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Jun 15, 2012

Obama says election will determine course of economy

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – President Barack Obama cast his re-election battle with Mitt Romney as a clash between starkly different economic visions on Thursday and warned that his Republican rival would hollow out the middle class in a speech that could set the tone for months of intense campaigning.

Seeking to gain some footing after a string of bad economic news and a political stumble, Obama said the November 6 election would put the United States on one of two paths: an economy built on education and scientific research that delivers a broadly shared prosperity, or a Republican approach that cuts taxes for the wealthy and undermines opportunity for many others.

Jun 14, 2012

Obama vows “we remember, we rebuild” at World Trade Center

NEW YORK, June 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday toured the soaring
skyscraper being built to replace the twin towers destroyed on
Sept. 11, 2001, in a poignant visit to mark a new chapter of
recovery from the traumatic attack.

Inscribing one of the steel beams that will be part of the
building’s framework, Obama wrote: “We remember, we rebuild, we
come back stronger!” followed by his signature.

Jun 14, 2012

Manhattan glitterati event marks study in contrasts for Obama

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Talk about a venue change.

Fresh from giving an economic speech in the heart of the industrial Rust Belt, President Barack Obama headed to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village on Thursday to hold a big-dollar campaign fundraiser with rich donors at the home of “Sex in the City” actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

Obama has shaped his campaign message around appealing to middle-class voters, many of whom have suffered from the U.S. recession and slow economic recovery.

Jun 14, 2012

Obama to address economy, Romney predicts ‘cheap words’

WASHINGTON, June 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
seeking to counter deep doubts about his economic leadership,
will ask voters on Thursday for more time to boost growth while
arguing that his Republican rival Mitt Romney would resurrect
policies that plunged the United States into crisis.

Obama will use a campaign speech in the battleground state
of Ohio to try to bounce back from setbacks over the last two
weeks.

Jun 14, 2012

Obama to address doubts over economy, Romney predicts “cheap words”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, seeking to counter deep doubts about his economic leadership, will ask voters on Thursday for more time to boost growth while arguing that his Republican rival Mitt Romney would resurrect policies that plunged the United States into crisis.

Obama will use a campaign speech in the battleground state of Ohio to try to bounce back from a series of recent setbacks.

Jun 8, 2012

Obama says clear rules needed to calm South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama called on Friday for clear rules to resolve maritime disputes in the South China Sea and throughout the Pacific, a region where the United States is trying to increase its strategic heft.

Speaking to reporters after hosting Filipino President Benigno Aquino in the Oval Office, Obama said it was critical to avoid escalation of conflicts over strategic waterways and shipping routes.

May 29, 2012

Obama calls treatment of Vietnam War veterans “a disgrace”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama called the treatment decades ago of returning Vietnam War veterans a “national shame” on Monday and promised as commander-in-chief not to send U.S. troops back into harm’s way without a clear mission and strategy.

Obama did not mention rising tensions with Iran and Syria or other potential threats in his remarks to veterans and military families on a hot, sunny Memorial Day, focusing instead on the legacy of Vietnam and his own efforts to wind down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by his predecessor, George W. Bush.

May 28, 2012

U.S. has learned “hard lessons” from Vietnam War: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama honored Vietnam War veterans on Monday, saying the United States had learned “hard lessons” from the conflict and promising not to send U.S. troops back into harm’s way without a clear mission and strategy.

Obama did not mention rising tensions with Iran and Syria or other potential threats in his remarks to veterans and military families on a hot, sunny Memorial Day, focusing instead on his efforts to wind down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by his predecessor George W. Bush.

May 28, 2012

Obama pledges no more wars unless “absolutely necessary”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama honored Vietnam War veterans on Monday, saying the United States had learned “hard lessons” from the conflict and promising not to send U.S. troops back into harm’s way without a clear mission and strategy.

Obama did not mention rising tensions with Iran and Syria or other potential threats in his remarks to veterans and military families on a hot, sunny Memorial Day, focusing instead on his efforts to wind down the Iraq and Afghanistan wars started by his predecessor George W. Bush.

May 26, 2012

Biden tells West Point cadets: prepare for new threats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most of the cadets who graduated on Saturday from West Point were in elementary school when hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and enrolled in the U.S. military academy with wars raging in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Vice President Joe Biden lauded the brave choices of the Class of 2012 – and their so-called “9/11 generation” – with a commencement address focused on the United States’ new foreign policy challenges including cyber threats and a rising China.

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      "Laura MacInnis covers the White House for Reuters. She previously spent five years in Switzerland reporting on diplomacy, banking and energy trading, and before that covered U.S. economic and regulatory issues as a Treasury Department and Securities and Exchange Commission reporter in Washington."
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