Just six months after a heady re-election, President Obama's second-term dreams have collided with second-term reality: scandals and foreign setbacks. The NYT reports.
President Barack Obama poked fun at the media, his critics and himself on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, a star-filled event where journalists and celebrities mixed with the Washington elite.
Barack Obama knows a thing or two about winning elections and having pressed Italy's Mario Monti into running for prime minister in next month's elections, the US president is also lending some advice.
*Obama, lawmakers leaving Washington for Christmas. WASHINGTON, Dec 21- The White House on Friday tried to rescue stalled talks on a fiscal crisis after a Republican plan imploded in Congress, but there was little headway as lawmakers and President Barack Obama abandoned Washington for Christmas. So I hope that every member of Congress is thinking about that.
*Lawmakers leaving Washington for Christmas. fiscal cliff "were thrown into disarray on Friday with finger-pointing lawmakers fleeing Washington for Christmas vacations even as the year-end deadline for action edged ever closer.
WASHINGTON, Dec 21- House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday congressional leaders and President Barack Obama must try to move on from Republicans' failed tax plan and work together to avert the looming U.S. "
*House Speaker Boehner to speak at 10 a.m. ( 1500 GMT.
WASHINGTON, Dec 21- The task of picking up the pieces of the "fiscal cliff" talks- and reassuring global markets that were shaky early Friday- is likely to largely to President Barack Obama after the rebuke Thursday to his chief Republican negotiating partner, House Speaker John Boehner.
WASHINGTON, Dec 7- With about three weeks left before the "fiscal cliff" deadline, the task of avoiding the steep tax hikes and spending cuts was down to talks between Republican House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama, according to Capitol Hill aides.
WASHINGTON, Dec 7- With about three weeks left before the "fiscal cliff" deadline, the task of avoiding the steep tax hikes and spending cuts was down to talks between Republican House Speaker John A. Boehner and President Barack Obama, according to Capitol Hill aides.
WASHINGTON, Dec 7- Republican House Speaker John Boehner accused U.S. President Barack Obama of pushing the country toward the "fiscal cliff" Friday and of wasting another week without progress in talks.