September 28, 2011 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton is planning a march next month to bolster the president's jobs bill and bring attention to the plight of the unemployed. The march, which will draw labor groups and civil rights organizations, is expected to bring thousands to the Mall on the day before the new memorial honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is officially dedicated, organizers said. Sharpton — who is a civil rights activist, nightly TV host and staunch Obama ally — painted the march on Oct. 15 as...
January 21, 2012 |
President Obama will use his State of the Union address on Tuesday to deliver an election-year message focused on economic fairness for the middle class and what he calls "a return to American values. " In a video distributed to campaign supporters Saturday morning, the president said his speech before Congress should be viewed as his "blueprint for an American economy that's built to last," a slogan designed to evoke blue-collar imagery and draw contrasts with his Republican...
September 12, 2011 |
Don't fall for it. There is no "new tone" coming from the Republican-controlled House. It's just a remix of the same old song. Anyone who watched President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last week could have guessed that the GOP reaction would be muted . You could scan the chamber and read the contrasting facial expressions: Democrats tended to have wide eyes and broad smiles, while many Republicans winced as if suffering indigestion....
October 17, 2011 |
MILLERS CREEK, N.C. —Setting the stage for a long, bruising reelection fight, President Obama returned to this critical battleground state for the second time in as many months on a bus tour that made clear — in pageantry and message — that his campaign is already in full swing. Obama ditched Air Force One after landing in Asheville and climbed aboard a specially equipped black bus to wind his way 106 miles to this tiny town of 2,000, stopping at a barbecue joint and a confectionery store for carefully...
February 4, 2012 |
Just before 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3, a frustrated President Obama gathered Gene B. Sperling and the economic team in the White House and told them to design a jobs package he could offer the American public. Obama had spent much of the year locked in negotiations with Republicans over the national debt, with little to show for the effort but a sagging approval rating. He had wanted to argue publicly for ideas to create jobs, but hesitated in the midst of negotiations. Liberal critics reprised a familiar critique of the...
October 6, 2011 |
After crisscrossing the country for weeks pushing his jobs plan directly to the American people, President Obama turned his attention to congressional Republicans on Thursday, promising to target them in 2012 if they stand in the way of his economic agenda. "If Congress does something, then I can't run against a do-nothing Congress," Obama said in response to a question at a morning news conference . "If Congress does nothing, then it's not a matter of me running against them.