44: The Obama Presidency



44 The Obama Presidency

Somber trip to Fort Hood for president

On the eve of a White House trip to Asia, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will make a somber visit to Texas Tuesday to attend the memorial service for victims of the Fort Hood rampage of Army Major Nidal M. Hasan.

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 07:48 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama and the Europeans face Afghanistan

Regardless of how President Obama decides to proceed in Afghanistan, he will be seeking additional help from his European allies with the fighting, training and building that his top general says is necessary to stabilize the country.

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama in Dover as fallen troops arrive home

President Obama made a solemn pre-dawn visit to this military outpost Thursday to honor 18 Americans killed in Afghanistan earlier this week. Obama is deliberating over how to reshape his war strategy in the face of growing violence and political unrest in Afghanistan and deepening public unease at home.

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 06:06 AM ET | Comments (243)

Obama to attend return of fallen soldiers, DEA agents

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama left the White House late Wednesday aboard Marine One...

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 12:15 AM ET | Comments (24)

Obama appears with Deeds in Virginia

Updated 4:12 p.m. By Michael A. Fletcher MIAMI -- White House aides have dissed the...

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 05:27 AM ET | Comments (63)

Improper computer use by park official not germane to probe, Interior IG says

By Kimberly Kindy A public report from a year-long investigation of the superintendent of Gettyburg...

Posted on October 24, 2009 at 11:31 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama calls on lenders to support small businesses

By Michael D. Shear President Obama capped a week of focusing on small businesses with...

Posted on October 24, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Biden calls Cheney "absolutely wrong"

By Scott Wilson Vice President Biden said Friday that his predecessor, Richard B. Cheney, is...

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 08:30 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Decries Health-Insurance Industry Effort to "Kill Reform at Any Cost"

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama hailed the progress Congress is making toward restructuring the...

Posted on October 17, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (86)

Obama Hails Snowe's "Seriousness of Purpose"

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden late Tuesday afternoon to...

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama, Spain's Zapatero Discuss Guantanamo Detainee Transfers

By Anne E. Kornblut With the process of closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center running...

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 05:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama: Health Insurance Reform Would Help Small Business

By Scott Wilson President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to appeal to...

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Hails Renewal of 'American Leadership'

President Obama declared Saturday that his administration has "renewed American leadership" in the world...

Posted on September 26, 2009 at 07:52 AM ET | Comments (97)

Obamas Will Get Flu Vaccine

By Ceci Connolly The first family plans to queue up for the swine flu vaccine...

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 09:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama Cautiously Takes Credit for Economic Turnaround

President Obama on Saturday continued his administration's careful efforts to take credit for the slowly improving economy, using his radio address to tout the economic turnaround since world leaders met in London in April.

Posted on September 19, 2009 at 06:36 AM ET | Comments (70)

Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath

By Alec MacGillis PITTSBURGH--Just when it looked like conservatives might be cornering the market on...

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Live Blogging Obama's Health Care Address

President Obama took to the podium on Capitol Hill Wednesday night for a much-anticipated address on health care reform to a joint session of Congress. Washington Post reporters who have been covering the debate will be your guides to the action, offered live analysis and fact-checking.

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 08:15 PM ET | Comments (99)

Justice Stevens Hires Just One Clerk

Does Justice John Paul Stevens's decision to hire only one clerk for the term that begins in October 2010 mean this could be his last year on the court?

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 12:16 PM ET | Comments (8)

On Katrina Anniversary, Obama Pledges to End "Turf Wars" that Slow Recovery

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday...

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama in Boston in Advance of Kennedy Eulogy

By Michael D. Shear OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama and his wife flew on...

Posted on August 29, 2009 at 12:33 AM ET | Comments (9)

Seven Months in, Obama on the Vineyard for First Vacation

By Michael D. Shear MARTHA'S VINEYARD, Aug. 23 -- Seven months after taking the oath...

Posted on August 23, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (99)

On Respite from Health-Care Tour, Obama Visits Yellowstone, Calls Old Faithful 'Cool'

President Obama and his family toured Yellowstone National Park Saturday afternoon, visiting the Old Faithful geyser on a day of majestic blue skies.

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 03:35 PM ET | Comments (22)

Visit to Mich. Prison Where Guantanamo Detainees Might be Held Called 'Preliminary'

By Anne E. Kornblut The White House called a visit Thursday by security officials to...

