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Obama hits Gulf Coast for oil spill photo op

Obama hits Gulf Coast for oil spill photo op

Kneeling to pick up tar balls on an oil-fouled beach and listening to “heartbreaking stories” of loss, President Barack Obama personally confronted the spreading damage wrought by the crude gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — and the bitter anger that’s rising onshore. “What can he really do?” said Billy Ward, a developer who comes […]

Obama on spill: ‘My watch, my responsibility’

Obama on spill: ‘My watch, my responsibility’

Thrown on the defensive, President Barack Obama acknowledged his administration could have done better in dealing with the biggest oil spill in the nation’s history and misjudged the industry’s ability to cope with a worst-case scenario. Obama will make his second tour of the battered Gulf Coast on Friday. “I take responsibility. It is my […]

Obama under fire for tepid oil spill response

Obama under fire for tepid oil spill response

President Barack Obama’s floundering Presidency is taking fire for its lackluster response to the massive Gulf oil spill as Democrats, Republicans and voters show increasing frustration. House Oversight and Government Reform chairman Edolphus Towns, a prominent New York Democrat, called the White House’s handing of the affair “simply unacceptable” and lectured Interior Secretary Ken Salazar […]

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Sestak bribe offer: Obama’s Watergate?

The Obama administration’s apparent attempt to bribe Rep. Joe Sestak with a plum federal appointment if he dropped out of the race against Sen. Arlen Specter is a simmering scandal that’s threatening to boil over. Republicans, and even some Democrats, want to know more about Sestak’s claim that the White House tried — and failed […]

Angry Obama on oil spill: ‘Plug the damn hole’

Angry Obama on oil spill: ‘Plug the damn hole’

An obviously angry President Barack Obama, meeting with senior government officials, had one view on the 36-day old oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is becoming a monumental disaster not only for the environment and his administration. “Plug the damn hole,” he told the meeting. “Just get it done.” The spill from a […]

Chris Matthews: Obama ‘scares me’

Chris Matthews: Obama ‘scares me’

Chris Matthews, the bombastic MSNBC talk show host who used to say President Barack Obama sent a thrill up his leg now says the nation’s first African-American President “scares me.” Matthews, appearing on the “Tonight Show” says Obama’s lack of leadership in the the Gulf Oil spill crisis is frightening. Matthews asked: “When is he […]

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

Obama, at West Point, repudiates Bush’s failed foreign policy

The U.S. must shape a world order as reliant on the force of diplomacy as on the might of its military to lead, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he outlined a foreign policy vision that repudiated the go-it-alone approach forged by his predecessor, George W. Bush. Addressing nearly 1,000 graduating cadets at the U.S. […]

Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Clapper considered top choice for White House intel post

Senior Pentagon official James Clapper has emerged as a leading candidate to replace Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, but other candidates have not been ruled out, two U.S. officials said on Friday. Clapper, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has the support of Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has considerable sway with President Barack […]

Fired intel director knew his days were numbered

Fired intel director knew his days were numbered

For months, National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair has been a dead man walking — and he knew it. So constant and vicious were the leaks from the White House and Congress of his imminent departure that he opened a recent speech on intelligence reform with a joke that his replacement would be Redskins quarterback Donovan […]

Rhodent upstages Obama

Rhodent upstages Obama

In the midst of his battle with the titans of Wall Street, President Barack Obama was nearly upstaged by a rodent. Obama had just begun a Rose Garden statement lauding the end of a Senate filibuster on his financial overhaul when some kind of rodent dashed out of the bushes to his right, just outside […]