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Oct 17, 2013

Obama says Washington has much work to do to regain public trust

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama emerged bruised but victorious from the latest budget war on Wednesday and said there was much work to do in a deeply divided Washington to win back the trust of the American people.

Obama’s firm stance against negotiating over extending the U.S. debt ceiling, a position he staked out early this year and stuck to despite pressure to back off, appeared to have paid off as Congress was heading toward reopening the government and extending the U.S. debt ceiling.

Oct 16, 2013

Obama says Speaker Boehner ‘can’t control his caucus’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the frantic stop-and-go effort in Congress to avoid a debt default and end a government shutdown is “a mess” as a gloomy mood descended over the White House with time running out to a Thursday deadline.

Obama, who is to meet Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Wednesday, and his Democratic backers stressed there is still time to avoid a historic default even as efforts to reach a deal in Congress floundered on Capitol Hill.

Oct 12, 2013

Obama pressures Republicans to raise debt ceiling, end shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama pressured Republican lawmakers on Saturday to agree to raise the U.S. debt ceiling for longer than they would prefer, as their fiscal impasse dragged into the weekend with five days left to find a deal.

The budget battle between Obama and Republicans who control the House of Representatives has idled hundreds of thousands of government workers hit by a 12-day government shutdown and put the United States at risk of a historic debt default, possibly by next Thursday, unless the borrowing limit is raised.

Oct 4, 2013

Obama cancels visits to Indonesia, Brunei due to U.S. government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama canceled plans to attend summits in Indonesia and Brunei on Thursday, bowing to the reality that the political impasse over the U.S. government shutdown requires him to remain in Washington.

The decision means Obama will no longer depart on Saturday for what had originally been a four-nation, week-long Asia trip. He had canceled visits to Malaysia and the Philippines earlier this week because of his budget struggle with Republicans in Congress.

Oct 1, 2013

For Obama, it’s the ‘Republican shutdown’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For President Barack Obama, the U.S. government shutdown that rippled across the country on Tuesday is the “Republican shutdown” and he is working hard to see that the name sticks to his political opponents.

“We may not know the full impact of this Republican shutdown for some time,” he said in the White House Rose Garden, with 12 Americans gathered behind him brought in to illustrate the benefits of his signature healthcare law, popularly known as “Obamacare.”

Sep 30, 2013

Obama prepares for government shutdown, hopes for deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday prepared Americans for what he called an “entirely preventable” government shutdown at midnight while urging Republicans in Congress to reach an 11th hour deal to avoid economic harm.

With no apparent movement in negotiations, the White House prepared to put in place a skeleton staff on Tuesday to operate essential functions like the National Security Council. Many staff were preparing for furloughs of uncertain length.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama to House Republicans: Don’t burn down the house over fiscal fight

WASHINGTON, Sept 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama
warned congressional Republicans on Friday they were on the
brink of triggering a government shutdown and a historic debt
default and urged them not to “burn down the house” to try to
extract budget concessions from him.

Obama made an appearance in the White House briefing room to
push for Congress to end its infighting as twin deadlines loom:
The federal government will run out of cash on Tuesday unless
Congress approves a spending bill to keep it open, and will
default on its debts if the U.S. borrowing limit is not extended
by Oct. 17 at the latest.

Sep 27, 2013

Obama, Iran’s Rouhani hold historic phone call

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the estranged nations in more than three decades.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama said both men had directed their teams to work expeditiously toward an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program. He said this was a unique opportunity to make progress with Tehran over an issue that has isolated it from the West.

Sep 24, 2013

Renewed push at U.N. for Syria resolution followed by peace talks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on Tuesday to back tough consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons and urged Russia and Iran to end their support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

At the same time, Obama said agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons should energize a larger diplomatic effort to end 2-1/2 years of civil war – a sentiment that was echoed by the leaders of Turkey, Jordan and France, among others.

Sep 24, 2013

Obama urges U.N. to back tough consequences for Syria over chemical weapons

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack
Obama urged the United Nations on Tuesday to back tough
consequences for Syria if it refuses to give up chemical weapons
and urged Russia and Iran to drop their backing of Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad.

Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, an annual gathering
of world leaders, Obama laid out U.S. priorities for the
volatile Middle East and North Africa. He stressed that the
United States wants diplomatic outcomes to festering disputes,
but does not rule out the use of military force or direct action
against extremist threats.

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