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 06:03 PM ET | Comments (7)

Kennedy: Time Was Right for Obama

When Ted Kennedy sought a candidate to endorse as the 2008 presidential campaign began, he...

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

As House and Senate Negotiate, Obama Fine-Tunes His Pitch

On a day when he stumps for health-care reform in North Carolina and Virginia, President Obama will unveil a new message highlighting eight ways that consumers would be better protected if his reform efforts pass, a White House aide said.

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 09:03 AM ET | Comments (154)

The Hard Sell Begins

President Obama had two audiences in mind throughout his prime-time news conference Wednesday night: Americans who are increasingly skeptical about his effort to reform the health care system and members of Congress looking for guidance as they near politically difficult votes on such a package.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (92)

Obama Summons "Spirit of America," Seeks Support for Initiatives

President Obama today invoked the "spirit of America" to argue for health care, energy and education reform in a July 4 radio address that compared this moment in U.S. history to the turning points of past generations.

Posted on July 4, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Likely to Tread Carefully With Uribe

By Michael D. Shear President Obama meets with Colombian president Álvaro Uribe this afternoon as...

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 07:43 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama To Meet With Merkel at White House

By Michael D. Shear President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss climate change,...

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 08:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Clinton Undergoes Surgery on Her Elbow

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underwent surgery this morning on her right elbow.

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (2)

Clinton Falls and Breaks Her Elbow

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton fractured her right elbow during a fall while headed to the White House.

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 05:45 AM ET | Comments (52)

Obama Arrives in Egypt for Speech

Cairo shuts down as Obama is greeted with a high level of pomp, including 21 horses.

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 05:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Speech Updates from Our Man in Cairo

President Obama is in Egypt today to deliver a speech in Cairo billed as a...

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 05:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

State Dept. Plan Would Extend Benefits to Same Sex Partners

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that the partners of gay U.S. diplomats are eligible for many benefits currently denied them and allowed to spouses of heterosexual diplomats, according to lawmakers and others advocating the change.

Posted on May 24, 2009 at 07:35 AM ET | Comments (30)

Obama to Speak About Job Training

By Scott Wilson The nation's economy lost 539,000 jobs last month, and the nation's leader...

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM ET | Comments (4)

Grassley Opens Up on Obama Lunch

By Shailagh Murray Usually White House meetings yield only a trickle of details. But today...

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 05:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

First Lady Dines Out in New York

By Robin Givhan On her first trip to New York City as first lady, Michelle...

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Feeding the Swine-Flu Frenzy

Biden cautions Americans to avoid mass transit, leading to what the acting CDC director called "a teachable moment."

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (71)

GOP's Big Names Try to Forge New Agenda

By Perry Bacon Jr. Looking to rebrand a struggling Republican Party, a group of party...

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 06:24 AM ET | Comments (74)

Live Blogging Obama's 100 Days Presser

President Obama speaks during a news conference tonight in the East Room at the...

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 07:42 PM ET | Comments (33)

Obama Pushes Vision for High-Speed Rail

President Obama declared his intention to build a nationwide system of high-speed rail lines.

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 10:31 AM ET | Comments (106)

Obama Says U.S. Can't Confront Problems Alone

President Obama, speaking days after returning from his first overseas trip since taking office, said the most critical problems confronting the nation and the world could be solved only through international cooperation.

Posted on April 11, 2009 at 09:47 AM ET | Comments (75)

Summers Raked in Speaking Fees from Wall Street

Council of Economic Advisers chair collected $2.7 million from speeches in 2008

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 08:17 PM ET | Comments (26)

First Lady Takes in Rowling, Ballet

First lady Michelle Obama applauds dancers after they performed Giselle on stage during a visit...

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 08:07 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lawmakers Hear Obama Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy

Updated 5:35 p.m. By Karen DeYoung and Michael D. Shear President Obama briefed congressional leaders...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 05:35 PM ET | Comments (18)

Live Blogging Obama's Press Conference

President Obama takes questions tonight in the East Room, in his second prime-time televised news...

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 09:30 PM ET | Comments (88)

Obama Seeks to Improve Food Safety

President Obama announced new leadership and other changes today aimed at improving the safety of the U.S. food supply, declaring that shortcomings during the Bush administration created a "hazard to public health" that is "unacceptable."

Posted on March 14, 2009 at 06:00 AM ET | Comments (65)

Obama to Visit Turkey Next Month

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that President Obama will visit Turkey next month -- but administration officials were quick to add that Obama has not settled on where or when he will give the speech from a Muslim capital that he promised in his first 100 days.

