44: The Obama Presidency



Republican Party

Sen. Alexander accuses Obama of building an 'enemies list'

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the No. 3 leader of the Republicans in the Senate, on Wednesday accused the Obama administration of creating "an enemies list," comparing the recent criticism by the White House of the Chamber of Commerce, the Fox News Channel and other political opponents to the behavior of the Nixon administration.

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 02:13 PM ET | Comments (73)

RNC Chairman Compares Pro-Obama Song to Communist Propaganda

In a fundraising e-mail to conservatives, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele compared a group of New Jersey schoolchildren singing the praises of "Barack Hussein Obama" to "the type of propaganda you would see in Stalin's Russia or Kim Jong Il's North Korea."

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 06:56 PM ET | Comments (26)

RNC Chair Calls on Obama to Skip Olympics Lobbying Trip

President Obama is leaving Washington Thursday for a fairly non-partisan cause, lobbying the International Olympic Committee to hold the 2016 games in Chicago, but he still can't escape GOP criticism.

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 11:47 AM ET | Comments (67)

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)

Anger Toward Obama Seen as Recalling 2008 Campaign

Is the intensity of the anger at President Obama recently on display in protests and conservative media something new -- or has it been there all along?

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 12:52 PM ET | Comments (3)

RNC Puts 'Seniors' Bill of Rights' on the Air

By Ben Pershing The Republican National Committee is looking to win increased attention for...

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 02:50 PM ET | Comments (18)

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)

Sharp Words from Republicans as Unemployment Edges Up

Republicans today sharply attacked President Obama and congressional Democrats, accusing them of wasting money on an economic stimulus plan that hasn't worked.

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 02:01 PM ET | Comments (16)

Republicans Say Sotomayor Questionnaire Incomplete, Request More Information

By Jerry Markon Senate Republicans are requesting more documents and copies of speeches from Supreme...

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 06:01 PM ET | Comments (16)

Powell Rebuffs Limbaugh, Who 'Resigns' as GOP Party Head

Colin Powell came out swinging this week in the ongoing scuffle with former vice president Dick Cheney and radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 06:11 PM ET | Comments (119)

Steele Predicts a GOP Comeback

Declaring "the honeymoon is over," Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele called for Republicans to start attacking President Obama directly and stop focusing on lesser known figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (135)

All in the Family: McCain's Mother Slams Rush

Roberta McCain appeared on NBC's "The Tonight Show" and slammed conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, saying "he does not belong to the Republican Party that I belong to."

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 12:12 PM ET | Comments (24)

Liz Cheney Joins Her Father in Critique of Obama

For the Cheneys, attacks on the Obama administration are becoming a family affair.

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 06:12 PM ET | Comments (68)

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)

Steele's Rocky Road

Michael Steele has had a rocky start to his tenure as chairman of the RNC....

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 04:30 PM ET | Comments (6)

Huckabee, in CPAC Speech, Blasts McCain, Democrats, Socialisms

By Joel Achenbach Socialism in America: That's a big theme we're picking up as we...

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 03:08 PM ET | Comments (38)

Jindal's Response Takes Fire From the Right

Conservative commentators trash Louisiana governor's performance.

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 01:03 PM ET | Comments (84)

For Conant, the Spinning Starts Early

The pre-speech spinning began well before the sun came up, helped along by Republican National Committee press secretary Alex Conant.

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 11:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

Michael Steele Reacts to His Election as RNC Chair

Just moments after his election as the first African American Republican National Committee chairman, Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele and members of the local GOP react. (Video by Hamil Harris / The Washington Post)

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 06:55 PM ET | Comments (7)

RNC Chairman Candidates Split on Charged Stocking Stuffer

Republicans who are vying to lead the national party offer a mix of reactions to the decision by one candidate for the job to mail out a music CD including the song "Barack the Magic Negro."

Posted on December 27, 2008 at 05:34 PM ET | Comments (39)

From RNC Chair Hopeful, a Provocative Holiday CD

A candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee sent committee members this month a holiday music CD that included "Barack the Magic Negro," a parody song first aired in 2007 by talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Posted on December 26, 2008 at 08:07 PM ET | Comments (13)

Palin to Speak at RGA Meeting This Week

Palin announced today that she will be front and center at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Miami this week, delivering remarks about "Looking Toward the Future" and holding a news conference.

