WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and European leaders, in a show of solidarity, agreed on Monday to impose a wider set of sanctions against Russia’s financial, defense and energy sectors in the wake of the shootdown of a passenger jet over Eastern Ukraine, a top Obama aide said.
The coordinated measures come as the United States warned of a Russian troop buildup along the border with eastern Ukraine and the shipment of new sophisticated weapons to pro-Russian separatists.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will not rest until justice is done in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-17 over eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama vowed in a condolence book for the nearly 300 victims on Tuesday.
Obama visited the Netherlands Embassy in Washington to sign the book. Of the 298 people killed in the July 17 shootdown over an area controlled by pro-Russian separatists, 193 were Dutch.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men on Monday that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures, but ignore people who accuse them of “acting white.”
Obama shared the advice to the young men as part of his “My Brother’s Keeper” program that is marshalling private and public resources to help more boys from minority groups succeed, a program that he views as an important part of his legacy.
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday blasted House Republicans who have threatened to sue him for issuing executive orders to implement policies that would have a hard time passing in the Republican-controlled chamber of Congress.
“They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,” Obama said in an economic speech that concluded a two-day visit to Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
spent a “day in the life” of a young Minnesota accountant
struggling to make ends meet, but the road trip on Thursday
quickly turned into a typical day in the life of Obama – one
spent defending his actions and criticizing Republicans.
The trip, billed as the first in a series, was aimed at
reconnecting Obama with Democrats ahead of midterm elections in
November when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control
of the Senate, jeopardizing his opportunity to accomplish goals
for his last two years in office.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama heads to Minneapolis on Thursday, the first stop in series of summer road trips where he will aim to spend a “day in the life” of an ordinary American and convince voters that the White House understands their challenges.
Obama will have lunch with a woman named Rebekah – the White House has not provided her full name – who wrote to him earlier this year. He will hold a town hall meeting and, on Friday, give a speech on the economy.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, as part of efforts to make the U.S. workplace more accommodating for employees with families, will on Monday direct federal agencies to step up efforts to give workers more leeway in determining their schedules.
Obama, who is seeking to boost Democratic fortunes before the midterm elections in November, has been urging Congress to back legislation to make workplaces more “family friendly.”
WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and
wife Michelle both worked minimum-wage jobs before they got law
degrees: a character-building experience they said they also
want their teenage daughters to share.
The president scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins, waited
tables at an assisted-living facility for seniors and also
worked as a painter. The first lady worked at a book binding
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama insisted on Thursday that his decision to send military advisers to Iraq and consider targeted strikes against insurgents from an al Qaeda splinter group did not mean U.S. troops would again be at war in the country.
“American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” the U.S. president told a White House news conference after meeting his national security team to discuss the crisis.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired insurgency and was prepared to take targeted military action if it was necessary.
But the U.S. president, speaking to a news conference after meeting with his national security team, insisted: “American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again.”