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Obama Said 'Close to Nothing,' and Nothing New

The buzzword is 'reassure,' and most agree Obama didn't do it

(Newser) - On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office for the third time in his presidency. What the pundits are saying about the rare event:
  • At Politico , Edward-Isaac Dovere has pretty much nothing positive to say about a speech that "said close to nothing" and did
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Obama Made an Error in Oval Office Speech

He misspoke on how San Bernardino shooting suspect entered the US

(Newser) - In his Sunday night Oval Office address , President Obama may not have covered much new ground on overcoming terrorism, but he did note that he's seeking answers about how San Bernardino shooting suspect Tashfeen Malik ended up in the US. "I've ordered the departments of State and... More »

Obama: We Will Not Give In to ISIS 'Thugs'

Reassures Americans against terrorism in 3rd Oval Office address of presidency

(Newser) - In a rare Oval Office address, President Obama vowed Sunday night the United States would overcome a terror threat that has entered a "new phase" as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California. "I know that after so much war, many Americans... More »

Obama Plans 1st Oval Office Address Since 2010 Sunday

President will talk about San Bernardino shootings, terror threat

(Newser) - President Obama will address the nation Sunday night from the Oval Office, using perhaps the best bully pulpit at his disposal to speak about the San Bernardino shootings, as well as the terror threat faced by the United States and steps Uncle Sam is taking to safeguard against it, reports... More »

Obama: We'll Give Russian Plan a Chance

But president wants military to remain ready if diplomacy doesn't work in Syria

(Newser) - President Obama capped a busy day of Syria developments with his personal pitch to the nation tonight: He's willing to pursue Russia's plan for a diplomatic resolution, but he insists that the US should remain ready to use military force "if diplomacy fails," reports CNN . Obama... More »

Obama to Moneyball Scribe: What It's Like to Be Prez

Author got unusually extensive access for Vanity Fair piece on leadership

(Newser) - President Obama's working wardrobe is sparse, a collection of similar blue and gray suits. "I'm trying to pare down decisions," he explains. "I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.... More »

Brad, Angelina Score Oval Office Huddle

Couple was in town for film premiere

(Newser) - Just another day in the life of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: The super-couple was spotted yesterday in the Oval Office, having a little chat with President Obama. They were in town for a screening of Jolie's directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, at the Holocaust... More »

Obamas Get New Portrait

White House releases new family photo

(Newser) - The first family has a new portrait: President and Michelle Obama posed with daughters Sasha, 10, and Malia, 13, in the Oval Office for the new photo, snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza, notes People . Last time around, in 2009, Annie Leibovitz did the honors. Click here to see... More »

Phew: Secret Service Ensures Obama Isn't Locked Out

.... again

(Newser) - Last time President Obama returned from a few days away from home, he had a little bit of trouble getting back into the White House because the door was locked. (Click to see the video destined for GOP commercials.) Last night, an AP photographer snapped a Secret Service agent... More »

What Obama's Remodel Really Needed

NYT scribe isn't so hot on the president's office makeover

(Newser) - Well, Obama's got himself a fancy new "redecorated man cave" (aka Oval Office) in the middle of the recession, gripes Maureen Dowd, in the latest "tone-deaf" move out of the communication-handicapped White House. "It might have been wise, given America’s slough of despond, to hark back... More »

Obama: 'Operation Iraqi Freedom Is Over'

It's not just in Iraq's interest, 'it is in our own'

(Newser) - Midnight has passed in Iraq, marking the official end of US combat operations. A few hours before President Obama's prime-time address on the subject (8pm EST), the White House has released excerpts. No big surprises here, and no clue as to whether Obama will mention George W. Bush (the two... More »

Obama Redecorates Oval Office

A look at the president's new digs

(Newser) - While President Obama was off vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, his iconic office got its first makeover since George W. Bush left town. Viewers can see the new Oval Office in his speech tonight. Highlights, from USA Today :
  • The rug, donated by a Michigan carpet manufacturer, has historical quotes around the
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Obama Gulf Speech 'Too Professorial'

10th-grade level speech too high for target audience, language guru says

(Newser) - President Obama's Oval Office address on the Gulf disaster was a misfire because it went over the heads of much of its target audience, according to language guru Paul Payack. Obama's sentences were too long and complex, making him sound aloof, out of touch, and professorial, said Payack, whose company... More »

Obama Oil Speech Bombs

Too vague to put teeth into battle for alternative energy

(Newser) - President Obama's Oval Office address last night drew tepid-to-furious reviews, especially on the push for clean energy:
  • Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, MSNBC: The two onetime Obama fans ripped into the president almost immediately for "what they perceived as a lack of leadership and direction, and, especially in Matthews’ case,
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Obama: 'We Will Make BP Pay'

He accuses company of 'recklessness'

(Newser) - President Obama accused BP of "recklessness" in the first Oval Office address of his presidency tonight and swore not to rest until the company has paid for the damage it has caused to lives, businesses, and shorelines. He announced that he had asked former Mississippi Gov. Ray Mabus to... More »

Obama Should Channel Eisenhower, Jimmy Carter

President can learn from his forebears for his speech tonight

(Newser) - Expectations are running high for President Obama's Oval Office speech tonight. James Fallows of the Atlantic proposes three presidential examples with which to evaluate it:
  • Himself: Obama has proven he knows how to use a big speech to "shift political momentum" and introduce long-term thinking about a policy problem.
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Obama to Demand Billions From BP in 1st Oval Office Speech

Prez wants all oil industry workers compensated

(Newser) - In his first-ever Oval Office speech tomorrow night, President Obama will demand that BP hand over billions of dollars to an independent mediator who will handle the claims of people and businesses affected by the Gulf oil spill. The White House hasn't named a sum, but House Dems asked BP... More »

Sasha in Oval Office Evokes John-John

Photo of youngest Obama visiting Dad echoes Camelot image

(Newser) - A new photo released by the White House shows Sasha Obama sneaking up on her dad from behind an Oval Office couch—recalling an iconic image of John Kennedy Jr. hiding under his dad’s desk in 1963. That picture became part of the Kennedy family’s "‘Camelot’... More »

Obamas Will Pick Up Tab for White House Renovations

First family turns down $100K in public cash

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama won’t be using the $100,000 in taxpayer cash the first family is allotted for White House renovations, New York magazine reports. Instead, they’ll fund their fix-up out of their own pockets. Which may be a good political investment, since they’ve hired Michael... More »

Turns Out, Bush Didn't Always Wear His Jacket

After Obama is ripped by ex-White House official, HuffPo digs up photos of informal Dubya

(Newser) - After a former White House staffer ripped Barack Obama for being under-dressed in the Oval Office, where President Bush required a suit and tie, the Huffington Post has photos of Bush jacketless in, you guessed it, the Oval Office. “There should be a dress code of respect,” Andrew... More »

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