Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser
President Obama will address a LGBT fundraiser in New York City Thursday.
June 23rd, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Obama's gay marriage stance criticized as he speaks to LGBT fundraiser

New York (CNN) - President Obama headlines three big-money fundraisers inNew York City Thursday evening, one of them steeped in controversy.  The largest of the three campaign fundraising events is sponsored by the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Leadership Council at the Sheraton Hotel in midtownManhattan.   It's expected to rake in upwards of one million dollars with 600 attendees forking over a minimum $1250 a ticket to hear the president speak.  But outside, protesters from three other LGBT organizations are expected to chastise the president for not supporting the legalization of same sex marriage which is set to could come to a vote in theNew YorkState legislature as early as this week. 

Thursday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president will "mention" the vote in his remarks tonight.  "[H]e believes that this is something that states should be able to decide," Carney told reporter on Air Force One.  But Carney said the president is "not going to make any new declarations of a position. He's simply going to address it."

During the 2008 presidential campaign the president made it clear he was against same sex marriage, saying marriage should be between a man and a woman.  But within the last year the president has seemed to soften his position indicating it has been "evolving".


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Your commander in chief has your back
President Barack Obama speaks to troops from the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division in a dining hall at Fort Drum in New York Thursday. The president visited with troops and their families after announcing a partial troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
June 23rd, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Your commander in chief has your back

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that theU.S. military withdrawal fromAfghanistan will not be done "precipitously."

It will be done in a steady way to ensure recent gains "will be sustained," he said.

"Areas likeKandahar are more secure than they've been in years," Obama said during a visit toFort Drum,New York.

TheU.S.military and its allies are "taking the fight" to the Taliban, he said. As a result, there are signs the Taliban are more interested in a political settlement.

As for al Qaeda, we have "decimated their ranks," he said. But "our job is not finished."

"Your commander in chief has your back," he said.


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Picture of the week
June 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Picture of the week

The White House press briefing room while President Obama addresses the nation upstairs in the East Room.

POTUS schedule Thursday June 23, 2011
June 23rd, 2011
08:21 AM ET

POTUS schedule Thursday June 23, 2011

 After last night's announcement to drawn down 33,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, President Obama will fly to Fort Drum,  home of the Army's 10th Mountain Division.   There he will meet with Gold Star families and troops, many that have just recently returned from Afghanistan.

From Fort Drum he will head to New York City for a series of 3 evening fundraisers.

The full schedule is after the jump

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Obama talks to troops
June 23rd, 2011
07:54 AM ET

Obama talks to troops

By CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama goes on the road Thursday to sell his plan to withdraw 33,000 U.S. forces from Afghanistan.

He will meet with soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York - many of whom have recently returned from Afghan deployments.

France announced on Thursday that it would follow suit, saying it "will initiate a progressive withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, and will follow a timetable comparable to the withdrawal of the American troops."

French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said the withdrawal will be done in consultation with NATO allies and the Afghan government.

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