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 12:55 PM ET | Comments (20)

RNC Pushes Obama Experience Argument

The latest ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit continues the GOP's harsh attacks on Barack Obama's experience.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 09:59 PM ET | Comments (30)

Bush Stops by RNC to Give Thanks and Wish GOP Luck

President Bush paid a surprise visit to the headquarters of the Republican National Committee, wishing luck to GOP staffers in a year that is shaping up as a potential disaster for the party.

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (42)

Sen. Ted Stevens Convicted of All Charges in Corruption Case

Del Quentin Wilber has the story here, and Chris Cillizza susses out the electoral implications...

Posted on October 27, 2008 at 05:09 PM ET | Comments (19)

New RNC Ad Aims to Stir Doubts About Obama

The ad questions Barack Obama's experience and his ability to deal with a major crisis.

Posted on October 25, 2008 at 06:11 PM ET | Comments (47)

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)

The Republican Party's Identity Crisis

The Republican Party is in the midst of an identity crisis, but it is nothing compared to what could happen if McCain loses and the party suffers a shellacking in House and Senate races.

Posted on October 21, 2008 at 12:36 PM ET | Comments (231)

Oval Office Stars in New GOP Independent Expenditure Ad

By Ed O'Keefe The RNC's independent expenditure unit will spend $18 million in the...

Posted on October 16, 2008 at 02:06 PM ET | Comments (9)

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)

A Wis. Call for GOP Poll Watchers Draws National Notice

A Republican state official seeks police and security personnel willing to observe voting in inner-city Milwaukee. The Obama campaign says the official's e-mail could raise concerns among voters, a charge a GOP spokeswoman rejects as a distraction.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 09:08 PM ET | Comments (31)

In Mich., GOP Stalwarts Shore Up the Base

When the McCain campaign abruptly pulled out of Michigan two weeks ago, some Obama aides and top Democrats in the state's congressional delegation dismissed it as a ploy and argued the GOP would be back in the state full-time, big-time. And indeed, since that stunning announcement Oct. 2, it's not as if the Republicans have disappeared.

Posted on October 14, 2008 at 04:18 PM ET | Comments (4)

Next on Bush Agenda: Helping a Rescue Opponent

Updated 11:15 p.m. By Dan Eggen ST. LOUIS--After finally convincing Congress to approve his administration's...

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 08:17 PM ET | Comments (9)

RNC Raised $66 Million in September

The record sum should allow Sen. John McCain to compete with his well-funded rival for the presidency.

Posted on October 2, 2008 at 08:04 PM ET | Comments (6)

New RNC Ad Dismisses Bailout as McCain Works for It

A new ad from the Republican National Committee's independent expenditure unit seems to dismiss the economic bailout proposals that John McCain continues to work on.

Posted on September 30, 2008 at 12:11 PM ET | Comments (16)

Andrea Mitchell vs. the Balloons

Andrea Mitchell gets deluged by balloons.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 01:48 PM ET | Comments (26)

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)

No Charges for McCain Speech Protestors

Demonstrators who protested McCain's position on the war inside the RiverCentre in St. Paul were not arrested.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 11:51 AM ET | Comments (50)

McCain Spokesman Defends Palin, Previews McCain Speech

Excerpts from The Post's live television show.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 09:24 PM ET | Comments (25)

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)

Joe Gibbs to Speak Tonight, Skins Fans Torn

The Redskins coaching legend and current NASCAR impresario is slated to speak at the Xcel Energy Center between 8 and 9 p.m., EST.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 06:14 PM ET | Comments (35)

Women React to Palin Speech

Reactions to Palin speech from women around the country.

Posted on September 4, 2008 at 12:29 AM ET | Comments (496)

Inside the Convention Hall for Palin

Live reports from inside the convention hall.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 10:39 PM ET | Comments (49)

Ticket is Good, Says Dole, but That Crossword Puzzle...

Praises McCain-Palin ticket but has concerns about Post crossword puzzle.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 09:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Wednesday Evening GOP Convention Schedule

Earlier today the Republican National Convention released the line-up for tonight's events, which are organized...

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 05:25 PM ET | Comments (24)

At Long Last, Thompson's Moment to Shine

Where was last night's Fred Thompson when he was running for president?

