44: The Obama Presidency



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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)

Will Halt in Troop Withdrawals Give Dems Flexibility?

What if Bush's decision to suspend troop withdrawals from Iraq is actually doing a favor for a future Democratic president? What if, intentionally or not, he is giving a President Obama or a President Clinton more running room come January 20? --Peter Baker

Posted on April 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM ET | Comments (77)

Bush, Clinton and China

Candidate Clinton was pretty tough on President Bush for his handling of China. He "coddled" a communist government that used deadly force to break up peaceful protests, the candidate said.--Peter Baker

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

The President Speaks, But is Anyone Listening?

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The band is playing, the crowd is gathering, the cameras are set up. At any moment, the president of the United States will show up to give a speech on war and peace. And the television guys are debating whether they will even get on the air with the story.--Peter Baker

Posted on March 27, 2008 at 10:39 AM ET | Comments (45)

The Campaign Season of Taking Offense

Somehow an election campaign that in theory is centered on the Big Issues of our day, such as war and recession, instead has turned into a sticks-and-stones contest.--Peter Baker

Posted on March 25, 2008 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (26)

A Record Document Dump

The National Archives in Washington, Wednesday, March 19, 2008, where the Archives released more than...

Posted on March 20, 2008 at 01:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Five Years On, Iraq Slips Off the Radar

This was supposed to be the week of Iraq, the week that the fifth anniversary of the invasion focused the nation's attention back on its turbulent project in the Middle East. And yet the war debate that gripped the capital last year has slipped off the frontburner.

Posted on March 18, 2008 at 12:14 PM ET | Comments (31)

The Indeterminate Election

So Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton got her groove back by winning Texas last week, right? Yes. No. Who knows? --Peter Baker

Posted on March 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM ET | Comments (45)

Hillary Clinton's Spitzer Problem

For a supporter, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer sure hasn't done Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton any favors lately. --Peter Baker

Posted on March 11, 2008 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Joint Ticket? Not so Fast

So is the Democratic race heading toward an eventual marriage between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton on the same ticket? Clinton seemed to suggest that herself during a morning show appearance yesterday and there has been a lot of buzz about the idea among Democrats and bloggers. But before anyone starts throwing confetti, there are lots of reasons to wonder whether that might or should happen. --Peter Baker

Posted on March 6, 2008 at 01:17 PM ET | Comments (35)

Clinton Down, but Not Out, for the Count

What running the delegate numbers shows about Clinton's chances.--Peter Baker

Posted on March 4, 2008 at 10:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

In November, a Question of the Ages?

The showdown between Bob Dole and Bill Clinton a dozen years ago was a generational clash that may offer some lessons for political strategists this year if Barack Obama manages to win the right to take on John McCain in the fall.--Peter Baker

Posted on February 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM ET | Comments (22)

McCain's Rewrite of His Anti-Rumsfeld Script

As he gets closer to the Republican nomination, John McCain has been trying to balance his unqualified support for the Iraq war by reminding audiences that he was also a tough critic of the way it was managed until President Bush finally changed strategies a year ago.--Peter Baker

Posted on February 14, 2008 at 10:06 AM ET | Comments (40)

From Wilder to Obama, a Changing Virginia

In the nearly two decades since Wilder's historic victory as the nation's first elected black governor, Virginia has changed, and so has the African American candidate presenting himself to her electorate in today's Democratic presidential primary. --Peter Baker

Posted on February 12, 2008 at 03:46 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama and the L-Word

By Peter Baker It may no longer be surprising to watch so many young people,...

Posted on February 7, 2008 at 11:45 AM ET | Comments (60)

Bill Low-Keys It in Denver

Following Barack Obama into Denver, former president Bill Clinton gives a subdued speech to less-than-capacity crowd.--Peter Baker

Posted on January 31, 2008 at 05:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Crunching the South Carolina Numbers

Sen. Barack Obama did not win South Carolina solely because the electorate there was disproportionately African American. If half as many black voters turned out, Obama still would have beaten Clinton, albeit not by as large a margin.By Peter Baker

Posted on January 28, 2008 at 09:54 AM ET | Comments (25)

D.C. Democrats Try to Refocus Attention on Bush

As the Democratic presidential candidates and at least one of their spouses descend into a miasma of anger and accusation, party leaders here in Washington are watching with a growing sense of unease and even aggravation. Among those concerned is Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who is trying to turn the Democratic spears back toward their common enemy, President Bush. --Peter Baker

Posted on January 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (5)

Democratic Candidates, Congressional Leaders Differ on Economy

While Democratic presidential candidates pound President Bush's economic policies on the campaign trail, their party's Congressional leaders head to the White House to hammer out a stimulus package. Top Democratic lawmakers, and Bush, agree that it is in their interest to forge a deal, instead of remaining in stalemate and risking recession.

