Romer: Obama's not to blame for female unemployment
July 11th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Romer: Obama's not to blame for female unemployment


Boston (CNN) – One of the president's former top economic advisers said those who blame President Barack Obama's policies for the decline in job creation among women in particular are being dishonest.

"That's someone trying to lie with numbers," Christina Romer said Wednesday.

The former chairperson of the Council of Economic Advisers said the disparity between men and women, recently seized upon by Republicans, is the result of repercussions from the economic downturn beyond the president's control.


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Women
Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change
June 19th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

Poll: Voters support Obama immigration change

(CNN) – A majority of voters agreed with the immigration policy unveiled by President Barack Obama last week, according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg Poll released Tuesday showed 64% of likely voters backed the shift, which would allow the children of illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements to stave off deportation for two years. Although 30% of those surveyed disagreed with the president, coveted independent voters agreed with the decision by better than a two-to-one margin.

However, support was divided along party lines. Fifty-six percent of likely Republican voters opposed the decision while 86% of Democrats issued praise. Sixty-six percent of independents backed the policy change, while 26% disagreed.

Obama announced the shift on Friday, saying it will make U.S. immigration policy "more fair, more efficient and more just."

The changes would allow people not over the age of 30 who came to the United States before the age of 16, pose no criminal or security threat and were successful students or served in the military to receive a two-year deferral from deportation.


Topics: Immigration • Poll • President Obama
Obama raises cash with some celebrity help
FILE//Sarah Jessica Parker, seen here in April at a charity event for a Chicago hospital, hosted President and Mrs. Obama last night for a fundraiser at her New York City home.
June 15th, 2012
09:05 AM ET

Obama raises cash with some celebrity help

(CNN) – President Barack Obama used a pair of fund-raisers in New York Thursday to further the message he laid out in a speech earlier in the day in Ohio, painting the November election as a choice between two starkly different visions for the United States.

"What we're going to have to do is present the choice," Obama told a group of supporters at the home of actress Sarah Jessica Parker, according to a pool report. "You're the tie-breaker, you're the ultimate arbiter."

Obama warned, as he did in Ohio, that Mitt Romney and Republicans will largely blame him for the current economy and say it's "the other guy's fault."

"It's an elegant message. It happens to be wrong, but it's crisp. You can fit it on a bumper sticker," Obama said, noting the GOP will spend "$500 million" on ads.

The president delivered a similar message of caution during the speech in Ohio, the battleground state he and Romney visited on the same day.

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Topics: 2012 Election • Fundraising • The Buzz
Gore: Obama has 'failed'
June 22nd, 2011
11:35 AM ET

Gore: Obama has 'failed'


Looks like Al Gore is getting tough on President Obama over the issue of climate change:

From the CNN Political Ticker:

(CNN) – Former vice president and environmental advocate Al Gore sharply criticized President Obama's "failed" approach to global warming Wednesday.

Gore was supportive of Obama's action in the first six months of his administration, but the former Democratic presidential nominee said the administration has not made the case for action among the American people.

"President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change," Gore wrote in a "Rolling Stone" article published online. "After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding."

 But in a written response to Gore’s essay Wednesday White House official Clark Stevens outlined a number of policies the administration has implemented in the last 2 years, including making investments in clean energy through the Recovery Act, setting “aggressive new joint fuel economy and emissions standards for cars and trucks,” and “reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 960 million metric tons.” (READ MORE HERE)


Topics: President Obama • The News
Obama's sister describes his 'easy going' demeanor
April 12th, 2011
01:34 PM ET

Obama's sister describes his 'easy going' demeanor

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's sister acknowledged his first term has been a "challenging time," but said it's important he win a second term.

"He has a healthy dose of pragmatism and he knew there would be enormous challenges and that it would be hard work, but of course there are things that happened that are simply unforeseen," Maya Soetoro-Ng told CNN's Piers Morgan in an interview set to air Tuesday. "As a citizen and as a parent myself, it's very important to me that he run and win."

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Gibbs: Gitmo isn't closing now
December 26th, 2010
01:58 PM ET

Gibbs: Gitmo isn't closing now

(CNN) – A year has passed since the Obama administration said the Guantanamo Bay military prison would close, but White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that the facility won't go away in the near future.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Gibbs said that even though the site is a recruiting tool for Islamic terrorists, legal and legislative issues have contributed to the delay in its closing.

"It's certainly not going to close in the next month. I think it's going to be a while before that prison closes," Gibbs told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I think part of this depends on the Republicans' willingness to work with the administration on this."

Check out the complete story on CNN's Political Ticker.

November 1st, 2010
08:23 PM ET

Boehner vs. Obama

(CNN) - He is poised to become the most powerful Republican in Congress if the GOP takes control of the House Tuesday.

And Rep. John Boehner's ramping up the rhetoric in anticipation, going after the president.

"We have a president in the White House who referred to Americans who disagree with him as 'our enemies,'" Boehner said Monday. "When Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush used the word 'enemy,' they reserved it for global terrorists and foreign dictators – enemies of the United States."


Topics: John Boehner • President Obama • The News