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Transcript of Obama's Asian-policy speech in Tokyo

Updated 11:00 p.m. The transcript of President Obama's 28-minute speech Saturday (Friday night in Washington)...

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 08:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama's speech at Fort Hood: The transcript

Following is the prepared text of President Obama's speech Tuesday at a Fort Hood...

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 05:04 PM ET | Comments (8)

What President Obama told the crowd in Hackensack

President Obama traveled Wednesday night to Hackensack, N.J., to stump on behalf of Gov. Jon...

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 09:04 PM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Hails Kirk Appointment

President Obama today hailed the appointment of Paul Kirk as senator from Massachusetts.

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 11:22 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Speaks at Memorial for Cronkite, the 'Most Trusted Man in America'

President Obama delivered remarks at the memorial service for Walter Cronkite at Lincoln Center in...

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 01:27 PM ET | Comments (9)

President's Pollster Sends Congressional Dems a Memo

Presidential pollster Joel Benenson sent a memo to Democrats on Capitol Hill saying that support for a health-care overhaul is higher than it appears and will increase once the specifics are made clear.

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM ET | Comments (14)

Holder Releases Statement on Detainee Interrogations, Special Prosecutor

Saying that he shares President Obama's "conviction that as a nation, we must, to the...

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 03:30 PM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Offers Condolences to People of South Korea

President Obama on Tuesday released a statement on the death of former president Kim Dae-jung of the Republic of Korea, mourning his passing.

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 11:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

'Relieved' Obama Thanks Bill Clinton and Al Gore for Negotiating Release of Journalists

President Obama made a statement on the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee this morning on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One to begin his day-trip to Indiana.

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (3)

Transcript of Obama Prime-Time News Conference

CQ Transcriptions Following is the transcript of President Obama's news conference Wednesday night, which lasted...

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 09:21 PM ET | Comments (6)

President Addresses Arrest of Harvard Professor

President Obama's last question at Wednesday night's news conference dealt with the arrest last week...

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 09:16 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Will Highlight Health-Care Reform Areas of Agreement

The White House this evening released advance excerpts of President Obama's opening remarks at tonight's news conference.

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 06:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama: HELP Vote 'Should Give Us Hope'

President Obama hailed legislators on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee for voting the "Quality, Affordable Health Coverage for All Americans" health care reform bill out of their committee today by a vote of 13 to 10.

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 11:07 AM ET | Comments (12)

Palin's Reasons for Stepping Down

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has released her complete remarks announcing she will be stepping down from office.

Posted on July 3, 2009 at 04:59 PM ET | Comments (72)

Obama Condemns Iran Goverment's 'Unjust Actions'

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," the president says.

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 01:02 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Announces Push for PAYGO

President Obama today announced legislation to make "pay as you go" budgeting rules -- known as PAYGO -- law.

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 02:00 PM ET | Comments (19)

Michelle Obama, in Speech to District Students, Recalls Her Princeton Days

First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School today in the District, held on the Howard University campus.

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 02:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sotomayor: The White House Story

The White House has issued talking points and a background information sheet on Judge Sonia...

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 11:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheney Defends Use of Harsh Interrogation Methods in Speech to AEI

Former vice president Dick Cheney today addressed the American Enterprise Institute, of which he is...

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 11:51 AM ET | Comments (19)

Obama on National Security and American Values: 'We Are Cleaning Up Something That Is - Quite Simply - a Mess'

President Obama today spoke on "Protecting Our Security and Our Values" at the National Archives Museum.

Posted on May 21, 2009 at 10:34 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Tells ASU, 'Your Body of Work Is Yet to Come'

President Obama delivered the commencement address to Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., tonight.

Posted on May 13, 2009 at 11:03 PM ET | Comments (2)

Supreme Court Justices Respond to Souter News

The justices of the Supreme Court this afternoon released statements reacting to news their colleague...

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 06:15 PM ET | Comments (5)

Souter Tells Obama of Resignation in Letter

Letter from Justice Souter to President Obama, May 1, 2009. Updated 4:23 p.m. Justice David...

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 03:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: 'Off to a Good Start'

The White House released advance excerpts, as prepared for delivery, from President Obama's speech to the nation tonight.

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 06:15 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Opens the Door to Prosecution of Interrogation Memo Authors

President Obama said today that it would be a matter for the Attorney General to decide.

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 01:15 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Publishes Op-Ed in Advance of Summit of the Americas

President Obama wrote an op-ed that ran today in 15 Carribean, Latin American and United States newspapers, promising the other nations of the hemisphere "a new day" in their relationship to its most powerful member.

