(CNN) – James Carville doesn’t know all the facts, the White House says.
Amid repeated criticism from the Democratic strategist and CNN contributor over the president’s response to the BP oil spill, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Friday Carville doesn’t “understand all of what we’re doing.”
“Truthfully, I think the president answered this yesterday. I think people - I don’t think James understands all of what we’re doing. I don’t think James understood the facts,” said Gibbs on board Air Force One when asked what the president thinks that some supporters like Carville have been critical of the administration’s response to the crisis. In a press conference Thursday, Obama insisted he and his administration understood the magnitude of the crisis from day one.
Carville, a Louisiana native, has repeatedly said the president is not being tough enough on BP for its bungled response to the massive leak in the Gulf Coast.
"BP is not the equal of the United States government," Carville told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King earlier this week. "And this president needs to tell BP: I'm your daddy, I'm in charge. You're going to do what we say."
(CNN) – Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-California, is calling on Washington politicians to be more responsive to American citizens in the weekly GOP radio and internet address.
“Over the last 18 months, Democrats running Washington have failed to listen to the American people,” said McCarthy. “After this conversation and debate, we will begin to introduce solutions and fight for them right away.”
McCarthy also touted a new GOP-sponsored website that aims to solicit opinions from the American people on which issues are the most pressing.
(CNN) – President Obama is urging Americans to celebrate the service of America’s veterans this Memorial Day weekend.
In his weekly radio and internet address, the president says it’s important “to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about; on why we set this day aside as a time of national remembrance.”
“On this day, we honor not just those who’ve worn this country’s uniform, but the men and women who’ve died in its service; who’ve laid down their lives in defense of their fellow citizens; who’ve given their last full measure of devotion to protect the United States of America,” says Obama in the address.
Full transcript of the remarks after the jump
Washington (CNN) - An impassioned Bill Clinton campaigned for Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s re-election on Friday, telling voters the Democrat “has worked her heart out” on behalf of Arkansas in the Senate.
And, using very harsh words, Clinton accused national labor unions campaigning for Lincoln’s opponent, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, of trying to manipulate Arkansas voters to “terrify” other Democrats in Congress into cowering to union demands.
Clinton appeared at an event at a historically black college in Little Rock with Lincoln. The two-term senator is locked in a tight run-off with Halter for the Democratic Senate nomination after neither candidate cracked the 50-percent mark in a May 18 primary.
The run-off will be held June 8.
At the Little Rock event, Clinton praised Lincoln while training his fire at labor unions that have poured money and manpower into the race to help Halter.
Reading from a Washington Post article that quoted a national labor union leader saying that forcing Lincoln to “fight this kind of fight” might make other senators “think twice about it,” Clinton said that national labor unions had decided to make Lincoln “the poster child for what happens when a Democrat crosses them.”
“In other words, this is about using you and manipulating your votes to terrify members of Congress and members of the Senate from other states,” Clinton told the crowd. “Now if you want to be used that way, have at it.”
President Obama picks up balls of tar while touring a beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana on Friday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
Grand Isle, Louisiana (CNN) - President Barack Obama returned from a tour of the oil-stricken Gulf Coast on Friday and vowed to do all he could to help area residents and businesses clean up the mess and recover financially.
"We want to stop the leak, we want to contain and clean up the oil, and we want to help the people in this region return to their lives and livelihoods as soon as possible," the president told reporters.
Flanked by more than a dozen Gulf-area politicians and officials, the president - the sleeves of his shirt rolled up - called the oil spill that began April 20 and continues today "an assault on our shores, on our people, on the regional economy and on communities like this one.
"This isn't just a mess that we have got to mop up. People are watching their livelihoods wash up on the beach."
Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing for the eventual repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.
Washington (CNN) - "I ultimately take responsibility for solving this crisis," Obama said about the continuing oil spill in the Gulf. "I'm the president, and the buck stops with me."
Washington (CNN) – Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul is once again making waves, this time for saying he opposes citizenship for U.S. born children of undocumented immigrants.
In an interview posted Wednesday on RT.com, a Russian television station that broadcasts in English, Paul said he favors modifying current law.
"We are the only country I know of that allows people to come in illegally, have a baby, and then that baby becomes a citizen," Paul said. "And I think that should stop also."
Paul, a Tea Party movement favorite, captured the Kentucky GOP primary last week, defeating establishment candidate Trey Grayson.
The 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to individuals born in the United States, but Paul's position is not an unpopular one in Congress.
(CNN) - Republicans are making clear they plan to keep the heat on Rep. Joe Sestak and the White House, following confirmation former President Bill Clinton was asked to offer the Pennsylvania Senate candidate an unpaid position in the Obama administration if he dropped his bid against Sen. Arlen Specter.
In a statement released Friday, RNC Chairman Michael Steele said the White House Counsel's report on the matter - in which it concludes no laws were broken - only "raises more questions."
"In the three months since Joe Sestak first made his allegation the White House has denied, stonewalled and is now trying to downplay the claims with an unsubstantiated memo," said Steele. "This memo frankly raises more questions: What was Bill Clinton authorized to offer? Did President Obama sign off on this conversation before it took place? Now more than ever it is clear that this White House is not capable of policing itself and needs to open itself to an independent investigation."
Full statement after the jump