Posted on March 7, 2009 at 08:52 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama to Lift Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

Ailing Kennedy Hopes to Attend Summit

By Ceci Connolly Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who is battling potentially lethal brain cancer, plans...

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 08:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

AFL-CIO Says Card-Check Is Imminent

Union leaders said today they are confident that the Employee Free Choice Act would be introduced in Congress in the next few weeks and that they had the 60 votes needed to break a Senate filibuster--if Al Franken is seated.

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Ready for Battle With Budget Critics

President Obama serves notice that he is prepared to battle for his $3.6 trillion budget proposal, as he linked the priorities laid out in the spending plan to the promise of change from his presidential campaign.

Posted on February 28, 2009 at 07:13 AM ET | Comments (53)

Pentagon to Lift Press Ban on Coffins at Dover

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that he is lifting a 1991 ban on news coverage of the return of the remains of fallen service members.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 01:51 PM ET | Comments (10)

Live Fact Check

Live Fact Check of President Obama's address before Congress.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 09:01 PM ET | Comments (37)

On Day One, Glitches at the White House

Reporters turned away as Obama era opens.

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 10:32 AM ET | Comments (11)

White House Staff Starts to Settle In

About 15 Obama officials made their way into the White House on Tuesday -- and began answering phones, setting up computers and turning up the heating system.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 06:41 PM ET | Comments (14)

Sen. Kennedy Has Seizure

The close ally of President Obama was rushed from a congressional luncheon for the new president by medical personnel.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 03:32 PM ET | Comments (131)

Antarctic Climate Researchers Hold Distant Inaugural Celebration

Scientists aboard the U.S. research vessel Laurence M Gould held a commemoration 10,000 miles from Washington D.C.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 03:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

WhiteHouse.gov Turns the Page

For the second time in history, the Internet portal to the White House has changed.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (5)

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

Barack H. Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president...

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 12:07 PM ET | Comments (20)

Retired Fighter Pilot to Run NASA?

Retired Maj. Gen. Jonathan Scott Gration, a highly decorated fighter pilot almost completely unknown to the space community, has emerged as the top candidate to run NASA, two sources close to the Obama transition team said today.

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 03:33 PM ET | Comments (9)

Obama, Biden to Pay Call on Supreme Court

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has invited President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden to meet with him and the Supreme Court associate justices on Wednesday afternoon.

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 10:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Meets with Mexican President Calderon

President-elect Barack Obama met today with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, telling reporters after their luncheon session that "my administration is going to be ready on day one to work to build a stronger relationship with Mexico."

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 06:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

The Obamas, Back at the Very Beginning

Paris' Le Monde newspaper publishes an interview with Barack and Michelle Obama in which the two discuss their marriage, the attraction of politics and the value of personal loyalty. Oh, and did we mention, the interview was conducted in 1996.

Posted on January 11, 2009 at 07:16 PM ET | Comments (9)

Lanny Breuer to Lead Justice Criminal Division

Defense lawyer Lanny A. Breuer has emerged as the top candidate to lead the Justice Department's criminal division, two sources told The Washington Post.

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Bets Big on Big Government

By Chris Cillizza President-elect Barack Obama enunciated his vision for an activist -- and expansive...

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Speech Excerpts Released

President-elect Barack Obama's transition team this morning released the following excerpts from the speech on...

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 07:22 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Picks Sunstein to Oversee Regulations

Cass Sunstein will become the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 11:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

President-Elect Thanks the Ex-Presidents for Their Counsel

President-elect Barack Obama's press secretary Robert Gibbs issued a statement on the lunch meeting between Obama and four presidents.

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 02:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

Don Gips Selected as White House Director of Personnel as Obama Rounds Out Staff

President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to round out their White House staff this afternoon, naming seven new appointments.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 04:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Panetta Picked to Head CIA

Leon Panetta has been chosen as the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (219)

Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell

The Obama girls began school today.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (61)

Richardson Withdraws Name as Commerce Secretary-Designee

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn from consideration as commerce secretary for President-elect Barack Obama, citing an ongoing investigation about business dealings in his state.

Posted on January 4, 2009 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (205)

Michelle Obama, Daughters Head to District

Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, departed for Washington this afternoon, a day before President-elect Barack Obama was scheduled to move to the nation's capital from Chicago.

