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Woman who inspired Obama's 'Fired up' urges prayers for the president

Posted September 17, 2009 | 09/17/09 02:16 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

Readers of this blog know all about Edith Childs, the woman who inspired President Obama's "fired up" slogan. I was the first reporter to find her two years ago.


Obama just wrapped up a dramatic re-telling of the story, which he used to...

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Cantor: GOP Will Be 'Attentive' During Obama Speech

Posted September 4, 2009 | 09/04/09 12:27 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com Sept. 3

This afternoon I interviewed GOP Whip Eric Cantor, who disputed the stimulus projections Vice President Biden laid out in a speech earlier.

At the end of the interview we talked a bit about President Obama's upcoming health care address Wednesday before a...

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In Health Care Push, Biden Asks Americans: 'Bust This Myth'

Posted August 31, 2009 | 08/31/09 01:23 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

Vice President Joe Biden starts the week with a renewed health care push, asking supporters to join the White House in its efforts to debunk rumors and imploring Americans to send in their personal stories to showcase the need for reform.

"The biggest myth of all...

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WATCH: Kennedy Passes Torch to Obama

Posted August 26, 2009 | 08/26/09 09:37 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

As we put together coverage on Sen. Teddy Kennedy's death, I am reflecting on his tremendous impact on the 2008 campaign.

We're working on lots of stories to capture this moment in political history, and here's a first take on the Obama reaction:

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Thanks to Brad Pitt, One Homecoming, One Reunion in New Orleans

Posted July 30, 2009 | 07/30/09 04:41 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

I've spent a lot of time in New Orleans, and it's fantastic to hear those (sometimes rare) bits of good news.

A man I've written quite a bit about, Robert Green, came to Washington last week to share his good news.

Green's past four years haven't...

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It's a Small World for Obama as Health Care Joke Resurfaces

Posted July 29, 2009 | 07/29/09 03:03 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

File this under "You can't make this stuff up": a 13-month old joke about health care resurfaced today when President Obama held a town hall meeting in Raleigh.

Long story short, Obama today seemed to randomly call on a woman who said her father had given him...

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Say What? White House Uses Twitter, FTW!

Posted July 20, 2009 | 07/20/09 10:59 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

Even though Barack Obama used it successfully during the campaign, it took the White House a while to get up to speed on Twitter.


I wrote earlier this year the Republicans were using the medium largely unchallenged by the Obama administration, but it's now...

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POTUS Loves Sports

Posted July 15, 2009 | 07/15/09 10:53 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

A few hours before President Obama stepped to the mound at the Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis Cardinals territory, a sports analyst told me there was no way he'd wear his White Sox gear. 

But that's exactly what he did, another demonstration that...

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Daily Show's John Oliver rips Limbaugh, Beck, Blitzer and (possibly) Olbermann

Posted July 9, 2009 | 07/09/09 01:49 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

The Daily Show's John Oliver was a top attraction today at the Campus Progress conference in D.C.

Right before he started talking, organizers said no audio or video would be allowed.

During his remarks to the liberal-leaning college students gathered in...

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MoveOn Targets the White House as Health Care Fight Rages

Posted July 7, 2009 | 07/07/09 08:44 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

That's not a typo -- the liberal group MoveOn, which helped President Obama win the election last fall, is now targeting the White House.

Keying off the furor over chief of staff Rahm Emanuel's Wall Street Journal remarks on health care that I blogged about earlier,...

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Obama about to be campaigner-in-chief; Dodd changes Twitter picture

Posted July 6, 2009 | 07/06/09 06:14 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

President Obama next week will join New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine for a rally at Rutgers.

Corzine faces a tough reelection bid this fall, when just two states (New Jersey and Virginia) hold gubernatorial elections. 


The endorsement is likely to give the governor a...

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Dems to Air Sad Health Care Stories to Push Obama Plan

Posted June 30, 2009 | 06/30/09 08:14 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

Organizing for America, President Obama's campaign arm housed at the DNC, is raising money to start television ads starring some of the hundreds of thousands of people who submitted their own personal health care stories.

"These personal messages will make a powerful case for why...

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Around the World With President Obama

Posted June 12, 2009 | 06/12/09 05:35 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com
As I noted last week, the trip abroad with President Obama was a bit of a whirlwind. We were on the go the entire time, stopping in Riyadh, Cairo, Dresden and Paris.
Here are a few photos from the trip, along with some...

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Obama camp: Sign Sotomayor's 'virtual cast'

Posted June 10, 2009 | 06/10/09 12:31 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com.

It got a lot of laughs at the White House press briefing when reporters joked Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor should get senators to sign her cast after she fractured her ankle, but looks like somebody thought it...

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Obama: Three Continents, One Day

Posted June 5, 2009 | 06/05/09 09:56 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com


 


DRESDEN, GERMANY -- The whirlwind tour continues here Friday as President Obama sees Buchenwald concentration camp and meets wounded U.S. troops.

When the press charter touched down here at midnight local Thursday night, we...

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White House Slogan for Cairo Speech: New Beginning

Posted June 3, 2009 | 06/03/09 05:12 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com


RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - President Obama tomorrow will deliver one of the most anticipated -- and lengthy -- speeches of his political career.

Aides told us reporters traveling abroad with POTUS that the speech tomorrow in Cairo will...

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Whoops! White House Live Stream Plays ESPN

Posted May 14, 2009 | 05/14/09 12:52 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

We knew President Obama was a big sports fan, but he broadcast that to the world today when the White House video live stream played nearly 10 minutes of ESPN programming.



The tech snafu appeared...

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Sen. Boxer to Obama: Nominate a woman

Posted May 12, 2009 | 05/12/09 07:27 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs opined a bit today on President Obama's Supreme Court selection, telling reporters it is a decision "he alone will make," adding he doesn't think the the lobbying of interest groups will help and might even be "counterproductive."


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Obama campaign plans letter-to-editor blitz

Posted May 7, 2009 | 05/07/09 10:47 AM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

The group formerly known as the Obama campaign and now called Organizing for America is urging supporters to take "the next step" and write letters to the editor of their local newspapers with their story of supporting the president's budget.

Mitch Stewart, executive director...

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Gearing Up For a Health Care Fight

Posted May 6, 2009 | 05/06/09 01:03 PM ET

First published at WashingtonTimes.com

As President Obama looks ahead to pushing health care reform, some Democrats are splitting when it comes to including a public option within the plan.


 


Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean urged progressives to keep Obama's feet to the fire and demand a...

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