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Oso Slide
2:24 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Obama To Slide Victims, Responders: 'We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes'

President Barack Obama speaks to first responders, recovery workers and community members at the Oso Fire Department in Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP Photo, Pool

President Barack Obama surveyed the damage from the March 22 disaster by helicopter as he traveled Tuesday to meet with those affected by the mudslide. 

Obama met privately with victims and family members before addressing a group of emergency responders at the Oso firehouse. The firehouse was decorated with posters thanking emergency responders and proclaiming “Oso strong.” Obama vowed the country will stand “strong right alongside you.”

"There are still families who are searching for loved ones.  There are families who have lost everything, and it’s going to be a difficult road ahead for them.  And that’s why I wanted to come here — just to let you know that the country is thinking about all of you and have been throughout this tragedy," said the president. "We're very, very proud of you. Michelle and I grieve with you."

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Politics
9:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

4 Things To Expect In Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address last year. On Tuesday night, he will be back at the Capitol for another address to a joint session of Congress.
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Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 6:32 am

President Obama's second inaugural address was widely perceived as a throwing down of the gauntlet in how it framed his progressive faith in government and challenged his Republican political opponents in any number of ways.

Given that, expect to see more glove-throwing Tuesday as the president delivers the first State of the Union speech of his second term.

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Presidential Inauguration
9:33 am
Mon January 21, 2013

As It Happened: Obama Asks Americans To Carry 'Light Of Freedom'

President Obama taking the oath of office today on the steps of the Capitol. First Lady Michelle Obama held the two Bibles on which he placed his hand.
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Originally published on Mon January 21, 2013 4:25 pm

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Calling on Americans to "answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom," President Obama used his second inaugural address to push for action on the nation's problems and to say that partisan politics should not get in the way of pragmatism.

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Video
11:25 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Inauguration Mashup: The speech in 11 easy steps

An 11-step guide to the perfect inauguration speech
NPR

May the eagles of democracy soar above the covenant that binds our great nation in an era of new beginning ... or something.

Have you ever watched an inaugural address and wondered: How DO those guys (because they're always guys) do it? Well, we've prepared this handy guide so you, too, can give a speech like the chief executive.

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Politics
7:08 am
Wed December 19, 2012

President Obama is 'Time' Magazine's 'Person Of The Year'

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Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:02 am

Writing that "after four of the most challenging years in the nation's history, his chance to leave office as a great president who was able to face crises and build a new majority coalition remains within reach," Time magazine has named President Obama its "person of the year."

The others on Time's "short list" were:

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Presidential Debates
12:32 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

The not-so-great communicator: Is Obama overrated as a speaker?

President Obama speaks to supporters last month during a campaign stop in Las Vegas.
Isaac Brekken Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:41 am

For a man who was elected president partly on his ability to give a great speech, Barack Obama has been at times a surprisingly poor communicator in office and on the campaign trail.

That may have been most evident earlier this month during the first presidential debate. But Obama generally hasn't been as impressive at getting his message across in his four years in the White House as he was during the campaign that put him there.

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Summer storm
7:13 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Obama orders federal money for July storm in NE Washington

President Barack Obama has ordered federal aid to help state and local efforts recover from a severe storm in July that pounded parts of northeast Washington state.

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The Two-Way
5:10 pm
Sat September 1, 2012

White House releases two of Obama's favorite beer recipes

President Obama drinks a beer — that's presumably not from the White House — as he watches the U.S. men's basketball team play Brazil in an Olympic exhibition game in July.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sat September 1, 2012 2:48 pm

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Threatening the president
4:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Feds: Federal Way man who threatened Obama had arsenal

According to court papers, a Washington state man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama raised a pump-action shotgun at officers who came to his door, but one managed to grab the barrel before any shots were fired.

A Secret Service agent and Federal Way police officer went to 31-year-old Anton Caluori's apartment on Tuesday afternoon, after the FBI received a profanity-laced email threatening to kill the President.

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The Salt
3:08 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

President Obama's tour bus rolls with White House home brew

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Earlier, the president gave a man at a coffee shop a bottle of the White House's home brew.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 8:27 am

It seemed normal enough when President Obama chatted with a coffee shop patron about beer in Iowa Tuesday. The president has shown he's a fan of beer — and it's the most politically expedient, "everyman" beverage a candidate can drink. But then the president told a man at Knoxville, Iowa's Coffee Connection cafe that he travels with his own home-brew — and gave him a bottle to prove it.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama supporters cheer his stance on same-sex marriage during Seattle visit

Teri McClain, (r) says she's neither gay nor married, but grateful for the President's support of same-sex marriage rights. She was part of a demonstration of support outside Mr. Obama's fundraiser at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.
Photo by Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU News

President Barack Obama was in Seattle yesterday on a fundraising swing. It was his first trip since the big announcement Wednesday that he now supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, a stance that was celebrated by supporters both inside and outside his speech at the Paramount theater downtown.

At 8th and Pine, a colorful band of demonstrators gathered for a rally near the barricades to say thank you to the President, even though they couldn’t afford the thousand-dollar ticket to see him speak.

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 2:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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Boeing 787
6:00 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

President Obama takes Boeing tour in Everett

After touring the Boeing 787 plant in Everett, President Obama walked down the steps of a new plane to greet the crowd of workers, community members, and a sea of media.
Paula Wissel

Speaking in Everett in the massive building where Boeing 787's are assembled,  President Barack Obama praised the aerospace company for succeeding at keeping jobs in the United States.

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State of the Union
9:51 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Obama, At Crossroads, Takes Different Route Than Clinton Chose In '96

In the final State of the Union address of his term, President Obama called for an economy "where everyone gets a fair shot."
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 1:24 pm

As the president delivered the final State of the Union address of his term before a looming re-election battle, he looked out at a sea of angry and skeptical Republicans who had fought him on budgets, government shutdowns, and whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

And what did President Bill Clinton do in 1996?

He delivered his "the era of big government is over" speech, which The Washington Post summed up this way: "Clinton Embraced GOP Themes in Setting Agenda."

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Economy
10:58 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Agriculture Secretary promotes jobs plan in NW

PORTLAND – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Portland Tuesday to promote President Obama's American Jobs Act.

The bill aims to spur job growth by cutting payroll taxes for employers and investing in school and transportation infrastructure.

"All of these steps have been proposed in the past by Republicans and Democrats, so there is no reason why we can't get bipartisan support for these programs," Vilsack said.

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