Entries in Asia (3)


Biden Thinks Obama Can Win in 2012 Despite Tough Economy

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- Ever the optimist, Vice President Joe Biden likes the chances of the Democratic ticket in 2012.

Biden, who is currently on tour of Asia, understands that the floundering economy remains the biggest obstacle to President Obama winning a second term.  However, the vice president told reporters aboard Air Force Two Monday that the Obama-Biden ticket is still electable even if the economy doesn't improve much a year from now.

It's Biden's contention that most voters realize that he and the president "inherited a God-awful circumstance that wasn’t our responsibility."

While admitting that the realization doesn't "diminish the genuine suffering of a hell of a lot of Americans," Biden believes what it will ultimately come down to is a choice and that Americans will look to 2010 as a guide.

He says that many voters were unhappy with the direction of the country last year and made big changes but are now understanding that what they got instead hasn't resulted in a better economy.

Biden says in 2012, there's going to be a lot more engagement "in this campaign about, 'Okay, who's offering what?  What is the vision here?'"  And ultimately, voters will keep him and his boss in the White House.

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President Obama to 'Redouble' Effort on Core Principles

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- En route to Washington after a 10-day trip overseas, President Obama was introspective about his first two years in office.  The president told reporters aboard Air Force One that he had an “obsessive focus” on policy and he will now “redouble” efforts to get back to his core principles. 

Obama said he “neglected” things that matter a lot to Americans in his rush to get major legislation passed. He explained those things as maintaining a bipartisan tone, dealing with earmarks, making sure that policy decisions are fully debated and shaping public opinion.  He can better focus on these principals now, the president explained, because the economy is more stable. 

The president plans to meet with Congressional leadership this week and said he expects that even though his party lost badly in the midterm election, Republicans will work with him to get things done.

Obama repeated his belief that the country can’t afford to extend the Bush tax cuts for people earning more than $250,000 a year.

“I believe it is a mistake for us to borrow $700 billion to make tax cuts permanent for millionaires and billionaires,” he said. 

Reflecting on his stop in Asia, the president said he leaves with the impression that America will need to step up its game because countries across the Asian continent are working to better educate their workforces, rebuild their economies and enter into new markets around the world.

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Obama Set To Attend East Asia Summit In 2011

Photo Courtesy -- The White House.(NEW YORK) -- Sitting down for the second time with all the leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the first meeting on U.S. soil, President Obama said on Friday that the United States has an “enormous stake” in the people and the future of Asia. 
“The region is home to some of our largest trading partners, and buys many of our exports, supporting millions of American jobs,” President Obama said at a luncheon at the Waldorf hotel in New York, “we need partnerships with Asian nations to meet the challenges of our growing economy, preventing proliferation and addressing climate change.”

President Obama has tried to make clear the US intends to play a leadership role in Asia.  The ten countries of ASEAN – all represented at the luncheon Friday are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Burma, Singapore, and Thailand.
The president announced he has accepted ASEAN’s invitation to join the East Asia Summit in Jakarta next year.

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