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Tuesday
Mar062012

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Holds News Conference

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will hold his first news conference of the year at the White House Tuesday afternoon, as his Republican rivals face off in 10 “super Tuesday” contests.

Expect the president to field questions on the 2012 presidential race and the state of the economy. On foreign policy, growing concern about Iran’s suspected nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike on Iran will also be likely topics. The ongoing violence in Syria will also be on the list.

This will be the president’s first solo news conference since November during the APEC summit in Hawaii and his first such event at the White House since October.

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Monday
Mar052012

Obama to Hold News Conference Tuesday

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will hold his first news conference of the year at the White House Tuesday afternoon, as his Republican rivals face off in 10 “super Tuesday” contests.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced the news conference via twitter Tuesday morning. The White House has yet to announce the timing of the event.

Expect the president to field questions on the 2012 presidential race and the state of the economy. On foreign policy, growing concern about Iran’s suspected nuclear program and the possibility of an Israeli military strike on Iran will also be likely topics. The ongoing violence in Syria will also be on the list.

The news conference comes after the president’s meeting at the White House on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

This will not be the first time the president has sought to counter-program the Republican primaries. On the same day as the Michigan primary last Tuesday, the president gave a rousing speech touting his bailout of the auto industry and attacking Republicans who opposed the move.

This will be the president’s first solo news conference since November during the APEC summit in Hawaii and his first such event at the White House since October.

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Thursday
Dec082011

Obama on Foreign Policy Appeasement Charge: 'Ask Osama Bin Laden'

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – President Obama rarely comments on criticisms from the Republican presidential candidates, but Thursday he offered a blunt response to charges that he is engaged in a foreign policy of “appeasement.”

“Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al Qaeda leaders who've been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement,” the president fired back at an impromptu news conference at the White House.

“Or whoever's left out there,” he added. “Ask them about that.” It was a comeback Obama apparently adopted from his friend and re-election campaign advisor David Axelrod, who first said it during the Sunday morning political talk show circuit a short time ago.

But Al-Qeada isn't the only radical Islamic terror group out there, and bin Laden not the last terror leader the U.S. has targeted. The president's critics point towards Obama's indifference towards -- or in some cases his administration's defense of -- groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, now a major political force in Egypt after Hosni Mubarak, a former U.S. ally, was forced out.

Republicans vying for the GOP nomination slammed the president’s foreign policy Wednesday, accusing him of turning a blind eye to radical groups in the Middle East and not being aggressive enough with Iran.

In a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, current GOP front-runner Newt Gingrich said, "I am very, very worried about our entire relationship with radical Islam because it's based on a pack of lies. It's based on a pack of self-deception.  It's based on a State Department which has consistently engaged in appeasement."

At the same event, former Senator Rick Santorum said, "And this president, for every thug and hooligan, for every radical Islamist, he has had nothing but appeasement...It doesn't have an impact unless you do something, unless you have a policy that effectuates what you want to see happen.

Mitt Romney echoed the remarks, saying, “President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy.  Appeasement betrays a lack of faith in America, in American strength and in America's future,."

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Thursday
Oct062011

Obama Schedules News Conference; Expected to Talk Jobs

Joseph Sohm-Visions of America/Photodisc(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will hold a previously-unscheduled news conference Thursday in the East Room of the White House.

The 11 a.m. news conference is expected to focus on jobs, and not just the president's jobs creation package; the president will also likely comment on the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The president issued a statement following the news of Jobs' death, calling him "among the greatest of American innovators."

Jobs, he said was, "brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it."

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Wednesday
Jun292011

Obama Scolds Congress, Says His Daughters Are More Disciplined

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In an animated rant that livened up an otherwise subdued press conference, President Obama on Wednesday lit into Congress for failing to reach an agreement to raise the country’s $14.3 trillion debt ceiling as an Aug. 2 deadline approaches, despite repeated urgings by the administration to do so. At one point he even reprimanded lawmakers by noting that his two daughters manage to do their homework ahead of time, a diligence rarely seen on gridlocked Capitol Hill.

