Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech
July 23rd, 2012
12:13 PM ET

Obama campaign hails Iraq record ahead of VFW speech

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's presidential campaign touted the candidate's achievement of ending U.S. involvement in Iraq in a web video Monday, hours ahead of Obama's address at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Reno, Nevada.

The video also came the same day attacks across Iraq killed at least 44 people and wounded dozens more. While overall attacks have dropped off in Iraq since the height of violence in 2006, insurgents have routinely targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians since the United States withdrew its troops in December.

The video from Obama's campaign centers on a parade held in St. Louis in January, the first major "welcome home" ceremony to be held by a major U.S. city.


Topics: 2012 Election • President Obama • Veterans
Morgan Freeman gives pro-Obama PAC a million
July 19th, 2012
10:04 AM ET

Morgan Freeman gives pro-Obama PAC a million

(CNN) – Actor Morgan Freeman, currently starring in the latest installment of the Batman franchise, donated $1 million last month to the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, the group's filings with the Federal Election Commission will show on Friday.

In a statement, Freeman listed the accomplishments he said spurred his donation to Priorities USA Action.

"Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances," Freeman wrote. "He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American. He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court."


Topics: President Obama • Super PAC
Obama super PAC will target Romney in New Hampshire
June 14th, 2012
10:58 AM ET

Obama super PAC will target Romney in New Hampshire

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's return to New Hampshire isn't going unnoticed by the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama, which will air a television spot in the state slamming the Republican presidential candidate for his tenure as a venture capitalist.

Priorities USA Action will air the spot Friday as Romney returns to New Hampshire to kick off his six-state, five-day bus tour. Romney's first stop will be at the farm in Stratham where he officially declared his presidential bid last June.

The Priorities USA Action spot highlights the New Hampshire-based company Holson Burnes, which was acquired by Romney's firm Bain Capital and later shut down.

"When Mitt Romney visits New Hampshire, remember his record," text in the ad declares.


Topics: 2012 Election • Campaign • President Obama
March 17th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Obama Raises a Pint

Washington (CNN) – It wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without a pint of Guinness, even for the commander-in-chief.

President Barack Obama's motorcade made the mile-and-a-half trip to the The Dubliner, a well-known Capitol Hill pub, at around 12:30 p.m. Saturday – early by normal standards, but just on time for most St. Patrick's Day partiers.

The president enjoyed a Guinness, a classic (if slightly uninspired) choice for the holiday, and spent time shaking hands with other pub-goers, many of whom were wearing green top hats and wigs. At one point he raised his pint to toast the crowd.

The president sported a moss-colored fleece jacket over an open-collared white shirt, enough to avoid pinches from enthusiastic revelers.

Obama's Irish roots have been well explored in the three years he's been in office. In May 2011 he visited Moneygall, in central Ireland, to visit the town his great-great-great grandfather emigrated from in the nineteenth century.

The Irish Taoiseach (prime minister), Enda Kenny, will visit Obama in Washington on Tuesday, and attend a belated St. Patrick's Day lunch at the U.S. Capitol. In the evening the president and first lady Michelle Obama will host St. Patrick's Day reception at the White House.

Aside from the Guinness run, Obama and his family marked the Irish holiday by dying the water in the South Lawn fountain green.

Obama's reelection campaign also got into the holiday mood Saturday, offering a special price on green t-shirts proclaiming: 'I (shamrock) O'Bama."

Topics: Ireland • President Obama