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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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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta at White House ceremony today November 16, 2010

Medal of Honor awarded to a brave soldier

A rare ceremony at the White house today. President Barack Obama presented U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, Salvatore Giunta, with the nation’s highest military award — the Medal of Honor.  Sgt. Giunta is the first living service member from either the Iraq or Afghanistan wars to receive this award. The Medal of Honor is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry” way beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Giunta doesn’t think he did anything special. President Obama says Giunta comrades’ report of his heroism tell a different story. President Obama: “Staff Sergeant Giunta, repeatedly and without... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama spoke to reporters during a news conference at the White House November 3, 2010

What’s next? President Obama talks about last night’s election returns

Reflecting on the returns from yesterday’s mid-term election, President Barack Obama admitted today that he received a  “shellacking” from the voters. At a White House news conference, the president blamed the sluggish economy for voter dissatisfaction and frustration, which resulted in the Republicans gaining a majority in the House and whittling down the Democratic majority in the Senate. Also, the president says he takes responsibility for Tuesday’s disappointing election results: “After what I’m sure was a long night for a lot of you — and needless to say it was for me... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House --Actor George Clooney met with President Obama at the White House Tuesday, October, 12, 2010

Photo Gallery: Actor George Clooney meets with President Obama

Actor and Filmmaker, George Clooney, met with President Barack Obama at the White House yesterday to discuss the situation in the Sudan. The meeting took place in a tranquil setting outside the Oval Office. Clooney just returned from a trip to Sudan. The actor discussed the upcoming vote for independence in the war-torn country, as well as the fight against genocide in the Sudan. Clooney is one of the co-founders of the humanitarian and advocacy organization, “Not On Our Watch.”  The other co- founders are Bratt Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Jerry  Weintraub,... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama and honored guests applaud at a ceremony honoring some dedicated World War II veterans, Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Photo Gallery: Honor, Glory, and Gratitude

An emotional and awe-inspiring ceremony at the White House yesterday. In the Oval Office, President Barack Obama signed legislation granting a collective Congressional Gold Medal to the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team,  for their dedicated service during World War II. Many of those veterans are second generation Japanese Americans. Some of them were confined in internment camps before joining the military. The 442nd Regimental Team is one of the most decorated units in U.S. military history, among the awards: 21 Medals of Honor, 4,000 Bronze stars, and over 4,000 Purple Hearts. Several... Read More →

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Photo: Lawrence Jackson/White House -- President Obama prepares to tape his weekly Saturday address on September 2, 2010

President Obama honors the American worker

Yesterday, President Barack Obama’s weekly addressed focused on the  struggles of the American worker and the middle class.  Here is the full text of President Obama’s address: On Monday, we celebrate Labor Day. It’s a chance to get together with family and friends, to throw some food on the grill, and have a good time.  But it’s also a day to honor the American worker – to reaffirm our commitment to the great American middle class that has, for generations, made our economy the envy of the world. That is especially... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama shares a moment with a soldier at Fort Blisss in El Paso, Texas August 31, 2010

President Obama declares “… the American combat mission in Iraq has ended.”

 Before speaking to the nation tonight, President Barack Obama flew to Texas to visit the soldiers at Fort Bliss in El Paso. Troops at Fort Bliss have participated in every phase of the seven-and-a-year war in Iraq and continue to service in the new support role. The President went there to say “thank you” from a grateful nation. Later from the Oval Office, President Obama kept a campaign promise and ended the controversial war “I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans.  We’ve... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Barack Obama gives a pep talk to some aspiring tennis stars at the White House, August 3, 2010

Photo Gallery: President Obama & some aspiring tennis stars

Catching up on a photo of interest.  The South Lawn of the White House was the scene of a “Let’s Move” tennis clinic on August 3, 2010. President Barack Obama delivered some encouraging words to some possible tennis stars of tomorrow.   Developing a good backhand swing is a bonus  —  getting  kids to exercise and eat healthy are the main goals of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.

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Photo Gallery: Warren Buffett meets with President Obama

A heavy discussion in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday, July 14, when Billionaire Investor, Warren Buffett, dropped by for a chat with President Barack Obama. Main topics: the struggling economy and jobs.   The Caucus blog on The New York Times website reported on the meeting and mentioned a funny incident with Buffett’s tie.  The President reportedly noticed Buffett’s tie was a bit worn — offered one of his own– and the offer was accepted. Buffett is consider one of the most successful investors in the world. Last March,... Read More →

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Independence Day!

  Message from President Obama regarding Independence Day Today we celebrate the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of a great experiment, American democracy.  In every corner of our country, we recall the valor and vision of patriots from Thirteen Colonies who declared independence from a powerful empire and gave birth to a new Nation.  We gather in town centers and wave flags in parades not only to recall this history we share, but also to honor the vibrant and enduring... Read More →

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Celebrity Chef Rachael Ray blogs on White House program

Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House  — Hundreds of chefs from around the country gathered on the south lawn of the White House for a “Let’s Move” event on June 4, 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program has expanded to include hundreds of chefs from communities all across the nation. Chefs from 37 states assembled at the White House on Friday, June 4, 2010 to support “Chefs Move to Schools” phase of the first lady’s program. “Let’s Move” is aimed at fighting childhood obesity. The chefs will... Read More →

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Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder perform

Photo Gallery: Sir Paul McCartney honored at the White House

Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House — Sir Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder performed their number one hit single from 1982, “Ebony and Ivory,” at a White House concert honoring the former-Beatle, last night. President Barack Obama presented Entertainer, Paul McCartney, with the nation’s highest award for extraordinary contributions to American music and culture in the East Room of the White House, June 2, 2010. In honoring McCartney , the president said: “And it’s fitting that the Library has chosen to present this year’s Gershwin Prize for Popular Song to a man whose father... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: Pics of the week

Senior Inspiration: 94-year-old woman plans to graduate from college next month and look for work Photo: Paul Chin/ The San Francisco Chronicle — Hazel Soares, 94,  takes notes in one of her classes at Mills College in Oakland, California, where she is set to graduate in May with a degree in art history. After graduation Soares, who has more than 40 grandchildren, plans to search for a museum job. Very nice story about Soares here. 2010 Olympic medal winning U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team Photo: Pete Souza/White House — First Couple welcomed the... Read More →

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What’s in that controversial health care reform measure?

Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Barack Obama uses one of 22 pens to sign that huge health care reform bill into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010   A lot of Americans are asking, what’s in that mega-overhaul of the health care system?  First, there are some provisions that kick in this year, others become effective later on. Details and links on the White House blog here.

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President Obama, Hollywood power players Hanks, Spielberg, and a new HBO mini-series

Photo: Pete Souza/White House — President Barack Obama speaks to an audience in the Family Theater of the White House just before the screening of the first hour of a new HBO World War II mini-series,”The Pacific,” last Thursday, March 11, 2010. In the front row, the two executive producers of the mini-series, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.   The 10-part mini-series, “The Pacific,” began airing on HBO last night. The cable TV mini-series focuses on the stories of three U.S. Marines during America’s World War II battle with Japan. It’s from... Read More →

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Photo Gallery: President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama

  Official White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy — President Obama makes a point to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) during the Bipartisan Health Reform meeting at Blair House on Thursday, February 25, 2010.   First Ladies meet & chat Official White House Photo/ Samantha Appleton — First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House on Thursday, February 25, 2010.

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