“If the United States government for the first time cannot pay its bills, if it defaults, then the consequences for the U.S. economy will be significant and unpredictable and that is not a good thing,” President Obama said of the debt ceiling debate. “We don’t know how capital markets will react, but if capital markets suddenly decide, you know what, the U.S. government doesn’t pay its bills so we’re going to start pulling our money out and the U.S. Treasury has to start to raise interest rates in order to attract more money to pay off our bills, that means higher interest rates for businesses, that means higher interest rates for consumers. So all the headwinds that we’re already experiencing in terms of recovery will get worse. That is not my opinion -- I think that’s the consensus opinion. And that means that job growth will be further stymied, it will be further hampered as a consequence of that decision.”

“These are bills that Congress ran up,” he noted. “The money’s been spent. The obligations have been made. So this is not a situation -- I think the American people have to understand this -- this is not a situation where you know, Congress is going to say, ‘Okay, we won’t buy this car or we won’t take this vacation.’ They took the vacation, they bought the car, and now they’re saying maybe we don’t have to pay or we don’t have to pay as fast as we said we were going to. That’s not how responsible families act. We’re the greatest nation on earth and we can’t act that way. So this is urgent and it needs to get settled.”

In response to suggestions by prominent Republicans like House Speaker John Boehner that the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department was “artificial,” the president said, “Aug. 2 is a very important date and there’s no reason why we can’t get this done now. We know what the options are out there. This is not a technical problem any longer. This is the matter of Congress going ahead and biting the bullet and making some tough decisions.”

If his two daughters can do their homework with plenty of time to spare, the president then asked, why can’t Congress get their work done, too?

“You know, Malia and Sasha generally finish their homework a day ahead of time. Malia is 13 and Sasha is 10. It is impressive. They don’t wait until the night before. They’re not pulling all-nighters,” he said to laughter from the assembled press corps. “They’re 13 and 10. You know, Congress can do the same thing. If you know you’ve got to do something, just do it.”

But the president wasn’t done yet. After touting his leadership on the debt ceiling issue, pointing out that he’d met with members of Congress repeatedly in recent months, the president took some shots at the Congressional calendar that leaves lawmakers ample time to leave Washington and return to their home states and districts.

“They need to do their job. Now’s the time to go ahead and make the tough choices. That’s why they’re called leaders. And I’ve already shown that I’m willing to make decisions that are very tough and you know, give my base of voters further reason to give me a hard time, but it’s got to be done, so there’s no point in procrastinating. There’s no point in putting it off. You know, we’ve got to get this done. And if by the end of this week we have not seen substantial progress then I think members of Congress need to understand we’re going to have to start cancelling things and stay here until we get it done. They’re in one week. They’re out one week. And then they’re saying Obama’s got to step in -- you need to be here, I’ve been here, I’ve been doing Afghanistan, bin Laden, and the Greek crisis. You stay here. Let’s get it done.”

“Alright, I think you know my feelings about that,” he said with a chuckle.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

President Obama Tackles Criticism of His 2012 Budget

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama defended his 2012 budget proposal Tuesday amidst criticism from Republicans that it does too little to rein in the burgeoning U.S. deficit and costly entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

"You cut back on what you can afford, focus on what you can't do without. That's what we've done with this year's budget," the president said in his first news conference of the year.

"By the middle of this decade, annual spending will match annual revenues. We won't be adding to the national debt," he said when asked about the GOP criticism. "We're not going to be running up the credit card anymore."

Touting his plan, Obama urged the kind of bipartisanship that was achieved late last year in extending tax cuts for Americans.

Republicans panned the president's 2012 budget proposal unveiled Monday, with House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dubbing it "debt on arrival."

Republicans have specifically objected to plans to end subsidies for oil and gas firms, impose higher taxes on multinational corporations and to reduce tax deductions for higher-income groups. Others say the budget doesn't tackle the issue of the $14 trillion debt.

While Democrats were less vocal in their objections, many are against the deep cuts the White House is proposing in community grants and the home heating assistance program, both of which help lower-income groups.

Obama's 10-year budget plan would increase the national debt by $7.2 trillion in 10 years; $1.1 trillion less than if it wasn't implemented.

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