For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide
April 24th, 2014
12:49 PM ET
2 hours ago

For 6th year in a row, Obama breaks promise to acknowledge Armenian genocide

(CNN) – For the sixth year in a row, President Barack Obama has broken his promise to the Armenian community, made when seeking their votes as a senator and a presidential candidate, to use the word “genocide” to describe the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire a century ago. He did this in deference to the government of Turkey, which – historical revisionism aside – the Obama administration regards as a more crucial ally.

"It's a sad spectacle to see our President, who came into office having promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide, reduced to enforcing a foreign government's gag-rule on what our country can say about a genocide so very thoroughly documented in our own nation's archives,” Armenian National Committee of America executive director Aram Hamparian said in a statement.

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Filed under: President Obama • The Lead
April 24th, 2014
10:18 AM ET
3 hours ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements

Sushi and robots, not sanctions and trade agreements–On President Obama’s visit to Asia, we’ve seen him eat $300 sushi, view an archery demonstration and play soccer with a robot. What we haven’t seen is any movement on a key Pacific region trade agreement, any sort of development on new sanctions against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, or any pivot on the troubled U.S. effort to get chemical weapons out of Syria. On Thursday the president moves from Japan to South Korea.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Caroline Kennedy • President Obama • Rand Paul
April 24th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
6 hours ago

Obama: Japanese robots a little scary'

Tokyo (CNN) - President Barack Obama has some new high tech friends

The President played soccer Thursday with a Japanese robot during a stop at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or Mirikan. The visit was aimed at highlighting the renewal of a 10 year scientific collaboration between the two countries, and to show off Japan's latest technologies.

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Filed under: Japan • President Obama
April 22nd, 2014
10:08 AM ET
2 days ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Is Obama turning the corner?

Obama’s poll numbers inch up: President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday for a weeklong trip to Asia. After a quick stop in Washington state to view the aftermath of the Oso landslide, he’ll continue on to Japan, the Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia.

One focus of the trip will be to build support for a large Asia-Pacific trade group - the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

As he departs, Obama is seeing an ever-so-slight uptick - from 41.2% at the end of January to 42.4% - in domestic approval, according to Gallup, which conducts a daily tracking poll and noted a slight improvement for the President in the first quarter of 2014 after a year of decline.

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Filed under: Inside Politics • Keystone XL • Mitt Romney • President Obama
McCain calls Russia a 'gas station'
April 22nd, 2014
05:13 AM ET
2 days ago

McCain calls Russia a 'gas station'

(CNN) - Mad that he won't be vacationing in Siberia because of sanctions, Sen. John McCain sounded off on all things Russia on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Tuesday.

The longtime GOP senator from Arizona, who earlier this year used his Twitter account to announce sanctions imposed on him by Russian President Vladimir Putin, joked about his overseas account.

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Filed under: John McCain • John McCcain • President Obama • Russia • Vladimir Putin
Obama names new White House counsel
April 21st, 2014
04:20 PM ET
3 days ago

Obama names new White House counsel

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has tapped Washington lawyer W. Neil Eggleston as White House counsel, the White House said Monday.

He starts the second week in May, replacing Kathryn Ruemmler, one of the President's most trusted advisers.

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Filed under: President Obama • White House
April 21st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
3 days ago

Obamas open up South Lawn to eager children for Easter Egg Roll

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South Lawn on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.

The first couple walked onto the Truman Balcony, which overlooks the South Lawn, and the President wished everyone a "Happy Easter." As he looked out onto the crowd he added, "This is the biggest event we have at the White House all year long."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama • White House
April 21st, 2014
11:38 AM ET
3 days ago

Video: Obama reads, shoots hoops at Egg Roll

The president and first lady entertain kids during the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll.


Filed under: President Obama • White House
Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church
April 20th, 2014
11:30 AM ET
4 days ago

Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church

Updated 12:29 p.m. ET, 4/20/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama attended Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, a house of worship that he visited the Sunday before he was first inaugurated President in 2009.

There were a number of similarities between Obama’s 2009 and 2014 appearances at the historic Baptist church, including the Reverend Dr. Derrick Harkins, who oversaw both services.
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Filed under: 2010 Election Analysis • Faith • President Obama
Obama uses weekly address to send Easter, Passover wishes
Passover Seder at the White House, 2013
April 19th, 2014
03:37 PM ET
4 days ago

Obama uses weekly address to send Easter, Passover wishes

Washington (CNN) - Politics were put aside Saturday as President Barack Obama wished the American people a Happy Easter in his weekly address.

In remarks to people of all faiths, “believer or nonbeliever,” the President noted the special time of year, for Christians and Jews especially, and called on all to “love and serve one another, particularly ‘the least of these’ among us.”

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Filed under: President Obama
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