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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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Obama’s Stature Is on the Line This Week in European Trip

March 24, 2014 Recent developments in Ukraine have transformed President Obama's overseas travels this week like no presidential trip since the end of the Cold War, turning his four-nation swing that begins Monday from a routine gathering of world leaders to an emergency meeting of allies trying to find a way to restrain ...

Obama's Nonmilitary Leverage Over Putin

March 9, 2014 President Obama is not the first American president to be confronted by provocations and military actions from Moscow. All 12 presidents since World War II have faced such challenges. But Obama is one of the first to have a broad range of potentially biting nonmilitary responses to employ—a measure of ...

Who Said It, Obama or Nixon?

January 27, 2014 When President Obama begins his State of the Union address Tuesday night, listen closely and you'll hear echoes of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and many of the presidents who preceded him to the podium. Listen particularly hard when he says the word "new." For when it comes to this annual ...

Obama's Travel Dropped Sharply in 2013

December 2, 2013 What a difference a year makes. It was only 11 months ago that residents of Ohio thought President Obama would never leave them alone. He was there, it seemed, almost every week, asking their deepest thoughts, sharing long bus rides, chatting at ice-cream socials, and even downing a few beers ...

Obama Snubs 150th Anniversary of Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2013 On Tuesday, just 65 miles from the White House, thousands will gather at the battlefield where 150 years ago the sacrifice and bloodshed and deaths of warring Americans were immortalized by the words of President Abraham Lincoln. Fifty-one thousand casualties were counted when the fighting ceased in 1863, including 8,000 ...

NSA, Watergate, Vietnam: What Should Presidents Know?

October 29, 2013 The Republican National Committee dismisses him as "the bystander president," mocking the White House's declaration that President Obama knew nothing about the NSA bugging of foreign leaders before the story hit the news. They eagerly point to previous instances over the past five years when the president publicly contended he ...

Analysis: To Avoid Bush's Fate, Obama Must Fire Someone Soon

October 23, 2013 It's good that President Obama recognizes how badly his administration botched the rollout of his signature health care law. It's even better that he let the country know how angry he is. But, as he is already learning, that is not enough. With a mess this embarrassing on something so ...

White House Has a Roach Problem

September 16, 2013 It was just a cockroach, one of millions around the world. But this one had a White House address, making it pretty special. Well, special at least to the reporters with workspace in the often-troubled basement of the press offices. Already this year, they have been treated to flooding, soaked ...

Is Obama Making it Harder to Take on Iran?

September 6, 2013 Anything a president does sets a precedent for the leaders who come after him. Except when it doesn’t. That is one constitutional reality brought home by President Obama’s unexpected decision to delay military action against Syria until Congress gives him authorization. With more than 200 examples to choose from in ...

Obama, Clinton, and Carter Represent Different Generations in Racial Struggles

August 28, 2013 The brightest spotlight Wednesday at the rally commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington will shine on President Obama. That is as it should be, for nothing better symbolizes the advances of a half-century than the presence of a twice-elected African-American president of the United States. But ...