As makeup sessions go, President Obama's short stroll across Lafayette Square Monday to address the U.S. Chamber of Commerce left ample room for progress on both sides.
"I'm here in the interest of being more neighborly," Obama told the business lobby. Read More
With the crisis in Egypt still dominating the news, President Obama on Thursday tried changing the subject -- but his message on innovation had trouble breaking through.
"Innovation is what this country is all about," Obama told an audience at Penn State University. Read More
With the 2008 election far behind and a new political pragmatism all the rage in Washington, two former rivals sat down privately at the White House Wednesday to hash out a few things.
President Obama and Sen. John McCain of Arizona, his 2008 Republican opponent, have in the past two years gone from persistent, bristling offense to -- not warmth, exactly. But no longer open hostility. Read More
Concerned at the prospect for violent unrest, President Obama on Tuesday told embattled Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak that the turnover of power in his country must be peaceful -- and begin immediately. Read More
The White House on Monday dismissed as "overreaching" a federal judge's ruling in Florida that President Obama's sweeping health care reform law is unconstitutional and should be struck down. "We don't believe this kind of judicial activism will be upheld, and we are confident that the Affordable Care Act will ultimately be declared constitutional by the courts," Stephanie Cutter, deputy senior advisor, said on the administration's blog. Read More
Since he first ran for president, Barack Obama has often been defined by what others projected on him: Some conservatives saw a socialist, hopeful Democrats a liberal, and others a perplexing, hard-to-define centrist.
With his re-election bid approaching, Obama has become more active in defining himself, increasingly as a steely pragmatist willing to break the hearts of liberals in pursuit of larger aims. Read More
The Obama administration is reviewing America's annual $1.3 billion aid package to Egypt as the White House walks a careful line between siding with an embattled ally and supporting a popular uprising demanding democratic reform. Read More
It's not for a lack of enthusiasm, but the 2012 Republican field is taking it's time taking shape, while the contenders size up President Obama -- and each other.
"In 2008 it was an open seat and it attracted a lot of candidates on both sides," said Cal Jillson, a Southern Methodist University political scientist. Read More
Expanding on a promise to freeze discretionary spending for five years, President Obama on Tuesday pledged an ambitious reorganization of federal government to make it more nimble and cost-effective. In a State of the Union address that offered a few big ideas in lieu of what the White House dismissed as a "laundry list" of smaller objectives, Obama exhorted members of Congress to put their new civility to work. Read More
President Obama is expected to continue revising his annual State of the Union speech until right before he delivers it -- and what he leaves out is likely to reveal as much as what he includes.
Obama will "spend most of his time talking about the economy," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, and "talking about the challenges that we face both in the short term in terms of doing whatever we can to help create jobs ... Read More