A Lively Atmosphere at the People’s Climate March

By: Tuesday September 23, 2014 7:22 am

The People’s Climate March featured a diverse amount of people and groups with major themes scattered throughout the march under the banner of environmentalism. With the United Nations General Assembly occurring two days later, organizers hoped to create an event to raise awareness through the efforts of those in attendance. “We want to make sure [...]

First Obama Post-Election Press Conference Open Thread

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 10:34 am

JOIN THE LIVE CHATVISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV The President is holding a press conference, his first opportunity to take questions since the election. I’ll follow along here. You can watch it live. …Obama says our top priority has to be jobs and growth. First I’ve heard of it! …The idea that balanced deficit reduction has anything to [...]

Obama on Bank Prosecutions: They Did Nothing Illegal, Only Found Loopholes That We Worked to Close

By: Thursday October 6, 2011 8:55 am

For perhaps the first time, President Barack Obama was forced to explain why there have been no prosecutions of Wall Street executives for their fraudulent actions during the run-up to the financial crisis. Asked by Jake Tapper to explain this behavior, Obama basically suggested that most of the actions on Wall Street weren’t illegal but [...]

Obama’s “Deficit Now, Jobs Later” Strategy Doesn’t Seem Sound

By: Friday July 15, 2011 9:52 am

I was in and out of the Obama press conference, but I didn’t get the sense that there was a lot new there. We did hear that what he didn’t like about Bowles-Simpson is that it cut too much from defense. So file that away. There was another moment, near the end, that was notable [...]

In Press Conference, Obama Affirms Medicare-for-Revenue Swap

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 10:15 am

I caught a good deal of the Obama press conference, and it was a familiar posture. The President urged the need for a balanced debt limit deal that included spending cuts, a few revenue increases, and entitlement cuts. He definitely put the latter on the table, while trying to stress that beneficiaries wouldn’t be affected. [...]

President Making Statement to the Nation Shortly: Will Report Bin Laden Dead

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 7:38 pm

President Obama will make a statement to the nation in the East Room within the next ten minutes or so. CNN is reporting that the statement is related to national security, but that it’s not about Libya. There’s been speculation that this has something to do with Osama bin Laden, but it’s not clear at [...]

What Are the Areas of Agreement Between President Obama and the Fiscal Commission?

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 8:42 am

In his press conference just now, President Obama just said that the fiscal commission has not been shelved, despite the lack of pickup of its ideas in his budget. He said that the fact that it got 11 votes – three less than it needed to move on to Congress – showed it served as [...]

Waiting on US Press Conference as Government Announces “Review” of Aid to Egypt

By: Friday January 28, 2011 12:02 pm

An Obama Administration official told Reuters that they would “review” the $1.5 billion in annual aid sent to Egypt, in the wake of anti-government protests across the country. That doesn’t mean that anything will come of this in terms of actual reductions or eliminations in foreign aid, at least not right away. But just saying [...]

Obama Press Conference Open Thread

By: Wednesday November 3, 2010 9:50 am

I’d expect some olive branch to the right, though on what I don’t really know. There’s really not a whole lot the President can say, other than demanding that Ben Bernanke immediately purchase $2 trillion in Treasury securities and that he would propose an immediate payroll tax holiday in the lame duck session. This model [...]

Media Misses the Point on Elizabeth Warren Nomination

By: Friday September 10, 2010 10:45 am

Politico tried to gin up some controversy about the Elizabeth Warren selection for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by wondering about “the delay,” and they won the morning enough to get a question about it into the President’s press conference. I would hesitate to go as far as Greg Sargent and suggest that Obama hinted [...]

Obama Press Conference Liveblog

By: Friday September 10, 2010 7:50 am

President Obama holds a press conference today at 11am ET. I’ll monitor it here. The press event is supposed to focus on the economy, though that isn’t sexy enough for the media as some dude with a handlebar moustache burning Korans, so that will probably take precedence. And then the media will wonder why the [...]

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