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When President Barack Obama starts his day, he must be prepared for any number of surprise developments that could break out around the world. One thing the president probably wasn't prepared for today was TIME Magazine publishing his 1979 senior prom photo.


Greg Orme, Kelli Allman, Barack Obama and Megan Hughes at Allman's parents' house in Honolulu.

Odds are the president isn't thinking about immigration reform, drone strikes or IRS scandals here. TIME also published a handwritten yearbook note in which he calls Kelli Allman "sweet and foxy," so be sure to read through.

The White House says President Barack Obama has called Boston's mayor and the Massachusetts governor to express his concern for those injured in the Boston Marathon explosions.

Obama is quoted as telling Mayor Tom Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick that his administration would provide whatever support was needed in responding to the incident.

The president was briefed on the explosions by Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco shortly after 3 p.m., Eastern time.

Shortly after the explosions, Secret Service shut down Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House, cordoning off the area with yellow police tape. Several Secret Service patrol cars also blocked off the entry points to the road.

The White House was not on lockdown and tourists and other onlookers were still able to be in the park across the street from the executive mansion.

From the Associated Press

When President Obama visits the mega science hub that is Argonne National Laboratory on Friday, he's expected to discuss his energy policies.

It marks the third Illinois visit from the Obamas in recent weeks. The president visited in February to talk about gun violence. First Lady Michelle Obama came through Chicago two weeks ago to urge kids to eat better and improve fitness in their lives.

The White House announced today the event will focus on "American energy."

The Argonne Web site notes that the White House announced his visit one day after the president discussed energy and climate change during a private meeting with business leaders and others from the clean energy industry.

Argonne is a not for profit agency that is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest national laboratories for scientific and engineering research.
"Our over 1,250 scientists and engineers aim to solve the nation's most important challenges in energy, the environment and national security," Argonne says of itself.

The event is open to pre-credentialed media but closed to the public.

reagan_jan31.jpg Art by Jason Heuser

As previously reported, the Hyde Park apartment building that once was the childhood home of Ronald Reagan, was quietly slated for demolition by the University of Chicago. But a report by The Daily Mail alleges to shed light on what it's being torn down for, something that will surely cause a political war that will tear asunder space and time: the parking lot to the eventual Barack Obama Presidential Library. But before any holy wars flare up over preserving the home of the patron saint of the GOP, the White House has already nipped the rumor in the bud.

Of course, this won't stop the Tea Party Fearmonger Monster™ from quickly spreading the alarm through conservative cyber space that now not only is Obama coming for your guns, but he's coming for The Gipper, too. This despite the fact that - as of a month ago - we still don't know where the Obama Library will be built.

But what we do know is this: there will be a Presidential Library for Barack Obama, just as every president has had one dedicated to him since Herbert Hoover. (Yes, even George W. Bush.) And Chicago is the likely eventual home of the Obama Library because one does not cross Rahm Emanuel (though Obama's former childhood home of Honolulu is also apparently in the running but, come on. Rahm.). Meanwhile, conservatives smarting from the razing of the apartment building will use the Necronomicon to summon Reagan's ghost which will satiate its bloodlust with a terrible vengeance upon the nonbelievers.

UPDATE: So it looks like the Daily Mail got their information from this story over at the hilariously partisan Washington Times.

What makes a man great? And what makes a great president? Historians pen large tomes about that. Every man is the sum of his experiences - his loves, his losses, his achievements, and failures. How he sees the world and how the world sees him.

And this place - this place was a part of Reagan's formative years - what he discovered and experienced here in Chicago helped him on the way to greatness.

Reagan lived in Chicago from 1915 until 1916. If learning how to do simple arithmetic and spelling puts someone on their way to greatness, sure, I guess. I don't know what part of learning to wear big boy pants helped develop trickle down economics.

In 2012, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks denied Reagan's home landmark status. The University of Chicago set demolition for January and the bulldozers quickly moved in. The wrecking balls are ready.
A "plaque" could mark the historic spot instead, say university representatives.

Besides being melodramatic, the sarcastic quotation marks around plaque are a nice touch.

It is safe to say that Democrats don't want any reminders of a Republican president named Reagan and his glory days a stone's throw from a future Obama Presidential Library. Better to raze the building now, than later. But do they have the right to erase Ronald Reagan from Chicago history?

To be fair, Democrats do seem to shudder at the name as much as Republicans fall to their knees in tears at its mention. That said, I doubt anyone connected with Obama, the University, or the Library are that concerned with a "plaque" being close to the Library. It's not as if all these Republicans are wearing ruts in the concrete to go visits an apartment building where a guy lived for four years, either. This is Chicago, Mayor Daley's Chicago where tearing down historical buildings is a past time, landmark association be damned. Don't take it personally, guys.

Today, President Obama is in Las Vegas, Nevada where he will deliver remarks regarding his new pitch for new immigration reform. Just yesterday a bipartisan group of senators announced they had reached an agreement on a new proposal for immigration reform. Follow along above with Obama's speech and below with updates from Sun-Times D.C. correspondent Lynn Sweet.

obama_portrait_jan18.jpg Presidential portraits via The White House and The Atlantic

Forget the First Lady's bangs; the new presidential portrait reveals that President Obama now actually looks his age (51 years old, if you actually believe that birth certificate, hippie). No word as to why Obama is so gray now though some sources have noted that Congress has apparently been less than stellar over the past few years.

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President Barack Obama addressed the nation and unveiled his new plans for gun control. Below, find links to our stories on the new executive orders and after the jump watch video of the President's speech.


By Miriam Di Nunzio

The Chicago Public Library today unveiled artist Steve Musgrave's new portrait of President Obama to celebrate the upcoming inauguration. The event took place at the West Pullman Branch on West 119th Street.

According to a statement, the portrait reflects Obama's efforts as a community organizer in the South Side Chicago neighborhood prior to seeking public office.

In addition to the likeness of Obama, who is depicted holding a copy of his memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," the portrait features images of people who have influenced the president's life including his First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, his mother and grandmother, Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Harold Washington, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, among others.

President Obama is giving his final press conference of his first term today at 10:30 a.m. Chicago time. Follow live video below.