WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his top military and national security advisers hashed out options on Saturday for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria amid “increasing signs” that the government used poison gas against civilians.
Obama spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron, a top U.S. ally, and agreed that chemical weapon use by Syrian President Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces would merit a “serious response,” a spokesperson for the prime minister said in a statement.
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama considered options on Saturday for a possible military strike on Syria in response to a nerve gas attack that killed hundreds as Syria sought to avert blame by saying its soldiers had found chemical weapons in rebel tunnels.
A senior U.N. official arrived in Damascus to seek access for inspectors to the site of last Wednesday’s attack, in which opposition accounts say between 500 and well over 1,000 civilians were killed by gas fired by pro-government forces.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. military and national security advisers huddled with President Barack Obama at the White House on Saturday to consider options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government this week.
Obama has been reluctant to intervene in Syria’s 2-1/2-year civil war, which he has described as a “sectarian complex problem.” But a year ago he said chemical weapons would be a “red line” for the United States and he is now under pressure to take action.
WASHINGTON/AUBURN, New York (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said in an interview aired on Friday that an apparent poison gas attack in Syria this week was “clearly a big event” but said the United States must be cautious in its response.
In his first public comments since Wednesday’s attack in the Damascus suburbs, Obama stressed the importance of international law in responding to the incident, and said he was wary of the financial and human costs of getting involved in complex foreign disputes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Shadowed by turmoil in Egypt and domestic controversies, President Barack Obama will seek to regain political momentum on a bus tour during which he will push his plans for stoking the U.S. economy and taming the high cost of college tuition.
On a two-day tour this week in the Northeast, where he has a strong base of support, Obama will grab the microphone while Congress is still out on a five-week summer break and cast Republicans as obstructionists.
GALESBURG, Illinois (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama sought to inject momentum into his economic and domestic policy agenda on Wednesday with a speech designed to clarify his vision for his second term and hammer Republicans in the House of Representatives for getting in his way.
Obama defended his government’s record managing the economy through the recession in his first term and said new spending on infrastructure and education were needed now to grow the middle class, which he argued would boost the nation’s economy.
WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) – John Eskridge knows what he
wants to hear President Barack Obama say when he returns to
Galesburg, Illinois, on Wednesday for what the White House has
billed as a major economic address.
This town where plants once rolled out refrigerators, ovens,
lawnmowers and other stock furnishings of the American home has
been hit hard by globalization, losing factories that gave
generations of people good jobs right out of high school.
WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told
supporters on Monday that he plans to focus his agenda clearly
on the economic challenges of the middle class, a theme he will
lay out in a speech on Wednesday and follow up with detailed
proposals in the coming months.
“There is no more important question for this country than
how do we create an economy in which everybody who works hard
feels like they can get ahead?” Obama told a small group of
donors to Organizing for Action, an advocacy group led by some
of his former advisers.
WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – What’s so funny about
President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law?
A website known for viral comedy videos popular with
Americans under 30 – Funny or Die – has a few ideas and is
enlisting celebrities to make something that catches the
attention of a key demographic the White House needs to sign up
WASHINGTON, July 22 (Reuters) – Senior White House officials
met with a group of Hollywood stars and entertainers on Monday
to talk about how to use pop culture to persuade young Americans
to sign up for new medical insurance coverage this fall.
For President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law to
succeed, the White House needs to attract 2.7 million younger
consumers between the ages of 18 to 35, mostly male and
non-white, to participate in new online health insurance