Barack Obama

The Obama Administration : Analysis
President Obama arrives at Los Angeles international Airport via Marine 1 on May 11: National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor says of Obama's alleged leaks of secret military operations: "We push to be as transparent as we can while being mindful of our national security equities."

4 reasons Obama became a hawk

How did President Obama go from winning the Nobel Peace Prize to being the final arbiter of a terrorist "kill list"?

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
After President Obama mistakenly called a Nazi death camp in Poland a "Polish death camp," the White House said "we regret this misstatement." Is a fuller apology required?

Did Obama taint America's relationship with Poland?

The president faces an angry backlash after he refers to a "Polish death camp"... instead of a "Nazi death camp in German-occupied Poland"

Obama's Private Life : The List
President Obama, a known laugher, was allegedly a bit of a pothead in his high school days.

'The Choom Gang': 9 juiciest details from Barack Obama's days as a pothead

Excerpts from an upcoming biography of the president make some interesting allegations about his innovative toking techniques, shady drug dealer, and more

The Obama Administration : Opinion Brief
President Obama stands in front of construction workers in 2009 while discussing the jobs that his $140 billion stimulus plan created.

The 'Obama spending binge': Fact or fiction?

A contrarian analysis argues that President Obama is a model of fiscal restraint, not the spendthrift Republicans claim

The Obama Administration : The Bullpen
D.B. Grady

D.B. Grady: The real dangers of the Secret Service prostitution scandal

The salacious controversy revealed U.S. agents' startling weakness, and let America's enemies in on key information that could be used against us

The Obama Administration : Burning Question
Vice President Biden's knack for going off-message may have reached a crisis point, some pundits say.

Time for Obama to dump Joe Biden?

Biden put the president in a tough spot, again, by endorsing gay marriage. Would Obama be better off with a less gaffe-prone VP?

Barack Obama : Opinion Brief
Jeremiah Wright says that, back in 2008, Obama asked his fiery former pastor to curb his public speaking because it would only hurt Obama's presidential campaign.

Did Obama really try to bribe Jeremiah Wright?

A widely criticized author claims a friend of the president offered Wright money to stay out of sight during the 2008 campaign. Too unbelievable to be true?

Barack Obama : The Bullpen
Paul Brandus

Paul Brandus: What the Chen Guangcheng debacle reveals about Obama

The president surely knows that protecting a threatened Chinese activist is the right thing to do. But sadly, it seems he lacks the resolve to truly follow through

Obama's Private Life : Analysis
President Obama poses with his grandparents around the time he was a student at Columbia University in the early 1980s.

A young Obama in love: 7 takeaways from a juicy biography

Vanity Fair publishes excerpts from a new book on the president, delving into an intense love affair that Obama had when he was a a young man in New York

The Obama Administration : Wisecracks
Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents Association Dinner held at the Washington Hilton: The president was the butt of some of comedian Jimmy Kimmel's jokes about eating dog, having big ears, and his presidency.

Highlights from the White House Correspondents' Dinner

President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel had dueling comedy routines at this weekend's gala for journalists, politicos, and A-list celebrities. Here's their best material

The Obama Administration : Instant Guide
A member of the Secret Service stands watch while President Obama speaks at the University of Colorado at Boulder Tuesday.

Another Secret Service sex scandal?

According to new reports, Secret Service agents got drunk at a strip club and hired escorts while on assignment in El Salvador in March 2011. Sound familiar?

The Obama Administration : Analysis
President Obama walks with Secret Service in Florida: New details about the prostitution scandal reveal that some agents' (not pictured) debauched night culminated in the trashing of a hotel room.

10 telling details about the Secret Service scandal

As major players in the headline-making prostitution controversy are identified and a clearer picture emerges, here's a look at the most scandalous tidbits

The Obama Administration : Forecast
A uniformed Secret Service agent maintains his post as President Obama departs the White House: With more details emerging, it's clear the Colombia prostitution scandal will be around for a while.

5 reasons the Secret Service prostitution scandal won't go away

The elite security agency is moving to quash the controversy by forcing out three accused agents. But the story is unlikely to end there

Barack Obama : Photos

From Jesus to Charlie Brown: 18 ways The Week has depicted Obama

The president is many things to many people, especially to those who edit The Week magazine. Here's a review of how our covers have metaphorically made over Obama

The Obama Administration : Fact Sheet
President Obama's reputation for a clean administration is being tainted by a string of scandals involving everything from the State Department to the Secret Service.

5 scandals that could undo Obama's re-election bid

For the most part, the Obama administration has successfully avoided bad publicity, but it's now being faced with a string of scandals at the worst possible time

The Obama Administration : Controversy
President Obama is guarded by agents as he greets supporters in Florida: Some senators worry that Secret Service agents' recent cavorting with prostitutes in Colombia brings Obama's security into doubt.

4 ways the Secret Service prostitution scandal hurts Obama

Lurid new details emerge of a wild night in Colombia, plunging the White House deeper into an embarrassing controversy

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