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (36)

Finally, Obama Is a Man About Town

On the 11th day of his Hawaii vacation, President-elect Barack Obama plays pick-up basketball at his alma mater, visits the Honolulu Zoo with his daughters and stops by his late grandmother's apartment.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 09:27 PM ET | Comments (16)

As Obama Gets Ready to Golf, Middle East Activists Try to Make a Delivery

The president-elect may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean people have stopped trying to...

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 06:53 PM ET | Comments (13)

McConnell Puts the Brakes on Stimulus Plan

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced skepticism today about the emerging economic stimulus plan, applying a brake to Democratic plans to quickly pass up to $850 billion in spending and tax cuts soon after President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 02:28 PM ET | Comments (19)

Obama Takes In a Show and a Shave Ice

President-elect Barack Obama ditches his "press pool" of reporters, photographers and cameramen to take his daughters and a caravan of family friends to a marine amusement park and a mobbed shopping center.

Posted on December 26, 2008 at 09:39 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Aides Dismiss Reports of Upcoming Trip to Iraq

President-elect Barack Obama's aides on Friday dismissed reports that Obama may visit Iraq in coming weeks.

Posted on December 26, 2008 at 01:10 PM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State

James B. Steinberg, a top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues that he expects to be nominated Tuesday as deputy secretary of state.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 11:54 PM ET | Comments (4)

Paparazzi Photog Gets a 'Pec-tacular' Obama Shot

More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 05:07 PM ET | Comments (57)

Obama Kicks Off His Vacation With a Round of Golf

President-elect Barack Obama spent his first full day in Hawaii working out with his wife, Michelle, ordering local delicacies and playing 18 holes of golf on a rolling green set against the backdrop of a volcanic mountain range.

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (166)

Report on Contacts With Ill. Governor Due by Tuesday

President-elect Barack Obama will make public by Tuesday a report detailing his staff's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who has been accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that Obama resigned, Democratic officials said.

Posted on December 21, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (9)

Blair 'Definitely' the Next DNI, Say Congressional Officials

Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to become director of national intelligence, congressional officials knowledgeable about the decision said today.

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 04:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: Person of the Year

Obama is selected as Time magazine's person of the year.

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 09:43 AM ET | Comments (74)

Biden Fleshes Out Press Team

By Al Kamen Yesterday, Vice President-elect Joe Biden formally tapped veteran Time Magazine reporter --...

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Chicago Schools Chief to be Education Secretary

Chicago schools executive Arne Duncan was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama this morning to be the nation's next education secretary.

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 11:44 AM ET | Comments (6)

Bronx Chief Carrion Gets a Post After All

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. is slated to direct the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy, sources familiar with the appointment said last night.

Posted on December 13, 2008 at 10:24 PM ET | Comments (3)

NASA Chief Denies Rift With Transition Team

By Joel Achenbach NASA Adminstrator Michael Griffin today denounced an Orlando Sentinel report that he...

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 05:51 PM ET | Comments (30)

Obama Nominates Daschle for HHS

By Ceci Connolly President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated Thomas A. Daschle to become the next...

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 11:29 AM ET | Comments (12)

Dust Up over Holder Confirmation Hearings

A plan by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) to hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. on Jan. 8 is coming under fire from committee Republicans, who want more time to review Holder's record.

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested

FBI agents this morning arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) and his chief of staff on conspiracy and bribery charges, including allegations that the governor was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (13)

A Newsy Day For Transition

By Ben Pershing What kind of news day will this be? A bit later this...

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama to Announce Economic Team Today

President-elect Barack Obama will officially introduce members of his incoming economic team today during a news conference in Chicago.

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 07:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Private Meetings on Agenda, Public Cheering Expected

By Garance Franke-Ruta President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden are holding private meetings...

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 08:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Sends a Message to Governors on Climate Change

Updated 3:42 p.m. By Juliet Eilperin President-elect Barack Obama surprised -- and thrilled --...

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 03:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Quiet Day Expected for Obama

With nothing on his public calendar, President-elect Obama is expected to continue briefings, meetings and White House staff appointments. No big cabinet announcements are anticipated before the weekend.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 06:23 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama on the Presidency -- and the First Family -- on '60 Minutes'

Excerpts from the CBS interviews.

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 08:43 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Lays Out Ethics Rules

Obama released a set of ethics guidelines for those working in the transition operation, continuing the anti-lobbying policies he adopted during his primary and general election campaigns.

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 03:39 PM ET | Comments (8)


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