The Week: Most Recent Barack Obama:Barack Obama recent posts.en-usTue, 12 Feb 2013 22:40:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent Barack Obama:Barack Obama from THE WEEKTue, 12 Feb 2013 22:40:00 -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 -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 speeches, past and present<img src="" /></P><p>If you want to know how Washington has changed Barack Obama &mdash; it's certainly not the other way around &mdash; just go back and read the &nbsp;State of the Union addresses he has given since taking office.</p><p>Actually, I'll spare you such a dull chore. I've read them so you don't have to. And they show, year by year, the cynical realities of a divided capital gradually overtaking the president and eroding his hope that Democrats and Republicans could work together for the common good.</p><p>Of course, the problem lies in the definition of "common good." In 2009, the president thought this meant a...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/paul-brandus" ><span class="byline">Paul Brandus</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:15:00 -0500State of the Union: Should Obama get combative with the GOP?<img src="" /></P><p>Since winning re-election, Obama's approach toward Congress, and particularly the Republican Party, has been notable for its combativeness. Instead of huddling with lawmakers behind the scenes, Obama has used his bully pulpit and campaign-style events around the country to sell his agenda on everything from gun control to raising taxes. The strategy is to get popular opinion on his side, then force the GOP to compromise. And it appears Obama will turn to that playbook once again during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, according to Glenn Thrush at <em>Politico</em>:</p><p >Emboldened by electoral...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 11 Feb 2013 10:15:00 -0500Will the GDP dip hurt Obama politically?<img src="" /></P><p>Economists were shocked Wednesday when the Commerce Department reported that the economy shrank in the final three months of 2012. The dip was slight &mdash; just 0.1 percent &mdash; but experts were expecting at least a bit of gross domestic product growth after an encouraging third quarter. The fall was largely caused by a sharp drop in government spending and cautious cutbacks companies made to their inventories. The impact of the news "is ambiguous in terms of the economics," says Glenn Thrush at <em>Politico</em>, as it's not being touted as a sign that we're doomed to a double-dip recession. Still...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:56:00 -0500President Obama's surging popularity: What it means<img src="" /></P><p>Fresh off his second inauguration, President Obama is starting his new term with his favorability rating at a three-year high. Sixty percent of Americans say they have a favorable opinion of Obama, according to a <em>Washington Post</em>/<em>ABC News</em> poll released Wednesday. That's a considerable improvement over his poll numbers during last year's heated campaign, when Obama typically scored in the low- to mid-50 percent range. Of course, Obama is still way short of the peak of his personal popularity, when 79 percent gave him high marks at the start of his first term four years ago.</p><p>Still, today's numbers...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 30 Jan 2013 10:41:00 -0500Should Obama accept a GOP congresswoman's skeet-shooting challenge?<img src="" /></P><p>In a recent interview with <em>The New Republic</em>, President Obama asserted that he had no intention of taking guns away from hunters, saying he had a "profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations." Adding a personal anecdote to presumably strengthen the sincerity of his claim, he said "we do skeet shooting all the time" at Camp David, a hitherto unknown hobby that has drawn no shortage of skepticism, not to mention outright ridicule, from conservatives.</p><p>On the conservative&nbsp;<em>Drudge Report</em>, the news was accompanied by an image of Obama running around...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:31:00 -0500The 180-degree legal transformation of Barack Obama<img src="" /></P><p><em>"The biggest problems that we're facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that's&nbsp;what I intend to reverse when I'm</span><span>&nbsp;president of the United States of America."</em></p><p><em>&mdash; Senator Barack Obama, March 31, 2008</em></p><p>Few politicians are disciples of truth. But when it comes to President Obama and executive power, the gap between rhetoric and reality is truly astonishing. The candidate who once promised a presidency of humility is long gone. Instead, this president has defined his administration...</p></span> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tom-rogan" ><span class="byline">Tom Rogan</span></a>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 09:05:00 -0500Does President Obama rely on straw men to attack the GOP?<img src="" /></P><p>One of the enduring Republican complaints about President Obama is that for all his first-term talk of bipartisanship and taking the best ideas from both sides of the aisle, the president frequently argues for his own position by dismissively painting GOP policy ideas in the worst possible light. His second inaugural, a robust defense of liberalism, was no exception, according to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who got an implicit (and unwelcome) shout-out from Obama when the president said that programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid "do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:50:00 -0500President Obama's inaugural speech: A humanistic view of the Constitution<img src="" /></P><p>Much has been made of how President Obama's inaugural speech interpreted America's founding documents to justify a more liberal agenda. The promise of equality laid out in the Declaration of Independence, Obama argued, could not be fulfilled until "our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts"; until "our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law"; until "we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity"; and until "all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:27:00 -0500Obama's Inauguration Day: The 7 best moments and memes<img src="" /></P><p>President Obama was ceremonially sworn in for his second term on Monday, a day replete with symbolism &mdash; reciting his oath of office, Obama rested his hand on Bibles owned by Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., on MLK Jr. Day &mdash; a historic speech, and solemn poetry and pronouncements about the importance of America's peaceful quadrennial transfers (or re-upping) of power. Inauguration Day was also a big party, with some great performances and mini-iconic moments &mdash; or, as <em>New York</em>'s Joe Coscarelli puts it, "the first all-out meme election was followed by the inaugural...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 22 Jan 2013 07:13:00 -0500The second inaugural: Is Obama the liberal Reagan?<img src="" /></P><p>On Monday, President Obama used his inaugural speech to articulate a decidedly liberal vision for his second term. Drawing inspiration from the most important events in American history &mdash; from the Revolutionary War to the civil rights movement &mdash; Obama proclaimed that the Founding Fathers' dream of equality and liberty would not be fulfilled until the country reduced income inequality, ensured equal rights for gays and women, protected the most vulnerable citizens from the inequities of laissez faire capitalism, and found a better way to welcome "striving, hopeful immigrants."</p><p>Obama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:15:00 -0500