White House News

Obama deflects criticism about lack of diversity

Deflecting criticism about a perceived lack of diversity in his second-term Cabinet, President Barack Obama on Monday urged Americans not to rush to judgment about who he will appoint to replace departing members of his team.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 07:33pm EST

Obama: `I like a good party' and getting lonely

President Barack Obama jokingly laments that he is, in his words, "getting kind of lonely in this big house." He says maybe he'll invite some Republican lawmakers over to play cards.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 06:21pm EST

Obama: Debt limit fight imperils elderly's checks

Declaring "we are not a deadbeat nation," President Obama warned on Monday that Social Security checks and veterans' benefits will be delayed if congressional Republicans fail to increase the government's borrowing authority in a looming showdown over the nation's debt and spending.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:52pm EST

Hitting the debt limit: What bills would be paid?

Reiterating a threat he first issued in the summer of 2011, President Barack Obama on Monday warned Republicans that older Americans might not get their Social Security checks and veterans won't get timely benefits if Congress fails to increase the government's borrowing authority.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:21pm EST

Questions and answers about upcoming inauguration

With his wife and two daughters at his side, President Barack Obama will raise his right hand and place his left on two stacked Bibles as he takes the oath of office for another four-year term. His second inauguration promises the pageantry of the first, but on a smaller scale than 2009, when a record 1.8 million people filled the nation's capital to witness Obama making history as America's first black president.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 04:09am EST

Obama lookalike in demand for inauguration season

The lanky man has the security detail, the prominent ears and the U.S. flag pin, but substitute teacher Larry Graves is no Barack Obama. He's a professional lookalike for the president.

Monday - 01/14/2013, 03:48am EST

Obama: US assisted in failed Somalia rescue

President Barack Obama says U.S. forces assisted in a failed attempt to rescue a French citizen in Somalia on Friday.

Sunday - 01/13/2013, 06:30pm EST

Treasury: Trillion-dollar coin would not be legal

Forget about the government minting a $1 trillion coin to solve its debt-limit crisis.

Saturday - 01/12/2013, 06:04pm EST

Obama's fitness put to test at Pentagon clinic

President Barack Obama underwent a fitness test at a Pentagon health clinic on Saturday as part of a periodic medical exam coordinated by his doctor.

Saturday - 01/12/2013, 01:50pm EST

Protesters forced to scale down at Obama inaugural

A protest group planning to stage a demonstration about unemployment at President Barack Obama's inauguration says it's being forced to scale down plans because it won't have much space on Washington's Freedom Plaza.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:57pm EST

Obama, Karzai agree: It's time to wind down war

Uneasy allies, President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai demonstrated Friday they could agree on one big idea: After 11 years of war, the time is right for U.S. forces to let Afghans do their own fighting. U.S. and coalition forces will take a battlefield back seat by spring and, by implication, go home in larger numbers soon thereafter.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:18pm EST

Boehner invites Obama to give State of the Union

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) has invited President Barack Obama to deliver the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 03:56pm EST

US mission in Afghanistan to shift to support role

President Barack Obama says the U.S. role in Afghanistan will shift to a support role later this spring and he will soon get recommendations from his top military advisers on U.S. troop drawdowns.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 02:10pm EST

North Dakota man to receive Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama next month will bestow the Medal of Honor on a former active duty Army staff sergeant from North Dakota for "courageous actions" in Afghanistan in 2009.

Friday - 01/11/2013, 01:39pm EST

Govt probe links DEA agent to prostitute scandal

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent arranged to hire a prostitute for a Secret Service agent in Colombia in advance of a presidential visit last year, according to a Justice Department report made public Thursday.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 07:23pm EST

Obama jokes Lew's loopy signature nearly cost him

President Barack Obama is joking that Jack Lew's nomination as treasury secretary nearly fell through because of Lew's loopy signature.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 07:11pm EST

About 40,000 expected for Obama's inaugural balls

Inaugural revelers hoping to get close to President Barack Obama at a ball are going to have a lot of competition, with around 40,000 expected to pack the pair of parties.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 05:23pm EST

NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says some participants at its White House meeting seemed more interested in demonizing the Second Amendment than keeping students safe.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 04:52pm EST

Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 02:20pm EST

Obama campaign supporters to discuss future

President Barack Obama's supporters plan to gather during the weekend of his inauguration to discuss the future of his campaign operation _ and how it could support his second-term agenda.

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 01:10pm EST
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