December 28th, 2009
05:49 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama friend's child hurt on Hawaiian vacation

An ambulance leaves the neighborhood where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.
An ambulance leaves the neighborhood where President Obama and his family are vacationing in Hawaii.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (CNN) - The child of one of President Barack Obama's golf partners suffered a cut chin during the president's Hawaiian vacation Monday, prompting a stir when Obama quickly left the course so his partner could attend to the child.

The president and his entourage quickly left the Luana Hills golf course outside Honolulu and an ambulance was called to the vacation home the first family has rented on the north side of Oahu. A White House aide told CNN that the child who was hurt was treated on the scene, but could go to a hospital later as a precaution.

Neither Obama's golf partner nor the child were identified. Aides said no member of the first family was hurt in the incident, details of which were not immediately available.

The president later returned to the course.

– CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry contributed to this report.


Filed under: Extra • President Obama
December 28th, 2009
05:00 PM ET
8 months ago

Poll names Pelosi, congressional Republicans 'losers'

Pelosi has been named a 2009 loser in a new poll.
Pelosi has been named a 2009 loser in a new poll.

(CNN) – Americans don't believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi or Congressional Republicans had a particularly good 2009: Both were labeled "losers" in a just-released Gallup poll.

According to the new poll, 50 percent of those surveyed thought Pelosi is among the "losers" of the year while 52 percent said the same for Republicans in Congress. Conversely, only 39 percent think Pelosi is a "winner" while 38 percent gave positive marks to GOP members of congress.

As for other political losers of the year, 61 percent identified South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson - who earned fame after his "You Lie!" outburst at President Obama - and 63 percent named South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, whose exploits with an Argentinean woman were well documented last summer.

But Americans thought the biggest political losers of 2009 were Tareq and Michaele Salahi, whose last name became a verb after the two crashed a White House State Dinner last month. Seventy percent of those surveyed said the Salahi's were losers while only 16 percent identified them as winners.

When it comes to the year's winners, Michelle Obama gets the highest marks with 73 percent of Americans giving the first lady high marks. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comes in a close second with 70 percent of those surveyed giving her the thumbs up. Rounding out the list is President Obama with 58 percent, and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with 57 percent.

Americans were less decided on four other political figures of 2009: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, radio talk-show host Glenn Beck, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. None received more than 50 percent as either a "winner" or a "loser." Palin came close though: 49 percent of those surveyed thought she was a loser; 46 percent said she was a winner.

The poll surveyed 1,025 Americans from December 11-13 and carries a sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Filed under: Congress • Nancy Pelosi
December 28th, 2009
04:30 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN Political Notebook: 2010 predictions

What's in store for Washington in 2010? President Obama will begin his second year in office, additional troops will be on their way into Afghanistan and members of Congress will face reelection. CNN's Dick Uliano reports.


Filed under: President Obama
December 28th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama: U.S. will 'do more than strengthen our defenses'

President Barack Obama warned Monday that the United States would respond aggressively to terrorism such as last week's botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner.
President Barack Obama warned Monday that the United States would respond aggressively to terrorism such as last week's botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner.

(CNN) – President Barack Obama warned Monday that the United States would respond aggressively to terrorism such as last week's botched attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner.

"Those who would slaughter innocent men, women and children must know theUnited States will do more than simply strengthen our defenses," Obama told reporters in a break from his Christmas vacation in Hawaii.

The incident on Christmas Day aboard a Northwest Airlines flight making its final approach to the Detroit, Michigan, metropolitan airport was a reminder to the nation of the dangers posed by terrorists, Obama said in his brief remarks.

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Filed under: President Obama
December 28th, 2009
02:36 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama to make statement on attempted terrorist attack

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Obama will make a statement from his vacation spot in Hawaii. (Getty Images)

(CNN) - Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton has announced President Obama will make a statement addressing the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day.

The president's statement is expected around 10:00 a.m. HST, 3:00 p.m. EST.

More details from Burton:

"This morning, soon after 10:00 a.m. HST, the President will address the public on the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day. He will describe the immediate steps the government has taken to ensure the safety of the traveling public. He will detail the two reviews he has ordered on the watch-list and on our detection capabilities because he believes it is critical we learn from this incident and take the necessary measures to prevent future acts of terrorism And he will reference the fact that we need to keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country. The President will also address the outbreak of violence and protests in Iran over the last several days. "

Filed under: President Obama
December 28th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
8 months ago

Al Qaeda group claims responsibility for Christmas Day attack

Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.
Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab is accused of trying to blow up an airliner as it landed in Detroit on Christmas.

(CNN) – Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility Monday for the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack on an inbound international flight, saying it was in retaliation for alleged U.S. strikes on Yemeni soil.

In the statement, published on radical Islamist Web sites, the group hailed the "brother" who carried out the "heroic attack." The group said it tested a "new kind of explosives" in the attack, and hailed the fact that the explosives "passed through security."

The group threatened further attacks, saying, "since Americans support their leaders they should expect more from us."

"We have prepared men who love to die," the statement dated Saturday said.

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Filed under: Al Qaeda
December 28th, 2009
01:09 PM ET
8 months ago

Gibbs condemns Israel construction in East Jerusalem

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs issued the following statement on reports Israel says it will build nearly 700 housing units in East Jerusalem, despite continued American opposition.

"The United States opposes new Israeli construction in East Jerusalem. The status of Jerusalem is a permanent status issue that must be resolved by the parties through negotiations and supported by the international community. Neither party should engage in efforts or take actions that could unilaterally pre-empt, or appear to pre-empt, negotiations. Rather, both parties should return to negotiations without preconditions as soon as possible. The United States recognizes that Jerusalem is a deeply important issue for Israelis and Palestinians, and for Jews, Muslims, and Christians. We believe that through good faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome that realizes the aspirations of both parties for Jerusalem, and safeguards its status for people around the world."

Filed under: Robert Gibbs
December 28th, 2009
12:55 PM ET
December 28th, 2009
09:41 AM ET
8 months ago

Obama to make statement

(CNN) – President Obama will make a statement Monday morning at the Kaneohe Marine Base in Hawaii.  The exact time is not yet known.


Filed under: President Obama
December 28th, 2009
09:32 AM ET
8 months ago

Cities embrace mobile apps, 'Gov 2.0'

Web tools, mobile technology and GPS applications are giving citizens more of a say in how their local tax money is being spent.
Web tools, mobile technology and GPS applications are giving citizens more of a say in how their local tax money is being spent.

(CNN) - Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and a customer-service guru, was riding on a public train in San Francisco, California, recently when something common but annoying occurred: The railcar filled with people and became uncomfortably hot.

If the inconvenience had happened a few years ago, Newmark said he would have just gone on with his day - maybe complaining about the temperature to a friend.

But this was 2009, the age of mobile technology, so Newmark pulled out his iPhone, snapped a photo of the train car and, using an app called "SeeClickFix," zapped an on-the-go complaint, complete with GPS coordinates, straight to City Hall.

"A week or so later I got an e-mail back saying, 'Hey, we know about the problem and we're going to be taking some measures to address it,' " he said.

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