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April 2, 2013 |
It was a sad moment for many Republicans during the 2008 presidential contest when Arizona Sen. John McCain refused to let his staff use the fiery left-wing sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Yoking Obama to his Chicago pastor's unforgiving views on American imperialism and racism was so tempting that four years later, a Republican strategist came up with a plan to use the material against Obama “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.” The plan, criticized as blatantly racist, was scuttled and the strategist later apologized.
March 12, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's public push to restore relations with his congressional colleagues entered its second stage - the luncheon phase - Tuesday, when he conferred with Senate Democrats for the first of four midday meetings on Capitol Hill this week. Obama gathered with his allies for more than an hour at their weekly, closed-door strategy session at the Capitol. Top on the president's agenda is his effort to resolve the budget fight with congressional Republicans, as well as efforts to pass immigration reform and gun control.
March 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama appears to be trying to thaw chilly relations with lawmakers as he pushed through the latest budget battle while moving on to other parts of his second-term agenda. Obama will head to Capitol Hill next week to visit Republican senators behind closed doors at their weekly luncheon, the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday. The president also has invited GOP senators to dinner this week, according to senators.
February 28, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When not fighting with Republicans, the White House has been tangling with one of the capital's best-known and best-sourced reporters. But the Bob Woodward vs. White House sideshow moved to the center ring on Thursday. And much of the city paused to watch. That's when Politico published an email exchange between Woodward, the celebrity investigative reporter and chronicler of presidents, and Gene Sperling, President Obama's top economic aide. Although Woodward had accused an Obama aide of rough treatment and veiled threats, the emails showed a much softer, genial exchange.
February 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's efforts to dramatize the potential effects of $85 billion in budget cuts set to begin Friday are getting a boost from a controversial tax-exempt advocacy group formed to support his policy agenda. Organizing for Action began a campaign Wednesday to collect personal stories to show how the spending cuts would disrupt people's lives. The group will promote the stories on Twitter and Facebook in an effort to cast Republicans as protectors of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, the same message the White House has pushed.
February 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama plans to travel to Israel this spring, making his first trip of his presidency to the close U.S. ally. White House spokesman Jay Carney confirmed the trip Tuesday, although he offered no dates and few details. Carney said the president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the visit on a Jan. 28 phone call. The president will also visit Jordan and the West Bank on the trip, he said. News of the impending visit first broke in Israel, where it drew big headlines.
February 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Facing questions about President Obama's experience with firearms, the White House has released a photo of the chief executive in the act of firing one. Obama, in an interview published by the New Republic, claimed that had used a gun at the Camp David presidential retreat. "We do skeet shooting all the time," the president said. "Not the girls, but oftentimes guests of mine go up there. " That prompted snickering from some of the president's conservative critics and questions for the president's press secretary.
January 30, 2013 |
More than once, Hadiya Pendleton and President Obama walked the same streets. Last week, the high school sophomore performed as a majorette at his inauguration in Washington. On Tuesday, she was gunned down in a park a mile from Obama's home on Chicago's South Side. By Wednesday, as word of Hadiya's death rippled around the country, an official petition cropped up asking that Obama and his family return to their hometown to attend the girl's funeral. “The president and first lady's thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hadiya Pendleton,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday.
January 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Saying his second inauguration should be an "affirmation that we're all in this together," President Obama spent Saturday volunteering at a local school on a National Day of Service meant to honor slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. As the capital hummed with final preparations for the quadrennial spectacle of a presidential inaugural, Obama and the first lady helped stain a bookshelf at Burrville Elementary School...
January 9, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Wednesday's "photo of the day" on the White House website showed an unusual sight in Oval Office history - the president surrounded by top advisors, only half of whom are white men. The picture seemed calculated to counter criticism that President Obama's new set of Cabinet appointees so far all are white and male. Obama is expected to name his chief of staff, Jacob Lew, to lead the Treasury Department. Further compounding the diversity problem, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to leave the administration soon, and Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis announced Wednesday that she was resigning.