April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Rollins: Obama needs to tighten up answers

I give President Obama a B+ for his press conference.

He is a great performer, but he needs to do better keeping things interesting.

What bothers me a little bit about his responses: they get more boring as they go on. He needs to hold people's attention span, and tighten up his answers.

April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama: Uptick in Iraq violence won't affect withdrawal plans

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that a recent uptick in violence in Iraq won't impact his plan for a phased military withdrawal.

"Civilian deaths, incidents of bombings ... remain very low relative to what was going on last year," Obama said during a prime-time news conference on his 100th day in office. "You having seen the kinds of spikes that you were seeing for a time. The political system is holding and functioning in Iraq."

Obama said more details need to be nailed down before U.S. troops leave Iraq - including how oil revenues will be divided, what the powers of provincial governments there will be and the political relationships between minority Kurds, Sunnis and Shiias - including the armed Sons of Iraq groups.


Filed under: Uncategorized
April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Hayes: Too early to give an economy grade

(CNN) – I give President Obama an 'incomplete' on his handling of the economy. We haven't seen any of the effects of his stimulus plan yet, and whatever positive upticks we have seen can probably be attributed more to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.


Filed under: Uncategorized
April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama 'hopeful' about Chrysler

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said he wants the government's role in financially supporting troubled banks and auto industries to be short-lived.

"I don't want to run auto companies. I don't want to run banks. I've got two wars to run already," he said at his third prime-time news conference Wednesday. "I've got more than enough to do. The sooner we can get out of that business, the better off we're going to be."

Obama said he's hopeful that cost-cutting measures at Chrysler will help that auto company avoid bankruptcy.

"I am actually very hopeful, more hopeful than I was 30 days ago, that we can see a resolution that maintains a viable Chrysler auto company out there," he said.


Filed under: Uncategorized
April 29th, 2009
09:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama pushes for immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday said he wants to work with members of Congress, including former Republican presidential rival Sen. John McCain, to revive efforts at immigration reform.

"We want to move this process," Obama said at a news conference on his 100th day in office. "We can't continue with a broken immigration system. It's not good for anybody."

Obama said he hopes a working group of lawmakers will begin crafting details of what would be in reform legislation and that he expects the process to be under way within the year.

Both Obama and McCain supported an ultimately failed plan backed by then-President George Bush that would have fined illegal immigrants living in the United States but provided a pathway to citizenship for some.


Filed under: Immigration
April 29th, 2009
08:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Begala: High marks for Biden

Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.
Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.

Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.

After all, he orchestrated one of the single biggest coups in American politics: helping convince Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties. He met or spoke with Specter 14 times in the last two months.

April 29th, 2009
08:52 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama 'comfortable' with ban on aggressive interrogations

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama said Wednesday he is "very comfortable" with his decision to ban interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which he called torture.

The president called the practice a recruiting tool for terrorist groups like al Qaeda, citing World War II-era British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who also rejected such "enhanced interrogation" techniques.

"Churchill understood that if you start taking shortcuts, over time that corrodes what's best in a people," Obama said. It corrodes the character of a country."

Obama said U.S. intelligence agents could have gotten valuable information from terror suspects without the techniques, which were approved under Bush.

Asked about the previous administration, he said, "I think that whatever legal rationale were used, it was a mistake."


Filed under: Uncategorized
April 29th, 2009
08:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Newly-Democratic Specter votes against Obama budget

WASHINGTON (CNN) - How independent is Arlen Specter?

He voted tonight against the final version of President Obama's budget blueprint - the same way he voted as a Republican.

Three other Democratic senators also voted against the measure: Sens. Evan Bayh of Indiana, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska.

All Republicans voted no.

April 29th, 2009
08:37 PM ET
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