CARTAGENA, Colombia (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, taking his re-election campaign south of the U.S. border, promised on Saturday to pursue long-promised immigration reform early in a second term and slammed his White House rival Mitt Romney’s stance on the issue as “troublesome.”
Obama is spending the weekend in Cartagena, Colombia, meeting with Latin American political and business leaders in a bid to strengthen economic ties with the region and convince Hispanic voters back home he cares about the region.
CARTAGENA (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama attacked Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney on Saturday over his stance on illegal immigrants and promised to pursue broad immigration reform if he wins another term.
On a three-day visit to Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders, Obama is hoping to court Hispanic voters back home whose support could be crucial to him in the November 6 election.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama takes his re-election campaign to Colombia this weekend, using the Summit of the Americas as a platform to tout his trade record and convince millions of Hispanic voters back home he cares about the region.
Spending time with leaders in Cartagena, Colombia is a way for Obama to fight an impression of neglect toward Latin America as he kept his foreign policy focus on hot spots like Afghanistan and the Middle East.
WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff complained about U.S. monetary policy and failed to
make major progress on trade in a White House meeting with
President Barack Obama on Monday, highlighting strains between
the Western Hemisphere’s two biggest economies.
Rousseff said that while expansionary monetary policies in
wealthy nations were needed to keep global economic problems
from becoming worse, she worried about the unintended
consequences for developing countries such as Brazil.
WASHINGTON/KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Monday the massacre of 16 villagers by a U.S. soldier raises his determination to get American troops out of Afghanistan, while a U.S. official said the accused staff sergeant previously had suffered traumatic brain injury.
Sunday’s shootings triggered angry calls from Afghans for an immediate American exit. Obama said there should not be a “rush to the exits” for U.S. forces who have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001 and that the drawdown must be carried out in a responsible way.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s administration is exploring options to halt the bloodshed in Syria but is deeply skeptical of military intervention out of fear it could worsen the humanitarian crisis, according to a White House official.
In a briefing with a small group of reporters on Friday, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, contrasted the situation in Syria with Libya, where a NATO campaign bolstered rebels who eventually toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last year.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama invoked his young daughters on Tuesday to hit back at Rush Limbaugh over the conservative talk show host’s incendiary comments about a birth control activist.
In remarks that outraged many women and drew criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, Limbaugh branded Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute” for speaking out in support of Obama’s policies on birth control.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Sunday against “loose talk” of a war with Iran ahead of a crucial meeting where he plans to press Israel’s prime minister to avoid a premature strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.
Obama, who will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks at the White House on Monday, pledged his staunch support for the Jewish state and said military action remained an option to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
attacked White House contender Mitt Romney on Tuesday over his
opposition to the 2009 bailout of the U.S. auto industry,
seizing on a vulnerability for the Republican candidate on a
crucial voting day.
Speaking to auto union workers in Washington on the same day
Romney faces a potentially pivotal primary vote in Michigan,
home to General Motors and Chrysler, Obama trumpeted his
rescue of the two major auto companies and accused Romney of
wanting to abandon American workers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a veiled jab at Republican White House contender Rick Santorum, President Barack Obama said on Monday that a college education was not a luxury and pledged to do all he could to rein in skyrocketing tuition.
“We can’t allow higher education to be a luxury in this country,” Obama said at a White House meeting with Republican and Democratic state governors. “It’s an economic imperative that every family in America has to be able to afford. And frankly, I don’t think any of this should be a partisan issue.”