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Apr 14, 2012

Obama calls Romney’s immigration stance “troublesome”

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.

Apr 14, 2012

Obama cites potential of billion consumers in the Americas

CARTAGENA, Colombia, April 14 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama stressed on Saturday the “great promise” for
business growth in the Americas, seeking to play up the economic
heft of the region he has paid little attention to in his first
three years in office.

In remarks prepared for a meeting of corporate chief
executives in Cartagena, Colombia, where he is attending the
33-nation Summit of the Americas, Obama described U.S.-Latin
American ties as “one of the world’s most dynamic trade
relationships.”

Apr 13, 2012

Obama touts Latin American exports in pivotal Florida

TAMPA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama made a pitstop in the 2012 election battleground state of Florida on his way to a summit in South America on Friday, reaching out to Hispanic voters who could make or break his November re-election bid.

At the port of Tampa, a main departure point for exports to Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, Obama sought to drive home his message for the Summit of the Americas that greater regional trade can help create jobs in the United States and propel growth in Latin America.

Apr 12, 2012

Obama looks to Americas summit to lift Latino support

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.

Apr 6, 2012

Obama tailors election-year message to working women

WASHINGTON, April 6 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama,
leading in the polls among women voters, said on Friday he wants
to help working women fight discrimination and juggle the
demands of motherhood but stopped short of making promises on
gender equality if he wins re-election.

At a White House event on women and the economy, Obama noted
“there has been a lot of talk about women and women’s issues
lately,” a nod to the emergence of contraceptive rights, working
women and all-male establishments as heated issues in his race
for re-election in November.

Feb 29, 2012

Obama lays out detention rules for al Qaeda suspects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama issued a policy directive on Tuesday making clear that not all al Qaeda suspects would be held in U.S. military custody, fleshing out exceptions allowed under a sweeping defense bill that sought to have the Pentagon prosecute most suspects.

Under the directive, al Qaeda suspects arrested by U.S. law enforcement for waging attacks against American interests would not necessarily be held by the Pentagon under several scenarios, including if foreign governments refuse to hand them over to U.S. military control.

Feb 27, 2012

Crack in China’s firewall turns Obama page into freedom forum

Feb 27 (Reuters) – Chinese Internet users taking
advantage of temporary access to Google Inc’s social
networking site, Google+, have flooded U.S. President Barack
Obama’s page on the site with calls for greater freedom in the
world’s most populous country.

“Oppose censorship, oppose the Great Firewall of China!” one
user posted, one of hundreds of comments in Chinese or by people
with Chinese names that dominated the site over the weekend.

Feb 23, 2012

Obama hits back at Republican criticism of high gas prices

MIAMI, Feb 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama hit
back on Thursday at election-year Republican criticism of his
energy policy, offering a staunch defense of his attempts to
wean Americans off foreign oil and saying there was no ‘silver
bullet’ for high gas prices.

Obama sought to deflect growing Republican attacks over
rising prices at the pump, blaming recent increases on a mix of
factors beyond his control, including tensions with Iran, hot
demand from China, India and other emerging economies, and Wall
Street speculators taking advantage of the uncertainty.

Feb 23, 2012

Obama apologizes for Koran burning in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday for the burning of copies of the Koran on a U.S. base in Afghanistan as the White House sought to quell spiraling furor among Afghans while also staving off Republican criticism at home.

Obama apologized in a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the incident in which Afghan workers found charred copies of the Muslim holy book on a military base near Kabul, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One.

Feb 17, 2012

Obama pitches unfinished business for second term

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16 (Reuters) – President Barack
Obama sought on Thursday to stoke enthusiasm in California about
his 2012 re-election drive, saying he wanted another chance to
overhaul immigration and tackle climate change with a second
term.

At a series of fundraisers in San Francisco, the Democrat
acknowledged he has had a tough first three years in office and
asked supporters to summon the energy to mobilize for him again
to complete unfinished business on his agenda.

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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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