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In The News: January 26, 2015

A drone crashed on the White House grounds this morning. The Secret Service investigating. CNN The measles outbreak from that Disneyland connection continues to grow. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department has confirmed 10 cases of measles in the county, but none is linked to the Disney outbreak. One case is in Pasadena. County officials urging everyone who hasn’t been vaccinated for the disease to do so.  CBS News  L.A. County Public Health A big weekend for “Birdman.” Saturday night, it... Read More →

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cover of Michelle Obama's new book on gardening

Michelle Obama’s new book on gardening in America

First Lady Michelle Obama’s passion for healthy eating and gardening are well known. Mrs. Obama shares those passions in her first-ever book , “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.” Released by Crown Publishing yesterday, the book is already in the top ten of best selling books on Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. The book is a behind the scenes look at the development of the White House kitchen... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama and Burbank teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki at White House ceremony honoring state and national teachers of the year Washington DC April 24, 2012

Updated: Burbank teacher honored as 2012 National Teacher of the Year

Burbank teacher, Rebecca Mieliwocki, was honored as the 2012 National Teacher of the Year by President Obama at the White House today. The 7th grade English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School brought along her parents who are both public school teachers as well. President Obama praised Mieliwocki as one of the best: “When kids finish a year in Rebecca’s class, they’re better readers and writers than when they started. But even more than that, they know how important they are. And they understand how bright their futures can be.... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama did some push ups as part of a "Shoot for Strength" game at the Easter Roll 2012 at the White House April 9, 2012

Photo Gallery: The president drops to the court to do push-ups

President Obama was prompted to drop to the court and do some push ups, after a member of the famous Harlem Globetrotters made a hoop shot at the 134th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House yesterday. It was part of a “Shoot for Strength” game where kids were encouraged to do push ups every time one of the Globetrotting pros made a basket. The president showed he was game — by doing some of the push ups. More than 30, 000 people from 50 states reportedly attended the... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama pardoned two turkeys at the White House today. Only one, Liberty, made an appearance at the event. The other, Peace, skipped the photos. November 23, 2011

Photo Gallery:President Obama pardons two lucky turkeys

President Obama carried on a Thanksgiving tradition today by pardoning two big turkeys. Liberty was on hand for the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning ceremony — Peace was a no show for some reason. Joining the president were daughters Malia and Sasha and the National Turkey Federation Chairman, Richard Huisinga. The two 19-week old turkeys tip the scales at 45 pounds each and were raised by a group of students in Minnesota. President Obama: “Now, I’m told that in order to prepare Liberty and Peace for their big day, the students exposed them to loud noises... Read More →

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A call for a probe into a Hollywood movie about Osama bin Laden

A New York congressman is calling for an investigation into what kind of “cooperation” the Obama administration provided for a movie about the take down of 9-11 terrorist mastermind, Osama bin Laden. Director Kathryn Bigelow is partnering with screenwriter Mark Boal on this bin Laden film. Apparently, the filmmakers are being accused of getting “special access” and classified information —  allegedly including data on the Navy Seal Team 6 raid which resulted in the death of bin Laden. Today Deadline.com posted reaction from Bigelow and Boal, declaring... Read More →

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Photo: White House blog -- A young girl salutes President Obama during the Independence Day celebration at the White House July 4, 2011

Photo Gallery: A salute to the president

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama threw a big July 4th bash at the White House yesterday. The first couple celebrated the nation’s independence with more than 1,200 members of the military and their families. During a meet and greet, the commander- in-chief of the U.S. military got a serious salute from a young girl — who just might be a soldier one day. More on that big party, which included entertainment, a BBQ, and fireworks, on the White House blog today.

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama spoke to the nation about the death Osama bin Laden White House May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden is dead!!!!!!!

  U.S. troops killed terrorist and mastermind of 9-11, Osama bin Laden in a firefight, according to President Obama in an address to the nation tonight. Here is the president’s announcement: THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening.  Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children. It was nearly 10 years ago that a bright... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- President Obama spoke at a town hall meeting in North Carolina April 19, 2011

President Obama releases long form birth certificate

 Today President Obama attempted to put the brakes on the rumor machine pumping out innuendo and cheap shots about his birth certificate. One of the requirements to run for President of the United States is that a candidate has to be a natural born citizen, according to the U.S. Constitution. In 2008, the Obama campaign posted a birth certificate normally sent out by the state of Hawaii. This is the same certificate used to get a driver’s license, is recognized by the Federal Government, and is used in all legal matters. For whatever... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama cheers on kids rolling Easter eggs on the White House lawn April 25, 2011

Photo Gallery: White House traditional Easter Egg Roll

One more Easter tradition. The 133rd White House Egg Roll event drew 30,000 people from across the country today. Besides the popular Easter egg roll, there were healthy cooking demonstrations, storytime readings by celebs like Geena Davis and John Lithgow and musical performances by Willow Smith and others. The theme this year, “Get Up and Go!” More on this event over on the  White house blog.

