Biden goes on offense
April 28th, 2014
04:58 PM ET
8 months ago

Biden goes on offense

Washington (CNN) - The White House launched a new front in the battle for control of the U.S. Congress on Monday, dispatching Vice President Joe Biden to outline his party’s line of attack on the Republican economic agenda.

In a speech at The George Washington University, Biden condemned the Republicans’ approach to everything from health care spending to education, saying that recently his opponents have abandoned the central bargain of an American Democracy, “opportunity for all.”

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Filed under: 2014 • Budget • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
April 24th, 2014
01:09 PM ET
8 months ago

First lady receives plea from daughter of unemployed man

Washington (CNN) - The children of Executive Office employees crowded into the East Room of the White House on Thursday to ask first lady Michelle Obama a question as part of the White House’s annual celebration of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

While most children used their question to ask Obama about her favorite food or drink or place to travel, one young girl seated in the front row took the opportunity to try to help her unemployed father.

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Filed under: Michelle Obama • unemployment
April 1st, 2014
02:25 PM ET
9 months ago

Red Sox Nation converges on the White House

Washington (CNN) - Chicago White Sox fan-in-chief President Obama honored the Boston Red Sox at the White House on Tuesday for their 2013 World Series championship, but he slipped in a quick plug for his hometown team while greeting the defending champs.

“Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Good luck this season. May the best Sox win,” Obama said.
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Filed under: Massachusetts • President Obama • White House
First on CNN: Obama campaign group helps health insurance sign-up effort
March 20th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
9 months ago

First on CNN: Obama campaign group helps health insurance sign-up effort

Washington (CNN) - The White House is getting some outside help in its final push to encourage enrollment in the Obamacare insurance exchanges before the sign-up period ends on March 31.

Organizing for Action, the political action group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, is releasing a new video on Thursday to go along with a series of tweets by prominent Democrats encouraging enrollment.
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Filed under: Obamacare
Obama talks health care, ‘Scandal’ and celebrity selfies with Ellen
March 20th, 2014
09:56 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama talks health care, ‘Scandal’ and celebrity selfies with Ellen

(CNN) - With less than two weeks until enrollment closes on Obamacare insurance exchanges, President Obama took his health care pitch to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday, urging moms to get their kids covered and explaining to DeGeneres how different television’s White House is from the real thing.

“If you don’t have health insurance right now, you should go on HealthCare.gov and especially all the moms out there who may have young people - 26, 27 - don’t have health insurance but they think they’re invincible and nothing’s ever going to happen to them,” Obama said in a remote appearance from what the host called the “Ellen Blue Room” at the White House.
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Filed under: President Obama
Biden's heading to Ireland?
March 14th, 2014
07:14 PM ET
9 months ago

Biden's heading to Ireland?

(CNN) – After some high-level lobbying, it appears that Vice President Joe Biden might soon be headed to Ireland.

“Biden wants to come to Ireland,” President Barack Obama said at the end of a meeting in the Oval Office with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny on Friday.

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Filed under: Ireland • Joe Biden
President further distances himself from Obamacare ‘doctor’ pledge
March 14th, 2014
06:19 PM ET
9 months ago

President further distances himself from Obamacare ‘doctor’ pledge

(CNN) - It was a promise made by President Barack Obama that first surfaced in the selling of his sweeping health care initiative and eventually required a public apology and new rules to fix after the measure became law.

"If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too,” Obama promised in a 2009 weekly address and numerous other times throughout his first term.

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Filed under: Healthcare • Obamacare • President Obama
March 12th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
9 months ago

HealthCare.gov gets 40% jump in traffic after Funny or Die video

(CNN) - Roughly 24 hours after a video was posted Tuesday morning of President Obama sitting down for an appearance on comedian Zach Galifianakis' show "Between Two Ferns," more than 13 million people have watched the interview and some 54,000 of them have taken the President's advice and checked out the government-run insurance exchange HealthCare.gov.

"I think what it says is that gone are the days when your broadcasts, or yours, or yours, can reach everybody that we need to reach," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, pointing to representatives from various major television news outlets at his briefing on Tuesday.
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Filed under: Obamacare
March 5th, 2014
03:49 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama frames minimum wage fight in global terms

New Britain, Connecticut (CNN) – In the midst of managing the nation's response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, President Barack Obama enlisted the help of some fellow executives on Wednesday to continue his fight for an increase in the nation's minimum wage.

To help make his case, Obama put his domestic fight in an international context, making a veiled reference to incidents abroad by characterizing the struggles of protesters around the globe as a search for American-style opportunity.

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Filed under: Connecticut • Minimum wage • President Obama • Russia • Ukraine
Obama pushes infrastructure investment during Minnesota trip
February 26th, 2014
10:43 AM ET
10 months ago

Obama pushes infrastructure investment during Minnesota trip

Updated 4:49 p.m. ET, 2/26/2014

(CNN) – On a visit to St. Paul, Minnesota Wednesday President Barack Obama launched his administration's latest grant-funding competition this time aimed at spurring investment in new infrastructure projects.

Framing the announcement as part of his 2014 "year of action," the President told a crowd gathered in the city's new Union Depot that infrastructure projects are a direct path to jobs.

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Filed under: President Obama
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