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (31)

Republican Women Turn to the Gender Card

Female Republicans embraced identity politics with gusto today, defending Sarah Palin's experience against "sexist" attacks.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 02:52 PM ET | Comments (335)

The McCain-Palin Bunch Greet McCain at Airport

Not only were Cindy McCain and all seven McCain children waiting at the bottom of the stairs, so was the family of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her intended new son-in-law.

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 01:43 PM ET | Comments (38)

Scenes from Ron Paul's 'Rally for the Republic'

Scenes from Ron Paul's "Rally for the Republic," held on the second day of the Republican National Convention in downtown Minneapolis.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 11:56 PM ET | Comments (26)

In the Convention Halls, an Energized Base

Conservatives confident of victory in November.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 11:51 PM ET | Comments (39)

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)

McCain Camp Introduces Palin in Video

The McCain campaign is hoping to define the vice presidential nominee in the minds of its supporters.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 07:04 PM ET | Comments (51)

Bush Believes Pregnancy Is a 'Private Family Matter'

White House press secretary Dana Perino said today that President Bush believes the pregnancy of Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is a "private family matter."

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 04:02 PM ET | Comments (34)

Palin Asks for Prayers That War Be "Task That Is From God"

Palin gave free-form commencement address in June to students at the Wasilla Assembly of God.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 03:57 PM ET | Comments (69)

Republican Convention Resumes

Convention planners and McCain officials decide to relaunch campaign after consultations with Federal Emergency Management Agency officials.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 11:54 AM ET | Comments (28)

Washington Sketch: The Storm and the Stork

Dana sketches Day 1 of the RNC.

Posted on September 2, 2008 at 11:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Democracy Now! Host and Producers Arrested at Republican Convention

Goodman was released after being held for over three hours.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 09:29 PM ET | Comments (724)

Donna Brazile Hit by Pepper Spray

Incident occurred as she walked to the Xcel Center at the start of the Republican Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 08:13 PM ET | Comments (118)

Palin Emphasizes Reform While Quiet on Obama

McCain and Palin are campaigning as mavericks on a change platform.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 07:46 PM ET | Comments (85)

Laura Bush, Cindy McCain Open Convention

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain address the RNC's opening day.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 07:32 PM ET | Comments (10)

Peaceful Protest Marred by Small Band of Anarchists

Fifity-six arrests as protesters march on RNC in St. Paul.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 07:26 PM ET | Comments (43)

Laura Bush and Cindy McCain Give La. Delegation Moral Support

First Lady and wife of GOP presumptive nominee meet with Louisianans in Minn.

Posted on September 1, 2008 at 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

GOP Rallying the Rascals in Mo.

Romney and Huckabee stump with McCain and Palin in the home of the River City Rascals.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 08:03 PM ET | Comments (27)

St. Paul Party Will Become Gulf Coast Fundraiser

GOP convention planners are scrambling to convert festive political parties into charity fundraisers ahead of Hurricane Gustav's landfall.

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 06:18 PM ET | Comments (17)

Bush, Cheney Won't Go to St. Paul

The White House says that President Bush is unlikely to travel to St. Paul Monday

Posted on August 31, 2008 at 09:33 AM ET | Comments (13)

Gustav May Blow RNC Off Course

McCain raises prospect of altering convention plans if hurricane batters the Gulf Coast.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 05:13 PM ET | Comments (42)

Palin Ads Showcase Family, Conservative Values

political ads from her 2006 gubernatorial campaign reveal a folksy style that emphasized her youth and accomplishments as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Posted on August 30, 2008 at 11:15 AM ET | Comments (101)

Evangelicals Heap Praise on Palin

The choice of Palin excites evangelicals and conservative religious leaders.

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 06:44 PM ET | Comments (82)

Palin Not Convinced on Global Warming

Palin once cautioned against "overreaction" to global warming concerns.

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 06:18 PM ET | Comments (82)

Bush Praises McCain's 'Exciting Decision'

President calls her "a proven reformer" and "champion of accountability in government."

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 02:38 PM ET | Comments (64)

McCain Veep Watchers on High Alert

Speculation about who Sen. John McCain will pick as his vice presidential running mate reached a fever pitch today as all signs pointed to an answer within hours.

Posted on August 28, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (286)

Republicans Finish Their Platform Work

Republicans adopted a slimmed down, conservative-leaning platform last night in a unanimous vote.