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 12:27 PM ET | Comments (32)

Obama Reaction: The Shooting in New York

In this photo rendered from video and released by News 10 Now TV, in Binghamton,...

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 04:48 PM ET | Comments (33)

Obama Honors the Coiner of a Slogan Heard Round the World

Before it was a song or a political slogan, it was the Spanish-language rallying cry of the United Farm Workers under the leadership of Cesar Chavez. Today, President Obama issued a statement commemorating Chavez's birth.

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 01:58 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama: 'Signs of Progress' on the Horizon

President Obama has released excerpts of his opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, at tonight's...

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 08:07 PM ET | Comments (4)

Document: Obama Memo on Signing Statements

The White House has released President Obama's March 9 "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive...

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 04:57 PM ET | Comments (10)

Obama Lifts Stem Cell Research Funding Ban

President Obama today signs an executive order and presidential memorandum altering the rules on stem cell research.

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 11:53 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Proclaims March Women's History Month

The White House released a statement by President Obama proclaiming March Women's History Month. March...

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 01:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Promises End to Combat in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010

Obama: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Budget Online

The Office of Management and Budget is making the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget available online.

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Excerpts: Obama Address to Joint Session of Congress

The White House has released advance excerpts from the speech President Obama will deliver at 9 p.m. before a joint session of Congress.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 07:39 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Thanks First Responders, Prays for Families of Buffalo Crash Victims

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y....

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 09:06 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama in Fla.: 'We Simply Can't Afford to Wait'

President Obama traveled today to Fort Myers, Fla., for a town hall on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. His opening remarks, as prepared for delivery.

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama to Elkhart: I'll Do All I Can

President Obama traveled to Elkhart, Ind., today to make the case for his stimulus plan...

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 12:19 PM ET | Comments (49)

At Prayer Breakfast, Obama Says Faith Shouldn't Be Used to Divide

President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast this morning. His remarks, as prepared for delivery,...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 09:58 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Signs Lilly Ledbetter Act

Former Goodyear employee Lilly Ledbetter of Alabama cut an ad for President Obama during...

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 10:27 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama Hails Stimulus Bill's Passage by House

President Obama hailed the passage of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act" by the House.

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 06:40 PM ET | Comments (65)

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)

Obama: 'It's a Day to Act'

President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement honoring Martin Luther King Day today, and calling Americans to service.

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 11:14 AM ET | Comments (26)

Obama Delivers Address to Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

Below are President-elect Barack Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, to "We Are One: The...

Posted on January 18, 2009 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Returns to Ohio to Pitch Stimulus Plan

Obama asked a small audience at Cardinal Fastener & Specialty Company to help support his economic stimulus proposal, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan.

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 01:26 PM ET | Comments (16)

Obama Reacts to Dismal Job Numbers

President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement this morning on the news that the labor market...

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 09:58 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Addresses World AIDS Day

President-elect Barack Obama honored World AIDS Day today, releasing online his video remarks to the...

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 12:09 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Announces OMB Chiefs

President-elect Barack Obama announced his director of the Office of Management and Budget today in Chicago, as well as deputy director.

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 12:10 PM ET | Comments (3)

Stepping Down as Senator, Obama Sends the People of Illinois His Thanks

The Chicago Sun-Times and other newspapers across Illinois today published a letter from Barack Obama...

Posted on November 16, 2008 at 09:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

President-Elect Obama's First YouTube Address

Billed on YouTube and Change.gov as "Your Weekly Address from the President-Elect," the video went online at 6 a.m.; the radio version airs later in the morning.

Posted on November 15, 2008 at 06:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

Obama Holds First News Conference as President-Elect

President-elect Obama addresses the nation.

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (12)

John and Cindy's 'Thank You' Note

Having had a few days to recover from the intense pre-election period, John and Cindy McCain e-mailed their supporters today a final "thank you" note, urging them to offer Democratic President-elect Barack Obama "good will."

Posted on November 7, 2008 at 12:11 PM ET | Comments (32)

Bush: Obama Victory 'Impressive'

President Bush this morning reacted to President-elect Barack Obama's victory in brief remarks that put the vote in the context of the civil rights movement and made a point of referring to Obama as the next commander in chief.

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 11:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Election Night Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama

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Posted on November 5, 2008 at 12:05 AM ET | Comments (10)

Candidate Reaction: GDP Decline

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain this morning rapidly issued statements responding to news that...

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 09:55 AM ET | Comments (27)

Candidate Reaction: North Korea Removed from Terrorism Blacklist

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama issued statements last night and this morning, respectively, on...

