President Obama's trip to Europe has been a success, especially in media and public relations terms. Including both the European Union and NATO dimensions of Atlantic-area relationships reinforces awareness of association between economic growth and military security. The White House has been particularly astute to conclude the trip by visiting Turkey, a vital as well as pivotal ally in the region -- and beyond.
You write columns, you get e-mails, and what some tell you is that capitalism is a failure, that people are suffering and what we need is Obama-style socialism -- virtually unfettered government taking over everything that moves and spending at a rate that could add something like $9 trillion to our debt over the next decade.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates presented the first proposed defense budget of President Barack Obama's new administration Monday and the proposals cut deep into traditional Pentagon weapons systems while proposing a major shift in stragegy in how the United States fights future wars.
But Obama's first war will be with Congress where powerful members of the House and Senate see the cuts as threats to bread and butter jobs as well as votes back home.
The proposed overhaul will not be easy.
President Obama sent tongues wagging and Wall Street reeling with the announcement of his plan to revitalize the U.S. auto industry -- a plan that began with the ouster of General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner and most of the company's board of directors.
Recall that the Bush administration signed off on $17 billion in federal funds to help GM and Chrysler survive the current recession. It also demanded both companies submit restructuring plans that the Obama administration reviewed and ultimately rejected.
From terrorism to the economic meltdown, problems menacing the United States' security and economy also threaten an increasingly interconnected world, President Barack Obama said Saturday.
"In this new century, we live in a world that has grown smaller and more interconnected than at any time in history," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address, taped during his first presidential trip to Europe. "Threats to our nation's security and economy can no longer be kept at bay by oceans or by borders drawn on maps."
Would you buy a used car from this man -- Barack Obama, that is?
Well, you may just have to if you buy a certified pre-owned one from General Motors. The president's forced resignation of GM's Richard Wagoner has given a whole new meaning to the question. Some members of the beleaguered company's board of directors face the same fate. And those who replace them apparently would have to be approved by the White House.
Because Democrats abandoned a plan to use a Senate squelch-the-minority maneuver to pass a disastrous cap-and-trade carbon tax, the idea may be done for this year. But don't give thanks too quickly.
It's far from dead and buried and other disastrous energy policies are being readied for public infliction. Before the Obama administration and its congressional allies are done, we could be reeling from one of the most extraordinary spectacles in American political history -- a wholly misguided war against our own self-interests as a people.
President Barack Obama's spokesman says the White House is expecting a new employment report to show additional "severe job cuts" in the U.S.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs says the report on March employment that is due out later Friday would be gloomy. He says he did not know if Obama had been given a heads-up about the numbers but thinks that the president probably did get advance word.
Gibbs says he has not seen the numbers himself. He spoke to reporters traveling with Obama aboard Air Force One.
The last time Obama went to Europe, large cheering crowds greeted him. This time, protestors took the streets of London as a beleaguered President faces skepticism on the world stage and global doubts about his ability to fix the economic problems that face America and the rest of the planet.
But Obama's theme appears to be "we are the world" and is spinning the hell out of a message that his plan will work and the rest of the world needs to get behind him and the United States.
It's ambitious, audacious and typically Obama: Optimism in the face of bleak reality and upbeat rhetoric in a time that demands action.
Will it work? Stay tuned.
What it with the Obama administration and political appointees who don't appear to understand the tax law?
From Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on down, an astounding number of President Obama's picks for top jobs have run into tax problems.
The latest is Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.