Category Archives: President & VP
(AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.
Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. Read more »
The White House on Wednesday engaged in attempted “damage control” after an unsettling controversy broke out regarding a magazine article that outlined deep tensions between the United States and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official as calling the Israeli Prime Minister the derisive epithet “chickens–t.”
Officials of the Obama administration, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not issue any denial of the offensive quote, nor did they convey in any fashion that they would seek to discover which official said it.
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The United States and Israel openly disagreed with each other over Israel’s announcement to build some 1,00 housing units in Jerusalem. After Israel announced its plan, the State Department was quick to speak out against the construction plan, calling it “incompatible” with “peace efforts.”
After Prime Minister Netanyahu called the Obama administration’s criticism of Israeli construction activity in East Jerusalem as “detached from reality,” the State Dept spokeswoman said that “our view on construction in East Jerusalem is clear – we will continue to express our views on this issue.” Read more »
A pervasive sense of unease about both the economy and politics in general marks public attitudes in the homestretch of the 2014 midterm elections campaign – a dynamic that casts negative light on President Obama’s job performance, bolstering his Republican opponents. The dissatisfaction in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll is quite manifest – seven out of 10 Americans rate the nation’s economy negatively and only 28 percent are willing to claim that it’s getting better. A whopping 68 percent of United States citizens say the country is seriously moving on the wrong track.
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(AP) - President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail just one week before Election Day in an effort to help a Democratic challenger oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office.
Walker is a top target of Democrats in the midterm elections after he angered organized labor by enacting a measure in 2011 that reduced the power of public sector unions in the state. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary, who is running close against Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate. Read more »
In an effort to secure a bigger role in the West’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, key Democrats have started to openly criticize the Obama administration for its plans to push off an immediate vote on a deal intended to stem Tehran’s ongoing nuclear program.
“I disagree with the administration’s reported assertion that it does not need to come to Congress at this point during negotiations with Iran,” asserted Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY), the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s leading Democrat, on Tuesday.
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(AP) - Marching onto the campaign trail for the first time this year, President Barack Obama accused Republicans of peddling fear and cynicism on Sunday as he rallied voters for Democrat Anthony Brown’s campaign for governor in a heavily black corner of Maryland.
In front of a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people — plus an overflow crowd in a gym next-door — Obama painted Brown as a champion for the American Dream during a rally that echoed many of the same themes as Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Echoing an argument that’s become his party’s mantra this election season, Obama said the midterms would come down to one thing: “Who is going to fight for you?” Read more »
(AP) — Less than a month away from the midterm elections, President Barack Obama’s campaign schedule is getting off to a late start.
Even while he raises money for Democrats this week from coast to coast, Obama will steer clear of any public campaign events with Democratic candidates, which would hand Republicans easy opportunities to saddle their opponents with Obama’s own political baggage. The White House says Obama will start appearing with candidates as early as next week, but as of yet, no events have been announced. Read more »
(AP). Vice President Joe Biden’s supporters often brush off his slips of the tongue as byproducts of the speak-your-mind politics many Americans crave. But this time, Biden’s verbal blunders are causing more than just a few rough headlines and a momentary nuisance for the White House.
Twice in two days, Biden had to apologize to key U.S. allies in the fight against Islamic State militants after accusing the allies of arming and funding al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria. Not only did his comments threaten to jeopardize President Barack Obama’s fragile coalition, they also put the White House on the defensive, forced to clean up for Biden without specifically rebutting what he said. Read more »
(AP). Israel’s prime minister dismissed a recent White House rebuke of Israeli settlement construction, saying in comments broadcast on Sunday that the criticism goes “against American values.”
The tough words by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to deepen a rift with the White House over Israeli construction in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, areas captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as parts of a future independent state.
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(AP). U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized Saturday to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was angry over comments in which Biden said Erdogan had admitted that Turkey had made mistakes by allowing foreign fighters to cross into Syria.
Erdogan denied ever saying that and told reporters in Istanbul before Biden’s apology that he “will be history for me if he has indeed used such expressions.” Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday hosted a large group of Jewish leaders, including many insiders, at their Naval Observatory residence for a poolside reception celebrating the Jewish new year and the community’s contribution to society.
