Statement by the Press Secretary on North Korean Shelling of South Korean island
"Earlier today North Korea conducted an artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.
We are in close and continuing contact with our Korean allies.
The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement.
The United States is firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability."
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) - President Obama declared Friday that his "number one priority" is preserving tax cuts for the middle class, and sharply denied that comments by his senior adviser David Axelrod suggest that his administration is about to cave in to Republicans who also want to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) - CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian was the second reporter to get called on by President Obama during Friday's press conference in Seoul, South Korea. Lothian asked the president if he was open to a compromise with Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts, and whether he thinks the midterm election has weakened him on the national stage.
Here is the transcript of the exchange.
Delivered at the Coex Center in Seoul, Republic of Korea
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. Before I discuss the G20, I want to briefly comment on the agreement in Iraq that's taken place on the framework for a new government. There’s still challenges to overcome, but all indications are that the government will be representative, inclusive, and reflect the will of the Iraqi people who cast their ballots in the last election.
Found in the Itaewon shopping district in Seoul...Obama socks.
In 2009, President Obama was smack dab in the middle of the G-20 class photo. In 2008, former President George W. Bush was front and center. Should we read anything into this year's placement of Obama?