Washington (CNN) – After leaving office, President George H.W. Bush certainly had opinions about the challenges facing the nation and the politics that affected the public's perception of the White House. As a father, Bush kept his thoughts in check even when he believed the attacks were overtly personal and painted his son, President George W. Bush, in a wrong light.
"I am really down about the way the President has been attacked," Bush writes in a 2005 letter to journalist and long-time friend Hugh Sidey about the criticism directed at his son for the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. "Over and over again the networks attack him. First for being late in moving. Then for over flying Louisiana on the way back to Washington. Then on the snail like pace of relief."
Washington (CNN) – Wrangling with House Republicans over reducing the federal deficit hasn't spurred President Barack Obama into early action helping fellow Democrats regain control of the chamber, the White House said Monday.
With the 2014 midterm elections twenty months in the future, Obama has other goals aside from getting members of his party elected, according to his press secretary Jay Carney.
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for children on losing weight: Don't think about appearances.
"The first thing that we want to make sure that we do is not make this an issue about looks," Obama said Monday in her first Google+ Hangout.
Washington (CNN) - Congress returned to work Monday on the first weekday of forced spending cuts, with President Barack Obama and Republicans sticking to deeply entrenched positions that have caused a series of showdowns manufactured by Washington politics.
Most predicted impacts of the $85 billion in cuts that took effect on Friday - such as unpaid furloughs for government workers - won't be evident until April at the earliest, officials say.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden re-emphasized on Monday the United States' commitment to Israel and forcefully admonished any attempts by Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
"Big nations can't bluff. And presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff and President Barack Obama is not bluffing," Biden said at a gathering in Washington for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
(CNN) - Tapping two candidates with a strong mix of business and governmental experience for Cabinet posts, President Barack Obama is naming women to two of the potentially toughest jobs in Washington - director of the Office of Management and Budget, and administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He also named an MIT scientist with government experience as his nominee to be energy secretary.
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who was nominated Monday for the OMB position, is the head of the Walmart Foundation, the retail chain's charitable organization. If confirmed by the Senate, she would assume a Cabinet-rank position as head of the White House agency that has the herculean task of advising the president on budget matters.FULL STORY
(CNN) - In what appears to be his most in depth public comments regarding 2016, Jeb Bush says he's not ruling out a run for president.
And the former two-term Florida governor says he doesn't support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the U.S
Washington (CNN) - As the impact of the forced spending cuts begins to kick in around the country, the blame game for who is responsible for the so-called "sequester" is filtering into Congressional campaigns on the web. House Republicans are running web banner ads criticizing 20 House Democrats who represent swing districts for not stopping what they call "Obama's sequester."
The House GOP's campaign arm cites these Democrats' opposition to the Republican plan to replace the across-the-board cuts as equivalent to backing the cuts.
Haaretz: Kerry and Abbas to hold surprise meet in Riyadh to discuss Israeli-Palestinian talks
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet for unplanned talks on Monday afternoon, as part of their coinciding visits to Saudi Arabia. The lunch meeting, which was added to Kerry's schedule at the last-minute on Monday morning, will focus on efforts to resume the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians.