June 30, 2012 |
CAIRO - In front of tens of thousands of cheering supporters, Egypt's first Islamist and civilian president-elect vowed Friday to fight for his authority and symbolically read an oath of office on Cairo's Tahrir Square on the eve of his official inauguration. Mohammed Morsi's strongly worded speech was a show of defiance as he gears up to struggle with the country's ruling generals who passed a constitutional declaration taking over major presidential powers in the days before election results were announced after a bitter campaign.
November 2, 2011 |
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan's president-elect said Tuesday that the U.S. air base there needs to close by 2014 because its presence on Kyrgyz soil puts this former Soviet nation at risk of retaliatory strikes from those in conflict with the United States. Almazbek Atambayev, who won more than 60 percent of the ballots in Sunday's vote, said Kyrgyzstan would honor a contract allowing the United States to lease the Manas base through mid-2014. The United States has used Manas, within Kyrgyzstan's main civilian airport, as a key logistical hub for operations in nearby Afghanistan since 2001.
January 18, 2009 |
As the nation celebrates the inauguration of its 44th president, there will be no shortage of megawatt star power in Washington. Beyonc?, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, Bruce Springsteen, Jamie Foxx, the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Bono, Shakira, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder, among many others, will honor the incoming chief executive. There'll be no question, however, as to who's the most omnipresent pop cultural icon on the banks of the Potomac. That would be Barack Obama, the self-described "skinny kid with a funny name" who shares the cover of the sold-out current issue of Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" with another web-savvy superhero.
January 18, 2009 |
As the nation celebrates the inauguration of its 44th president, there will be no shortage of megawatt star power in Washington. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Denzel Washington, Bruce Springsteen, Jamie Foxx, the Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Bono, Shakira, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Wonder, among many others, will honor the incoming chief executive. There'll be no question, however, as to who's the most omnipresent pop cultural icon on the banks of the Potomac. That would be Barack Obama, the self-described "skinny kid with a funny name" who shares the cover of the sold-out current issue of Marvel Comics' "The Amazing Spider-Man" with another web-savvy superhero.
January 11, 2009 |
One fragment is a poster-size patch of discolored red-and-white cloth, the other little more than threads and fibers. Both pieces come from the same source. And both are more than what they seem. "Relics," said Andrew Coldren, curator of the Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, "of Lincoln's epic train journey. " Both swatches were snipped from a giant U.S. flag that President-elect Abraham Lincoln raised at Independence Hall during the 1861 rail voyage that took him through Philadelphia to Washington for his inauguration.
December 16, 2008 |
Nearly 150 years ago, a newly elected president from Illinois rode a train through Philadelphia on his way to his inauguration, pausing to speak to people here. Barack Obama plans to do the same. In a trip that will echo the 1861 journey of Abraham Lincoln, officials announced yesterday that Obama will travel to his inaugural by railroad, departing from Philadelphia and hosting events along the way in Wilmington and Baltimore. Inaugural planners depict the trip as the last leg of a journey that has taken the president-elect from the steps of the Old State Capitol in Illinois to the steps of the Capitol in Washington.
December 11, 2008 |
President-elect Barack Obama is set to nominate New Jersey's Lisa P. Jackson, Gov. Corzine's chief of staff and for nearly three years his top environmental official, to lead the federal government's environmental protection efforts, according to published reports. Jackson, who has a master's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton, would bring to the job more than 20 years of experience as an environmental officer at federal, regional and state levels. She will be the first African American to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
December 3, 2008 |
Having spent four years in Washington with the Clinton administration, former Common Pleas Court Judge Nelson Diaz may return for a second extended stay. Diaz, who served as city solicitor under Mayor John F. Street, is among a handful of high-profile Latinos rumored to be possible picks to serve as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President-elect Barack Obama. Diaz said yesterday that shortly after Election Day, he received a call from Obama's transition team to gauge his interest in a Washington position.
December 2, 2008
FIVE MONTHS AGO, Barack Obama made history in Philadelphia with a speech on race prompted by reports about his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Today, he has another chance to make history when he meets at Independence Hall with at least 40 of the nation's governors to hear how they're coping with the economy. It's already historical that such a newly minted president would meet with the governors' group before his administration even started, and the move gives us great confidence that President-elect Obama recognizes the importance of states and cities.
November 26, 2008
I FOR ONE have had it. I'm sick and tired of a bunch of idiots foaming at the mouth regarding President-elect Obama having no experience. Unless I've lost my mind, neither did Ronald Reagan. He was a Hollywood actor. Need I say more? Ann Townson Philadelphia