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June 20, 2013 | By Michael McGough
As a grateful product of 12 years of Catholic education, I would be bothered if President Obama heaped abuse on Roman Catholic schools. According to some critics, that is exactly what he did in some recent remarks to teenagers in Northern Ireland. One blogger linked the president's comments about separate Protestant and Catholic schools there to his admistration's requirement that Catholic colleges and hospitals offer contraceptive services as part of their employee health insurance programs.  Here's what Obama said in remarks to a Belfast town hall meeting with Protestant and Catholic youngsters: “Because issues like segregated schools and housing, lack of jobs and opportunity -- symbols of history that are a source of pride for some and pain for others -- these are not tangential to peace; they're essential to it.  If towns remain divided -- if Catholics have their schools and buildings, and Protestants have theirs -- if we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden, that encourages division.  It discourages cooperation.” On the website, Carol Platt Liebau complained that Obama “chose to analogize education by Catholics and Protestants to segregation” in his remarks at a Belfast meeting with youngsters.
April 27, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
During a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday, President Obama criticized racial comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The global reach of Sterling's purported words came into focus when the president addressed the matter after answering a question regarding the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Full coverage: The Donald Sterling controversy Obama, an avid basketball fan, never used Sterling's name, but expressed confidence that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver would deal with the situation.
October 18, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
To the surprise of approximately no one, rocker Bruce Springsteen has formalized his endorsement of President Obama in the 2012 election by way of a statement posted today on his website . Springsteen already had committed to campaigning in Ohio in support for the president, which he'll be doing Thursday with former President Bill Clinton and on his own, so he decided to explain his thinking: “The election is coming up on all of...
April 27, 2014 | Christi Parsons, David Cloud
The U.S. and Philippine governments have worked out a new defense cooperation agreement that opens the way for the first large-scale return of American military forces to the island nation since their eviction in the early 1990s, according to the White House. A day before President Obama is scheduled to arrive in Manila, advisors to the president said Sunday that the two sides had completed and will sign a framework accord that will allow U.S. troops, warships and aircraft to operate from Philippine military bases and training camps on a rotating basis.
October 24, 2013
Re "Health site gets a top repairman," Oct. 23 What stuns me about the troubles with is how they contrast with the Obama team's technological prowess during his election campaigns. Most of the postmortem analysis after the president's reelection was about how brilliant his team was technologically. Their data-mining operation, their digital mastery, their use of the best and the brightest schooled in the latest scientific techniques in polling made them unbeatable.
November 8, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Bill Clinton on Tuesday downplayed perceived criticism of President Obama in his newly-released book, saying that his Democratic successor has "done a better job than he's getting credit for. " The former president does say in the book, "Back To Work," that the White House did not always take his advice on issues like the debt ceiling and Democrats' message in the 2010 campaign. But in a pair of interviews he sought to minimize any talk of a rift. "The book lavishly praises the administration's economic policy, its energy policy, its whole thing," Clinton told Ann Curry on NBC's "Today" show.
August 4, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - To mark his birthday Saturday, President Obama stepped off the campaign trail and onto the golf course. Obama celebrated turning 51 with a round of golf under a hot sun at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. He was joined by a group of friends and aides. The president wore tan pants, a white shirt and sunglasses, while his companions, described by a White House aide as personal friends, wore golf shirts and shorts on a sunny, sultry, mid-90s day. Later in the day, the president was to fly to Camp David for a quiet weekend in the pine forests of the Catoctin Mountains.
June 9, 2011 | Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
Lupe Fiasco has never bitten his tongue about his disdain for modern politics, and his latest single "Words I Never Said," offers a few of his thoughts on the subject. "Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist, Gaza Strip was getting burned, Obama didn't say ?/ That's why I ain't vote for him, next one either," he raps on the controversial track from his latest album, "Lasers. " The rapper has opened himself up to even more scrutiny after appearing on CBS News' "What's Trending.
December 8, 2010 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
On Wednesday, Barack Obama, the president of the United States, will appear on "Mythbusters," the long-running Discovery Channel series that tests the truth of common wisdom, received notions, popular legends and stuff you see in the movies. On a more basic level, it is a show about building and blowing things up, and that, as the president himself will say here, "is always cool. " Obama has been criticized at times for the seeming alacrity with which he will go on television, any old television, but his trip to a comical basic-cable series is not without presidential precedent.
March 21, 2009 | Stacy St. Clair and John McCormick
When she met Barack Obama two years ago, Caitlin Cox proudly wore the two bronze medals she had won at the Special Olympics. The then-Illinois senator grinned as she showed him pictures of her signature bubble-gum-pink bowling ball and posed for photographs with her. Cox, who has Down syndrome, excitedly recalls that meeting each time she sees Obama's photo on a magazine cover or hears him mentioned on TV.
