December 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- With his approval ratings flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama is bringing on board the Democratic advisor who helped guide President Clinton through the darkest days of his presidency. John Podesta, the former White House chief of staff from the Clinton impeachment period, has agreed to join Obama for a year as he tries to right his ship, according to a source familiar with the decision. The Democratic veteran arrives as the president scrambles to fix the troubled startup of the Affordable Care Act and to recover public support for his most important domestic achievement.
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama pushed back against Republican opposition to his healthcare law on Tuesday and pledged to make Obamacare work even if it takes the rest of his term. In an afternoon address at the White House, Obama accused GOP critics of trying to kill his reform law without offering any solutions to the long-standing problems of the American healthcare system. “My main message today is, 'We're not going back,'” Obama said. “That seems to be the only alternative that Obamacare's critics have.” “You've got good ideas?
November 8, 2013 |
President Obama's hollow promise that Americans who liked their own healthcare plans would not have to give them up under Obamacare may prove to be another tempest in a tea party teapot, but it might also balloon into a political gale that blows away the highest hopes for his second term in the White House. Winning reelection to the presidency is often a triumph before a fall. Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide; two years later, the Watergate scandal forced him to resign.
October 18, 2013 |
It's been a constant quandary for the Obama White House: Should the president reach out to his Republican opponents or isolate them? Should he compromise to move his agenda or try to split the GOP ranks? Carrot or stick? That debate appeared settled on Thursday when President Obama spoke in the White House State Dining Room to deliver his verdict on the just- ended government shutdown: more stick. "To all my friends in Congress, understand that how business is done in this town has to change," Obama said as he praised "responsible Republicans" for brokering the deal but denounced "the pressure from the extremes.
May 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The White House decided to release internal emails about the deadly attack on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya - but only after summaries of the exchanges had leaked. The president's spokesman disclosed details of closed-door discussions about a report that found the IRS targeted conservative groups - but did so in a drip-drip-drip fashion that only raised more questions. And in a speech meant to expose the top-secret drone program to public examination, President Obama shrouded key details, such as whether the CIA would still use drones.
April 10, 2013 |
Having already dominated the Grammy Awards, late-night television and the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake rode his rolling promotional juggernaut to the White House on Tuesday night, taking part in an all-star tribute to Memphis soul along with Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and Queen Latifah, among others. And, yes, he wore his suit and tie . The invite-only concert, to be broadcast April 16 on PBS, was the latest installment in a series of "In Performance at the White House" events that have seen President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate country music, Motown and the work of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.