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