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Nov 12, 2011

Outlines of pan-Pacific trade deal reached: Obama

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday the broad outlines of a deal had been reached on the Transpacific Partnership trade initiative and he predicted success for the agreement.

“I am confident we can get this done,” Obama said as the annual leaders’ meeting of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit was getting underway.

Nov 11, 2011

Obama seeks to hitch U.S. economy to Asian growth

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With Europe mired in crisis, President Barack Obama is launching a charm offensive this week to hitch the U.S. economy to growth opportunities in Asia that he hopes can help power the recovery he needs for re-election.

Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, will host Asian leaders including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda in Honolulu this weekend to seek to improve trade ties across the Pacific.

Nov 7, 2011

U.S. budget battles to shadow Obama on Asia-Pacific tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s efforts next week to persuade Asia-Pacific leaders of his commitment to the region may be undercut by distractions in Washington, where budget fights may come to a head while he is away.

Obama embarks on a nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia on Friday that he will use to highlight U.S.-Asian economic ties and the long-standing U.S. role in the region’s security.

Nov 7, 2011

Budget battles to shadow Obama on Asia-Pacific tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s efforts next week to persuade Asia-Pacific leaders of his commitment to the region may be undercut by distractions in Washington, where budget fights may come to a head while he is away.

Obama embarks on a nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia on Friday that he will use to highlight U.S.-Asian economic ties and the long-standing U.S. role in the region’s security.

Nov 3, 2011

U.S. influence at G20 not diminshed, White House says

CANNES, France, Nov 3 (Reuters) – White House officials bristled on Thursday at the suggestion U.S. power within the G20 had been diminished by budget woes back home, as Europe looked toward an economically self-confident China for help.

“Our ability to contribute, our ability to lead and our ability to influence the outcome of these sorts of issues is not tied necessarily to having the American taxpayer pay for every problem,” said top White House aide Michael Froman.

Nov 2, 2011

Obama to grapple with waning influence at G20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama faces the delicate task of pushing European leaders to solve their debt crisis without appearing to lecture them at a summit of world economic powers this week.

Obama heads to France later on Wednesday to urge Europe to fix the long-running crisis that could send the already-weak U.S. economy into another recession.

Oct 21, 2011

Obama officials, senators agree to seek cyber deal

WASHINGTON, Oct 20 (Reuters) – Senior Obama administration
officials and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators agreed on
Wednesday to push for cybersecurity legislation as quickly as
possible, the White House said on Thursday.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the officials
went to Capitol Hill “to discuss the growing cybersecurity
threats to our nation and the need for prompt legislative
action to ensure the U.S. government has the authorities it
needs to keep the nation safe.”

Oct 20, 2011

Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday hailed Muammar Gaddafi’s death as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule “inevitably comes to an end,” and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya.

Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and he also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman’s downfall.

Oct 20, 2011

Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers – Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Thursday hailed Muammar Gaddafi’s death as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule “inevitably comes to an end,” and as vindication for his cautious strategy towards Libya.

Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and he also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman’s downfall.

Oct 16, 2011

Obama likens civil rights to economy fight at memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama gave a partisan-tinged speech to dedicate a new memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., likening the battle for racial equality to his political struggles in a divided Washington.

In a Sunday address that sounded at times like a sermon, the Democrat said that nearly 50 years since King’s famous “I Have A Dream” oration on the National Mall, the monument to him symbolized the need to fight on for social justice.

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