President Obama enacts a pay freeze for senior White House staff making more than $100,000, and sets strict guidelines in his administration, including a rule that employees cannot work on issues that they’ve lobbied for in the past.
President Obama nominates Senator Judd Gregg as secretary of commerce (Gregg later withdraws the nomination). On the same day, Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer withdraw their nominations, both citing tax problems.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to the Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., where they sat with second-graders to read "The Moon Over Star” by Dianna Hutts Aston.
The President announces the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which will connect the government with both religious and secular groups to serve people in need. The office is directed by 26-year-old Pentecostal minister Joshua DuBois.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the audience as they attend Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s performance entitled “Fiftieth Anniversary Highlights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington.
President Obama spoke during a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Indiana. He urged Congress pass his massive economic stimulus plan and warned that delay in Washington would bring only “deepening disaster.”
On February 17, 2009, President Obama signs into law the $787 billion Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The mix of government spending on infrastructure, energy and education, as well as tax cuts and aid for the unemployed, only had the support of three Republicans in the Senate.
Speaking from a town hall meeting in Mesa, Arizona, President Obama unveiled his Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan, to help distressed homeowners refinance their homes with lenders to avoid foreclosure.
Vice-President Joe Biden, White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join Senator Ted Kennedy at a musical tribute for Kennedy’s 77th birthday at the Kennedy Center. The event was hosted by comedian Bill Cosby (not pictured.)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and one of their daughters, 10-year-old Malia, return from Camp David after spending the weekend there. It was the family’s second trip to their Maryland retreat.
President Obama as he signs his executive order creating the White House Council on Women and Girls. Chaired by Valerie Jarrett, the body works with Cabinet level agencies to ensure that women and girls are treated fairly in all areas of public policy.
President Obama smiles bright at the unveiling of a portrait of one of his inspirations, President Abraham Lincoln during the dedication of Lincoln Hall at the National Defense University on Fort McNair.
President Obama shakes hands with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and shares his plans to visit Moscow in the summer. The President later expressed his interest in renewing a relationship with Russia saying, “I think that over the past several years the relationship between our two countries has been allowed to drift. And what I believe we have done today is a very constructive dialogue that will allow us to work on issues of mutual interest.”
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle meet Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The President gave Her Majesty a fully-charged iPod loaded with video and photos of her 2007 trip to the United States, as well as songs and accessories. She also received a rare songbook signed by the composer Richard Rodgers.
President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy make their way to a NATO summit press conference in Strasbourg. President Obama spoke about reaching out to build stronger partnerships with countries around the world and stressed that with strong partnerships comes mutual responsibility.
President Obama and the First Lady wave to the crowd at Hradcany Square in Prague, Czech Republic. The First Couple received a rapturous welcome from a crowd of 30,000 as they arrived for a public speech on a nuclear-free world.
During a visit to Isanbul, Turkey, the President tours the Sultanahmet Mosque. Obama, seen here with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met with religious leaders while visiting the Muslim nation.
President Barack Obama discusses his administration’s plan to create a nationwide system of high-speed rail as Vice-President Joe Biden looks on in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The President said the plan will lay the foundation for economic prosperity by connecting cities, decreasing congestion on roads and in the air and reducing the U.S.’s dependence on foreign oil.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon drinks a toast with US president Barack Obama during a banquet at the Anthropology National Museum in Mexico City.
Before the toast, President Obama thanked President Calderón saying, “I am so pleased that I have such an outstanding partner as President Calderón, somebody who has shown his courage and his bravery, and somebody who’s shown that he combines a sense of principle with a sense of practicality; somebody who I know wants to be a partner with me as we strengthen our partnership and we make certain that the children of Mexico and the children of the United States are both seeing a future that’s more prosperous and more hopeful than the ones that have come before.”
President Barack Obama poses with CARICOM leaders during the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad. CARICOM is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations whose main purpose is to promote equal economic integration and cooperation among its members.
“We showed that while we have our differences, we can and must work together in areas where we have mutual interests, and where we disagree we can disagree respectfully,” said President Obama during a press conference after attending the Fifth Summit of the Americas. “We showed that there are no senior or junior partners in the Americas; we’re simply partners, committed to advancing a common agenda and overcoming common challenges.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as President Obama announced, in his first Cabinet meeting, that he expects them to cut $100 million in spending.
According to the President, this will be one way the federal government “can free up those dollars in order to put them to use for critical areas like health care, education, energy, our foreign policy apparatus…”
After signing the Ted Kennedy Serve America Act, which will triple the size of the AmeriCorps community service program, Obama does his part by planting a tree at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C.
The job as President of the United States is surely a stressful one, but Mr. Obama likes to unwind by spending time with his family or taking in a little golf.
April 27: Ballin'
President Barack Obama poses for photos with the NCAA champion University of Connecticut women’s basketball team at the White House. “Thanks to players like each of these women and those who came before them, our young women today look at themselves differently, especially tall young women, like my daughters,” said the President.