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Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should Be Legal. ›

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a television interview, taking a definitive stand on one of the most contentious and politically charged social issues of the day.

“At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Mr. Obama told ABC News in an interview that came after the president faced mounting pressure to clarify his position.

In an election that is all but certain to turn on the slowly recovering economy and its persistently high jobless rate, Mr. Obama’s stand nonetheless injects a volatile social issue into the campaign debate and puts him at even sharper odds with his presumptive Republican rival, Mitt Romney, who opposes same-sex marriage and favors an amendment to the United States Constitution to forbid it. (Calmes & Baker, The New York Times)

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Inside Obama's War Room. ›

Before Libya, Obama’s primary foreign policy decisions had centered on fixing the misadventures and mistakes of the Bush era: how to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, how to resolve the deepening disaster in Afghanistan, how to deal with Pakistan, how to get Osama bin Laden.

Going forward, he wrote, the U.S. would “avoid acting alone” and “reject the notion that lasting security and prosperity can be found by turning away from universal rights.” Democracy, he insisted, “does not merely represent our better angels, it stands in opposition to aggression and injustice, and our support for human rights is both fundamental to American leadership and a source of our strength in the world.”

It was a resounding rejection of the cowboy unilateralism and human-rights-be-damned ethos of the Bush era. “The burdens of a young century,” Obama insisted, “cannot fall on American shoulders alone.”

In recent weeks, the national narrative about Obama has begun to settle into a form of accepted wisdom. The president, it is said, has repeatedly failed to provide the kind of tough, uncompromising leadership needed to move the country forward on almost every front: jobs, health care, financial reform, the debt ceiling, Afghanistan.

"What the American people had started to question," one Democratic strategist explained to NPR, "is whether Barack Obama had the strong leadership and the courage of conviction to lay out a course and stick with it." But the untold story of how Obama decided to intervene in Libya – followed six weeks later by the successful assault he ordered on Osama bin Laden – reveals a commander in chief who has significantly departed from the agonized deliberations he engaged in just two years ago over how to reshape America’s role in Afghanistan.

Although the president consulted a wide range of advisers about Libya, from Middle East experts and Pentagon brass to starry-eyed humanitarians, he acted with unprecedented speed and decisiveness. It was the first war he started on his own – and the success of the Libyan rebellion is largely the result of the decisions he made at the very outset of the uprising.

"It isn’t leading from behind," says Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former head of policy planning at the State Department, rejecting a quote in The New Yorker by an unnamed Obama adviser that came to dominate the debate over Libya. "We created the conditions for others to step up. That exemplifies Obama’s leadership at its best. The world is not going to get there without us – and we did it in a way where we’re not stuck, or bearing all the costs." (Hastings, Rolling Stone Magazine)

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President Obama on the Passing of Steve Jobs. ›

Following the loss of visionary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, President Obama released this statement:

Michelle and I are saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs. Steve was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it.

By building one of the planet’s most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity.  By making computers personal and putting the internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun.  And by turning his talents to storytelling, he has brought joy to millions of children and grownups alike. Steve was fond of saying that he lived every day like it was his last.  Because he did, he transformed our lives, redefined entire industries, and achieved one of the rarest feats in human history: he changed the way each of us sees the world.

The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve’s wife Laurene, his family, and all those who loved him.

President Obama goes on the attack, to Democrats’ delight. ›

Obama has begun to frame the 2012 contest as a referendum on values. At a fundraiser in California late last month, he mocked Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a leading contender for the GOP nomination, whose state has been ravaged by drought and wildfires, for not believing in the science of climate change.

And in a speech on Saturday, Obama blasted the Republican presidential candidates for failing to defend a gay American solider in Iraq who was booed while asking a question via video during a GOP debate.

“We don’t believe in a small America,” Obama told a crowd of 3,300 at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington. “We don’t believe . . . it’s okay for a stage full of political leaders — one of whom could end up being the president of the United States — being silent when an American soldier is booed. . . . You want to be commander in chief? You can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform.”

The president also has drawn a values contrast with Republicans over how to pay for his jobs plan, which features a “Buffett rule” that would eliminate some tax loopholes for people earning more than $200,000 a year. Republicans have labeled Obama’s approach “class warfare,” a term the president has embraced — with a twist.

“You’re already hearing the Republicans in Congress dusting off the old talking points,” Obama told New York donors two weeks ago. “You know what? If asking a billionaire to pay the same rate as a plumber or a teacher makes me a warrior for the middle class, I wear that charge as a badge of honor.”

“I was really excited when he finally said, ‘Okay, that’s not the way it’s going to be,’ ” Darlene Ewing, chairman of the Dallas County Democratic Party, said this week. “I understand if you don’t want to add to the divisiveness. But it’s like mud-wrestling with a snake — you’re not going to win.” (Nakamura and Kane, The Washington Post)

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I still think he is the best man for the job. Yes, I think he got a raw deal and a bad economy. You wouldn’t be given anything you can’t handle so he must be really special, because he has a lot of work to do.

Jay Z on President Obama

Barack Obama is LeBron James. ›

“I’m LeBron, baby. I can play on this level. I got some game.”

— Barack Obama on his political skills in 2004.

Obama entered the big leagues with faux Greek columns lining his stage while King James made his grand entrance on a glamorous South Beach riser adorned with lasers, smoke bombs and roaring crowds.

Obama used his grand moment to declare that future generations would look back to his elevation as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

LeBron used his moment in the sun to strut before screaming Miami fans while proclaiming that he would bring “five, six, seven” championships to the Heat.

Despite both men’s abundance of promise and surplus of confidence, they are now bound — not by greatness — but by their own collapse when the klieg lights burned at their brightest. (Scarborough, POLITICO)

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Well this morning President Obama is waking up with a whole new reason to worry.

CNN contributor.

I am strongly considering sending a care package of Rex Goliath and frozen pizzas to the White House.

Working-age America is the new face of poverty. ›

According to the latest census data, the share of poor who are ages 18-64 now stands at 56.7 percent, compared to 35.5 percent who are children and 7.9 percent who are 65 and older. The working-age share surpasses a previous high of 55.5 percent first reached in 2004. 

Obama is preparing to outline a new plan for creating jobs and stimulating the economy in a prime-time address to Congress on Thursday. The Republican-controlled House has been adamant about requiring spending cuts in return for an increase in the federal debt limit. Suggested cuts have included proposals to raise the eligibility age for future Medicare recipients or to reduce other domestic programs in a way that would disproportionately affect the poor.

“The reality is there are going to be a lot of working poor for the foreseeable future,” Sheldon Danzigehe said, a University of Michigan public policy professor who specializes in poverty. (AP)

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Labor Day: Barack Obama rallies Detroit crowds on jobs. ›

On Thursday, Mr Obama will use an address to a joint session of Congress to set out job-growth strategy.

The US economy has stalled recently, with no new jobs created in August.

The news was a gloomy prelude to the annual Labor Day holiday, which celebrates the role of the worker in American life.

Speaking in Detroit, the president said his forthcoming plan would enable construction workers “to get dirty” building roads and bridges, and called for the “straight shooters in Congress” to support his plans. (BBC News)

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