12:31 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.
"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.
"The President and First Family do not have any scheduled public events during their time in Hawai’i. There will be travel pool coverage of their trip."
He leaves this evening on the direct Air Force One flight, according to the White House schedule:
5:45PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
Open Press (Final Gather 5:25PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
5:55PM THE FIRST FAMILY departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Honolulu, Hawai’i
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage (Call Time 4:00PM – Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)
11:25PM THE FIRST FAMILY arrives in Honolulu,Hawai’i
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, HI
President Obama is expected to return to Washington on January 4, 2015.
And State Department?9:53 AM, Dec 15, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CBS's Mark Knoller reports that the lights went out briefly at the White House this morning.
"Just had a power outage at the WH. Lasted only a few seconds. Perhaps a premature Govt shutdown," Knoller joked.
8:56 PM, Dec 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will meet with Prince William, the duke of Cambridge, tomorrow in the Oval Office, according to the White House.
Dec 15, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 14 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
It's heartening these days to see an outbreak of bipartisan seriousness, given how rare those instances have become. Herewith some excerpts from a statement delivered by Bob Menendez, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, at the committee’s December 3 hearing on “Dismantling Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program,” which The Scrapbook enthusiastically cosigns:
3:12 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A senior White House official says the implementation of President Obama's executive order on immigration is "well underway" and that the administration would "proceed" regardless of congressional efforts to block the order.
On a Thursday afternoon conference call with reporters, the official, speaking on background, was asked about the implementation of the order. The officials referred specific questions to the Department of Homeland Security, but added: "Their plans are well underway."
12:13 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House released a statement threatening to veto an anti-executive amnesty bill that's being considered in the House.
10:14 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A group of immigration activists gathered outside the White House after President Obama's speech tonight. CNN played a clip of the activists' celebrating:
8:47 AM, Nov 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri defended President Obama's planned executive amnesty by saying it "doesn't" shred the Constitution:
Asked the MSNBC host, "What's your response to the Washington Post editorial that said that the president's frustration with Congress 'doesn't grant the president license to tear up the constitution'?"
Valerie Jarrett retweets.3:21 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Open enrollment for health insurance plans under Obamacare is currently underway, and some of the biggest celebrities in Hollywood and elsewhere are out there promoting it on Twitter. Furthermore, it appears there could be some coordination with the White House, with top Obama aide Valerie Jarrett retweeting a number of those celebrities, one after the other.
10:31 AM, Nov 9, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama and Vice President Biden might not see eye-to-eye on immigration strategy. A hint of an apparent disagreement was on display during Obama's lunch with congressional leaders on Friday at the White House.
"The meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. The aide was not authorized to describe the back-and-forth publicly by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity," the Associated Press reports.
9:06 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is inviting "bipartisan, bicameral congressional leaders," an unnamed White House official tells the pool reporter.
Here's the pool report:
4:08 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Someone guileless drone from the White House—who “asked not to be named so he could speak freely argued Democrats still have a chance to hold the Senate”—wants the world
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:05 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the controversy over an anonymous U.S. official's comment that Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is a "chicken****".
11:09 AM, Oct 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The belief that the prime minister of Israel is "chickenshit" is "not the administration's view," a spokesperson for the National Security Council says in a statement. Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic reported Tuesday that a "senior administration official" viewed Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, as the most frustrating foreign leader to the White House and the State Department.
3:02 PM, Oct 28, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
The Obama administration is suddenly a champion of states' rights when it comes to the Ebola quarantine controversy.