44: The Obama Presidency


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Obama Renews Pledge at Human Rights Campaign Dinner

President Obama addressed a fundraising banquet for the Human Rights Campaign Saturday night in Washington, pledging once again to end the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy without providing a specific timeline for ending the ban on out gays and lesbians in the armed forces.

Posted on October 11, 2009 at 08:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Yosi Sergant Resigns from NEA

Yosi Sergant, who became well known during President Obama's presidential campaign for his work with artist Shepard Fairey around the iconic HOPE poster, resigned Thursday from his job at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 06:04 PM ET | Comments (28)

Shepard Fairey's Studio Tagged with Anti-ACORN Graffiti

So much for HOPE. That, at least, is the symbolic message sent by an anti-ACORN activist or group that targeted Studio Number One in Los Angeles, the commercial design studio of Obama HOPE poster creator Shepard Fairey, with anti-ACORN graffiti.

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 07:23 PM ET | Comments (35)

Conservatives Boasting New Sense of Energy at Values Voters Summit

By Perry Bacon Jr. When conservative activists met two years ago at their Values Voters...

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 04:31 PM ET | Comments (33)

Gibbs: Criticism of Obama Not Based on Race

Amid mounting claims that the hostility toward the president has an undercurrent of racial animus, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday that President Obama disagrees.

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 02:37 PM ET | Comments (23)

Carter Cites 'Racism Inclination' in Animosity Toward Obama

Former president Jimmy Carter told NBC's Brian Williams in an interview Tuesday that he believes race is at the core of much of the opposition to President Obama.

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 09:08 PM ET | Comments (391)

Obama Makes Explicit His Objection to DOMA

President Obama made clear Monday that he favors the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, and intends to ask Congress to repeal the 13-year-old law that denies benefits to domestic partners of federal employees and allows states to reject same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 01:16 PM ET | Comments (220)

Gates's Daughter: Beer Summit Made 'Little Sense'

The daughter of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., Elizabeth Gates, had some harsh words in the Daily Beast Friday for the so-called "Beer Summit" her father held at the White House Thursday with President Obama, Vice President Biden and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, who arrested Prof. Gates for disorderly conduct earlier this month.

Posted on July 31, 2009 at 06:39 PM ET | Comments (80)

Obama's Backyard Summit

By Garance Franke-Ruta Vice President Biden joined President Obama at Thursday evening's much-anticipated "beer...

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 07:25 PM ET | Comments (15)

The Picnic Table Summit

Gates, Obama and Crowley to sit down over beers at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 11:58 AM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Moves to Ratchet Down Tensions in Gates Arrest Controversy

President Obama made a surprise appearance at the daily White House briefing Friday to address the growing controversy over the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. by a Cambridge police officer.

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 03:01 PM ET | Comments (79)

Obama Stands by His Criticism

President Obama has no regrets about criticizing the Cambridge police department's arrest of Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (353)

President Voices Support for 'Conscience Clauses' Ahead of Plans to Scale Back Bush-Era Policies

President Barack Obama said today that he still favors a "robust" federal policy protecting health-care workers who have moral objections to performing some procedures, even though he plans to roll back a Bush administration rule that expanded such protection.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

In a Presidential First, Obama Marks Gay Pride at the White House

President Obama on Monday became the first Oval Office occupant to officially celebrate gay pride in the White House even as the gay community remains bitterly divided about the pace of Obama's efforts to turn words into action for their agenda.

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 05:47 PM ET | Comments (68)

Cheney Comes Out for Gay Marriage, State-by-State

Former vice president Richard Cheney waded into another simmering public debate today, suggesting he supports legalizing gay marriage as long as the issue is decided by the states rather than the federal government.

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 04:53 PM ET | Comments (15)

Notre Dame Obama Commencement Speech Stirs Catholic Opposition

By Michael A. Fletcher More than 87,000 names have been added to an online petition...

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 07:12 PM ET | Comments (17)

Gibbs and Emanuel Tweak Rush Limbaugh

White House aides point to radio host's wish that Obama's policies fail.

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 02:36 PM ET | Comments (28)

Obama Administration to Rescind Bush's 'Conscience' Regulation

The Obama administration has begun the process of rescinding sweeping new federal protections that were granted in December to health care workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM ET | Comments (5)

Nielsen Media Names Most Engaging Shows by Party

Nielsen Media has released findings in re: which cable shows are most "engaging" among self-identified Dems and GOP-ers.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 02:31 PM ET | Comments (1)

Washington Sketch: The Eastern Media Elite

A behind-the-scenes look at the one group that unifies members of the Republican Party.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 12:47 PM ET | Comments (12)

Georgia GOP Congressman Calls Obama 'Uppity'

When a reporter sought clarification on the racially loaded word, Rep. Westmoreland replied, "Uppity, yeah."

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (209)

Lamont Says Lieberman Should Get "Gold Medal for Political Gymnastics"

Lamont expressed amazement that his former opponent was being seriously considered as McCain's running mate.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

Gasolina! Daddy Yankee Endorses McCain

Daddy Yankee, one of the country's top Latino music stars, backs the Arizona senator.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:49 PM ET | Comments (152)


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