March 15th, 2012
08:09 PM ET
Check out Erin Burnett's interview with Obama campaign senior strategist David Axelrod, and see a sneak preview of the campaign's long-form campaign ad called "The Road We've Traveled."
March 7th, 2012
04:23 PM ET
On a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, senior members of President Obama’s reelection campaign announced that they will be releasing a 17-minute documentary next week focusing on the successes of the president’s first term in office. The short film is directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Davis Guggenheim, whose relationship with Obama goes all the way back to 2008 when he directed a documentary on the president for the Democratic National Convention.
Wednesday’s conference call came just one day after Super Tuesday, when the four remaining GOP presidential candidates faced off in ten primaries and caucuses across the country. With those contests fresh in their minds, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina and senior strategist David Axelrod used the call to offer their interpretation of Tuesday night’s results.
The call focused almost entirely on the demographic weaknesses of frontrunner Mitt Romney. In his opening remarks, Messina pointed to low turnout in many states on Tuesday and exit poll data showing weaknesses among independents to argue that Romney is hurting his prospects for the general election.
“What we saw last night is overall republican primary turnout down 8.8% in the Super Tuesday states,” Messina said, listing off 6 states where turnout was down compared to 2008. “Independents have bailed on Romney just in time for the general election. Romney's gone so far right that it's cost him the independents' support. Only in his home state of Massachusetts did he win independents. He lost independents in every single other state." FULL POST
December 13th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's top re-election campaign advisers predict that an extended Republican primary battle will produce a weakened GOP nominee, and that a longer process could drain the independent Republican super PACs of much of their money.
And while top officials continue to focus most of their fire on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of them did compare new GOP front-runner and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the rear end of a monkey.
Asked if Gingrich can sustain his front-runner over time, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod said "I told my colleagues yesterday a bit of homespun wisdom that I got from an alderman in Chicago some years ago when one of his colleagues wanted to run for higher office and he was really dubious. He said, 'just remember the higher a monkey climbs on a pole, the more you can see his butt.' So, you know, the Speaker is very high on the pole right now and we'll see how people like the view."
Axelrod also described Gingrich's economic proposals as "far more radical than Romney's," and says if the former House speaker wins the nomination, there's plenty of material in Gingrich's record to use against him in a general election.
His comments came Tuesday as the top Obama campaign officials briefed political reporters in Washington on the campaign's strategy to win the 270 electoral votes needed for re-election next year.
June 13th, 2011
08:51 PM ET
Washington (CNN) – Democratic fundraisers are hoping the lyrics from the final song in the movie “Sister Act: “I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go,” will resonate with donors next week in New York City. They are gearing up for President Obama’s unique fundraising venue on Broadway at a performance of Sister Act: The Musical.
As part of a push to raise re-election funds ahead of the Federal Election Committee’s June 30th quarterly fundraising deadline, Whoopi Goldberg will host a performance of the show in the president’s honor, Democratic sources tell CNN.
All proceeds from the ticket sales go to the Obama Victory Fund and the Democratic National Committee. The cheap seats start at $250, one source said, but donors willing to shell out $10,000 will get their photo taken with the president.
March 9th, 2011
03:33 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Citing progress in the areas of arms control, as well as cooperation over the situations in Iran and Afghanistan, Vice President Biden told Russian President Dimitry Medvedev Wednesday that "we've proved the skeptics wrong" when it comes to the "re-set" in relations between the two countries.
In a brief evening appearance at Medvedev's dacha in the Russian countryside before journalists covering the visit, the two men hailed the ratification of the New START nuclear arms accord, Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization, as well as the current wave of unrest currently rolling across the Middle East and North Africa.
Biden told Medvedev the situation will "require a joint effort," by the US and Russia according to members of the American press pool traveling with the vice president.
March 2nd, 2011
05:07 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) –- The White House’s James Brady Briefing Room turned into the James Taylor Briefing Room on Wednesday afternoon.
James Taylor, fresh from receiving his Medal of Arts from President Obama in the East Room, and his wife Kim toured parts of the White House and ended up in the press briefing room where he was greeted by a dozen reporters and photographers. FULL POST
February 25th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) - For the first time in White House history the social events guru and keeper of the coveted invite lists will be an openly gay man.
Jeremy Bernard will become President Obama's third White House social secretary, filling a job that has become a revolving door of sorts since the president took office.
"Jeremy shares our vision for the White House as the People's House, one that celebrates our history and culture in dynamic and inclusive ways," President Obama said in a written statement.
January 21st, 2011
06:44 PM ET
Newt Gingrich is calling it Bill Clinton’s “third term”—all the Clintonistas now in top spots at the Obama White House. After struggling over how to deal with a stubborn economy—as well as stubborn Republicans—the president has turned to some of the familiar faces who helped Bill Clinton win the day dealing with both. Is Barack Obama hoping some of the Clinton magic will rub off?
Nobody can forget that super-charged moment when Bill Clinton came back to the White House—after the November “shellacking”—to give Mr. Obama some of his famous political advice. Ever since– the pundits have been buzzing with comparisons—talk of “triangulation” and “deficit politics”—but how much is the Clinton influence shaping the president’s next moves? And is that good or bad? Tell us what you think….
October 26th, 2010
05:21 PM ET
Lima, Ohio (CNN) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich offered a piece of advice Tuesday to President Obama, urging him to seek counsel from former President Bill Clinton in the increasingly likely event that Democrats lose control of the House next Tuesday.
Gingrich, asked if he thinks this president can re-calibrate after a midterm drubbing in the way Clinton was able to after Democratic losses in 1994, said “it’s up to Obama.”
The president can find his footing again, Gingrich suggested, if he “can accept the reality that this is a repudiating election, and can take a deep breath, and frankly sit down and talk to Bill Clinton a while.”