44: The Obama Presidency


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Democratic Party

Obama To Deliver Kennedy's Eulogy

President Obama will deliver the eulogy at Kennedy's funeral.

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Remembers Kennedy in E-Mail to Supporters

After making his public statement on Sen. Edward Kennedy's death, President Obama offered similar thoughts in writing to his 13 million-strong e-mail list.

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Orders Flags Flown at Half-Staff in Honor of Kennedy

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama issued Wednesday a presidential proclamation on death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, calling him "one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy."

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 01:43 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Mourns Passing of 'a Colleague, a Counselor and a Friend'

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- Looking grim and sad, President Obama called the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy "a colleague, a counselor and a friend" and hailed a man of public service whose "ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws, reflected in millions of lives."

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 10:34 AM ET | Comments (16)

Colleagues, Friends Mourn 'Patriarch' of the Senate Gallery

Friends and colleagues of the late Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) on Wednesday mourned the loss of the Senate's "patriarch," whose outsized personality and legislative and political skills continued to impact official Washington until his dying days.

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

DNC Outraises RNC in July, but Republicans Retain Cash Edge

Reversing an earlier trend, the Democratic National Committee outraised the Republican National Committee in July, but the RNC continues to hold a cash edge as the parties arm themselves for electoral battle.

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 04:17 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama to Lunch with Senate Democrats. All of Them.

President Obama will host the entire Senate Democratic caucus for lunch at the White House on Tuesday, in an effort to review the achievements of his first six months in office and build momentum for major initiatives whose fates are now in the hands of Congress.

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 06:30 AM ET | Comments (25)

DNC Puts Cheney Front and Center in New Web Video

By Garance Franke-Ruta As far as a attack ads go, saying that a political...

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (6)

Obama, Specter, Biden Plan an Early Get-Together

By Michael D. Shear President Obama will join the newest member of the Democratic Party...

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 09:27 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Defends Afghanistan Strategy to House Progressives

President Obama defended his strategy in Afghanistan to a group of liberal House Democrats who have been skeptical of his approach.

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 05:57 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama, Progressive Democrats to Talk War Funding

The 77-member Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), a block of the most liberal House Democrats, will hold its first meeting with the president this afternoon in a session could illustrate some of the divides between Obama and some of the more liberal members of the party on a number of issues.

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Passing the Torch at the DLC

More than two decades after founding the centrist Democratic group, Al From, 65, has announced plans to retire.

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 07:50 PM ET | Comments (6)

Senator Burris Acts the Part

Lest anyone think Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) might go quietly into the night, he announced in none too subtle terms Tuesday night that he is very much a United States Senator.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Jovial Democratic Senators Greet Obama

The atmosphere tonight as the senators gathered in their chamber held no tension and no pressure.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 09:46 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kaine Formally Appointed to Head DNC

President-elect Barack Obama formalized his appoint of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the head of the Democratic National Committee today, installing a loyalist in the key political job.

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 04:05 PM ET | Comments (15)

Emanuel Bids House Dems Farewell, Promises $600K from Obama for DCCC

In a farewell address to House Democrats, outgoing Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) promised the incoming White House would sweeten the coffers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee by $600,000.

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (9)

Leahy Speaks Out Against Lieberman Chairmanship

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) today announced his opposition to Sen. Joe Lieberman retaining a key committee chairmanship, becoming the first Democrat to publicly declare his intention to vote against the Connecticut senator next week when the caucus considers punishing him for his high-profile support of the GOP presidential ticket.

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (29)

Dean to Step Down as DNC Chair

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean will not seek a second term as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, clearing the way for a loyalist of President-elect Barack Obama to be named to the post.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 02:08 PM ET | Comments (16)

In Fla., Biden Bridles at Being Prompted

Joe Biden jokingly rebells against the campaign's message discipline.

Posted on November 2, 2008 at 06:27 PM ET | Comments (17)

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)

Study: N.H. Voters Increasingly Democratic

New voters in New Hampshire are more likely to be Democrats than longtime ones -- and also now make up a third of voters statewide.

Posted on October 15, 2008 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (10)

Democrats Launch a New 'Lie Counter' Site

Democratic Party launches new "Count the Lies" website targeting McCain.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 12:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

DNC's First General Election Ad to Air in Michigan

The Democratic National Committee continues its "Bush and McCain More of the Same" arguments today in its first television commercial of the general election campaign.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 04:36 PM ET | Comments (5)

As Hurricane Looms, Obama Suspends Political Talk for the Day

By Shailagh Murray and Perry Bacon Jr. DETROIT -- Sen. Barack Obama shelved his stump...

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Unity on Display at Tubbs Jones Memorial

Late congresswoman who backed Clinton, then Obama, is honored by both.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 06:39 PM ET | Comments (52)

Outside the Stadium, Looking in

By Alec MacGillis DENVER -- There are a lot of people inside the Invesco Field...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 10:32 PM ET | Comments (5)

Watching the Speech from a Watch Party

By Jose Antonio Vargas DENVER -- It might be hard to find anyone who traveled...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 10:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Kilpatrick Poses Quandary for Obama in Mich.

Unless resolved, the situation could jeopardize the Democrats' chances of holding Michigan in November.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 07:40 PM ET | Comments (26)

Advance Excerpts: Obama's Speech

The Obama campaign has released advance excerpts of his remarks, "The Promise of America," set for delivery later tonight.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 06:56 PM ET | Comments (21)

Democrats Becoming Obama's Party

But what kind of party will it be?

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (124)

Obama Surfaces Briefly

Barack Obama in Denver, Colo., August 28, 2008. By Matthew Mosk DENVER -- Barack Obama...

