December 7, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - As he and his family flipped the switch to light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday night, President Obama said he hopes the tree lasts longer than its predecessor, which died after just a year. "Our tree has been having a hard time recently. This is our third one in as many years," Obama said, noting that a tree that stood near the White House for more than three decades was lost in a storm early last year. Its replacement didn't take hold. "It just goes to show, nobody's job is safe here in Washington," Obama joked.
November 25, 2012 |
HALEIWA, Oahu - If you've vacationed in Hawaii, you know the come-hither scent of flowers, the trade winds cooling the peaks, and the warmth of the Southern Ocean. Now imagine growing up here, where Barack Obama was born, exposed from the first to a culture where the impossible has evolved: a multiracial society, tolerant of differences and busily pursuing the delights and challenges of daily life. For people still wondering why Obama stays cool, thinks things through, and keeps an eye focused on peaceful solutions, look toward the 50th state.
November 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama celebrated Thanksgiving quietly at the White House with his family, friends, and some White House staff members after phoning 10 members of the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan. Obama, as has been his practice during previous holidays, reached out to service members from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy. "The president thanked each of them for their service and sacrifice and wished them and their families a happy Thanksgiving," the White House said.
November 9, 2012
THE FIRST LADY of the United States walked onstage to celebrate her husband's re-election Tuesday night doing what for most of her predecessors would have been unthinkable - wearing a dress she'd been seen in before. Michelle Obama has worn that understated burgundy Michael Kors silk chine pin-tucked dress not once but two other times. She was photographed in it at a 2010 Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House and again at a holiday party in 2009. The fact that FLOTUS was willing to shop in her closet, as they say, for such a momentous occasion as her husband's historic re-election reflects her sensitivity to what's going on around the country.
September 23, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - President Obama worked to squash GOP hopes for a resurgence of support in pivotal Wisconsin on Saturday, pushing back against his GOP rival's arguments against an overly intrusive government. Mitt Romney took precious time away from campaigning in the battleground states to troll for cash in California and kept up his accusations that the president is fostering a culture of dependency. Obama faulted Romney for advancing a top-down economic approach that "never works. " "The country doesn't succeed when only the folks at the very top are doing well," he said.
September 13, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney declared a fleeting truce for partisan digs Tuesday as the nation remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but campaign politics crackled through even their somber observances. The campaigns pulled their negative ads and scheduled no rallies. But both candidates stayed in the public eye as the nation marked the 11th anniversary of the jetliner crashes that killed nearly 3,000. Obama observed a White House moment of silence, attended a memorial service at the Pentagon, visited Arlington National Cemetery, and then met privately with wounded soldiers and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
September 12, 2012
By Tobias Peter Watching the national conventions over the past two weeks, I was moved. I even felt like crying. And then I became angry. This had a lot to do with the speeches of the lovely wives of the two presidential candidates. Ann Romney, smiling as if her life depended on it, told the Republican delegates and the nation that she was not planning to talk about politics. "Tonight, I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts," she said. "Tonight, I want to talk to you about love.
September 7, 2012 |
THE POLITICAL party of "Forward" looked backward Wednesday night. Bill Clinton, the 66-year-old 42nd president who left office when November's youngest voters were just 6 years old, was handed a key prime-time slot to use his legendary powers of political persuasion to make the case that the last four years have been much better with President Obama than without him. "In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president's re-election was...
September 7, 2012
FIRST LADY Michelle Obama, whose approval rating is higher than her husband's, has hit her stride. I knew she would. Reaction to Tuesday night's speech was uniformly glowing, proving that she's a political rock star - and one of her husband's biggest political assets. She's come a long way from four years ago, when critics complained about everything from her supposed angry-black-woman attitude to her alleged lack of patriotism. It probably didn't hurt that she looked great, resplendent in a sleeveless Tracy Reese dress and pink J.Crew pumps.
September 6, 2012
FOR MANY disillusioned progressives, Elizabeth Warren, the consumer champion who is running for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, represents the kind of change they thought they were getting when they helped elect Barack Obama. So no matter what Warren said Wednesday night in her prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention, it was bound to result in a mixed message. It's encouraging that, after months of fixation on the deficit and a "grand bargain" with Republicans to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, President Obama and the Democrats are no longer running away from the progressive - and pugnacious - approach that Warren personifies.