About $108 billion in spending items were whacked from the measure in order to win support from the Republicans. Now, this stimulus bill and the one passed recently by the House will be compressed into one by a House/Senate committee. Democrats are still pushing hard for the final stimulus bill to reach President Obama’s desk for signing next Monday, Presidents Day. Meanwhile stocks took... Read More →

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Obama’s campaign manager gets million-dollar-plus book deal

Google Image   President Obama’s campaign manager/Internet wizard, David Plouffe, has snagged a mega-book deal worth between $1.5 and $2 million, according to the publishing news site GalleyCat. Plouffe now heads Organizing for America, a new entity that aims to mesh 13-million or so supporters of the Obama campaign into a powerful force to help push the President’s message and issues for change. I got an e-mail yesterday from Plouffe as part of Organizing for America. Plouffe, in a style he honed during the presidential campaign, wrote a casual, but... Read More →

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