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Dec 7, 2013

Obama takes up new agenda item after battering on healthcare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama, battered by weeks of turmoil over the malfunctioning HealthCare.Gov website, turned to a fresh item on his agenda on Saturday as he pressured Republicans in Congress to extend benefits for jobless Americans.

It was a sign Obama may be slowly turning the corner from one of the worst crises of his five years in office, emerging bruised and weakened from the troubled rollout of his signature healthcare law, even as big challenges remain.

Dec 6, 2013

Obama, Bush, Clinton going to South Africa next week for Mandela memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his two immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, will all travel to South Africa to attend memorial events for Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader who died on Thursday.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, will be joined on Air Force One by Bush and his wife, Laura, on the trip to South Africa next week.

Dec 6, 2013

Mandela’s struggle was personal inspiration for me: Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – America’s first black president, Barack Obama, hailed Nelson Mandela on Thursday as a source of personal inspiration whose struggle against racism in South Africa jump=started his own involvement in politics.

Speaking in the White House press room shortly after the announcement of Mandela’s death, a somber-looking Obama said the 95-year-old leader left a legacy of freedom and peace.

Dec 6, 2013

Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden? Obama says won’t choose between them for 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama says both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden would make outstanding presidents. And beyond that, he’s staying out of the debate about who should succeed him in 2016.

That was the message Obama laid down in an interview on Thursday with MSNBC’s “Hardball” program when host Chris Matthews asked him to compare and contrast the two.

Dec 4, 2013

More Obamacare enrollees in two days than all of October: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More people signed up on the government’s new health insurance website on the first two days of December than in the entire first month of the launch of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform, sources familiar with the numbers said on Wednesday.

The sources said about 29,000 people enrolled on Sunday and Monday, surpassing nearly 27,000 for all of October when the opening of the website was beset by glitches that led to a public apology by the president and a retooling of the portal.

Dec 3, 2013

White House tells Senate it opposes new Iran sanctions effort

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The White House said on
Tuesday it opposes a fresh effort by some members of the U.S.
Senate to impose new sanctions against Iran, even if the new
restrictions would not take effect for months.

Some senators have been discussing the idea of imposing new
sanctions on Iran that would kick in after six months or if Iran
violated terms of an interim deal reached 10 days ago that
attempts to contain its nuclear program.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big
step toward a comprehensive solution on Tehran’s nuclear program
as he tried to win over critics in the U.S. Congress and Israel.

A senior U.S. official said Obama planned to call Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday to try to assuage
Israeli concerns about the agreement.

Nov 24, 2013

Obama launches sales job on controversial Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Saturday a deal between Iran and world powers was a big first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran’s nuclear program as he launched a sales effort to convince critics in the U.S. Congress to go along with the agreement.

“There are substantial limitations which will help prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon,” Obama argued in a late-night appearance at the White House after the deal was sealed in Geneva. “Simply put, they cut off Iran’s most likely paths to a bomb.”

Nov 24, 2013

U.S. says China’s move on East China Sea airspace ‘destabilizing’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Saturday sharply criticized China’s move to impose new rules on airspace over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan, calling it a “destabilizing attempt to alter the status quo in the region.”

China’s government-run Xinhua news agency published coordinates for a newly established “East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone,” which covers most of that sea and includes the skies over the disputed islands.

Nov 20, 2013

Obama, Clintons honor President Kennedy 50 years after assassination

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama joined
with Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday to recognize the
legacy of John F. Kennedy, the president who inspired a
generation until he was felled by an assassin’s bullets 50 years
ago this week.

Obama, former President Clinton and former Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton laid a wreath and bowed their heads before
Kennedy’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. As a bugler
played “Taps,” an eternal flame at the gravesite fluttered in a
chilly autumn breeze and Kennedy family members stood nearby.

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