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Published: 01/21/11

Michelle Obama to Appear on Oprah Winfrey Program Highlighting Military Families

By  Lynn Sweet - Politics Daily
Michelle Obama to Appear on Oprah Winfrey Program Highlighting Military Families

First Lady Michelle Obama makes a guest appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday, taping a program dealing with military families and capping off a busy week with a daytrip to Chicago. Politics Daily was told by a White House source that Mrs. Obama will use the show, airing Jan. 27, to unveil a national campaign to help and honor military families. Aiding military families -- at a time when American soldiers are engaged in conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq -- is already one of the top issues Mrs. Obama champions. (Next Thursday, Mrs. Obama flies to Columbia, S.C., to visit Fort Jackson,...

Published: 10/13/10

Biden Says Obama Has Already Asked Him to 'Run Again' as Veep

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Biden Says Obama Has Already Asked Him to 'Run Again' as Veep

Oops, another hole in the Hillary Clinton-may-replace-Joe Biden-as-President Obama's-running mate-in-2012 story. Biden says Obama has already asked him to "run again" as vice president. "I tell you what, there's a real trust, that's why he's asked me to run again," Biden told the New York Times between campaign stops in Pittsburgh Monday. "Look, he said, 'We're going to run together, are you going to run?' I said, 'Of course, you want me to run with you, I'd be happy to run with you.'" Biden's comments, while not an official statement, also indicate the obvious -- that Obama himself has every...

Published: 10/9/10

Why Hillary Clinton Will Never Be Vice President

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Why Hillary Clinton Will Never Be Vice President

Last week Washington was abuzz denying (or repeating) speculation by investigative journalist Bob Woodward of Woodward and Bernstein Watergate fame. Woodward told CNN it was "on the table" in Obama's camp for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden to exchange places before the 2012 election. He later backtracked (after the president's spokesman called the rumor "just absolutely not true"), but whatever was Bob Woodward thinking? The former first lady is not remotely interested in the vice president's job. Don't get me wrong, as Washington jobs go, Vice President of...

Published: 09/22/10

Six Juicy Nuggets From Bob Woodward's New Book

By  not in system - AOL News
Six Juicy Nuggets From Bob Woodward's New Book

(Sept. 22) -- A new book by famed Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is driving the morning news with revelations about the Obama administration's handling of the war in Afghanistan. Woodward tears the lid off the Obama White House, exposing a national security team deeply divided and highly skeptical about the future of Afghanistan. The New York Times and The Washington Post were given advance copies of the book, "Obama's Wars," which arrives in stores Sept. 27. Here are the book's most talked-about revelations: Obama Is Deeply Skeptical About the War: Blake Hounshell at Foreign Policy...

Published: 09/22/10

Woodward Book: Obama Team Split on Afghanistan

By  not in system - AOL News
Woodward Book: Obama Team Split on Afghanistan

(Sept. 22) -- Frustrated that his top military advisers failed to provide him an exit plan for Afghanistan, President Obama crafted his own strategy, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward. In "Obama's War" -- Woodward's meeting-by-meeting, memo-by-memo account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review -- the president stressed that the plan to add 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation "needs to be . . . about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan. Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint....

Published: 09/22/10

Obama at Odds With Advisers on Afghan Exit Strategy, Woodward Book Reports

By  Tom Kavanagh - Politics Daily
Obama at Odds With Advisers on Afghan Exit Strategy, Woodward Book Reports

Frustrated that his top military advisers failed to provide him an exit plan for Afghanistan, President Obama crafted his own strategy, according to a new book by Bob Woodward. In "Obama's Wars" -- Woodward's meeting-by-meeting account of the 2009 Afghan strategy review -- the president stressed that the plan to add 30,000 troops in a short-term escalation "needs to be . . . about how we're going to hand it off and get out of Afghanistan. Everything we're doing has to be focused on how we're going to get to the point where we can reduce our footprint. It's in our national security interest....

Published: 09/22/10

Woodward Book: Obama Team Split on Afghanistan

By  not in system - AOL News
Woodward Book: Obama Team Split on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Sept. 22) -- President Barack Obama's top advisers spent much of the past 20 months arguing about policy and turf, according to a new book, with some top members of his national security team doubting the president's strategy in Afghanistan will work. The book, "Obama's Wars," by journalist Bob Woodward, says Obama aides were deeply divided over the war in Afghanistan even as the president agreed to triple troop levels there. Obama's top White House adviser on Afghanistan and his special envoy for the region are described as believing the strategy will not work. According to the...

Published: 09/7/10

New Bob Woodward Book on Obama Focuses on War, Not Economy

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
New Bob Woodward Book on Obama Focuses on War, Not Economy

Called "Obama's Wars," Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bob Woodward's new book on President Obama focuses on the Afghanistan war and the worldwide battle against terrorism, but not the top issue in the midterm elections -- the weak economy. The book, published by Simon & Schuster, is due to hit bookstores Sept. 27, the day Woodward is scheduled to talk about it with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer. Finished only three weeks ago, the book does not put heavy emphasis on the war in Iraq, but dwells on the struggle against the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, an official with knowledge of the work...

Published: 12/31/08

The Top 4 Riders of Barack Obama's Coattails

By  Dylan and Ethan Ris - Politics Daily
The Top 4 Riders of Barack Obama's Coattails

If we had to pick an overall winner of the year 2008, it would have to be Michael Phelps, who, despite being a swimmer, achieved celebrity status normally reserved for biathletes.But Barack Obama did pretty well himself, picking up the United States Presidency and three and a half million Facebook friends.And you know who also won big? The people riding Obama's coattails! Unlike the president-elect, who only got power and nuclear weapons, these people got money, fame and/or fulfillment of lifelong dreams. Let's meet them...Winner: Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her book on the Lincoln cabinet, Team of...

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