Defiant Obama challenges Congress on sticky issues
January 25th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
3 years ago

Defiant Obama challenges Congress on sticky issues

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Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama launches a three-day swing through key election states Wednesday after declaring in what could be his final State of the Union address that the nation was strengthening but must confront the defining issue of preserving the American dream.

In the speech Tuesday night to a joint sitting of Congress, Obama offered both his administration's priorities for the coming year and his campaign messaging for his re-election bid in November.

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Filed under: 2012 • Congress • President Obama • State of the Union
White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union
January 24th, 2012
07:30 PM ET
3 years ago

White House on the offensive in final hours before State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – The White House is facing hostile fire from Republicans in the final hours leading up to the State of the Union address.

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney accused the president of offering more “partisan planks for his election campaign.”

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Obama will challenge Congress in ambitious State of the Union
January 24th, 2012
07:33 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama will challenge Congress in ambitious State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - If history is any guide, President Obama will reach for the stars during his State of the Union address tonight. But in the end, reality will bring his plans back down to Earth.

Obama's "blueprint" for 2012 may run into similar partisan roadblocks that trimmed his lofty hopes for last year.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • State of the Union
Countdown to State of the Union
January 21st, 2012
12:24 PM ET
2 years ago

Countdown to State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is "very engaged" in preparing his Tuesday State of the Union address, but "not at a stage yet where he's practicing," according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Carney told reporters Friday that the president continued to work with his chief speechwriter, Jon Favreau, on his remarks. The Constitution requires the president "…shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union…"

It's a big day for politics in South Carolina Saturday on CNN. Tune in at 4 p.m. ET to see the candidates debate the issues from Thursday night's edge-of-your-seat debate then, at 6 p.m. ET, CNN's special live coverage of the South Carolina primary begins. See the results as they come in on on CNN, CNN.com/Live and the CNN mobile apps.
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Obama to unveil homework for Head Start schools
November 8th, 2011
09:58 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama to unveil homework for Head Start schools

Yeadon, Pennsylvania (CNN) - President Barack Obama is not easing up on taking executive actions to install new plans where he believes Congress won't act.

As he heads to a state-of-the-art preschool facility in Yeadon, Pennsylvania to tour and visit a classroom of 3-5 year olds, a senior administration official confirmed he will announce new steps to strengthen America's education system.

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Official: Duties change for top Obama aide Daley
November 8th, 2011
01:00 AM ET
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Official: Duties change for top Obama aide Daley

Washington (CNN) - A senior administration official disputed a Wall Street Journal story that said Bill Daley, the White House chief of staff, was turning over day-to-day management of the West Wing.

"That's just flat wrong," the official told CNN late Monday. "Daley is chief of staff. He is not turning over day-to-day management of the White House."

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Filed under: President Obama • White House • William Daley
Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap
October 22nd, 2011
10:54 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap

Washington (CNN) – President Obama may be fighting an uphill battle in trying to turn the nation's ailing economy around, but when it comes to national security his accomplishments are stacking up.

From killing Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to the NATO-led effort that ended in the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, critics who have argued over the administration's foreign policy strategy are offering up muted praise.
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Obama's fiery speech to CBC defended
September 28th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama's fiery speech to CBC defended

Washington (CNN) - A White House official is defending controversial comments President Obama made in a weekend speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.

“It was meant as a rallying cry,” the official said.

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FIRST ON CNN: Cutter to leave White House for Obama campaign
Stephanie Cutter talks with former White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod in November 2010.
September 26th, 2011
08:44 PM ET
3 years ago

FIRST ON CNN: Cutter to leave White House for Obama campaign

Washington (CNN) – CNN has learned that Stephanie Cutter, deputy to White House senior adviser David Plouffe, and a veteran Democratic aide, will be leaving the West Wing to join the Obama re-election campaign, according to a source familiar with the move.

Cutter, who will serve as deputy campaign manager, will depart toward the end of the year, the source said.
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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Stephanie Cutter
Obama campaign arms Jewish voters with information
September 19th, 2011
05:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama campaign arms Jewish voters with information

New York (CNN) – As part of an ongoing outreach to Jewish voters and in response to mounting criticism of President Obama's record on Israel, and polls showing support in the Jewish community slipping, the Obama campaign is mounting a vigorous defense beginning with a national conference call on Tuesday.

In an email to Jewish supporters, Ira Forman, Jewish Outreach Director for the Obama campaign said, "the other side is working hard to distort the President's record – particularly when it comes to his strong support of Israel. To set the record straight, it'll be up to supporters like us who know the truth to get the word out."

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