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama spoke to the nation from the White House about the 11th hour budget deal April 8, 2011

A government shutdown is averted by 11th hour deal

After weeks of haggling and last minute wheeling-and-dealing, the powerful Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington , D.C. have reached a historic agreement. It happened last night, shortly before the government would have had to shut down for lack of a budget. The deal include a one-week funding extension, which quickly passed the Senate and the House. President Obama is expected to sign it today.The president spoke to the nation from the White House about the bipartisan deal Friday night. Here is the full text of his statement from the White House blog.... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama signs a book of condolence for the victims of that earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last Friday March 17, 2011

President Obama updates the crisis in Japan

As the crisis in devastated Japan worsens, concern grows in the U.S. Today President Barack Obama went to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, D.C. and wrote a message in a book of condolence, before heading to the White House rose garden to update the American people on that tragic situation. In the aftermath of recovering from a crippling 9.0 earthquake and a powerful tsunami, Japan is now struggling to avoid a nuclear catastrophe. At around 12:30 Pacific Time today, President Obama delivered a speech from the White House. Here is the text from... Read More →

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Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama talked with singers John Legend, Smokey Robin, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and Grammy Music Executive Director Bob Santelli at the White House February 24, 2011

Catching up: First Lady Michelle Obama greets entertainers and music executives

The sound of Motown was in the air at the White House last month. During a special tribute to the legendary Motown sound of pop/soul/rhythm and blues, First Lady Michelle Obama chatted with singers John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Motown Founder Berry Gordy, Jr., and Grammy Museum Executive Director, Bob Santelli, right before a Motown Music Series student workshop.

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- Entertainer Stevie Wonder got a standing ovation from the White House audience during "The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House" concert February 24, 2011

Stevie Wonder gets a standing ovation at the White House

PBS stations across the country ran the premiere of the TV special, “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” last night. The concert recorded in the East Room of the White House back on February 24, 2011, was a celebration of Black History Month and the legendary soul/pop/rhythm and blues sound of Motown Records. Some of the great artists who helped create that Motown Sound: The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Stevie Wonder. President Barack Obama... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Glitz and glamour at the White House

A glitzy state dinner for President Hu Jintao of China at the White House, last Wednesday. It was the first formal dinner for China in more than 13 years. The last one was during the Bill Clinton Administration. At the affair, First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled in a gorgeous red and black gown by the late British designer, Alexander McQueen. The more than 200 guests dined on an American feast of Maine lobster, rib eye, double stuffed potatoes, and apple pie with ice cream for dessert.  The entertainment  at the reception featured a jazz... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- A moment of silence observed at the White House for Arizona shooting victims January 10, 2011

Photo Gallery: A moment of silence for Arizona shooting victims

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and the White House staff stood outside in freezing temperatures at 11 a.m. Eastern Time today — to honor the innocent victims of last Saturday’s shooting rampage in Arizona. They were joined in that moment of silence by Americans across the nation.

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Photo: www.whitehouse.gov -- President Obama tapes New Year's Day Address at the White House January 1, 2011

President Obama’s New Year’s Day address

Looking out for the middle class, growing the economy, and creating jobs are at the top of President Obama’s to-do list for 2011. Oh, and Obama is vowing to work with anyone –Democrat or Republican — who has a good idea. Here is the full text of the president’s comments today in his weekly address. Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address The White House January 1, 2011 Hello, everybody.  As we close the books on one year and begin another, I wanted to take a moment today to wish you... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/ White House -- Assistant pastry chef Susie Morrison puts some finishing touches on the White House gingerbread house in the China Room November 29, 2010

Holiday Highlights: Fabulous gingerbread house at the White House

Assistant pastry chef, Susie Morrison, adds some final details to the gingerbread house — one of many holiday traditions at the White House.  The confection weighs 350 pounds!  Oh, that doesn’t include the mini-replica of Bo Obama out front.  The gingerbread White House is covered in white chocolate. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind creation.

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