September 25th, 2011
07:51 PM ET
Obama rallies supporters in Seattle to 'write our own destiny'
(CNN) - In a fund-raising pitch in Seattle, President Barack Obama implored his supporters to rally behind him once again, saying that helping secure his re-election is the best way to turn around a sluggish economy and overcome strident political opposition.
"We are tougher than the times that we live in, we are bigger than the small politics that we've been witnessing," he told the audience at the city's Paramount Theatre. "We are a people who write our own destiny, and it is fully within our power to write it once more."
Obama took the stage after being introduced by basketball hall of famers Lenny Wilkens and Bill Russell, the latter imploring the crowd that "as Americans, we must support our president."
June 28th, 2011
04:34 PM ET
Obama touts manufacturing rebound in Iowa visit
(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his economic recovery message on the road Tuesday, telling a group of manufacturing workers in Iowa that while times remain tough, the administration has made a series of critical investments in the country's long-term development.
He also knocked Washington's harsh partisan environment, saying that lawmakers need to start working more as a team for the country's common good.
"I ran (for president in 2008) because I believe in an America where working families aren't just treading water, but where they're moving forward," the president said during a visit to an Alcoa plant in Bettendorf.
"I know these are difficult times," he conceded. "Sometimes it's tempting to turn cynical ... and start thinking that maybe our best days are behind us. But that's not the America I know."
June 23rd, 2011
05:22 PM ET
Your commander in chief has your back
(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that theU.S. military withdrawal fromAfghanistan will not be done "precipitously."
It will be done in a steady way to ensure recent gains "will be sustained," he said.
"Areas likeKandahar are more secure than they've been in years," Obama said during a visit toFort Drum,New York.
TheU.S.military and its allies are "taking the fight" to the Taliban, he said. As a result, there are signs the Taliban are more interested in a political settlement.
As for al Qaeda, we have "decimated their ranks," he said. But "our job is not finished."
"Your commander in chief has your back," he said.
June 7th, 2011
11:27 AM ET
A lot on their plates and we're not talking State dinner!
Washington (CNN)- German Chancellor Angela Merkel received an official welcome to the White House Tuesday morning in a ceremony marked by pomp and circumstance, a major honor for an ally who has differed sharply on key issues at times from her American counterparts.
The chancellor also will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, at a state dinner Tuesday evening.
Merkel, 56, dined privately with President Barack Obama at a Georgetown restaurant Monday night. The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of economic and security topics during Merkel's visit, including the turmoil in the Middle East and the shaky global economy.
"Our alliance at its core is a partnership between two peoples," Obama said. "The story of Germany and our alliance in the 20th century shows what's possible in the 21st. Wars can end, adversaries can become allies, walls can come down. At long last, nations can be whole and can be free."
May 18th, 2011
04:25 PM ET
Obama: Fight on terror goes on
NEW LONDON, Connecticut (CNN) - President Barack Obama reiterated his administration's warning Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's death does not mean an end to the U.S. war against al Qaeda and other extremist organizations, telling a group of graduating U.S. Coast Guard cadets that "the hard work of protecting our country ... goes on."
The "terrorist leader who attacked America on 9/11 will never threaten America again," Obama said. "We will never waver in the defense of this country we love."
The president made his remarks during the 130th commencement for the Coast Guard Academy. Obama's speech was his third to a service academy graduating class since becoming commander in chief.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano joined the president for the occasion.
"Our American journey has always been propelled by a spirit and strength that sets us apart," Obama said. "When tough times inevitably come ... we remember our moral compass (and recall) that we're all in this together."
He said, "Here in America anything is possible. We each do our part, knowing that we have navigated rough seas before and will do so again."
April 7th, 2011
01:23 PM ET
Budget showdown and veto threat
(WASHINGTON) CNN–The budget showdown continues as President Obama says he will veto a Republican proposal to extend funding for the government for one week. The White House issued a statement saying, "This bill is a distraction from the real work that would bring us closer to a reasonable compromise for funding the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011 and avert a disruptive Federal Government shutdown that would put the Nation’s economic recovery in jeopardy."
Democratic Senate Majority leader Harry Reid called an emergency one-week government funding measure vote scheduled by the Republican-controlled House a "nonstarter." The measure, which would fund the Pentagon for the remainder of the current fiscal year, would cut overall spending by another $12 billion.
Republican House Speaker John Boehner insists "there is absolutely no policy reason for the Senate not to follow the House in taking these responsible steps to support our troops and keep the government open." (click here for full story)
February 28th, 2011
04:50 PM ET
U.S. Ambassador to U.N. calls Gadhafi "delusional”
WASHINGTON (CNN) –Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi sounds "delusional," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Monday, adding that "when he (Gadhafi) can laugh when talking to American and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality." The comments by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice came at a White House briefing.
February 28th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
U.S. steps up pressure on Gadhafi
Washington (CNN) - The United States has frozen at least $30 billion in Libyan government assets, a U.S. Treasury official announced Monday - one of a series of steps being taken by international leaders designed to break strongman Moammar Gadhafi's grip on power.
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January 28th, 2011
07:54 PM ET
Obama speaks to Egyptian president
CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke with Egypt's president moments after Hosni Mubarak addressed his country, telling the Egyptian that he must make good on his promises and avoid a violent response to the thousands of protesters in the streets.
With parts of his capital ablaze, Mubarak said he was asking his government to resign and would soon announce a new one, pledging to address the concerns of thousand of Egyptians protesting in Cairo's streets.
"I just spoke to him after his speech," Obama said, "and told him he has a responsibility to give meaning to those words, to take concrete steps and actions that deliver on that promise. Violence will not address the grievances of the Egyptian people. Suppressing ideas never succeeds in making them go away.
"This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise," Obama said.
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