New CNN poll has Obama beating entire GOP field
December 20th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

New CNN poll has Obama beating entire GOP field

CNN's Paul Steinhauser has the latest CNN Poll numbers:

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's numbers are on the rise in two important indicators of his reelection chances, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International Poll out Tuesday indicates the president's margins have increased against five possible Republican presidential challengers in hypothetical general election matchups and that Obama's approval rating is up five points since mid-November.

According to the poll, Obama leads former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney 52%-45% in a possible 2012 showdown. Romney, who's making his second bid for the GOP nomination, held a 51%-47% margin over the president in last month's survey. Obama also holds the same 52%-45% advantage over Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Last month the president had a 51%-47% margin over Paul, who's making his third run for the White House.

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Read full results (pdf).

Topics: Uncategorized
December 20th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Obama turns up in briefing room to put pressure on Boehner

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press briefing room Tuesday, urging House Speaker John Boehner to reconsider his decision not to hold a vote on a recent bill passed by the Senate that extends the payroll tax holiday for two more months.

Boehner appeared on camera minutes later at the Capitol and indicated he would not do that.

Full story from the CNN Wire

Topics: President Obama • The News
Obama, Biden greet troops at Andrews
December 20th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Obama, Biden greet troops at Andrews

President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday to greet troops returning from Iraq and the United States Forces-Iraq colors, the military flag that had flown in Baghdad until last week.

Neither the president nor vice president spoke at the 45-minute event that featured military families and remarks from Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey, and General Lloyd Austin, the commanding General of United States forces in Iraq.

Topics: The News
Morning Briefing: December 20
December 20th, 2011
08:39 AM ET

Morning Briefing: December 20

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Is Republican infighting helping Obama? (NY Times)

Playing chicken over payroll tax cut (CNN)

Has John Boehner lost control? (WashPost)

Congress = Uncertainty Inc. (CNN Money)

Obama on Offense in Tax-Cut Battle (National Journal)

The President's schedule Tuesday December 20, 2011
December 20th, 2011
08:02 AM ET

The President's schedule Tuesday December 20, 2011


12:50 PM   Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney.


9:15AM          In-Town Pool Call Time

9:45AM          THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the Presidential Daily Briefing/Oval Office /Closed Press

11:45AM        THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews/South Lawn /Open Press  

12:05PM         THE PRESIDENT and the VICE PRESIDENT attend a ceremony marking the return of the United States Forces Iraq Colors/ Joint Base Andrews/ Pooled Press

1:25PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House / South Lawn / Open Press

Topics: Daily Schedule