Washington (CNN) – GOP outrage over a changed set of talking points related to September's attack in Benghazi is a political "side show," President Barack Obama argued Monday, asserting the tragedy was being used for political gain by his rivals.
The Republicans who claim Obama's administration was intentionally misleading in the way they characterized the Benghazi attack are ignoring key facts and sullying the memory of the four Americans who died, the president claimed.
(CNN) - "If in fact IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous and there's no place for it - and they have to be held fully accountable," President Barack Obama said Monday.
Obama said he learned of allegations that the IRS targeted conservative groups through news reports on Friday.
Washington (CNN) - Honoring police officers at the White House on Saturday, President Barack Obama made another call on Congress to enact tough restrictions on guns.
At the annual “Top Cops” event in the East Room, Obama said the nation needs new “common sense” laws that could make it “harder for dangerous criminals to get their hands on lethal weapons."
(CNN) – President Barack Obama described America’s housing market as “healing” on Saturday in his weekly address, touting his own record on the subject and encouraging Congress to act on more of his proposals, including approving his nominee for a key housing post.
“From the day I took office, I’ve made it a priority to help responsible homeowners and prevent the kind of recklessness that helped cause this crisis in the first place,” Obama said. “My housing plan has already helped more than two million people refinance their mortgages, and they’re saving an average of $3,000 per year.”
(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 but still the focus of intense Republican scorn, got a boost from its champion President Barack Obama on Friday at an event singling out the law's benefits for women.
He made his remarks at the White House alongside women and families who say they're already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event was pegged to Mother's Day.
(CNN) – The Affordable Care Act, enacted in 2010 but still the focus of intense Republican scorn, will get a boost from its champion President Barack Obama on Friday at an event singling out the law's benefits for women.
His remarks, to be delivered at the White House, will be made alongside women and families the White House says are already benefiting from the measure, which has become known as Obamacare. The event is pegged to Mother's Day.
Austin, Texas (CNN) – In Texas on Thursday, President Barack Obama used some small-scale campaign tactics to help push his political message.
On a one-day trip the White House called a “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour,” the president made four separate stops.
(CNN) - Deplaning in Austin, Texas, Thursday, President Barack Obama was greeted by Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican who made a bid for last year's GOP presidential nomination.
The focus of Thursday's visit is job growth - something Perry has touted as a chief accomplishment of his time in office. Speaking after greeting Obama, the governor said the president was smart to visit Austin.
"We are doing things right in Texas and I think the president is wise to come here and take a look at it," he said, noting Obama had recently visited the Lone Star state to attend a memorial service for the first responders killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
A vocal critic of Obama's, Perry most recently railed against the president's gun control proposals during last week's National Rifle Association annual meeting in Houston.
"I realize to those who don't understand the issue, gun laws may look like an easy fix, and might even make some of them feel like these laws do something to solve a problem. Except they don't fix anything. They may win a news cycle, or help our president score political points, but they do nothing but make it harder for law-abiding Americans to own guns," Perry said.
Washington (CNN) – About a dozen members of Congress were invited to meet at the White House Thursday with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and the first lady's chief of staff Tina Tchen to address the issue of sexual assault in the military, a senior administration official said.
The official did not provide names of the lawmakers invited to the bicameral bipartisan meeting, but CNN confirmed three of the guests were Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York.
Washington (CNN) – A new Census Bureau report shows a higher percentage of African-Americans than whites voted in a presidential election for the first time in history last year during the matchup between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney.