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January 21, 2013 | Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
In a swift and simple ceremony at the White House, President Obama was sworn in for a second term Sunday and embarked on another four years leading a nation hobbled by a weak economy and gripped by political division. With his family at his side and his hand on his wife's family Bible, the 44th president began the new term on an understated note, repeating the oath of office in a private ceremony the day before a more lavish, public reenactment. The intimate event was an adherence to tradition prompted by a quirk of the calendar.
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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore an outfit from Sophie Theallet's spring 2014 collection when she hosted a passel of kids at the White House on Thursday for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day . Her ensemble included Theallet's thistle jacquard cardigan in sunset red with leather and chiffon skirt in bordeaux, the designer said via news release. Prince George, 9-month-old son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has already become a style trendsetter, writes John Koblin in the New York Times . The little prince and his parents ended their almost three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia, taking off from an airport in Canberra, Australia's capital, on Friday to begin their return trip to England.
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NEWS
May 25, 1989 | LOIS ROMANO, The Washington Post
The leader of the free world had been in office only two days when he personally rang up his press secretary to seek some crucial input. Perhaps a communications strategy for his first 100 days? Maybe some help ironing out his upcoming address to Congress? Well, no. Not exactly. President George Herbert Walker Bush needed assistance with something far more immediate: a guest list for a White House party top-heavy with men. The President said, " 'I'm putting together this group for dinner,' " Marlin Fitzwater recalls.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The push-pull of immigration reform is intensifying as Congress prepares to return to work for one of the last few legislative sessions before the midterm elections. The window for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul is closing, but House Speaker John A. Boehner continues to suggest that action is still possible -- even as he mocked his colleagues who find the hot-button issue too difficult. "Here's the attitude: Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner said, mimicking a whining tone, at an Ohio luncheon, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2007 | By Nancy Smiler Levinson, Special to The Times
Wally Bean was invited to play with his new friend, Archibald. Archibald didn't live in a regular house like Wally, though. He lived in a great big one called the White House. Archibald's father, Theodore Roosevelt, was president of the United States. "You must look proper, Wally," Mama said. She straightened his collar and slicked down his hair. "Your shoes are scruffy," said Papa. He spit on his handkerchief, bent down and polished the toes. "Remember your manners," Mama reminded.
NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Carla Hall
In the wake of President Obama's reelection, there was much clucking about the demise of the political power of white men and the inability of Mitt Romney -- the quintessential Republican white man -- to capture the support and votes of women and minorities and other Americans increasingly disenchanted with the conservative party's message. Yet, if you looked at the Dec. 29 photo of Obama meeting with senior advisors in the Oval Office, which made the front of the New York Times on Wednesday, you would rest assured that white men are still very much in power -- in the first black president's White House, as it turns out.  In the photo, 10 of his 11 advisors standing before him are men, and eight of them are white.  The one woman, who is black, in the photo is Valerie Jarrett, which you only know because it says so in the caption of the photo.
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
WASHINGTON -- An internal review found no evidence that White House staff members engaged in "improper conduct" in Cartagena, Colombia, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said. Carney said the Office of White House Counsel conducted the review of White House staff members "out of due diligence" and not in response to a "specific credible allegation. " The Colombian prostitution scandal has consumed much of Washington for more than a week and led to rampant speculation, as reports of heavy drinking and hard partying among a Secret Service and military advance team have leaked out.   "There is no indication that the White House advance team engaged in any improper conduct or behavior," Carney said.
NATIONAL
January 5, 2011 | Reuters
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is leaving his position to work as an outside adviser for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, an administration official said Wednesday. Gibbs is to depart in early February. A successor is to be announced within the next two weeks, the official said. Gibbs, a close confidant of Obama's going back to his time as a U.S. senator from Illinois, has for many Americans been one of the most public faces of the White House staff while holding near-daily news briefings.
NEWS
February 21, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The White House apologized Tuesday for the apparent mishandling of Muslim holy books at a military base in Afghanistan, calling the episode a "deeply unfortunate incident. " "It does not represent the views of our military," White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "And it certainly does not represent the conduct of our men and women in uniform or our general respect for the religious practices and beliefs of the Afghan people. " U.S. officials are trying to limit the fallout from news that the books, including Korans, were being burned inside the base.
