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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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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...

Should Joe Biden Run for President?

July 13, 2015 Vice President Joe Biden, urged on by his family and encouraged by many longtime supporters, has given himself until the end of the summer to decide if he will make another run for president in 2016. It may not be a deeply analytical chore for a politician who likes to...

What Vietnam Means to Obama

July 7, 2015 When President Obama welcomes Vietnam's Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, to the Oval Office on Tuesday, it will be the latest step in the president's nearly life-long attempt to come to grips with a war that he was too young to fully understand but which still casts a powerful...

Vietnam's Communist Party Leader to Meet With Obama in Washington

July 7, 2015 When President Obama welcomes Vietnam's Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, to the Oval Office on Tuesday, it will be the latest step in the president's nearly life-long attempt to come to grips with a war that he was too young to fully understand but which still casts a powerful...