Posted on January 22, 2008 at 07:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Brokered Convention? Consider the Possibilities

Yes, yes, we know. Every four years, the political class, including wise-acre journalists, gets all caught up in breathless speculation about the prospect of a brokered convention. After all, no presidential nomination has required more than a single ballot since 1952 and the prospect of actual drama seems like such a refreshing thought at conventions that in recent times have been sucked dry of any suspense whatsoever. And then every four years, the notion evaporates as modern political reality takes hold again. In fact, there's still every reason to think the same will happen this year, that both parties will shuffle through their choices and effectively coalesce around a nominee by the time spring arrives. And yet, and yet -- it's hard not to ponder the possibilities, particularly on the Republican side, where the race is as unsettled as any in decades. --Peter Baker

Posted on January 15, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (38)

Populist, But Not Popular Message on Economy

As the presidential candidates tumble all over each other offering economic plans, the two contenders who have offered populist messages aimed at the economically dislocated have not gotten as much traction as they might have expected.--Peter Baker

Posted on January 11, 2008 at 10:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

About That Mike Henry Memo

By Peter Baker So was Mike Henry right? Henry was the deputy campaign manager for...

Posted on January 10, 2008 at 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

For N.Y. Candidates, Quandaries Ahead

By Peter Baker MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Back in the old days -- say, a month...

Posted on January 8, 2008 at 10:19 AM ET | Comments (6)

Rewriting the Rulebook

Starting tonight, the Rulebook of American Politics gets thrown out, or at least seriously rewritten. --Peter Baker

Posted on January 3, 2008 at 10:08 AM ET | Comments (23)

Romney Appeals to Bush's Base

Romney is doing twice as well nationally among Republicans who "strongly" approve of Bush's performance as he does among those who only "somewhat" approve. --Peter Baker

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee's Promises Out-Bush the President

Huckabee's promises sound an awful lot like those in another article that ran in Foreign Affairs back in 2000 -- by the chief foreign policy adviser to the George W. Bush campaign. --Peter Baker

Posted on December 18, 2007 at 10:09 AM ET | Comments (35)

When it Comes to Bush, Republican Hopefuls Press the Mute Button

After nearly a year of intense campaigning, Bush has become yesterday's news. --Peter Baker

Posted on December 13, 2007 at 11:47 AM ET | Comments (6)

Huckabee and the Bush Legacy

Huckabee's rise in polls raises questions about the future of "compassionate conservatism." --Peter Baker

Posted on December 11, 2007 at 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

From JFK to Romney

Looking back at the JFK moment, as Romney speaks on faith.--Peter Baker

Posted on December 6, 2007 at 09:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

On Campaign Trail, No Longer On Guard Against Iran?

At campaign headquarters across the nation, one can only imagine foreign policy advisers yesterday were busily ripping out the chapter on Iran from the candidate playbooks.

Posted on December 4, 2007 at 09:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

The GOP Shooting Gallery

The Republican debate sponsored by CNN and YouTube was like a shooting gallery, with everyone squeezing off rounds almost indiscriminately at everyone else.

Posted on November 29, 2007 at 11:29 AM ET | Comments (9)

A Mudslinging Reality Check for Clinton

No one knows was real mudslinging looks like better than Clinton, and this campaign is far from it.

Posted on November 27, 2007 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (29)

A Clinton Distancing Act

At last week's debate Hillary Clinton said that NAFTA had been a "mistake," another example in which she has distanced herself from Bill Clinton's policies or governance philosophy.

Posted on November 20, 2007 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eyebrow-Raising Success of Giuliani and Other Campaign Surprises For Karl Rove

A class on presidential politics with the former White House adviser Karl Rove.

Posted on November 16, 2007 at 10:39 AM ET | Comments (2)

For Democrats, Another Iraq Moment

Will Iraq return to center stage tonight?

Posted on November 15, 2007 at 09:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

Clinton the Odds-On Favorite

As the presidential road show hits Las Vegas this week for a Democratic debate, the bookmakers have already weighed in: New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is the odds-on favorite.

Posted on November 13, 2007 at 10:26 AM ET | Comments (11)

Bush, Clinton Both Flirted With 'Baby Bonds' Concept

In book, Gerson says President eyed push for investment in newborns.