April 26, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
As the first U.S. president to visit this Muslim-majority nation in nearly five decades, President Obama will talk trade and security issues with Prime Minister Najib Razak, whom the White House considers a political reformer in a country with a spotty human rights record. But U.S. officials also hope to strengthen “people-to-people” ties, diplomatic speak for trying to spread goodwill and burnish the U.S. image.  Obama, who spent several years living in neighboring Indonesia as a boy, relied on his family history to perform those tasks Saturday after he was welcomed at a state banquet by King Abdul Halim of Kedah, accompanied by dancers dressed in brightly hued brocade.
April 26, 2014
Re “Watch Putin's lips,” Opinion, April 20 I don't like Russian President Vladimir Putin. I don't like the way he is dismantling nascent Russian democracy, and I do not like the way he jailed Pussy Riot. But the man is eating our lunch, and our foreign policy poohbahs cannot figure out why they are hungry. When the Crimean caper comes to be analyzed, we will understand that Putin has served a valuable function. He has revealed our president as being clothed in a vaporous foreign policy based on holding hands and making the world a better place.
April 25, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama conceded Friday that sanctions on Russia may not force President Vladimir Putin to alter his decisions on Ukraine, but he then offered a spirited defense of how they might still influence a leader he said is “not a stupid man.” Putin surely realizes that sanctions have hurt the Russian economy, Obama said, and knows there is much more pain ahead if he doesn't live up to his pledge to ease tensions in Ukraine, where Russian-speaking...
April 25, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- The push-pull of immigration reform is intensifying as Congress prepares to return to work for one of the last few legislative sessions before the midterm elections. The window for Congress to approve an immigration overhaul is closing, but House Speaker John A. Boehner continues to suggest that action is still possible -- even as he mocked his colleagues who find the hot-button issue too difficult. "Here's the attitude: Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner said, mimicking a whining tone, at an Ohio luncheon, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
April 25, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Christi Parsons and Don Lee
SEOUL - Halfway through a long-delayed visit to four allies in Asia, President Obama is struggling to sell a foreign policy strategy that seems under siege on multiple fronts. When he landed in Seoul on Friday, Obama had not locked down a key portion of a long-promised Pacific Rim free-trade deal, had made scant progress in forcing Russia to retreat on Ukraine, and had just seen his administration's Mideast peace efforts put on life support. The setbacks involved unrelated disputes thousands of miles apart, but together they dealt a harsh blow to the president's second-term foreign policy agenda, including its much-touted rebalancing of U.S. strategic interests to the Asia-Pacific region.
April 24, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
TOKYO - During a long day in the coded world of Japanese diplomacy, President Obama's easiest conversation Thursday was with a robot. “I can kick a soccer ball,” said the Honda humanoid to the president. “OK, come on,” replied Obama, who caught the kick with his foot and complimented the metallic athlete. “That was pretty impressive.” Besides offering the least complicated interaction of the day, the demonstration at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation also had Obama in a comfort zone, focusing on science, technology and the opportunity for collaboration with a top American ally and trade partner.
March 25, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
President Obama on Monday established five new national monuments, including one in Washington's San Juan Islands and one in northern New Mexico. The Río Grande del Norte National Monument elevates protections for 242,550 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management holdings northwest of Taos. A variety of wildlife, 500-year-old trees and extinct volcanoes are found in the monument, which lies between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. The monument includes parts of the 800-foot-deep Rio Grande Gorge, carved by the river as it flows across highlands that feature petroglyphs and archaeological sites.
November 14, 2012 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- President Obama drew a careful limit around the U.S. role in the civil war in Syria, saying he would not recognize the opposition as a “government in exile,” or yield to mounting international pressure to begin arming militias battling President Bashar Assad. Obama said at a White House news conference that his administration would continue providing humanitarian aid to victims and refugees, and keep pressing the opposition to become more unified and to exclude extremists.
April 24, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
SEOUL -- President Obama plans to honor those who died in the Korean War with a surprising message for a foreign audience: a pitch for immigration reform back home. At a naturalization ceremony Friday for 13 U.S. service members and seven military spouses stationed in South Korea, he will offer a tribute to the contributions that naturalized American citizens have made through military service, according to an official familiar with the event. The ceremony offers a rare setting for a recurrent Obama message: that the U.S. will benefit if immigrants who already make the sacrifices of citizenship can enjoy the rights and privileges that go along with it. The remarks, coming in the middle of an eight-day tour of Asia, will also be the opening message to a South Korean audience worried about national security and looking for reassurance from their ally.
April 24, 2014 | By Don Lee
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. and Japan failed to reach agreement on free-trade talks as President Obama left Japan on Friday without the breakthrough needed to advance a key element of his broader agenda of strengthening America's hand in Asia. Despite a last-minute push through the night, the two sides could not bridge their differences on tariffs and market access, clouding the prospects for the proposed free-trade pact among a dozen nations that include the U.S., Japan, Canada and Mexico.
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