RNC Jumps
March 26th, 2012
05:50 PM ET

RNC Jumps

(CNN) – Republicans wasted no time Monday pouncing on President Barack Obama's now-controversial "open-mic" comment with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

In a new web video, the Republican National Committee painted a stark picture of Obama's exchange with the Russian leader, introducing the conversation with the text: "What Obama tells world leaders when he thinks you aren't listening."

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March 3rd, 2012
12:39 PM ET

Iran to dominate President Obama's meeting with Israeli leader Netanyahu

WASHINGTON (CNN) – CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin reports on what's at stake for President Obama as he prepares to meet Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meeting comes amid growing tensions with Iran and differing views over how to contain that country's nuclear ambitions.


Topics: Iran • Israel • National Security • President Obama
December 14th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Obama's national security holiday briefing

Ahead of the holiday’s President Obama received a national security briefing to get the latest on preparations for any eventuality.

NSC spokesmanTommy Vietorprovided the below on the record statement:

“This afternoon, the President met with his senior national security team to ensure they are doing everything possible to enhance preparedness across the government in advance of the holiday season.  The President was briefed on the latest intelligence and discussed the measures being taken to continue to keep the American people safe. The President directed his team to maintain a high level of vigilance heading into the new year.”


Topics: National Security • The News
Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap
President Obama announced Friday, October 21, 2011, that US troops would withdraw from Iraq by the end of this year.
October 22nd, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Obama touts campaign promise in national security victory lap

Washington (CNN) – President Obama may be fighting an uphill battle in trying to turn the nation's ailing economy around, but when it comes to national security his accomplishments are stacking up.

From killing Osama bin Laden and American al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, to the NATO-led effort that ended in the death of Libya's Moammar Gadhafi, critics who have argued over the administration's foreign policy strategy are offering up muted praise.

The president is quick to point out that his latest move to pull all U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, ending the nearly nine-year war, fulfills a campaign promise.

It's a not so subtle reminder to a skeptical public as he battles low approval ratings and works to shore up his base ahead of the 2012 elections.

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