Posted on November 1, 2007 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

What Ford's Thoughts on One Clinton's Past Say About Another Clinton's Future

As demonstrated once again by a new book detailing Ford's from-the-grave assessment, Bill Clinton's history of extracurricular activity may never be completely removed from the national dialogue, no matter how much everyone may want it to be.

Posted on October 30, 2007 at 09:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Would a President Clinton Cede Powers?

Would Hillary Clinton, a veteran of the White House, give up some executive powers?

Posted on October 25, 2007 at 09:45 AM ET | Comments (17)

A Cheney Speaks Out on 2008

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have largely stayed out of the fray when it comes to the contest to claim the White House next year. But that has not stopped Lynne Cheney.

Posted on October 23, 2007 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (21)

The Bush Inheritance: Iraq, Iran and Putin

The next president is almost certain to have a rocky relationship with the current Russian leader>

Posted on October 18, 2007 at 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Still Raising Money for Candidates, But No Pictures Please

Bush is still pullingl in big bucks from moneyed Republicans who are sticking with him despite bad poll numbers.

Posted on October 16, 2007 at 12:19 PM ET | Comments (1)

Head and Shoulders Above the Rest

Taking the measure of a candidate in feet and inches.

Posted on October 11, 2007 at 08:37 AM ET | Comments (3)

Bartlett Unleashed: On Flip-Flops, a "Dud" and the Guy With the Funny Name

A stark assessment of the 2008 race from the former White House counselor.

Posted on October 9, 2007 at 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Bill Factor

The great thing about being a former president is the public likes you as much if not more than it did while you were in office.

Posted on October 4, 2007 at 10:17 AM ET | Comments (7)

Never Mind the Veepstakes--Who's Next As Secretary of State?

Who will follow Rice at the State Department is a the question already rippling through the foreign policy establishment in Washington.

Posted on October 2, 2007 at 10:56 AM ET | Comments (23)

Reminding Voters Which Clinton is Now Onstage

A central and vexing challenge in running for the same office your husband once held is demonstrating that you are your own person.

Posted on September 27, 2007 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

President Bush and the Men Who Would Be President

President Bush thinks New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to win the Democratic presidential nomination. But who's his choice for the Republican side?

Posted on September 25, 2007 at 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will Iraq Still Dominate in 2008?

Karl Rove on the South Lawn of the White House last month, a few...

Posted on September 20, 2007 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (14)

The Mukasey Primary

The Senate vote on Michael Mukasey could be a test for the four Senate...

Posted on September 18, 2007 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Battling the Bully Pulpit

Edwards plans ad during Bush speech, underscoring desire to take war fight to Bush.

Posted on September 13, 2007 at 09:32 AM ET | Comments (3)

For Clintons, An Unwelcome Echo

Johnny Chung, left, with the Clintons in 1994--a memory of a fundraising scandal with...

Posted on September 11, 2007 at 08:47 AM ET | Comments (62)

A Surge of Support For War in GOP Debate

In last night's GOP debates, the party's presidential candidates outstripped President Bush in their...

Posted on September 6, 2007 at 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Next President: Uniformly Civilian?

Sen. John McCain is the lone top contender for 2008 to serve active duty....

Posted on August 23, 2007 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Running for President Means Never Having To Say "I'm Sorry"

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's position on her vote to authorize the Iraq war hinges...

Posted on August 21, 2007 at 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Saga of the First Lady Files

Clinton in 1994 at a rally for the health care plan she spearheaded. Word...

Posted on August 16, 2007 at 08:41 AM ET | Comments (28)

Clinton: The Rove Candidate of 2008?

Is Clinton running the most like Rove? (AP). As he packs his desk just...

Posted on August 14, 2007 at 08:38 AM ET | Comments (28)

And Now, From the West Wing Peanut Gallery

President Bush offered reviews of recent Democratic and Republican presidential debates. (Reuters). President Bush...

Posted on August 9, 2007 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bombing Bush's Foreign Policy

When it comes to expressing faith in President Bush's foreign policy, few of the...

Posted on August 7, 2007 at 09:06 AM ET | Comments (16)

Cheney for President? "No Second Thoughts"

Fresh from minor heart surgery, Vice President Cheney says he hasn't had a change...

Posted on July 31, 2007 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dana Milbank:October Surprise?

President Bush is focused on al Qaeda. Will voters care?

Posted on July 25, 2007 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Most Disliked President Ever?

It doesn't take a political genius to figure out why Rudolph Giuliani is complaining...

Posted on July 24, 2007 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (13)


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