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The bully pulpit won’t help Obama get a grand bargain

October 29, 2012 The Obama campaign believes in taking its message to the American people. But history shows that, when it comes to the tough issues, use of the bully pulpit can backfire. As Congress faces its toughest negotiating challenge yet, the next president may want to consider keeping a low profile. The...

Obama: Debate partner 'couldn't have been Mitt Romney'

October 4, 2012 President Obama accused Republican nominee Mitt Romney of running from his own record in Wednesday night’s presidential debate, joking that the man he faced onstage at the University of Denver must have been someone else. “When I got onto the stage I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to...

Legal questions dog administration officials on campaign trail

September 21, 2012 The campaign trail is getting pretty crowded. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the first lady make frequent forays out of Washington to meet with supporters and ask for money. But they’re not alone: In the past year, Cabinet secretaries have visited Obama for America campaign offices, White House...

Attack on U.S. consulate in Libya was the work of terrorists, White House says

September 20, 2012 The White House on Thursday described the attack at the diplomatic facility in Libya as a “terrorist attack.” "It is, I think, self-evident that what happened in Benghazi was a terrorist attack. Our embassy was attacked violently and the result was four deaths of American officials,” press secretary Jay Carney...

With veterans, Obama plays the long game

September 14, 2012 Stereotypes have long cast Democrats as peaceniks and Republicans as sabre-rattlers. But at the 2012 Democratic convention, odes to the military were inescapable, while Republican nominee Mitt Romney didn’t even note in his acceptance speech that the United States was at war. President Obama isn’t expected to win the military...

Obama concerned about attacks from Afghan troops

August 20, 2012 President Obama on Monday defended his administration’s attempts to reduce the attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan by members of the Afghan military or, at times, insurgents disguised as members of the military or police. “Obviously we have been watching with deep concern the so-called green-on-blue attacks,” Obama said. He...

Obama says he's awed by U.S. women's gymnastics team

August 1, 2012 President Obama called the U.S. women’s gymnastics team on Wednesday to congratulate them on their gold-medal win in the Olympics. He also confessed to voters in Mansfield, Ohio, that he’s mystified by their stunts. “These gymnastic folks, I don't understand how they do what they do. So I told these...

Who are those people standing behind Obama?

July 16, 2012 Shortly after noon last Monday, 17 smartly dressed Americans filed onto risers at the rear of the East Room of the White House. Their job, for the next 15 minutes or so, was to stand and gaze attentively at President Obama’s back. Obama, like most presidents in the age of...

Obama wants partial tax cut extension now

July 9, 2012 This story has been updated. President Obama called on Congress on Monday to raise taxes on the wealthy, while vowing to keep taxes low on the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 per year. “I’m not proposing anything radical here. I just believe that anybody making over...

Obama forcefully rejects charges of White House leaks

June 8, 2012 President Obama said on Friday that allegations the White House has been leaking classified information is “offensive.” “The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong, and people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office...