The Week: Most Recent barack-obama recent posts.en-usWed, 20 Feb 2013 14:15:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent barack-obama from THE WEEKWed, 20 Feb 2013 14:15:00 -0500The true story behind Chuck Hagel and 'Friends of Hamas'<img src="" /></P><p>Chuck Hagel is still waiting for the Senate to vote on his bid to become defense secretary, after a brutal confirmation hearing that saw Republicans attack his alleged connections to "extreme and radical groups." It's perhaps no surprise, then, that a new poll from Pew shows that Hagel's favorability ratings are down, which has prompted a fair amount of jubilation among the&nbsp;anti-Hagel contingent. However, at least one charge against Hagel appears to be totally false, reinforcing Democratic claims that the decorated war hero has been the victim of a rightwing smear campaign.</p><p>The conservative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 14:15:00 -0500David Axelrod joins NBC News: Is the White House running MSNBC?<img src="" /></P><p>On Tuesday, NBC News announced a new hire: David Axelrod, most recently chief strategist to President Obama's re-election campaign, is now a senior political analyst, slated to "contribute frequently across all broadcasts and platforms of both networks." Axelrod joins former Obama White House colleague Robert Gibbs, who was&nbsp;unveiled as a political contributor at the liberal-leaning NBC cable-news network MSNBC a week ago, as well as numerous other alumni of various White Houses who contribute regularly.</p><p>In one sense, this is pretty unremarkable in today's media market, says Bill Carter at...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 10:15:00 -0500Is it time to disband the White House press corps?<img src="" /></P><p>It was probably, in retrospect, bad timing for <em>Politico</em> to publish a long article complaining about the Obama administration's ill treatment of the White House press corps on the same day the White House press corps, with lots of help from <em>Politico</em>, was complaining bitterly about not getting a photo-op of Obama and Tiger Woods golfing together in Florida last weekend. The big golf grievance successfully "kicked off a kind of debate about the Obama administration's atrocious record of letting the press corps talk to the president," raging "from the pages of <em>Politico</em> to... well, to the pages of ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:15:00 -05005 ways of looking at Obama's secret golf game with Tiger Woods<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama spent Presidents Day weekend in Palm City, Fla., at an exclusive golf and yacht club called the Floridian. By the time he flew back to Washington on Monday, his three-day golfing trip had drawn "criticism from the Right, shrugs from the Left, and complaints about lack of access from the White House press corps," says George Bennett at&nbsp;<em>The Palm Beach Post</em>. The first two reactions are hardly noteworthy, but the White House correspondents don't usually issue statements like this, from Fox News' Ed Henry, president of the group representing the press corps:</p><p >Speaking on behalf...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 19 Feb 2013 07:05:00 -0500The costs of the GOP's Chuck Hagel filibuster<img src="" /></P><p>Well, they did it: Thursday evening, Senate Republicans staged what amounts to the first-ever successful filibuster of a presidential Cabinet nominee, mustering enough votes to leave Defense Secretary-designate Chuck Hagel &mdash; himself a former Senate Republican &mdash; one <em>aye</em> short of confirmation. Four Republicans voted with all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to proceed to an up-or-down vote that Hagel is sure to win &mdash; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) changed his vote to "no" at the end, a procedural move that will allow him to bring up the vote after the upcoming recess...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:30:00 -0500The Chuck Hagel filibuster: What do Republicans want?<img src="" /></P><p>"Republicans don't want to filibuster Chuck Hagel's nomination to be the next secretary of defense," says Rachel Weiner at <em>The Washington Post</em>. "They just want to require a 60-vote threshold to end debate on his confirmation." Got it? On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed for cloture, or a motion to end debate and move to a vote on confirming the Nebraska Republican, starting the clock for a Friday showdown &mdash; and a Saturday vote, if Reid gets the 60 ayes to end debate &mdash; right before the Senate adjourns for a weeklong recess.</p><p>"This is the first time in the history...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:30:00 -0500The political failure of Obama's State of the Union proposals<img src="" /></P><p>Shielded from the scrutiny of an absent future election, President Obama is a politician unleashed. And, as evidenced by his State of the Union address, America's chief executive is reveling in his newfound freedom.</p><p>Unfortunately, last night's forceful call to action offered little for a country desperate for serious solutions. On topics from the national debt to the war in Afghanistan, the president's speech was rich in partisanship and weak on good policy.</p><p>Let's consider the details.</p><p>On the economy, Obama offered a combination of new and old. First, a new minimum wage &mdash; which, although...