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Obama In Newtown: “This Cannot Go On; We Must Change”

President Barack Obama has spoken at an interfaith prayer vigil in Newtown, Connecticut, in the aftermath of the massacre of twenty children and seven adults last Friday.

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“Newtown, we are with you,” the President told the assembly. [Read more…]


Obama: “We’re Going To Have To Take Meaningful Action”

In his weekly address one day after the murders of young children and their teachers in Connecticut, President Barack Obama says “we’re going to have to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening, regardless of politics”.

The comment echoed a remark the president made just hours after the shootings.

Newly re-elected and unable to run again, Obama faces a hostile House of Representatives and a Democrat controlled Senate. The president will give his inaugural address to mark his second term swearing-in on January 20. It will be intriguing to see if his two comments in the past twenty-four hours will be developed further in that speech.



President Obama Speaks On The Connecticut School Shootings

President Barack Obama has spoken about the school shootings in Connecticut, describing them as a “heinous crime”.

The President said: “The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. Among the fallen were also teachers — men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams.”

“As a country, we have been through this too many times,” the President said. He listed recent shootings and then delivered one sentence that may stand out for its possible future political import: “And we’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” [Read more…]


Re-Elected President Barack Obama Thanks Campaign Workers

This is video of Barack Obama speaking to campaign workers in Chicago two days after his re-election as the 44th president.



Obama And Romney Meet In First Presidential Debate

President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney have met in the first presidential debate in Denver Colorado.

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A lacklustre Obama faced a confident Romney who dominated most of the debate. Whilst neither man stumbled and neither produced a memorable moment, the Republican Party will be buoyed by Romney’s performance. [Read more…]


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech At The Democratic Party Convention

Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and delivered a rallying call to the party faithful in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Obama argued he had rescued the economy from disaster and the recovery would be put in doubt by a Romney presidency. [Read more…]


Bill Clinton Address To The Democratic Party Convention

Former President Bill Clinton has received a rapturous reception from delegates to the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Clinton gave the keynote speech in support of the nomination of President Barack Obama. At the end of the speech, Obama joined Clinton on stage.

As a CNN commentator put it, the speech, like all Clinton speeches, needed an editor, but it was like a hammer hitting a nail on the head.

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Transcript of former President Bill Clinton’s address to the Democratic convention, as transcribed by the New York Times.

PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Now, Mr. Mayor, fellow Democrats, we are here to nominate a president. (Cheers, applause.) And I’ve got one in mind. (Cheers, applause.)

I want to nominate a man whose own life has known its fair share of adversity and uncertainty. I want to nominate a man who ran for president to change the course of an already weak economy and then just six weeks before his election, saw it suffer the biggest collapse since the Great Depression; a man who stopped the slide into depression and put us on the long road to recovery, knowing all the while that no matter how many jobs that he saved or created, there’d still be millions more waiting, worried about feeding their own kids, trying to keep their hopes alive.

I want to nominate a man who’s cool on the outside — (cheers, applause) — but who burns for America on the inside. (Cheers, applause.)

I want — I want a man who believes with no doubt that we can build a new American Dream economy, driven by innovation and creativity, but education and — yes — by cooperation. (Cheers.)

And by the way, after last night, I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama. (Cheers, applause.)

You know — (cheers, applause). I — (cheers, applause).

I want — I want Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States. (Cheers, applause.) And I proudly nominate him to be the standard-bearer of the Democratic Party. [Read more…]


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Some images from the final of four days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

These pictures show the Royal Family’s carriage ride from Westminster Hall, along The Mall, to Buckingham Palace. The family’s appearance on the balcony of the palace was accompanied by a fly-past.

Earlier, the Queen attended a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams gave the sermon and paid tribute to the Queen. [Read more…]


Obama Campaign Launches Anti-Romney Bain Capital TV Ad

The Obama campaign has released a new television advertisement targeting Mitt Romney over his record at Bain Capital.

The two-minute ad will run in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Virginia. It features a Kansas City steel plant purchased by Bain Capital which shut it down after making a large profit. “They came in and sucked the life out of us,” one of the plant’s former workers says in the ad.

“If he’s going to run the country the way he ran his business, I wouldn’t want him there,” says another.

The ad signals a concerted attempt by the Obama campaign to define its Republican opponent.

The presidential election takes place on November 4, in just under six months time.

UPDATE – May 16 – The Romney campaign has released this video in response.


President Obama’s 2012 State Of The Union Address

This is the prepared text of President Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address.

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Prepared text of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. [Read more…]