Posted on August 27, 2008 at 10:18 PM ET | Comments (16)

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)

In a First, Draft GOP Platform Credits Human Role in Global Warming

By Juliet Eilperin Republicans started making the final changes to their party platform today in...

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 09:49 PM ET | Comments (7)

Club for Growth Displeased by GOP Convention Lineup

The Club for Growth is not satisfied with the lineup of GOP convention speakers announced yesterday.

Posted on August 21, 2008 at 03:47 PM ET | Comments (12)

RNC Announces Convention Speaker Lineup

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, the party announced today.

Posted on August 20, 2008 at 02:01 PM ET | Comments (53)

Republicans for Obama Launches

Features Jim Leach, Lincoln Chafee and Rita Hauser.

Posted on August 12, 2008 at 02:40 PM ET | Comments (83)

RNC Presents Hasselhoff and Obama, in Living Color

The RNC puts Obama's Berlin trip in a Web-only campaign spot.

Posted on July 29, 2008 at 04:06 PM ET | Comments (15)

Rudy Talks to GOP's 'Young Guns'

By Paul Kane Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani continues to try to keep...

Posted on July 24, 2008 at 05:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

At Fundraiser, Bush Goes After Democrats

President Bush used his final appearance at the annual GOP fundraiser for House and Senate candidates to serve up some of the reddest meat he has dished out in recent days, trashing congressional Democrats.

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 11:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Another Bush in the White House?

George W. and Laura Bush talk up the president's brother, Jeb Bush, as a possible future presidential contender. --Dan Eggen

Posted on June 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM ET | Comments (37)

Laura Bush Praises Clinton, Defends Michelle Obama

Traveling in Slovenia, Laura Bush praised Hillary Clinton for her "grit and strength" and also came to the defense of Michelle Obama. --Dan Eggen

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 01:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bush Continues Quiet Fundraising

As has been the case all week, Bush has been fundraising in secret: Today's event is the fifth the White House has closed to the press, in keeping with its long-standing policy regarding fundraisers in private homes. --Michael Abramowitz

Posted on May 29, 2008 at 04:54 PM ET | Comments (8)

House Republicans Contact FBI Over Financial Irregularities

The FBI has been notified and asked to investigate allegations of financial fraud at a fund-raising arm of the House Republicans, capping a week of bad news for the beleaguered minority party. --Paul Kane

Posted on February 1, 2008 at 07:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

S.C. Establishment Stands With McCain

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Posted on January 17, 2008 at 04:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Giuliani's Pollster Says He's Still Very Much in the Race

Ed Goeas wants everyone to know that Rudy Giuliani is doing just fine, thank you very much. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on December 20, 2007 at 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Escape for Bloomberg from Presidential Questions

New York mayor says he is "too old to work for somebody else" and won't be president. -- Juliet Eilperin

Posted on December 14, 2007 at 10:53 AM ET | Comments (2)

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)

At GOP Debate, Talk Turns Away from Top Issues

Moderator bars talk of the war. --Jennifer Agiesta

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coming Soon, an End to Debate Season in Iowa

The GOP field holds its final debate in Iowa today. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 11:32 AM ET | Comments (3)

Giuliani Backers Attack 'Taxachusetts Romney'

Congressional backers of Rudy Giuliani launch a new attack on Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.--Michael D. Shear

Posted on December 12, 2007 at 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee Picks Up Minuteman Founder Endorsement

Jim Gilchrist praises former Arkansas governor's border security plan. --Perry Bacon

Posted on December 11, 2007 at 12:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

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)

Huckabee's Rise and Rise

The most surprising conversations running through Republican circles this week are all about Mike Huckabee. --Dan Balz

Posted on December 10, 2007 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee Talks Tough on Immigration

Huckabee says he'll fight to secure the borders.--Howard Kurtz

Posted on December 10, 2007 at 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paul Handily Wins Virginia Straw Poll

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) convincingly won a straw poll Saturday night at the Virginia Republican...

Posted on December 1, 2007 at 07:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Exit Martinez From the RNC

Sen. Mel Martinez, who for ten months has been the public face of the GOP, has resigned his post at the Republican National Committee. -- Jose Antonio Vargas

Posted on October 19, 2007 at 02:54 PM ET | Comments (0)


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