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tom-rogan" ><span class="byline">Tom Rogan</span></a>Wed, 13 Feb 2013 09:35:00 -0500Obama's ambitious State of the Union address: 5 takeaways<img src="" /></P><p>The early reviews of President Obama's fourth State of the Union address are pretty good for the White House: A snap <em>CNN</em>/ORC International poll found that 53 percent of viewers had a "very positive" reaction to the speech, another 24 percent had a "somewhat positive response," and only 22 percent reported a negative response. The CNN sample skewed Democratic, but even <em>National Review</em>'s Maggie Gallagher gave Obama an "A" for his "politically effective speech." (The conservative publication's editors were less impressed, panning Obama's "halting and graceless" spending-fest.) There was a lot packed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 13 Feb 2013 07:00:00 -0500State of the Union: 6 highlights from President Obama's address<img src="" /></P><p>On Tuesday night, President Obama used his State of the Union address to lay out his agenda for a second term, touching on a range of issues from the budget deficit and immigration to gun control and the minimum wage. While some analysts had predicted Obama would take a more partisan approach &mdash; the nuts-and-bolts version of the more liberal vision for the country he outlined in his inaugural speech &mdash;&nbsp;the president adopted a centrist stance, captured in the line, "It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government." However, the night did conclude with a rousing call...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 22:40:00 -0500State of the Union: Full text of President Obama's address<img src="" /></P><p><em>The following are President Obama's prepared remarks for the State of the Union address:</em></p><p>Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, fellow citizens:</p><p>Fifty-one years ago, John F. Kennedy declared to this Chamber that "the Constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress&hellip;It is my task," he said, "to report the State of the Union &mdash; to improve it is the task of us all."</p><p>Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report. After a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:25:00 -0500WATCH LIVE: The State of the Union address<img src="" /></P><p><object width="670" height="397" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="wmode" value="opaque" /><param name="scale" value="showall" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="play" value="false" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="loop" value="false" /><param name="flashvars" value="player=;src=rtmp://;scaleMode=stretch&amp;link=&amp;path_to_image=;width=480&amp;height=300" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /></object></p><p>President Barack Obama will lay out his plan to "create jobs and grow the middle class" Tuesday night at 9 p.m. For a complete viewer's guide to the address, click here, or watch the White House's live stream above.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 12 Feb 2013 20:50:00 -0500The latest tweets about the State of the Union</P><div class="twitterBlock"></div> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 12 Feb 2013 20:25:00 -0500A social media guide to the State of the Union<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Tonight, President Obama will address Congress and the nation in his fourth State of the Union address, which is set to begin at 9 p.m. EST. If you won't be in front of a television &mdash; and even if you will be &mdash; be sure to follow along via social media. Here's how:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><strong>Before the speech:&nbsp;</strong></p><p class="p1">At 7:30 p.m., chat live with White House reporter Paul Brandus on <em>The Week</em>'s Facebook page. He'll give you the lowdown on what to expect from tonight's address.</p><p class="p1"><strong>During the speech:&nbsp;</strong></p><p class="p1">On Twitter, subscribe to @TheWeek's list of key political players, which includes both reporters and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:35:00 -0500Why the State of the Union still matters<img src="" /></P><p>Tonight, all the networks will be running what amounts to two long commercials: The State of the Union and the Republican response. The current version of the president's address couldn't be further from its original purpose of having the country's chief executive report to Congress once a year. Over the past century, it has become an exercise in political theater, especially with the advent of television. Which raises the question: Is there any reason to continue giving this annual tradition so much attention?</p><p>The idea for a State of the Union comes from a vague provision in the Constitution...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Joshua SpivakTue, 12 Feb 2013 07:06:00 -0500The annual pivot to jobs you can set your watch to<img src="" /></P><p>Tonight, Barack Obama will deliver his fourth State of the Union address. (His first such speech, right after he took office in 2009, wasn't officially a State of the Union.) Surely, the president will pepper his speech with several references to individuals whose life circumstances will emphasize a particular political point he wishes to make. Some of those individuals will attend the speech in person, and be recognized in the gallery. Members of the House and Senate from the president's party will interrupt the speech every few sentences for standing ovations. The opposition party will offer...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/edward-morrissey" ><span class="byline">Edward Morrissey</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:53:00 -0500Obama's State of the Union address 2013: A viewer's guide<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama delivers his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a high-profile opportunity to lay out his plans and hopes for his second term &mdash; while there's still enough second term left for him to get things done before Washington turns its attention to the 2014 elections. "I don't want to say it's the last important speech he's going to give, but the window for a second-term president is fairly narrow," Tony Fratto, a White House spokesman for George W. Bush, tells <em>Reuters</em>. Here's a guide to Obama's best, last chance to set the agenda for a divided Washington:</p><p><strong>What should...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:51:00 -0500