October 2nd, 2009
01:56 PM ET
10 years ago

Gingrich hits Obama over Olympics

Gingrich is taking aim at Obama on Twitter.

Gingrich is taking aim at Obama on Twitter.

(CNN) - Former House Speak Newt Gingrich is taking aim on Twitter at President Obama over Chicago's loss in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics:

@newtgingrich Somehow charm and oratory dont seem to work in foreign affirs but historians have warned that foreign policy is different than campaigning

@newtgingrich President Eisenhower had a rule that Presidents of the United States went to the meetings after success had been assured

@newtgingrich President Obama fails to get the Olympics while unemployment goes to 9.8% Iran continues nuclear program. America needs focused leadership


Filed under: Newt Gingrich • President Obama
October 2nd, 2009
01:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Second City's comedy take

(CNN) - The famous Second City comedy group, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, recently came to Washington to perform as part of the Smithsonian Associates program.

But unlike many comedians who find the president and politicians a favorite target, its members are choosing to emphasize something else. Jessica Yellin sat down with ensemble members Sayjal Joshi and Greg Hess and talked about why there aren’t more jokes aimed at the president and their take on some of the government’s movers and shakers.


Filed under: President Obama
October 2nd, 2009
12:57 PM ET
10 years ago

Axelrod blames Chicago loss on IOC politics

(CNN) - Top White House aide David Axelrod is blaming the city of Chicago's shocking early elimination to host the 2016 Olympics on internal politics within the International Olympic Committee.

"I don't view this as a repudiation of the president or the first lady," Axelrod told CNN. "I think that there are politics everywhere, and there are politics inside that room."

Axelrod's comments came shortly after the IOC announced Chicago was the first city of the four finalists to be eliminated from contention. The early elimination came after in-person appeals from both Obamas on behalf of the city.

"As with any process like this, there are all kinds of crosscurrents in the room," Axelrod added. "There are relationships…the president of the IOC, former president, was heading up the effort for Spain. I'm sure those relationships meant something. I'm not an expert on the internal machinations of the IOC."


Filed under: David Axelrod • Olympics
October 2nd, 2009
11:30 AM ET
10 years ago

Chicago eliminated from hosting 2016 Olympics

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) - Chicago, Illinois, has been eliminated from hosting the 2016 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee announced Friday.

The vote came just hours after President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, delivered a personal pleas to the Olympic committee praising the virtues of his adopted home city.


Was it worth the trip? CNN's Mark Preston analyzes the aftermath


Filed under: Uncategorized
October 2nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Mrs. Obama steals the show in Copenhagen

The president and first lady made the pitch for Chicago 2016 Friday.

The president and first lady made the pitch for Chicago 2016 Friday.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CNN) - After flying through the night for seven hours aboard Air Force One, nobody would blame President Obama for a being at least slightly groggy when he arrived here in Copenhagen for a quick four hours to make the final pitch for Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics.

Maybe that explains why the president seemed to snag the silver medal - while First Lady Michelle Obama, who's been here a couple of days, cleary took the gold with an emotional speech focused on her family's roots in the the South Side of Chicago and her late father's battle with multiple sclerosis.

"Sports were a gift I shared with my dad - especially the Olympic Games," Mrs. Obama said in her portion of the U.S. delegation's final presentation to the International Olympic Committee here. "Some of my best memories are sitting on my dad's lap, cheering on Olga and Nadia, Carl Lewis, and others for their brilliance and perfection."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
October 2nd, 2009
10:33 AM ET
10 years ago

Even in time of war, 'pork' still reigns


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama campaigned on a vow to end wasteful spending, but even in a time of war and record deficits, pork still reigns on Capitol Hill.

Funds meant to help U.S. troops at war are instead being spent on senators' pet projects that are geared more toward helping their home states.

Utah National Guardsmen returning from risky deployments receive a gesture of appreciation, a video scrapbook about their battalion and tour of duty. The video is produced by a business in Utah called StoryRock.

Utah's Republican Sen. Robert Bennett wants to help his home-state company take their project nationwide, so he's secured a $5 million earmark in the defense spending bill.

That $5 million comes from the fund that's supposed to pay for troops' basic needs such as food, fuel and ammunition.

But Bennett says the project saves money in the end.

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Filed under: Uncategorized
October 2nd, 2009
09:00 AM ET
10 years ago

Unemployment rate goes up to 9.8 percent

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The nation's unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in September, up from 9.7 percent in August, the Labor Department said Friday.

The September unemployment rate is the highest in the United States since July 1983, when the unemployment rate was 10.1 percent.


Filed under: Economy
October 2nd, 2009
08:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Obama meets with U.S. commander in Afghanistan

President Obama met Friday with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

President Obama met Friday with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan.

(CNN) - President Obama met Friday with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan, according to reporters traveling with the president.

Obama and his most senior aides have been discussing U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.

The president wanted to continue a conversation with McChrystal that began Wednesday with a three-hour meeting in the White House situation room, White House officials said

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Filed under: President Obama
October 2nd, 2009
07:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Schwarzenegger: Treat Polanski 'like everyone else'

Schwarzenegger: Treat Polanski 'like everyone else'.

Schwarzenegger: Treat Polanski 'like everyone else'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told CNN on Thursday that he thinks filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland last weekend for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, should not get special treatment because of his celebrity status.

As some in Hollywood rally to Polanski's defense, the movie star-turned-Republican governor said he wouldn't promise the director a pardon if he gets extradited to the United States and re-enters California's legal system. He said that he would "not treat (Polanski's) situation any differently than everyone else's."

"It doesn't matter if you are a big-time movie actor or a big-time movie director or producer," Schwarzenegger told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I think that he is a very respected person, and I am a big admirer of his work. But nevertheless, I think he should be treated like everyone else."

October 2nd, 2009
07:47 AM ET
10 years ago

Senate committee completes health-care debate

Max Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Max Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate Finance Committee completed debate on proposed health- care legislation early Friday.

The Finance Committee was the last congressional panel to consider a health-care reform bill. It finished its work at 2:18 a.m. ET and plans to vote next week, after the bill's final language has been made public and the Congressional Budget Office has provided final cost figures.

Unlike several health-care reform proposals championed by House Democrats, the version that emerged from the Senate Finance Committee does not contain the public option - it would not create a government program to provide health insurance to all Americans.

President Barack Obama hailed the committee's work as "the culmination of tireless efforts" by it and four other committees and members of Congress on health care reform.

"As a result of this work, we are now closer than ever before to finally passing reform that will offer security to those who have coverage and affordable insurance to those who don't," he said in a White House statement.

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Filed under: Health care
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