By Julie Mason Examiner White House Correspondent
Warning that "more blood will be shed" in the Middle East, President Obama exhorted world leaders to overcome skepticism and support his efforts toward peace.
"I recognize many are pessimistic about this process," Obama told the U.N. General Assembly. "The cynics say that Israelis and Palestinians are too distrustful of each other, and too divided internally, to forge lasting peace." Read More
Unable to campaign on health care reform or economic improvement, the White House is relying on a fall-back midterm strategy of empathy, modest gains and frequent reminders that the other party is worse.
The modified campaign message is clearly frustrating for President Obama, who increasingly bristles at criticism that his policies haven't worked and this week admonished Democrats to get realistic about the election stakes. Read More
Opening two potentially consequential days of Middle East peace talks, President Obama condemned the "senseless slaughter" of four Israelis earlier this week, reportedly by a Hamas gunman. Read More
Declaring the U.S. combat mission in Iraq complete, President Obama on Tuesday implored the war-torn nation to end its internal strife, saying, "it is time to turn the page."
"The American combat mission in Iraq has ended. Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country," Obama said.
In his second prime-time address from the Oval Office, Obama praised the nearly 1.5 million U.S. troops who served in Iraq. Read More
With home sales slumping and a mixed-at-best report on stimulus spending out, a vacationing President Obama got on a conference call Wednesday with his economic advisers.
"The economic team provided an update on the next steps to keep the economy growing, including assistance to small businesses and the extension of tax cuts to the middle class," the White House said in a statement. Read More
President Obama will use a major address next Tuesday to tout the end of combat operations in Iraq and the start of a new phase of diplomacy and complete withdrawal.
It was not clear whether Obama would deliver his speech from Baghdad, Washington, or some other setting. The White House said the venue was uncertain although the Aug. 31 date was chosen to underscore the administration's success in bringing the mission to a close on deadline. Read More
After her sterling public image took on some tarnish from her recent vacation to Spain, the White House announced that first lady Michelle Obama will appear with Laura Bush for Sept. 11 observances in Pennsylvania.
The deft public relations move by the administration will place the two popular first ladies side-by-side for the first time since the 2008 inauguration. Read More
Richard Wolffe, a former Newsweek reporter who wrote a very favorable book about President Obama’s 2008 campaign, is getting special treatment from the White House according to a Politico story. And according to Examiner White House correspondent Julie Mason, Wolffe was even allowed into Obama’s health care summit, which could barely accommodate the pool. Read More
Former Fox News Anchor Brit Hume is firing back at the White House for attacking the cable news channel.
White House aides made a point of airing their criticism of the network during the Sunday shows earlier this week. David Axlerod claimed that the news channel was "really not news," and Rahm Emanuel suggested that Fox is "not a news organization."