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Obama’s only choice

Obama’s only choice

President Barack Obama had little choice. Already weakened by the seemingly insolvable Gulf oil spill and his party’s dicey prospects in the coming congressional election, Obama could not afford to give his Afghanistan commander a pass for his inflammatory public words. In essence, Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired himself. It fell to Obama to make the […]

General faces come-to-Jesus meeting with angry Obama

General faces come-to-Jesus meeting with angry Obama

Forget No-drama Obama. An infuriated U.S. president is hauling his top general in Afghanistan to the White House, job hanging in the balance, to explain “what in the world he was thinking” when he and his aides mocked their commander-in-chief and his team. After reading General Stanley McChrystal’s complaints in a Rolling Stone magazine article […]

White House budget chief quitting

White House budget chief quitting

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag’s expected resignation would make him the first high-profile member of President Barack Obama’s team to depart the administration. A Democratic official said Monday that Orszag is expected to leave in the coming months, although the exact timing is not known. The official confirmed the news to The Associated Press […]

Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

Obama tries to refocus on jobs, economy

President Barack Obama launched a push on Friday ahead of congressional elections to refocus on economic recovery efforts that have been overshadowed by the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Traveling to the recession-battered Midwest, Obama kicked off what the White House has billed as a six-week drive to promote his administration’s […]

Can Obama get his presidency back?

Can Obama get his presidency back?

BP chief executive Tony Hayward committed a faux pas when he admitted he wanted his life back. President Barack Obama is too smart to say it aloud, but he wants his presidency back. To that end, the president’s team this past week unilaterally declared an “inflection point” in the Gulf of Mexico debacle. He framed […]

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

Obama’s push on energy bill falls on deaf Capitol Hill ears

President Barack Obama’s muted call for comprehensive energy legislation failed to sway a hesitant Congress on Wednesday, with hopes for approval before November elections fading fast. In his first national address from the Oval Office, Obama said on Tuesday the Gulf of Mexico oil spill provided a chance to break the U.S. dependence on fossil […]

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Obama talks tough but can he deliver?

Fresh from admonishing BP before the world, President Barack Obama now gets his moment with the oil company’s leaders. It will be on his turf and, he vowed to an angry nation, on his terms. “We will make BP pay for the damage their company has caused,” Obama declared in his first Oval Office address, […]

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

Gulf Coasters aren’t buying Obama’s side show

President Barack Obama promised that life would return to normal for people living on the stricken Gulf Coast, and BP said by the end of the month it would contain more than three times as much oil spewing from a ruptured undersea well. The pledges didn’t placate some residents. “I think that as long as […]

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

Obama may strike out on health benefits extension

If Chuck Lacasse had gotten his pink slip four days earlier, Uncle Sam would have covered most of his family’s health insurance while he looked for a new job. But Congress allowed emergency health care assistance for unemployed workers to expire May 31, and seems unwilling to renew it despite pleas from President Barack Obama. […]

Obama looking for some asses to kick

Obama looking for some asses to kick

President Barack Obama says he wants to know “whose ass to kick” in the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Some might suggest the President should start by kicking his own ass. Obama tried staged anger as a ploy today in interviews with NBC’s Today Show. He tried out some new material, […]