Obama Administration | Washington Week

Washington Week

Award-winning reporting and analysis

Obama Administration

News You Need to Know

Obama Steps Up Talk on ISIS: "You Are Next"

December 15, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama on Monday confronted the same domestic question that presidential candidates in both parties have found challenging.
Web Clip

Obama defends ISIS strategy

December 14, 2015
President Obama defended his administration's strategy to fight ISIS in a rare appearance in the Pentagon briefing room after a meeting of his National Security Council. "As we squeeze it's heart, we'll make it harder for ISIL to pump it's terror and propaganda to the rest of the world," Obama said.
News You Need to Know

Obama officials are talking to Putin more than ever

December 14, 2015
Michael Crowley | POLITICO
But do they have anything to show from their stepped-up dialogue?
News You Need to Know

#MemeOfTheWeek: Must Be FLOTUS On The Mic

December 11, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
First Lady Michelle Obama collaborated with College Humor and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah on a rap video encouraging high school seniors to go to college. It's part of Obama's "Better Make Room" initiative.
News You Need to Know

Obama Calls for End to Bigotry, in Implicit Rebuke of Donald Trump

December 10, 2015
Julie Hirschfeld Davis | The New York Times
President Obama on Wednesday called for Americans to reject “bigotry in all its forms” and keep pressing for equality “no matter what ugliness might bubble up,” appearing to use the 150th anniversary of the constitutional amendment abolishing slavery to challenge the incendiary anti-Muslim politics espoused by Donald J. Trump.
Web Clip

Obama: Our freedom is bound up with freedom of others

December 9, 2015
President Obama used a speech commemorating the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, to push back against "bigotry in all its forms." While he did not mention Republican frontrunner Donald Trump by name, he seemed to be responding to Trump's recent proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. Obama urged Americans to remember "our freedom is bound up with the freedom of others, regardless of what they looked like or where they come from or what their last name is or what faith they practice."
News You Need to Know

Some Muslim Americans Irritated By Obama's Call For Them To 'Root Out' Extremism

December 9, 2015
Tom Gjelten | NPR
President Obama's request that Muslim Americans help "root out" and confront extremist ideology in their communities is getting mixed reactions. Muslim leaders say they want to help, but some are not happy that they are being singled out.
News You Need to Know

Obama Urges Congress To Authorize Use Of Military Force Against ISIS

December 8, 2015
Susan Davis | NPR
In his address to the nation on Sunday, President Obama asked Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State. The ongoing U.S. military campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria is being conducted under the same legal authority Congress granted the president to combat terrorism after the September 11th attacks. It hasn't been updated since.
News You Need to Know

Obama: U.S. Will Prevail Against "Evolving" ISIS

December 7, 2015
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama, in a rare Oval Office address Sunday night, sought to talk tough and also reassure Americans that his administration has strengthened America’s defenses against an “evolving” terror threat he will hand off to his successor in a little more than a year.
Subscribe to Obama Administration