The White House formally responded Monday to a petition signed by more than 125,000 for Texas to secede by rejecting the motion, saying “As much as we value a healthy debate, we don’t let that debate tear us apart.”
Tim Thomas refuses to visit White House U.S. President Barack Obama hosted the Boston Bruins at the White House on Monday afternoon to celebrate their 2011 Stanley Cup victory, but veteran goaltender Tim Thomas declined to attend for political reasons, according to Sports Illustrated.
“I can require someone to attend a team event. If they don’t, I can suspend him,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Boston Globe. “I’m not suspending Tim. Whatever his position is, it isn’t reflective of the Boston Bruins nor my own. But I’m not suspending him.” Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
First Barack Obama joins the Mavericks, and now Michelle is with the St. Louis Cardinals? We bet her swing is deadly. The U.S. first lady poses with the World Series champions at a White House event. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Meet the Mavericks’ newest member Just kidding. U.S. President Obama receives a team jersey from Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (L) while hosting the 2011 NBA champions in the East Room at the White House in Washington, January 9, 2012. At right behind Obama is team owner Mark Cuban. REUTERS/Larry Downing
First she showed off her skills on the tennis court, and now she’s schooling everyone in soccer. First lady Michelle Obama hosts a Let’s Move! clinic with members of the U.S. women’s soccer team. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
‘Two states,’ one choice U.S. President Barack Obama backed a key Palestinian demand on the borders of a future state with Israel as part of his vision for a Middle East peace deal and sought to shape political change convulsing the region.
Obama’s proposal — a policy shift that effectively calls for a negotiated Israeli pullback to 1967 borders that existed before it occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem — drew a swift rejection from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of his Washington visit.
Obama at the plate: What the experts say In what the White House promised would be a “sweeping” speech, President Barack Obama on Thursday talked about a new era in America’s relationship with the Middle East and North Africa. He spoke of promoting democracy, championing individual freedom, pumping aid into Egypt and solving the Palestinian conflict. He did not say a word about Saudi Arabia, but analysts did — when we asked them to pick apart the President’s message.
Photos: Obama watches attack on Bin Laden U.S. President Barack Obama and his staff followed the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound minute by minute via live video feed in the White House situation room, and there was relief when the commandos, including members of the Navy’s elite Seals unit, stormed the compound. “We got him,” the president said, according to Brennan, after the mission was accomplished.
Photo: U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Vice President Joe Biden (L), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011. (White House/Pete Souza/Reuters)
Newspaper headlines and clippings are posted on a wall inside a staff office at the White House in Washington May 2, 2011, the morning after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
In an extraordinary political twist, President Obama made a statement in the White House press briefing room about the controversy, after aides said he felt it was distracting from important political debates.
The President said Wednesday he was bemused over conspiracy theories over his birthplace, and said the media’s obsession with the “sideshow” issue was a distraction in a “serious time.”
“We don’t have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama said, adding that he was puzzled that the controversy fanned by conservative pundits and some of his political foes had rumbled on for two-and-a-half years.
“The president feels this (controversy) is bad for the country, that it is not healthy for the political debate,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said earlier on Wednesday. (Photo: The White House/AFP/Getty Images)