President Barack Obama got a mouth full of fingers from Cooper Wall Wagner, 8 months, as he posed for a photo with Cooper and his parents on Christmas Day in Hawaii. Mom, Meredith Wagner, is at left.Â
December 27, 2011 Little Cooper Wall Wagner grabbed for the president's teeth. The president cheerfully mugged for the cameras. Mom says she was embarrassed, but it doesn't appear she needed to be.
December 22, 2011 "What's happening right now is exactly why people get so frustrated with Washington," the president said of the latest political stalemate. "Enough is enough."
December 14, 2011 Another holiday season finds the nation dealing with a seasonal tradition that's becoming as routine as background Christmas music at retail establishments, the threat of a federal government shutdown and congressional Republicans and Democrats locked in stalemate as they each try to gain the political upper hand.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., today (Dec. 14, 2011) after his address.
December 14, 2011 As the U.S. ends its nearly nine-year military mission in Iraq, the president was at Fort Bragg to thank the nation's military personnel.
"Promise Kept," it says on the landing page of the Iraq War interactive timeline posted by the White House today.
December 13, 2011 The White House website today posted an "interactive timeline" that marks the end of "9 years of sacrifice." It begins with Obama's inauguration.
December 12, 2011 It's probably not the wisest thing to misquote the words of someone, particularly a U.S. president, whose actual comments were seen and heard by millions and are readily available on the Internet. But that's exactly what Mitt Romney did in an interview with the Politico.com Monday.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shook hands with President Obama in the Oval Office at the White House earlier today (Dec. 12, 2011).
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December 12, 2011 As the last U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq nearly nine years after American forces entered that nation, President Obama is meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
December 12, 2011 When "60 Minutes" journalist Steve Kroft in an interview with Obama aired Sunday asserted that Obama was being "judged on your performance," Obama said he was actually being compared against the ideal, a comparison he knows he can't win. He'd rather be compared to the actual flesh and blood Republicans and their agenda.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
December 12, 2011 "If the excuse [of Iran] was that the presence of U.S. troops on Iraqi soil posed a threat to [Iranian] national security, then this danger is over," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki tells The Wall Street Journal. He meets with President Obama today.
December 9, 2011 In defending Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' decision to countermand for now the FDA's approval of the Plan B morning-after pill for over-the-counter sale to minors, President Obama gave an explanation that left many critics unsatisfied. He said there was no confidence that 10 or 11 year olds could use the drug properly. That's a weaker case than another that was available.
December 8, 2011 President Obama has been accused of appeasement by both political supporters and foes. Liberals says he's been too willing to compromise. Republicans say he's not doing enough to constrain U.S. enemies in the Middle East, specifically Iran. At a news conference Thursday, Obama said, "Ask Osama bin Laden ... whether I engage in appeasement."
December 6, 2011 Since virtually the start of his tenure in the Oval Office, President Obama has argued that it's his policies, not those of his political opponents, that continue the unfinished work of some of the presidents Americans most cherish — Lincoln and the Roosevelts.
December 6, 2011 In what's been called the most important political speech of his career, Roosevelt made the case for a "new nationalism" that emphasized "equality of opportunity."
December 2, 2011 News of a fairly dramatic month-to-month drop in the jobless rate in November, down to 8.6 percent from 9 percent the month before, is guaranteed to trigger a feverish round of speculation as to what it means for the 2012 general election. At first blush, it seems like good news for those Americans getting work and for those hoping to keep their jobs, first and foremost President Obama.
November 23, 2011 Mitt Romney's presidential campaign got much attention this Thanksgiving week for an anti-President Obama ad it started running in New Hampshire that took wildly out-of-context a 2008 statement by then Sen. Obama to portray him in a bad light. Not unexpectedly given our tit-for-tat politics, a liberal group retaliated in kind, giving several Romney comments the same treatment.
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