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 01:52 PM ET | Comments (10)

Candidate Reaction: Emergency Federal Reserve Rate Cut

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama issued statements on the emergency Federal Reserve interest rate...

Posted on October 8, 2008 at 09:41 AM ET | Comments (23)

Candidate Reaction: September Jobs Report

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain, reacting rapidly to continued negative economic news, released statements...

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 09:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

McCain Says Yes to Debate in Miss.

McCain announced in a statement that he is resuming his campaign and will travel to Oxford, Miss., this afternoon to face Obama in a debate.

Posted on September 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM ET | Comments (327)

Obama and McCain Issue Joint Statement on the Economy

As agreed upon and promised earlier in the day, rival Sens. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and...

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 08:37 PM ET | Comments (120)

Candidate Reaction: Iranian President Ahmadinejad's Remarks

Sen. Barack Obama condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remarks to the United Nations today in a statement released by the campaign.

Posted on September 23, 2008 at 08:48 PM ET | Comments (52)

Candidate Reaction: Bombing in Islamabad

Reaction to the hotel blast in Pakistan.

Posted on September 20, 2008 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (25)

Candidate Reaction: Wall Street Falters

Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain issued statements on the situation in the financial markets this morning.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 09:41 AM ET | Comments (74)

Candidate Reaction: Hurricane Ike Threatens Gulf Coast

Reaction to the hurricane whose leading edge is already battering Galveston, Tex.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 03:38 PM ET | Comments (56)

Obama Doubles Down on Change Message

With Democratic jitters mounting over the Obama campaign, the presidential candidate's campaign manager released a memo trying to calm frayed nerves.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 07:33 AM ET | Comments (157)

Campaign Cease-Fire at an End

With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks over, the campaigns of Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama went back to war this morning.

Posted on September 12, 2008 at 07:26 AM ET | Comments (22)

Candidates React: Remembering 9/11

Candidates makes statements on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 09:48 AM ET | Comments (33)

McCain Prepares for RNC Speech

John McCain's campaign has released limited advance excerpts from his remarks tonight to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 07:42 PM ET | Comments (11)

Remarks: Sen. Joe Lieberman

As prepared for delivery.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 10:42 PM ET | Comments (38)

Remarks: Former Sen. Fred Thompson

As prepared for delivery.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 10:15 PM ET | Comments (23)

The Old School Joe Lieberman

Joe Lieberman's remarks to the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (6)

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)

Remarks: Michelle Obama at the DNC

Her remarks, as prepared for delivery, follow below:

Posted on August 25, 2008 at 10:38 PM ET | Comments (128)

Candidates React to Musharraf Resignation

Obama, McCain react to change in Pakistan's leadership.

Posted on August 18, 2008 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reactions to Arkansas Democratic Party Shooting

Clintons, Obama send prayers to injured Arkansas Democratic Party chairman.

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (449)

McCain: NATO Should Address "Russian Aggression"

John McCain continues tough talk about Russia.

Posted on August 11, 2008 at 11:21 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama Delivers Berlin Address: 'A World that Stands as One'

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is speaking in Berlin.

Posted on July 24, 2008 at 01:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gore Delivers Remarks on Energy and the Climate

Al Gore gave a speech in Washington, D.C., today.

Posted on July 17, 2008 at 05:15 PM ET | Comments (23)

Candidate Reacts to Snow's Death

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) issued a statement on the death from...

Posted on July 12, 2008 at 12:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Holds Second News Conference on Iraq Withdrawal Plan

Sen. Barack Obama held a second news conference today on his position on withdrawing from Iraq.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 06:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Candidates React to Hostage Rescue in Colombia

The presidential candidates issued statements on today's hostage rescue in Colombia.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 06:30 PM ET | Comments (21)

Obama's Patriotism Speech

Barack Obama is giving a speech about patriotism -- "The America We Love" -- in...

Posted on June 30, 2008 at 12:30 PM ET | Comments (69)

Candidates React: D.C. Gun Ban Struck Down

Politicians react to the DC gun ban Supreme Court decision.

Posted on June 26, 2008 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

McCain to Praise Clinton in New Orleans Speech

Sen. John McCain will praise Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight in a Louisiana speech marking the start of the general election campaign

Posted on June 3, 2008 at 08:30 PM ET | Comments (23)

Highlights from 'What Happened'

Selected passages from Scott McClellan's just-released book about his time in the Bush White House.

Posted on May 28, 2008 at 11:01 AM ET | Comments (101)

John McCain's Medical Records

Presumptive presidential nominee John McCain released his medical records today.

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)


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