In the Loop: president


Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Obama should skip the last question

Beware questions that prompt you to talk about being a “friendly guy.”

By Al Kamen  |  01:34 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Obama, friendly, friendly guy, press conference, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012

Vilsack seen likely staying for second Obama term

IN THE LOOP | Latest word is that Christie Vilsack may be heading this way after losing tough House race.

By Al Kamen  |  03:07 PM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  washingtonintransition, Transition, Tom Vilsack, Christie Vilsack, Steve King, President Obama, Agriculture, Cabinet, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Republicans cruising to victory?

The Weekly Standard”s Caribbean cruise features panel discussions and karaoke.

By Al Kamen  |  04:11 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weekly Standard: cruise, Terry Eastland, Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes, Mike Murphy, President Obama, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Kerry surprised by possible Pentagon offer

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) had been eyeing secretaryship at state, not defense.

By Al Kamen  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  John Kerry, Susan Rice, President Obama, State Department, secretary of state, Pentagon, secretary of defense, united nations, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Obama and the press: an inauspicious start

This president, unlike some of his predecessors, declines to hold press conference right after reelection.

By Al Kamen  |  04:10 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, media, press, Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, Bob Haldeman, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012

World Bank President Kim on the move again

World Bank Institute officials are working hard to ensure bank President Jim Yong Kim is pleased when he pops in on employees there.

By Al Kamen  |  04:21 PM ET, 09/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World Bank, Kim, Jim Yong Kim, President Kim, World Bank Institute, visit, Kim visit, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 09/11/2012

Latino voter enthusiasm lagging?

A recent poll finds that, despite both parties’ convention efforts, Latino voters don’t appear as enthusiastic as they were in 20008.

By Al Kamen  |  04:25 PM ET, 09/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Latino vote, latinos, Romney, Obama, Republican Convention, Democratic Convention, polls, turnout, President Bush, Sen. McCain, Latino Decisions, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Missile Defense Agency chief out? Not so fast

Don’t look for the Missile Defense Agency to get a new director any time soon.

By Al Kamen  |  02:32 PM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Missile Defense Agency, Patrick O'Reilly, James Syring, Berlin, President Obama, Obama, Multinational Ballistic Defense Conference, Partnership for Public Service, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012

Did Romney ensure a great Olympics?

IN THE LOOP | Could Romney’s musing before the Games have pushed the Brits to do their best?

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  British, Olympics, British Olympics, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Olympic games, President Obama, medals, China, Russia, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012

Romney’s Ryan pick surprises pundits — and that’s no surprise

The media cognoscenti don’t have particularly sparkling track records when it comes to predicting vice presidential selections, especially GOP candidates.

By Al Kamen  |  07:00 AM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, vice president, Walter Mondale, Lloyd Bentsen, Al Gore, John Edwards, Geraldine Ferraro, Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman, Dianne Feinstein, Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Jack Kemp, Dan Quayle, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Bob Dole, John Kerry, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Obama picks new Missile Defense Agency director

Fate of incumbent director Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly is unclear.

By Al Kamen  |  03:23 PM ET, 08/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Leon Panetta, Pentagon, Patrick O"Reilly, Missile Defense Agency, James D. Syring, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 06/30/2012

White House ambassador nominee withdrawn after drunken-driving arrest

Washington lawyer and major Obama campaign contributor Timothy Broas was charged after a Senate committee approved his nomination.

By Al Kamen  |  01:43 PM ET, 06/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Timothy Broas, Netherlands, ambassador, White House, President Obama, drunk driving, arrest, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Obama vacation? Loop contest reminder

Don’t forget to enter the In the Loop contest to advise on the best vacation spot this summer for the Obamas.

By Al Kamen  |  12:06 PM ET, 06/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Obama vacation, Martha's Vineyard, GOP convention, Bush, Clinton, Lake Erie, Cedar Point, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the loop

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 05/14/2012

Obama campaign fires up coal industry

The 2012 campaign Web site had neglected to give include coal as part of Obama’s “All of the above” energy policy. Now it does.

By Al Kamen  |  02:19 PM ET, 05/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Obama website, Clean coal, coal industry, coal, felon, West Virgiinia, West Virginia primary, energy, fuel efficiency, campaign, Obama re-election 2012, Ben LaBolt, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/04/2012

The Bush 2003 “Jobs Tour”: the “real” story?

