Obama's rhetoric of remembrance is striking a less triumphant tone.
Five times, President Barack Obama has come before the American people to reckon with the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the anniversary of that awful day. Each time, he has tailored his message to the moment, at different points stressing themes of service, resilience, tolerance, reconciliation. This year, with the threat of the […]
Clinton and Obama will address hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers
Former President Bill Clinton will join President Barack Obama at the White House this week to mark the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, officials said Tuesday. Clinton launched the first crop of AmeriCorps volunteers in September 1994. Clinton and Obama will address hundreds of AmeriCorps volunteers on the South Lawn on Friday as they are being […]
Lawmakers said in advance that they would like the president to give specifics
President Barack Obama plans to begin laying out his strategy for defeating Islamic State militants expanding their grip in Iraq and Syria. He’ll outline his evolving tactics when he meets with congressional leaders from both parties at the White House on Tuesday and then delivers a speech Wednesday on the eve of the 13th anniversary […]
Obama's decision abandons a pledge he made June 30 to act quickly after summer's end
Caught between competing political demands over immigration, President Barack Obama will now wait until after the November election to take executive action that could shield millions of immigrants from deportation and ignite a clash over the extent of his presidential authority. Obama’s decision abandons a pledge he made June 30 to act quickly after summer’s […]
Video showed beheading of freelance reporter Steven Sotloff
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the United States will not be intimidated by Islamic State militants after the beheading of a second American journalist and will build a coalition to “degrade and destroy” the group. Obama still did not give a timeline for deciding on a strategy to go after the extremist group’s operations […]
Polls show Scott Walker and Mary Burke deadlocked with the election just two months away
The last time President Barack Obama celebrated workers’ rights at a Wisconsin Labor Day event, there was barely a hint of the turmoil that would embroil the state later when public employees staged massive protests in an unsuccessful bid to keep their collective bargaining rights. Now, four years later, he’s returning to the state with […]
Democrats must decide whether to pressure the president publicly to stop stalling
President Barack Obama’s possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections. Democrats who were bracing for the impact that Obama’s long-awaited announcement would have on their campaigns are now rethinking aspects of their strategy for the fall. Republicans who […]
'There are reasons to feel good about the direction we are heading'
New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday. “There are reasons to feel good about the direction we are heading,” the president told reporters at the White House. Obama said he still wanted to push Congress to take more action to […]
White House is suggesting it may not be necessary to get a sign-off from Congress for airstrikes.
President Barack Obama faces a familiar question as he contemplates airstrikes in Syria: Should Congress have a say in his decision? Obama was barreling toward strikes last summer when he abruptly announced that he first wanted approval from congressional lawmakers. But Congress balked at Obama’s request for a vote and the operation was eventually scrapped. […]
President returns to immigration problems, racial issues and much more
While in office, former President George H. W. Bush once plaintively asked, “What is it about August?” Indeed, this sultry month usually associated with the doldrums of summer has burdened modern presidents with personal, domestic or international crises. And for President Barack Obama, who returned to Washington Sunday from a two-week Martha’s Vineyard vacation, what […]