Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama pushed back on criticism that he has not reached out enough to members of Congress socially to help build more personal relationships.
"With respect to this 'truism' about me not socializing enough and patting folks on the back and all that stuff, most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party. And the truth is when I was in the Senate, I had great relationships over there, and up until that point that I became president this was not an accusation that you heard very frequently," the president said at his news conference Monday.
He said some Republicans feel that it doesn't "look real good socializing with me."
Washington (CNN) – President Obama says his most embarrassing moment is when he runs into a wall. It is "par for the course for me…I'm running into doors and desks all the time."
The comments came as he answered kids' questions for the Nickelodeon special: "Kids Pick the President: The Candidates."
A campaign official confirms the President will be doing a 2 day bus trip next week in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The trip will begin on Thursday July 5 and is expected to hit northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.
The campaign will start to include a wider variety of public events which will give the president more expsoure to voters but fundraisers will still be a key part of the schedule as Team Obama has to fight to stay even financially with the Republicans.
As part of his effort to spur job creation and encourage economic growth, President Obama sat down Friday with some of the nation’s leading corporate CEOs Friday. The President met with Ursula Burns of Xerox; Ken Chenault of American Express; Richard Davis of U.S. Bank; Larry Fink of BlackRock; Glenn Hutchins of Silver Lake Partners; John Stumpf of Wells Fargo; John Surma of U.S. Steel and Bill Weldon of Johnson and Johnson.
This comes in a week where the President touted some of the administration’s economic programs but also said more needs to be done to help create jobs. On Thursday in Holland Michigan the President also chided Congress for its partisanship in the fight over the raising of the nation’s debt ceiling. He also promised to unveil more jobs initiatives in the coming weeks.
“The President appreciated the thoughtful exchange of ideas and the private sector’s shared commitment to improving our economy. The President firmly believes that every American who wants a job should have one, and businesses large and small must all be at the table as part of the collective solution,” the White House said in a statement after the meeting, which lasted over an hour.
Most of the companies refused to discuss the meeting. Some, including BlackRock and Silver Like, refused to even confirm their CEO was participating before a White House official disclosed the list.
“At the president’s request, Bill Weldon is meeting today with a number of business leaders and the President to informally discuss economic issues. We respectfully decline to provide or discuss any additional information,” a spokeswoman for Johnson and Johnson told CNN.
Washington (CNN) - As President Barack Obama sat down with television stations from three key political states, he said he is still hopeful the White House and congressional leadership will come to an agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling but said politics is interfering.
"This is actually a self-created crisis in some ways. It has to do with folks who are digging into set positions rather than saying how do we solve a problem," the president told KMBC, a CNN affiliate in Kansas City, Missouri.
When asked if people can expect their Social Security checks in August, he told the station it is not guaranteed.
"I am going to do everything in my power to make sure they do. My interest here is not scaring people. I want everyone to understand the consequences. If you don’t have money you have to make very difficult choices. The fact of the matter is if you don’t raise the debt ceiling then we have more obligations - 70 million checks have to be sent out - and all of those have to be covered."
Washington (CNN) – Several Congressional Hispanic leaders met with President Obama Tuesday to ask for his help in building support for a bill, known as the DREAM Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrants who have gone to college or served in the military.
Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform believe the lame duck session may the best opportunity to pass one concrete immigration reform measure before Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January.
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