Archives for October 3, 2009

Obama starpower takes hit over Olympic snub: US media (AFP via Yahoo! News)

US newspapers offered various takes Saturday on Chicago’s spectacular Olympic flameout, but when it came to President Barack Obama’s last-minute lobbying bid, the message was loud and clear: What was he thinking?

Iran’s president says Obama made a big mistake (AP via Yahoo! News)

Iran’s president said Saturday that President Barack Obama made a big mistake when he accused the country of having hidden a newly revealed nuclear site, arguing that Iran reported the facility to the U.N. even earlier than required.

Commentary: It’s a U.S. defeat, not Obama’s loss (CNN)

Whenever President Obama has traveled overseas and offered pointed and direct assessments of the United States, some of them critical, Republicans have ripped him for criticizing America, saying a president should always defend the United States.

Obama links job growth to health care proposal (AP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama says passage of his health care proposals would create new jobs by making small business startups more affordable.

Analysis: Chicago’s loss is a blow to Obama, too (AP via Yahoo! Sports)

OK, so it wasn’t health care, climate change or war. Still, President Barack Obama’s high-profile failure to win the Olympics for Chicago could feed negative narratives already nipping at his heels — that he’s a better talker than closer, more celebrity than statesman. And this could hamper his efforts on the weightier issues.

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Obama moving slowly on judges (AP via Yahoo! News)

WASHINGTON — Eight months into office, President Barack Obama is moving far more slowly than his predecessor to fill federal court vacancies, leaving liberals waiting for the judiciary to tilt to the left.

Reid wants Obama’s view on military’s gay ban (AP via Yahoo! News)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants to hear from the Obama administration on how to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.

Obama to receive Indian PM in first state visit: official (AFP via Yahoo! News)

President Barack Obama will welcome Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House on November 24 for the first state visit of his presidency, his office said Friday.

Rio to host 2016 Olympics as Chicago, Obama shattered (AFP via Yahoo! News)

Rio de Janeiro was named host of the 2016 Olympic Games on Friday as red-hot favourite Chicago, backed by US President Barack Obama, was handed a devastating, heart-breaking snub.

With Olympics, Obama takes a hit along with Chicago (McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo! News)

WASHINGTON — The International Olympic Committee’s stinging first-round elimination of Chicago on Friday as the site of the 2016 Summer Games probably won’t count much in how history judges Barack Obama’s presidency.