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George E. Condon Jr.

George Condon Jr. George E. Condon Jr. is White House correspondent for National Journal. He joined National Journal at the beginning of the Obama administration, covering the White House for CongressDaily. Prior to that, he covered the White House and national politics as Washington bureau chief for Copley News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Condon has interviewed eight presidents and reported from 88 countries. He led the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the corruption of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Condon is a past president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club and past chairman of the National Press Foundation.
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How Obama Will Give His Final State of the Union

January 9, 2016 As Pres­id­ent Obama pre­pares to de­liv­er his fi­nal State of the Uni­on ad­dress Tues­day, he can only hope for bet­ter treat­ment than the last two-term pres­id­ent re­ceived. The White House back in 2008 was less than thrilled when Pres­id­ent George W. Bush’s ap­pear­ance be­fore a joint ses­sion of Con­gress was...

The White House Thinks Obama Had a Very Good Year. The Public Isn’t so Sure.

December 21, 2015 By al­most all tra­di­tion­al met­rics, the White House should be cel­eb­rat­ing his 2015 in­stead of of­fer­ing the sub­dued and meas­ured de­fense seen from Pres­id­ent Obama at his end-of-the-year press con­fer­ence. After all, the usu­al num­bers are good—un­em­ploy­ment rate down, job cre­ation up, in­fla­tion low, GDP up, gas prices de­clin­ing. Only...

The President Again Tries to Right the Ship

November 25, 2015 With the coun­try shaken by the blood­shed in Par­is, nervous about at­tacks at home, and con­cerned about an in­flux of refugees from the Middle East, many pres­id­ents would take to the air­waves for a prime-time ad­dress to re­as­sure an anxious na­tion. But that is not Pres­id­ent Obama’s pre­ferred way to...

Yes, President Obama Is Going to Watch the Debate

October 13, 2015 The White House wants you to know that Pres­id­ent Obama is not watch­ing every step taken by those who want his job. “He feels like he’s got bet­ter things to do,” ex­plained press sec­ret­ary Josh Earn­est when asked why the pres­id­ent didn’t watch the early GOP can­did­ate de­bates. While Earn­est...

Obama Vows Another Try on Gun Regulation

October 2, 2015 Amer­ic­ans saw an angry and frus­trated pres­id­ent Thursday even­ing, a pres­id­ent who has reached his break­ing point as yet more in­no­cent vic­tims of gun vi­ol­ence are coun­ted and yet more fu­ner­als are planned. For the 15th time in his ten­ure, Pres­id­ent Obama had to face the cam­er­as to some­how lead...

The Real Audience for Obama’s U.N. Speech Was Republicans

September 29, 2015 Pres­id­ent Obama rarely takes the op­por­tun­ity to talk back to the Re­pub­lic­an pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates, es­pe­cially with top White House aides go­ing out of their way to claim he doesn’t watch their de­bates or heed their at­tacks. But on Monday, the pres­id­ent left little doubt that he has been pay­ing at­ten­tion...

Papal White House Visits Are Special, But They Sometimes Get Awkward

September 21, 2015 Pope Fran­cis’s ar­rival at the White House on Wed­nes­day will be marked with all the pomp nor­mally ac­cor­ded a head of state, not un­like the ce­re­mon­ies that wel­comed so many pre­vi­ous world lead­ers over the years. But as aides to Pres­id­ent Obama and sev­er­al earli­er pres­id­ents have learned, there is...

Ohio Isn't Happy Obama Renamed Mount McKinley

September 1, 2015 There may have been cheer­ing in Alaska when the White House de­clared that the tallest peak in North Amer­ica will re­vert back to its nat­ive name of Mount Denali after more than a cen­tury of be­ing known as Mount McKin­ley. But on a small farm out­side Massil­lon, Ohio, the an­nounce­ment...

Obama Embarks on Alaska Trip to Talk Climate, Glaciers

August 28, 2015 As President Obama embarks on the most ambitious presidential exploration of Alaska in U.S. history, he hopes to call attention to the threats facing that state's precious and majestic glaciers, attending a State Department-sponsored conference on glaciers and meeting with locals concerned about their melting. That probably means he won't...

Obama's Upcoming Kenyan Visit Will Be Different

July 23, 2015 The first time Barack Obama arrived in Kenya, the airport in Nairobi was, he recalled, "almost empty." The few officials there ignored him except for trying to bum a cigarette off him. They paid little attention to the fact that his luggage had been lost. Bagless, he left the airport...