OPINION
July 31, 2012
Re "Virginia caught in attack ad crossfire," July 26 I remember a time (I'm 68) when constant negative ads and such a truly disgusting elongated period of campaigning were unheard of. Why have party conventions anymore? What, now, is their purpose? Maybe for the delegates to indulge in food and drink in a city perhaps they've never been to before? The campaigns have become reality TV shows, except this is for real. Where will it all end? Maybe, to spare us, they will just have a wrestling match and the winner becomes president.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- President Obama, on his way to a weeklong trip to Asia, is headed to Washington state Tuesday to survey damage from the landslide and meet with survivors, first responders and local officials one month after the tragedy. More than 40 people died in the disaster, which claimed more than two dozen homes on the outskirts of Oso, a small town an hour's drive from Seattle. The medical examiner's office is still working to identify victims of the devastation. The visit will be Obama's only domestic stop on his way to Asia, where he plans to talk about trade opportunities with foreign leaders and discuss the U.S. role in regional security.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Timothy M. Phelps
WASHINGTON -- President Obama is turning to Neil Eggleston, a veteran of the Whitewater and Iran-Contra confrontations between Capitol Hill and the White House, to help guide his administration through what could be stormy years ahead with Congress. Obama on Monday named Eggleston, a Washington lawyer who specializes in representing high-profile public figures in government investigations, as the next White House counsel. He replaces Kathryn Ruemmler, who has been seeking to vacate the White House hot seat for months.
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- Instead of chocolate and candy baskets, the horde of children who gathered Monday on the Sou th Lawn for the White House's Easter Egg Roll got an Eggtivity Zone and a Yoga Garden. To mark the 136th annual Easter event, First Lady Michelle Obama threw in some exercise stations and healthy eating tips along with the traditional fun and games, which included egg-rolling races and storytelling. Speaking from the Truman balcony alongside President Obama and the Easter Bunny, the First Lady said this year's theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” was an “issue that is near and dear to my heart.” “We want our kids to be the healthiest and the strongest they can be, so they can do well in school and live up to all of their God-given potential,” she said.
WORLD
April 21, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON — Two and a half years after President Obama vowed to shift America's diplomatic, economic and military focus to Asia, he will head back to the region this week to try to convince allies and adversaries alike that he really meant it. Since the much-touted decision to "pivot" to Asia, the Obama administration has found itself repeatedly pulled away by crises in the Middle East, political battles in Washington and, more recently, turmoil...
NATIONAL
April 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The request: Kick Justin Bieber out of the United States of America. The White House's response: No. In case you hadn't been paying close attention to Bieber's citizenship status lately -- and really, who is? -- someone launched a petition on the White House's website in January asking officials to deport the 20-year-old Canadian pop megastar after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest in Miami Beach. "We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked," read the plaintive prompt , which was mostly grammatical.
OPINION
April 18, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - From Solyndra to Benghazi to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, Ed Siskel has been the bespectacled, behind-the-scenes lawyer with the forensic assignment - figure out exactly what went wrong so the White House can fix it, explain it and make sure it does not happen again. After three years in the Office of White House Counsel, one as its deputy, the Chicago-area native has left the job of damage prevention and control to others, and moved on to private practice with a firm in the nation's capital.
NEWS
September 4, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
WHITE HOUSE BREW Home brewers petitioned for the recipes for White House honey ale (made with White House honey) and White House porter, and they got them. Craft beer geeks started a petition asking for the recipes  (and followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request) for the White House brews, which were released in full Saturday. [The Washington Post ] WARHOL SOUP CANS Soup maker Campbell's has started selling a new limited-edition line of Warhol-themed condensed tomato soup cans at most Target stores across the country.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Up at WineSpectator.com for Presidents' Day, a story called “ Red Wine, White House ” by Ben O'Donnell details how Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and their successors “helped propel American wine to the top of the world.” Nixon, remember, drank Château Margaux. “In those days,” O'Donnell reminds us, “you could afford first-growths on a president's salary.” But he didn't pour it for the whole table. Guests got the cheaper stuff while Nixon nursed his private bottle.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of supporting "non-state militias" in southern and eastern Ukraine in an attempt to destabilize the country, and warned that the Russian leader was risking economic pain and international isolation. "What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are  designed to destabilize Ukraine or violate their sovereignty that there are going to be consequences," Obama said in an interview Wednesday with CBS News.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman.  Myers, who served as White House press secretary during President Clinton's first term, will begin work at Burbank-based Warner Bros. on Sept. 2.  Fleishman, who had worked at Warner Bros. for nine years, stepped down from her post this week. She oversaw communications for Warner Bros. during a two-year corporate succession race that ended in January 2013 with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara would succeed   Barry Meyer as chief executive and chairman of Hollywood's biggest movie studio.
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