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 03:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Biden Sick of the Age Talk

Biden says he'll smack the next person who brings up Obama's age in comparison to his own.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:18 PM ET | Comments (31)

Napolitano's Big Day Jitters

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said this morning that there's no way not to be nervous about the Democratic nominee's performance tonight at Invesco Field.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:07 PM ET | Comments (10)

Jesse Jackson, with No Role

His string of six straight political conventions in which he was given a coveted speaking slot has come to an end.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 11:15 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama Joins Biden on Stage, Visits Invesco Field

Obama visits Invesco Field at Mile High to practice the staging for his speech.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama's Speech Day Forecast: Flawless Weather

By Garance Franke-Ruta DENVER -- The weather out here in Denver is a welcome...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 09:21 PM ET | Comments (9)

Video: Clinton Ends Roll Call

Clinton moves to nominate Obama by acclamation.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 07:55 PM ET | Comments (6)

DNC Wants Reporters Prepped for St. Paul

DNC hands out preparatory materials to reporters going on to St. Paul.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (17)

Biden Speech a Family Affair

The speech will mix Biden's biography with sharply taking on Sen. John McCain's record, particularly on foreign policy issues.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:54 PM ET | Comments (5)

Clinton Releases Her Delegates

By Perry Bacon, Jr. DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton cast her vote for Barack Obama,...

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:24 PM ET | Comments (27)

Obama's Thursday Night Task

Obama needs, in the estimation of many Democrats at this convention, to say to the millions of voters still making up their minds that his presidential campaign "is not about me."

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 05:00 PM ET | Comments (70)

Obama Previews Goals for Speech

Says his speech will be quite different from 2004 convention address.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 03:02 PM ET | Comments (9)

Chaos on the Convention Floor

By Paul Kane DENVER -- The convention floor has turned into an overstuffed pinata, as...

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:37 PM ET | Comments (33)

Casey Speaks to a Changed Party

By Shailagh Murray DENVER -- It was two lines in a speech. But Sen. Robert...

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Party City, Colorado

Reports from the late night party scene at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 03:34 PM ET | Comments (10)

Rendell Compares Obama to Adlai Stevenson

"With people who have a lot of gifts, it's hard for people to identify with them," the governor said.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (174)

Kennedy Passes the Torch

Ted Kennedy speaking during day one of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Aug....

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:35 PM ET | Comments (138)

Biden Thanks the Delaware Delegation

An emotional Sen. Joe Biden thanked Delaware Democrats for their longtime support at a meeting of the state's delegation.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 01:12 PM ET | Comments (10)

Washington Sketch: Recycling the Way to Party Unity

The first day of the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sorry, Conventioneers: No Bruce For You

"He's definitely not performing," says a source privy to The Boss's schedule.

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 10:22 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Downplays Speech Expectations

He said he expects it to be a more "workmanlike" speech than the one he gave in 2004.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 04:22 PM ET | Comments (19)

With a Smaller Crowd, Obama Takes a More Populist Tone

As the convention gets closer, Sen. Barack Obama's crowds are getting smaller -- by design -- and his rhetoric more Clinton-like.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 03:56 PM ET | Comments (21)

Michelle Obama Preps for Her Big Night

Michelle Obama walked the stage and tested out the convention podium this morning, but didn't have a whole lot to say about her big speech tonight.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 02:29 PM ET | Comments (6)

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)

Clinton Advisers Skipping Obama Speech

A number of Sen. Hillary Clinton's top advisers will not be staying in Denver long enough to hear Barack Obama accept the nomination for president.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 01:38 PM ET | Comments (592)

Clinton Dismisses McCain Ads

"I'm Hillary Clinton and I do not approve this message," Clinton said of the ads.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 12:08 PM ET | Comments (46)

Obama and What it Takes

Will the Democratic convention in Denver be remembered as the moment Barack Obama became conventional?

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM ET | Comments (197)

No Red Meat from Warner Speech

Former Va. governor Mark Warner says his convention keynote speech will forgo aggressive attacks on Republicans.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM ET | Comments (8)

Behind the Scenes at the DNC

The Washington Post's Jill Bartscht guides a behind-the-scenes tour of The Washington Post workspace and the Pepsi Center at the Democratic National Convention.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Kennedy Comes to Denver

The ailing Sen. Edward Kennedy has come to Denver and will attend the convention tonight.

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 09:47 AM ET | Comments (83)

Michigan and Florida Delegations Regain Full Convention Voting Rights

The move caps a tumultuous year that initially saw them stripped of all voting rights.

Posted on August 24, 2008 at 08:51 PM ET | Comments (61)

Young Evangelical Backs Out of Giving Convention Opening Prayer

A popular young evangelical backs out of the Democrats' Monday night program.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM ET | Comments (74)

The 1956 and 1960 Democratic Conventions

Columnist David Broder recounts his first political convention and the convention that nominated John F. Kennedy.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

And How Many Houses Do You Have?

DNC pounds McCain for forgetting how many houses he has.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 06:49 AM ET | Comments (78)

Clinton's Virginia HQ a Costly Burden

The Clinton campaign lease on its former Ballston headquarters won't expire until March 2009.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 07:42 AM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Looking to Diminish Superdelegates

Barack Obama's campaign will call next week for the creation of a new commission to revise the rules for selecting a presidential nominee in 2012 with a goal of reducing the power of superdelegates.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (112)

ActBlue Collects $42 Million for Democrats

Republicans have tinkered with a counterpart to ActBlue, but have yet to find much success.

Posted on August 19, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (6)


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