During their time in the White House the Obama family has adhered to the same menu for Thanksgiving dinner. This year is no exception and includes Thyme Roasted Turkey (the recipe is posted on My Year with the First Ladies Facebook page) as well as honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and the perennial vegetable dish on almost every American's Thanksgiving menu--green bean casserole. Desserts include apple pie, huckleberry pie, sweet potato pie, pumpkin pie, and banana cream pie (President Obama's favorite).
President Obama arrives home from his Asian trip just in time to continue a time-honored presidential tradition: pardoning the White House turkey. The origin of the turkey pardon began with President Abraham Lincoln and was reported by White House reporter Noah Brooks who wrote that Lincoln's son pleaded to spare the life of the turkey that was to be the Lincoln's Christmas dinner. The 2 p.m. ceremony today will be held in the White House Rose Garden where the National Turkey Federation will present two 40-lb. turkeys for a presidential pardon.
This week President Obama will make history as the first U.S. President to visit Burma. The President will also meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi while in Burma. She visited President Obama at the White House in September when she was in Washington to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. The President's trip also includes stops in Thailand and Cambodia before returning home in time for Thanksgiving.
President Obama and the First Lady are hosting a breakfast with veterans at the White House this morning. Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will attend and then they will all attend Veteran's Day ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery.
President Barack Obama will be inaugurated for a second term on January 21, 2013. Tickets for the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony will be distributed in January by Congressional offices. The Congressional offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives have started this week to set up the processes necessary for ticket distribution. For more information click here Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies or visit the official Inaugural Ceremonies Facebook page. Tickets will probably be for standing room only and each person attending the inauguration will need a ticket, including children old enough to walk. Strollers will not be allowed in any ticketed areas. There are ways to participate in the inauguration festivities without a ticket. Many people will gather on the National Mall where tickets will not be required. Following the inauguration ceremony the traditional parade will take place on Pennsylvania Avenue, ending at the White House.
President Obama will end the "last day ever" of his campaign back where it began in 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. After appearances in Madison, Wisconsin and Columbus, Iowa today President Obama will speak at the intersection of East 4th and East Locust Streets in Des Moines tonight at 9:50 p.m. where he will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama.
Four years ago today the United States elected its first African American President: Barack Obama. President Obama received 365 electoral votes and approximately 53% of the popular vote. Will history repeat itself on November 6?
President John Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams were the first couple to occupy the White House or the President's House as it was called at that time. The Adams moved in on November 1, 1800 while construction was still underway. There were no stairways, staff was limited and Abigail hung laundry in the reception area (now the East Room of the White House). The Adams' stay in the President's House lasted only a few months before President Adams lost the election to his vice president, Thomas Jefferson.
President Obama and former president Bill Clinton will make a joint appearance on Saturday, November 3, at the outdoor amphitheater Jiffy Lube Live (formerly Nissan Pavilion) in Bristow, Virginia located approximately 35 miles outside Washington, D.C in Prince William County. The event is free, but tickets are required for entry and can be obtained from local Obama for America (OFA) offices. Doors open at 7 p.m. and, according to OFA campaign, there will be an acoustic performance by Dave Matthews.