Archives for September 29, 2009

First Lady’s powers of persuasion key to Obama factor (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The first lady’s powers of persuasion will be as important as the president’s charisma if the Obama effect is to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago.

Obama camp is optimistic Chicago will win 2016 Olympics (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)

WASHINGTON — Team Obama starts arriving Wednesday in Copenhagen, the vanguard of a high-profile effort to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago, the president’s adopted hometown.

Obama to honor India with his first state dinner (AP via Yahoo! News)

And the first state dinner of President Barack Obama’s administration goes to … India.

White House hits back at Obama Olympic trip barbs (AFP via Yahoo! News)

The White House on Tuesday mocked Republican attacks on President Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen this week to play a starring role in Chicago’s final 2016 Olympic presentation.

FACT CHECK: Some Obama health care stories flawed (AP via Yahoo! News)

One of President Barack Obama’s health care “horror stories” is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn’t disclose a case of acne to the insurer.

Obama’s Olympic pitch draws GOP complaint (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

President Obama’s decision to travel to Copenhagen to boost Chicago’s chances of winning the 2016 Olympics has drawn criticism from some Republicans, who call it a boondoggle for Obama’s hometown allies and evidence the president has blurred his priorities. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele denounced the visit on a conference call with reporters Tuesday.

Obama’s Olympic pitch draws GOP complaint (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Obama’s decision to travel to Copenhagen to boost Chicago’s chances of winning the 2016 Olympics has drawn criticism from some Republicans, who call it a boondoggle for Obama’s hometown allies and evidence the president has blurred his priorities.

Obama in New Round of Meetings on Afghanistan (International Herald Tribune)

President Obama met with NATO’s secretary general, who was noncommittal about a troop buildup.

Obama Olympics trip carries political risks (CNN)

President Obama’s decision to head to Copenhagen, Denmark, later this week to make a push to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago is not without political controversy.

Obama factor looms large as lobbying for 2016 Olympics heats up (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

The four cities bidding for the prize honor of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics began three intensive days of lobbying on Tuesday with the Obama factor looming large ahead of Friday’s vote by the IOC.