First thanking the people who have helped him throughout his political career, the veep joked that perhaps he would have been a successful businessman instead. Read more »
More than 200 excited people stood along the streets of Northwest Baltimore on a recent Friday afternoon in an attempt to briefly spot President Obama as he traveled through the neighborhood to a fundraising dinner for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that was being held at the home of former AIPAC president and prominent political financier Howard Friedman, who is Orthodox. Read more »
“I’m honored that Colin Kahl will serve as my new National Security Advisor,” Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed, following the announcement that Dr. Colin Kahl will be joining the Vice President’s team of advisors.
Kahl who previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East from 2009-2011, has reportedly been one of the lead staffers of President Obama behind the famous gaffe for the Democratic party caused during the 2012 Democratic National Convention when the party omitted that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel from its party’s platform the Weekly Standard reported. Read more »
(AP) — President Barack Obama on Sunday gave voice to the conundrum at the heart of his Syria policy, acknowledging that the U.S.-led military campaign against the Islamic State group and al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria is helping Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, a man the United Nations has accused of war crimes.
“I recognize the contradiction in a contradictory land and a contradictory circumstance,” Obama said in an interview aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” ”We are not going to stabilize Syria under the rule of Assad,” whose government has committed “terrible atrocities,” Obama said. Read more »
With the president repeatedly promising the nation that the fight against the Islamic State militant group known as ISIS will not include US troops on the ground, the Speaker of the House may not agree with the presidents strategy.
Speaking with ABC News, John Boehner (R-OH) said he thinks the United States will eventually have to use combat troops to augment the U.S.-led airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, if the president wants to ultimately defeat them. Read more »
(AP). Declaring the world at a “crossroads between war and peace,” President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to lead a coalition to dismantle the Islamic State militant group’s “network of death” that has wreaked havoc in the Middle East and drawn the U.S. back into military action in the region.
Speaking to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, Obama said the U.S. would be a “respectful and constructive partner” in confronting the militants through force. But he also implored Middle Eastern nations to take the lead in addressing the conditions that have sparked the rise of extremists, including cutting off funding to terror groups. Read more »
President Barack Obama is scheduled to host meetings with leaders of Middle-Eastern countries in the coming days, one of them being Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.
The bilateral meeting is scheduled to take place in the White House on October 1st, National Security spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden announced earlier today. Read more »
After joining the Twittersphere in January of 2013, long after she became the First Lady, Michele Obama (@FLOTUS) has recently passed the 1 million follower count, as did her Instagram account, and the White House is now celebrating.
In a blog post, the official White House website highlights the First Lady’s use of the social networks to interact with ordinary Americans. “The First Lady uses Twitter and Instagram to connect with people around the country and keep her followers up-to-date on the latest news from her initiatives, Joining Forces, Let’s Move, and Reach Higher. From participating in a Google+ Hangout during her trip to Africa to her Twitter Q&A #LunchWithFlotus on healthy school lunches, the First Lady is continually looking for new ways to connect with the public and answer their questions.” Read more »
(AP) — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in the car of the man accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside the building, a federal prosecutor said Monday. A machete and two hatchets also were found.
In a federal court proceeding, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd declared that the accused intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, was a danger to the president. Gonzalez was arrested just inside the White House front door. Read more »
Speaking out publicly for the first time since her mother’s passing, Melissa Rivers appeared on the show her mother was most known for, Fashion Police.
In a special tribute episode for Joan Rivers that aired on Friday, the late comedian’s daughter revealed that despite Joan’s constant comedy some of them aimed at the president and the first lady, Obama has written a condolence letter to the Rivers family. Read more »
President Barack Obama thanked congress on Thursday for passing a bill that will train and equip Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State militant group.
The vote passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday, both chambers passed the bill with bipartisan support. Read more »
(AP) - President Barack Obama praised a House vote Wednesday granting him authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels, calling it an important step toward confronting the Islamic State group.
The Republican-controlled House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize the program. Final approval in the Senate was expected Thursday. Read more »
Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday apologized for using the word “shylocks” in a speech Tuesday, saying he made a “poor choice of words.”
In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference on Tuesday, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »
Despite his tough rhetoric and recently launched military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) last week, President Barack Obama is hardly trusted on meeting that challenge, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll published Wedensday. His approval ratings on handling terrorism and foreign policy have also taken a hit. Read more »