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“This is fun,” Caitlyn and Chloe Robinson told veteran White House reporter George E. Condon Jr., as relayed in Condon’s pool report on Wednesday, the first day tourists were able to take pictures (and selfies!) during a tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Condon, a National Journal scribe, former bureau chief for Copley and one-time president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, knows how to be a pooler with panache. Some excerpts from his missive: Full story
Updated 2:17 p.m. | Minutes after giving a somber statement in the briefing room on the Malaysia Airlines disaster and the war in Gaza, Obama was cracking jokes about guacamole and ice cream.
At the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, the president talked up daughter Malia’s attempt to control her love for ice cream and his own love for chips and guacamole. Full story
Will President Barack Obama save the honeybees and monarch butterflies? He — and First Lady Michelle Obama — apparently want to try.
The White House convened a group of bee and butterfly experts in April for thoughts on saving the creatures critical to the environment — and advocates expect the Obama administration to announce an action plan for pollinators this month, timed to coincide with National Pollinator Week, which begins next Monday.
Michelle Obama has also warned about the impact of shrinking bee and butterfly populations as she planted the first-ever Pollinator Garden this year at the White House.
Marla Spivak of the University of Minnesota, a leading bee researchers who attended the White House summit, told CQ Roll Call she wants more funding for bee research, labeling requirements for urban pesticides and funding for bee corridors along roads and utility lines, among other items.