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Obama defends war while accepting prize for peace

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama entered the pantheon of Nobel Peace Prize winners Thursday with humble words, acknowledging his own few accomplishments while delivering a robust defense of war and promising to use the prestigious award to "reach for the world that ought to be."

A wartime president honored for peace, Obama became the first sitting U.S. president in 90 years and the third ever to win the prize — some say prematurely. In this damp, chilly Nordic capital to pick it up, he and his wife, Michelle, whirled through a day filled with Nobel pomp and ceremony.

And yet Obama was staying here only about 24 hours and skipping the traditional second day of festivities. This miffed some in Norway but reflects a White House that sees little value in extra pictures of the president, his poll numbers dropping at home, taking an overseas victory lap while thousands of U.S. troops prepare to go off to war and millions of Americans remain jobless.
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Full Text of Obama’s Nobel Prize speech

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, citizens of America, and citizens of the world:

I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations - that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter, and can bend history in the direction of justice.

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Obama: Others ‘more deserving’ of Peace Prize

President Barack Obama, who just last week approved sending 30,000 more soldiers to war, admitted today that others deserve the Nobel Peace Prize more than he.

But he is the first sitting American President in 90 years (and the third in history) to who show up at the ceremoies to receive the award after the Nobel Committee's controversial decision to award him a prize based on what they expect him to accomplish in the future.


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Obama’s job approval continues slide into the crapper

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama's job approval rating from the American public continues to slide, hitting a new low of 47 percent in a new Gallup daily tracking poll.

The new low erases a slight increase in public job approval following the President's announcement of his Afghan war "surge" and shows the new President's honeymoon is over with an increasingly skeptical American public.

With employment still in double digits and Americans going into a Christmas season with little money for basic necessities, let along gifts, Obama's approval ratings will most likely continue to drop.

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Obama set to promote highways, small business

President Barack ObamaPresident Barack Obama is promoting help for highways and small businesses, bridges and energy-efficient homes in a broad pitch to get Americans back to work and roll back the double-digit unemployment that's approaching a quarter-century high, an administration official said Tuesday.

In a speech prepared for delivery Tuesday, Obama plans to talk about what he wants to see in the coming weeks and months — chiefly, more Americans in the workplace and fewer on unemployment, which now stands at 10 percent. The White House worked around the clock in recent days to pull together the president's speech.
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Obama heads to Hill to sell health care bill

President Barack Obama is paying a rare visit to Capitol Hill to urge Senate Democrats forward as they work through the weekend to try to resolve their differences on his sweeping health care overhaul.

The president's planned appearance at a Senate Democratic caucus meeting Sunday afternoon answers appeals from a number of lawmakers eager for him to step in and help Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., finish the job.

"That is what the president is supposed to do, to use his bully pulpit," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Until now, "I haven't seen much of it," Harkin said Saturday.

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Obama set to announce new jobs plan Tuesday

In his latest job creation effort, President Barack Obama is trying to find practical and politically feasible ways of spurring hiring among skittish employers.

Among the ideas expected in his economic speech Tuesday is an expanded program that gives people cash incentives to fix up their homes with energy-saving materials, senior administration officials have told The Associated Press. Obama is leaning toward new incentives for small businesses that hire new workers and new spending on roads, bridges and other public works, the officials said.

The president also is open to a federal infusion of money to cash-strapped state and local governments, considered among the quickest and most effective — though expensive — ways to stem layoffs.

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Obama to banks: Lend more money

President Barack Obama on Friday prodded large U.S. banks to boost lending to Main Street and cautiously welcomed news of an unexpected drop in the unemployment rate.

Obama, whose domestic popularity has taken a hit amid frustrations over job losses, visited a metal-working plant and a community college in Allentown, Pennsylvania, as part of a series of events this week aimed at shoring up confidence in his handling of the economy.

In a town hall-style forum at the college, he said he was aware of the toll the "brutal recession" had taken on people's lives and pledged to do all he could to spur job creation. Allentown is an industrial city hard-hit by the downturn.

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Younger voters fault Obama on economy, Afghan war

President Barack ObamaFifty-eight percent of younger Americans approve of President Barack Obama's job performance but many feel differently about his handling of specific issues, a national poll has found.

Harvard University's Institute of Politics said on Thursday at 52 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds polled disapprove of Obama's handling of the economy and healthcare and 55 disapprove on the topic of Afghanistan.

The poll, taken before Obama said this week he was sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, found 66 percent of respondents opposed such a buildup.

Support from young voters in 2008 helped sweep Obama into the White House. Exit polls showed Obama won the 18- to 29-year-old segment by a 34-point margin, more than five times the difference of Obama's next best age group.
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