The Wikipedia bio entry for former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow contains a truly strange citation.

By Al Kamen  |  12:00 PM ET, 05/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Bush, Wikipedia, The Daily Show, John Stewart, Elaine Chao, John Snow, Donald Evans, Sacha Baron Cohen, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 05/02/2012

Afghanistan on $1,605 a page

The Department of Defense’s 129-page, semiannual report on the Afghan war effort cost $207,000 to produce, the Pentagon estimates.

By Al Kamen  |  02:16 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Afghanistan, partnership agreement, Hamid Karzai, Pentagon report, progress report, Department of Defense, Greg Jaffe, Taliban, Pakistant, India, Bob Gates, Pentagon, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012

Condi Rice and the Loop veep contest

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, leading in a recent poll of who GOP voters would like to see as Romney’s pick for his running-mate, raised some eyebrows recently when she spoke to a prominent Brigham Young University business group.

By Al Kamen  |  01:27 PM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Condoleezza Rice, Mitt Romney, vice president, BYU, Brigham Young University, BYU Management Society, Marriott, Loop Veep contest, Loop Contest, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Romney’s pick for veep? A Loop Contest

Some are secretly hoping GOP candidate Mitt Romney will pick them as his running-mate. Readers can weigh in with their guess and maybe win an In the Loop T-shirt.

By Al Kamen  |  12:29 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Condoleezza Rice, vice president, CNN/ORC, poll, Romney vice president, Rick Santorum, Rick Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell, Rob Portman, Mitch Danies, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Allen West, John Thune, In the Loop Contest, Veep contest, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2012

White House personnel moves

White House staff secretary Raj De moves to the National Security Agency. Associate White House counsel Douglas Kramer to replace him.

By Al Kamen  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, personnel, White House, National Security Agency, NSA, staff secretary, Raj De, Douglas Kramer, Justice Department, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Obama and Clinton off to Cartagena gabfest

More than 30 Western Hemisphere heads of government are meeting at the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Colombia.

By Al Kamen  |  04:22 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Summit of the Americas, President Obama, Cartagena, Colombia, Hillary Clinton, The Texter, Hugo Chavez, Danny Ortega, Connie Mack, House Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio, John Edwards, Edwards trial, Edwards mistress, Bildeberg Conference, John Kerry, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Rick Santorum faces reality

The GOP presidential nomination race is over and, as we told you in mid-January, former governor Mitt Romney will face President Obama in the fall.

By Al Kamen  |  02:36 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rick Santorum, suspending, GOP, GOP race, President Obama, Mitt, Mitt Romney, Al Kamen, In the Loop, Emily Heil

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Mitt Romney? Etch-a-what?

A new poll finds that, despite all the media hoopla, most people have never heard about the Romney Etch a Sketch flap and even fewer say it will effect their votes.

By Al Kamen  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Etch A Sketch, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Pew Research Center, Pew, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Hot mikes through history: A treasury of gaffes

A compendium of political hot-mike moments.

By Emily Heil  |  02:46 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  President Obama, Dmitry Medvedev,

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Fire pushes State’s China team out of digs before Obama trip

A fire at a State Department building housing a number of bureaus and the China desk crimped operations just as Obama was planning to go to Asia.

By Al Kamen  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, President Obama, Hu Jintao, State Department, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Brett McGurk to be next Iraq envoy?

A foreign policy adviser for Bush and Obama, Brett McGurk is said to be the leading candidate for ambassador to Iraq.

By Al Kamen  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iraq, Baghdad, ambassador, Brett McGurk, McGurk, Jim Jeffrey, Coalition Provisional Authority, President Bush, President Obama, National Security Council, White House, Nouri al-Maliki, Turkey, Senate, confirmation

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Has Mitt Romney put Arizona in play for 2012?

GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-immigrant rhetoric may put Arizona’s 11 electoral votes in play in a state where Latinos are about 20 percent of eligible voters.

By Al Kamen  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, John McCain, President Bush, Latinos, Arizona, Latino voters, Fox News, Pete Wilson, Kris Kobach, Richard Carmona, Al Kamen, Emily Heil, In the Loop, Dream Act, Arizona battleground, Obama campaign