July 7, 2011 |
In a presidency full of firsts, Barack Obama racked up another one: first sitting president to tweet from the White House. Obama strode to a laptop set up in the East Room on Wednesday, splayed his fingers in classic touch-type position and tweeted out a question: "In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep? BO. " With that, the first Twitter town hall was underway. Obama sat on a high stool, his back to the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington, and fielded questions submitted via the trendiest of social media tools.
July 6, 2011 |
Congressional leaders will converge on the White House for Thursday's summit on deficit reduction, but the burden for advancing the talks and averting a fiscal crisis increasingly has fallen on two key negotiators: President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner. As a deadline nears, top aides for Obama and Boehner have privately been exchanging views about budget proposals, a sign of efforts underway to work through key issues that have separated the two sides for more than two months.
March 24, 2011 |
President Obama was safely back in Washington after his slightly shortened trip to Latin America, preparing on Thursday to deal with questions about his policy on Libya, which is under attack from several, sometimes contradictory angles. It was Sarah Palin, freshly back from his her own globe-trotting, who captured the mood of one stream of the Republican opposition to Obama’s military intervention in Libya. “I would like to see, of course, as long as we're in it -- we better be in it to win it,” Palin, a Fox News contributor, told Fox host Greta Van Susteren.
March 5, 2011 |
House Speaker John A. Boehner brought the Republican-led House into the gay marriage debate Friday by announcing plans to initiate a legal defense of the 1996 law that bars the federal government from giving legal rights or federal benefits to gay couples. Boehner, an Ohio Republican, seized on the opportunity to take up a social issue after the Obama administration announced last week that its Justice Department would no longer defend the law. The administration concluded that the law, known as the Defense of Marriage Act, was unconstitutional.
November 2, 2010 |
President Obama, acknowledging what appears to be a resounding Republican victory, made a midnight phone call to the man who is set to lead the opposition party as speaker of the House, John A. Boehner. The call was made from the president's Treaty Room office. According to the White House, Obama also called the current Democratic House leadership ? including Nancy Pelosi, whose four-year run as speaker will end in January ? and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, whose party will remain in the minority in that chamber.
October 30, 2010 |
With his party set to lose one, if not both houses of Congress Tuesday, President Obama used his weekly address to look beyond the midterm elections, saying he hopes to work with Republicans to address the nation's ongoing economic challenges. But in a parting political shot, he signaled out Republican leadership who he said have promised nothing but more "heated rhetoric. " "It comes down to a simple choice," he said. "We can spend the next two years arguing with one another, trapped in stale debates, mired in gridlock, unable to make progress.