City: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: President of the United States; lawyer
The 44th president of the United States had no primary challenger, but his toughest opponent may be an economy that hasn’t budged much since he took office in 2009.
Obama was swept into office on a platform of hope and change, but he found jump-starting the economy to be a difficult proposition. An $814 billion stimulus did not drop the unemployment rate, though the White House argued that things would have been much worse without the aid to state workers, tax cuts and infrastructure project funding the stimulus provided.
He fought a bruising battle to overhaul America’s heath care system, only to watch his party lose control of the House of Representatives and trim its majority in the Senate.
On Obama’s watch, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down. But he is pilloried by the right for being soft on Iran, and by the left for keeping detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
He let the Bush-era tax cuts stand, outraging liberals who want the wealthy to pay more. But his attempts to raise taxes on the rich get tarred as “class warfare” by conservatives.
He and his wife, Michelle Obama, have two children. Her served in the U.S. Senate and in the Illinois legislature prior to that. Obama is a lawyer by profession.
Washington vote totals in the national election
|Barack Obama (D)||1,620,432||55.85%|
|Mitt Romney (R)||1,210,369||41.72%|
|Gary Johnson (L)||37,732||1.30%|
|Jill Stein (G)||18,316||0.63%|
|Virgil Goode (C)||8,071||0.28%|
|Rocky Anderson (J)||4,332||0.15%|
|Peta Lindsay (S)||1,148||0.04%|
|James Harris (S)||1,099||0.04%|
Both candidates appeared at the Al Smith dinner, and practiced their comic delivery. Mitt Romney went first: Followed by Barack Obama:
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — An aggressive President Barack Obama accused challenger Mitt Romney of favoring a “one-point plan” to help the rich in America and playing politics with the deadly terrorist attack in Libya in a Tuesday night debate crackling with energy and emotion just three weeks before the election.
DANVILLE, Ky. — At odds early and often, Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan squabbled over the economy, taxes, Medicare and more Thursday night in a contentious, interruption-filled debate. “That is a bunch of malarkey,” the vice president retorted after a particularly tough Ryan attack on the administration’s foreign policy.
If you missed Wednesday’s presidential debate (and let’s face it, some of us had other things to do last night) you can get enough of it to join in today’s water cooler and coffee break discussions with a video from BuzzFeed. Sorry, but the embed…
DENVER – In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not going to cut it,” declared the Republican challenger. Democrat Obama in turn accused his rival of seeking to “double down” on economic policies that actually led to the devastating national downturn four years ago – and of evasiveness when it came to prescriptions for tax changes, health care, Wall Street regulation and more.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was more passionate in Wednesday night’s debate than some Republicans expected. President Barack Obama was more reserved than some Democrats expected. Neither produced a signature phrase or zinger that will make the first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign memorable, members of both parties said.
WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney rhetorically sparred in Wednesday night’s televised debate, both candidates exhibited a propensity toward misstatements, falsehoods and exaggerations. From the economy to immigration, health care to military spending, both Romney and Obama sometimes played fast and loose with the facts. Here’s a look at some of what was said:
DENVER — In a showdown at close quarters, President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering national economy. “The status quo is not going to cut it,” declared the challenger.
The pre-debate debate continues: President Obama on Letterman last night talked about Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments. Romney, in a guest column in USA Today, criticized Obama’s policies as creating dependency. Read the column here. Not sure what all this is about? See the original…
In case you’re wondering what exactly GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a fundraiser in May about Barack Obama’s supporters, here is the video clip, courtesy of Mother Jones: Here is his explanation Monday night of how he could’ve used better words in his…
Democrat Jay Inslee’s gubernatorial campaign is all aglow today with President Barack Obama’s endorsement of their guy. Wait a minute. Hasn’t Obama been a fan of Inslee’s all along. Didn’t he wish him well last spring in marking Inslee’s departure from Congress to campaign full-time?…
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation’s stubborn economic woes but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, “Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, “put a floor under the crash” and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared tonight in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
Loyal Washington Democrats who didn’t get to go to Charlotte for their National Convention, but are dying to watch President Obama accept the nomination and make a speech Thursday, are planning parties around the state to make it a shared experience anyway. Some will have…
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bill Clinton offered some of his luster to the Democratic National Convention with a prime-time address today even as an uncertain weather forecast forced President Barack Obama to scale back plans for a grand acceptance speech before a throng of 74,000 at an outdoor stadium on the convention’s final night.
OLYMPIA — Here’s Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee’s ruling on the challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to be on the ballot that’s mentioned in Sunday’s Spin Control column.
OLYMPIA — A trial judge quickly rejected an effort to keep President Barack Obama off Washington’s general election ballot, saying such “birther” allegations have been around for years, and rejected for years as well. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee dismissed the challenge brought…
TAMPA, Fla. — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team reached out today to connect with critical voting groups — veterans, Hispanics and women — while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November.
OLYMPIA — Barack Obama makes jokes about people who question his birth certificate, and his campaign even is selling a coffee mug with the presidential face on one side and a reproduction of the certificate on the other. Mitt Romney tried to make a joke…
Jim Gray has a strategy that results in neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney occupying the White House next year. It goes like this: