President Obama sat for lengthy interviews with New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick, who has written a nearly 17,000-word profile of the president as he begins his sixth year in office. Remnick interviewed Obama for hours in the Oval Office and on Air Force One late last year and earlier this month. The story is a great long-read, and you should get a cup of your favorite hot beverage and sit down with it for an hour. But here are the highlights -- roughly in order of how they appeared in the story -- for those on a tighter schedule:
Note: We originally published this item on June 27. In light of Nelson Mandela's death, we have updated this item and are reposting it now.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
A majority of voters in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll do not believe President Obama is “honest and trustworthy,” a precipitous shift from past findings that reveals the depth of the damage he has incurred due to his misleading “if you like it, you can keep it” pledge about health insurance.
The implementation of the federal health-care law has been anything but smooth. No one understands this more acutely than congressional Democrats.
As President Obama and his administration try to right the ship amid increasing Democratic consternation, it’s worth taking inventory of the specific ways in which the troubled rollout has already hurt the party and threatens to do further damage to it. To understand congressional Democrats’ anxiety is to understand the political costs they have already sustained and may yet suffer.
President Obama apologized Thursday to the Americans who lost their health plans as a result of the federal health-care law, following immense criticism of his longstanding refrain that Americans could keep their plans if they wanted.
It’s not every day that presidents apologize -- which is why it was such a big deal. It’s even rarer that presidents apologize in the middle of a firestorm for decisions their administrations made. That’s what Obama just did.
There's the lasting image of Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton looking out of the jail cell where Mandela spent 17 years. Or the ceremony where he received the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia. And many more.
Over the years, the human rights icon, who is currently in critical condition with a lung infection, has met regularly U.S. presidents. Below we look back at some of the most memorable visits:
Twitter turns seven years old today.
So it's worth looking back at the most important ways the microblogging tool has impacted the world of politics. In short, Twitter has been the staging ground for political scandals both large and small and has rapidly increased the speed and scope of campaigns and campaign coverage. And yet, for all its influence and reach, Twitter has fallen short as a broad gauge of the public's reaction to big political events.
New numbers from Gallup and the Pew Research Center showing the presidential contest tied among all voters in recent days are sure to buoy Republican hopes that Mitt Romney did more than win a debate last week. But the newly released data also undercut a persistent criticism of election polls: that there is a “true” measure of partisan identification — and its malicious corollary, that pollsters are manipulating reality.
With just 36 days left before the 2012 election, virtually every poll question you can think of has been asked at least five times — except this one: “Who would you rather see as a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars’?”
The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll asked just that question in our latest national survey. Here’s what we found:
A majority of Americans have unfavorable views of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s comments — caught on film at a fundraiser — regarding the “47 percent” of people who don’t pay federal income taxes and simply would not vote for him, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Fifty-four percent of those polled regarded Romney’s comments in an unfavorable light while 32 percent saw them favorable. The public reaction to the comments is, not surprisingly this close to an election, a partisan one. More than three-quarters of Democrats have negative impressions of Romney’s comments, with most having “strongly unfavorable” views. Independents too tilt negative by more than 2 to 1: 57 to 27 percent. (Among Republicans, nearly two-thirds have favorable views of Romney’s comments.)
President Obama’s bump has made its way into three key swing states, according to new polling from Marist College, NBC News and the Wall Street Journal.
The new Marist polls show Obama leading Mitt Romney by five points each in Florida and Virginia and by seven points in Ohio.
Obama’s margin in all three states is larger than it has been in other recent polling and suggests the Democratic National Convention paid dividends for the president in the states where it matters most. National polling has suggested a small but significant Obama bounce, but there has been limited polling in swing states since the convention ended a week ago.
Barack Obama may not be as popular as he was four years ago, but after last week’s Democratic convention in Charlotte, he has broader and deeper support from his party’s base than at any point in his bid for re-election, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Fully 90 percent of his fellow Democrats now express positive views of his candidacy, including 69 percent who have “strongly favorable” impressions. Both numbers are at high points back more than two years, even surpassing where he was in early September, 2008. Intensely positive views of Obama are up 15 percentage points from before the GOP conventions, 10 points in the last week alone.
The reason Obama must take on this extraordinary feat of persuasion is simple. For more than two years, a majority of Americans have disapproved of Obamas performance on the economy. And if that trend continues, Obama will need to win a greater share of economic disapprovers than Romney needs to win economic approvers.
The convention bounce may not be extinct. But it’s definitely on vacation.
It’s still way too early to say anything definitive, but the limited numbers we have seen since last week’s Republican National Convention show Mitt Romney managing a small and in most cases statistically insignificant bounce.
History shows that presidential candidates, and particularly challengers, generally see a bump up in the polls in the aftermath of their parties’ conventions. Three or four days of what has generally amounted to a near-monopoly on the political news cycle will tend to do that.
Hours before sparring with him in Monday’s South Carolina debate over negative ads, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum released a spot there calling former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney “just like Obama.”
It’s an article of faith for many conservatives that the media is in Obama’s corner. But according to a new Pew Research Center survey of media over the past five months, the president gets far worse coverage than any of his 2012 Republican would-be rivals.
The center surveyed stories in 1,500 news outlets and found that stories in them about President Obama were consistently negative, by a four-to-one margin. Only nine percent of the news coverage in those outlets over the last five months was positive; 34 percent was negative.
The news that the Justice Department had requested that the Supreme Court examine President Obama’s health care law means that a verdict from the nation’s highest court will likely come sometime next year — right in the heart of the 2012 race.
While the decision will undoubtedly draw massive amounts of media attention, political strategists on both sides of the aisle questioned how large an impact the ruling would have on how health care will play out in the 2012 presidential election.
The political world — or at least the Republican presidential race — is in a state of suspended animation at the moment as everyone waits to see whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might re-think his past refusals to run .
While we wait, we thought it would be helpful to know the men and women that Christie looks to for political advice and who are likely advising him as he weighs the pleas — from regular folks and politicians like former New York Gov. George Pataki — to get into the race.
How will we remember the 2012 Republican presidential debates? What’s more likely to help President Obama’s re-election chances? Is there any drink better than the pumpkin spice latte?
We answered these questions — and many more! — in today’s live video Fix Face-off chat. Missed it? Check it out below.
President Obama spent the weekend on the West Coast delivering a forceful call-to-arms to his somewhat beleaguered base, a recognition that he must find ways to energize his core supporters with the 2012 election rapidly approaching.
“I have to make sure that our side is as passionate and as motivated and is working just as hard as the folks on the other side because this is a contest of value,” Obama said at a fundraiser in San Jose.
Last week, we took note of a piece of data from a CNN survey that showed 42 percent of Republicans said Texas Gov. Rick Perry had a better chance of beating President Obama next fall while 26 percent said former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was the stronger of the two choices.
The conclusion? That Romney’s electability argument — the core of his attack against Perry now and going forward — didn’t have the numbers to back it up.
Mark your calendars: The Iowa caucuses are only 140 days away!
The race for the Republican presidential nomination continues its debate-a-palooza this week with another set-to in Florida on Thursday night. And President Obama rolls out his much-awaited deficit reduction plan Monday morning in the Rose Garden.
In other words: It. Is. On.
What better time then for us to answer your 2012 questions? In a live video chat, no less! We call it the 2012 Fix Face-off.
Submit your question(s) using the form below and then tune in at noon on Monday to see if we pick it.