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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...

Good will and tears at Bush portrait unveiling

May 31, 2012 President Obama and the first lady had 14 members of the Bush family over for lunch on Thursday, as two generations of Bush presidents and others came to the White House for the unveiling of George W. and Laura Bush's official portraits. Obama and former President George W. Bush peppered...

Obama 'refuses to allow' debt ceiling fight, meets with Boehner

May 16, 2012 President Obama told House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders on Wednesday that he "refuses to allow" a repeat of last year's fight over raising the debt ceiling, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. "The topic did come up. The speaker raised it, and the president made clear...

Obama releases familiar 'to-do list' for Congress

May 8, 2012 President Obama boasted on Tuesday that his latest jobs plan can fit on a Post-it note -- just the right size, he added pointedly, “so every member of Congress should have time to read it.” But even if his scaled-down agenda is a far cry from the ambitious jobs legislation...

White House defends its approach to North Korea

April 13, 2012 North Korea’s missile launch does not mean the Obama administration's effort to engage Pyongyang has failed, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said on Friday. "Absolutely not," Rhodes told reporters aboard Air Force One, according to pools reports. “What this administration has done has broken the cycle of rewarding provocative...

White House defends solicitor general

March 28, 2012 The White House on Wednesday defended Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the man charged with defending the 2010 health reform law before the Supreme Court. Verrilli's arguments before the court on Tuesday have been criticized by analysts and observers. “Mr. Verrilli is an extraordinarily talented advocate who possesses a sharp mind,...

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