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September 1st, 2011
12:31 PM ET

Obama moves jobs speech after Boehner pushes back – is it politics or a gaffe?

The debate over the date of President Obama's jobs speech has given his opponents plenty to run with.

The President hoped to talk to a joint session of Congress next Wednesday, the same night as a Republican debate. But House Speaker John Boehner pushed back, and the President backed down, rescheduling the speech on Thursday. Now the President's speech will be up against the NFL's opening night.

Today on American Morning, Politico senior political writer Maggie Haberman and CNN contributor John Avlon look at the implications of the uproar over the scheduling. They also discuss Avlon's latest article for the Daily Beast, looking at why so many people continue to urge New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for President, despite his repeated statements that he isn't interested.

You can read Avlon's article on Christie here.

Filed under: 2012 • Politics • President Barack Obama • Tea Party
August 19th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus talks President Obama's vacation, GOP jobs plan

President Obama and his family departed for a ten-day vacation to Martha's Vineyard yesterday – a trip that has become the source of much political contention, with many Republicans criticizing the president for taking time off while the economy is so fragile.

The Republican National Committee blasted the president for his decision this week, issuing a series of online postcards mocking the vacation.

However, others, like White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, have defended the trip, saying that there is "no such thing as a presidential vacation" and stating that Obama will continue to be briefed on the economy throughout the vacation.

Today on American Morning, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus joins Christine Romans to discuss the committee's attack on the president's trip and to explain the Republican plan for hiring and economic growth.

Filed under: GOP • President Barack Obama • Vacation
August 4th, 2011
10:04 AM ET

President Obama turns 50 years old today – but has the excitement around his election dwindled?

Once seen as a youthful man known for motivating and empowering the younger generation during his campaign, President Obama turns 50 years old today.

The Commander-in-Chief celebrated his birthday in style in Chicago last night, attending two high-profile events, a concert and a $35,800 a plate fundraiser dinner. Obama's re-election campaign also hosted more than 1,000 house parties across the country designed as birthday celebrations and organizational meetings for the 2012 campaign.

Nick Ragone, presidential historian, joins Christine Romans on American Morning today to discuss how the President has aged since taking office and to weigh in on how the Obama"s 50th birthday compares to other presidential birthday milestones throughout history.

Filed under: President Barack Obama
June 22nd, 2011
10:29 AM ET

President Obama expected to announce Afghan troop drawdown, but is it too soon?

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver a highly anticipated speech on the U.S. troop drawdown in Afghanistan at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. He is expected to announce that 30,000 U.S. "surge" forces will be fully withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2012, an administration official said.

Obama has been mulling how many troops should be withdrawn this summer and by the end of the year. The President is expected to stress the importance of preserving flexibility in force levels on the ground so commanders can adjust as conditions warrant, the official said.

Though many critics have said it's long past time to get out of Afghanistan, others say it's too soon to leave. This morning on American Morning, CNN's Barbara Starr and fmr. National Security Council Member Brett McGurk preview President Obama's Afghanistan speech and examine the pros and cons of leaving the country.

Filed under: Afghanistan • President Barack Obama
June 13th, 2011
08:04 AM ET

Obama to travel to North Carolina Monday to discuss economy, small business

President Obama will travel to Raleigh-Durham, NC Monday to meet with the Jobs and Competitiveness Council where he will be discussing the economy and job-growth.

Christine Romans speaks with two North Carolinians with a stake in nation's economy: Maria Kingery, Co-founder & President of Southern Energy Management, and Sam Bratton the President of Wake Stone Corporation.


Filed under: Economy • Jobs • Politics • President Barack Obama • U.S.
April 13th, 2011
09:01 AM ET

Hoyer, Cantor, Sessions outline hopes for Obama's debt-cutting plan

(CNN) - President Barack Obama enters politically tricky territory Wednesday when he outlines his plan for reducing long-term deficits and the national debt amid a climate of tense budget negotiations. Obama's speech at George Washington University will follow White House talks in the morning with congressional leaders who are staking out positions on upcoming issues, including approval of last week's budget deal for the rest of the current fiscal year, increasing the federal debt ceiling and crafting a budget for fiscal year 2012.

Ahead of today's speech, lawmakers from both sides weigh in on American Morning. Kiran Chetry and Christine Romans talk to Democratic Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee.

Watch all of the interviews below:





Filed under: Debt • Democrats • Economy • GOP • Politics • President Barack Obama
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