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Obama’s Inauguration

News, multimedia and reader impressions related to Barack Obama’s historic Jan. 20 inauguration as president of the United States. Read our inauguration blog for impressions from Inland Northwest residents attending the event.

Obama urges Congress to show ‘courage’ on health care

Former President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the ongoing debate over his signature health care plan, implored members of Congress on Sunday to demonstrate political courage even if it goes against their party’s positions.

Trump blames Obama for protests: ‘I think he’s behind it’

President Donald Trump said he believes that predecessor Barack Obama is riling up protesters against his administration and that Obama’s “people” may be the source of unflattering national-security leaks to the media.

Fact Check: Trump’s messy case that he inherited a mess

President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from former President Barack Obama. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts.

Trump is crediting many of his policies to a surprising source: Obama

When he was criticized for his sweeping temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, President Donald Trump quickly said that Barack Obama had selected the countries. When he reorganized the National Security Council to add his chief strategist, Trump said Obama had done the same thing.

House votes to block Obama rules on public lands, education

The Republican-controlled House voted Tuesday to overturn Obama-era rules on the environment and education as GOP lawmakers seek to reverse years of what they see as excessive government regulation during the past eight years of a Democratic president.

Trump sought Park Service proof of crowd claim

On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him. In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the National Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge of the conversation. The president believed that they might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.

Obama draws neck-and-neck with Reagan in poll of greatest modern president

Two years ago, Barack Obama was a damaged-goods, lame-duck president who had just endured his second consecutive midterm drubbing – thanks in large part to GOP efforts to tie Democrats to him and his eponymous health-care law. Today, Obama is virtually tied for first place in a new poll of the greatest modern president.

Trump takes first steps in a new era of conservatism

Freshly sworn in to office, President Donald Trump set about Friday trying to deliver the change he promised as he took the helm of the vast executive branch bureaucracy and began steering it toward a new conservative-dominated government.


  • Mayor Verner on Obama exchange

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner had a brief exchange with President Obama on Jan. 21 when she was among the half-dozen mayors whom Obama picked to ask questions at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors convention.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Obama’s call for sacrifices

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., questions President Barack Obama’s call for lawmakers to give up priorities, which he said would need to happen in his Feb. 24, 2009, address to a joint session of Congress.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers / Reaction to Obama’s Feb. 24 address

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., gives her reaction to President Barack Obama’s Feb. 24, 2009, address to a joint session of Congress.

  • Jim Risch / Obama’s plan to withdraw from Iraq

    Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, expresses his support for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, a point President Barack Obama articulated Feb. 24, 2009, in addressing a joint session of Congress.

  • Jim Risch / Reaction to Obama’s Feb. 24 address

    Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, Sen. Maria Cantwell, gives his reaction to President Barack Obama’s Feb. 24, 2009, address to a joint session of Congress.