Obama speaks with world leader on phone while holding baseball bat
August 1st, 2012
11:41 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama speaks with world leader on phone while holding baseball bat

(CNN) - It's still a mystery why President Barack Obama was holding a baseball bat during his telephone conversation with Turkey's prime minister earlier this week. An official White House photo shows the president with the bat in one hand and a phone in the other.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the photo on Tuesday and promised get some answers but so far nothing.

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Perry defends controversial comment on Turkey
January 17th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
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Perry defends controversial comment on Turkey

(CNN) – Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry on Tuesday stood by his comment that Turkey's regime is led by "Islamic terrorists" and called on the U.S. government to cut all foreign aid to its NATO ally.

"This is a country that's got some explaining to do to the United States," Perry said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Turkey • TV-The Situation Room
Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks
January 17th, 2012
08:09 AM ET
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Turkey responds angrily to Perry remarks

Istanbul (CNN) – Turkey's foreign ministry condemned Texas Gov. Rick Perry Tuesday for saying that Turkey was a "country that is being ruled by what many would perceive to be Islamic terrorists."

Perry made the statement during a spirited debated between Republican presidential candidates in South Carolina Monday night.

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Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Turkey
Biden calls for openness to create business climate
December 3rd, 2011
08:56 AM ET
2 years ago

Biden calls for openness to create business climate

(CNN) - On a visit to Turkey, Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday called for increased openness around the world, arguing that political and social freedoms create economic opportunities.

Biden spoke at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted in Istanbul, whose goal is to promote entrepreneurship and facilitate innovation and private enterprise.

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Filed under: Joe Biden • Turkey
New Yorkers say no to a Bloomberg Thanksgiving
November 25th, 2010
09:43 AM ET
3 years ago

New Yorkers say no to a Bloomberg Thanksgiving

(CNN) - Many New York City voters would leave Mayor Michael Bloomberg off their guest list this Thanksgiving, according to a new poll.

The Quinnipiac survey released Wednesday indicates 56 percent of registered voters would not invite Bloomberg to their table for the holiday. Forty-two percent said they would invite him.
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Obama's Thanksgiving message cites need for bipartisan cooperation
November 25th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama's Thanksgiving message cites need for bipartisan cooperation

Washington (CNN) - President Obama wished the nation a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday and also used his weekly address to renew his call for bipartisan cooperation on addressing major issues facing the nation.

In the remarks usually delivered on a Saturday, Obama said the first family will have the same kind of holiday experienced by millions of Americans - filled with friends and relatives, good food and football.
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November 24th, 2010
11:24 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama pardons two turkeys at White House ceremony

Washington (CNN) – At 21 weeks of age and 45 pounds each, Apple and Cider would normally be prime candidates for Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Instead, the two California-born turkeys got a new lease on life Wednesday when President Obama pardoned them in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

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Turkeys ride looks, charm to White House; they won't be gobbled
November 24th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
3 years ago

Turkeys ride looks, charm to White House; they won't be gobbled

(CNN) - Two White House-bound turkeys can thank good looks and personality for saving their lives.

The 45-pound birds endured months of rigorous training and rose to the head of a class of 20,000 feathered friends vying for a pardon from the dreaded Thanksgiving Day buffet.

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June 16th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Lawmakers warn Turkey of payback over Iran, Israel policies

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Washington (CNN) - Supporters of Israel in the U.S. House warned Turkey on Wednesday they might support a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide that so far has failed to come up for a vote by the full chamber.

Turkey opposes the resolution that would bring formal U.S. recognition of the 1915-1923 campaign by Turkey's Ottoman Empire against the Armenian population of eastern Anatolia region as genocide.

The resolution passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee by a single vote in March, but so far has not come up for debate by the full House. Turkey called home its U.S. ambassador to protest the House committee vote.

However, House members who have been unwilling to support the resolution now say they might change their minds due to Turkey's pro-Iranian moves and support for the recent effort to break Israel's blockade of Gaza.

"There will be a cost if Turkey stays on its present heading of growing closer to Iran and more antagonistic to the state of Israel," Rep. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, told a news conference. "It will bear upon my view and I believe the view of many members of Congress on the state of the relationship with Turkey."

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Filed under: Iran • Israel • Turkey