Barack Obama http://kcur.org en Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture http://kcur.org/post/barack-obama-race-politics-age-fracture <p>If you want to stir the pot of controversy, adding a dash of race and a pinch of politics is a sure way to spice up the discussion.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday&#39;s </span><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, we discuss how President Obama seems to straddle both political and racial divides and why understanding that tension is crucial to navigating the fractious issues that dominate today&rsquo;s legislative landscape.</span></p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 14:45:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44921 at http://kcur.org Barack Obama: Race & Politics In The Age of Fracture President Lauds KC Ford, Chides Congress http://kcur.org/post/president-lauds-kc-ford-chides-congress <p></p><p>President Barack Obama drew heavily on automotive references as he spread his economic recovery message at the Ford Plant at Liberty, MO&nbsp; today. &nbsp;The President also took on Congress’ pitting the debt ceiling against the Affordable Care.</p><p></p><p>The President told a crowd of mostly auto workers, their families and supporters Congress must raise the debt ceiling or fallout would make America a “deadbeat” &nbsp;to the world.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:05:25 +0000 Dan Verbeck 43987 at http://kcur.org President Lauds KC Ford, Chides Congress Blunt Says U.S. Late To Help Syria http://kcur.org/post/blunt-says-us-late-help-syria <p>U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says the United States already missed the point to have a real impact in Syria at the early stages of that country's conflict.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking at a gas station in Cape Girardeau, the Republican Senator said a no-fly zone early on could have allowed the rebellion to remove Bashar Al-Assad. Now, he says President Obama's decision to send a message to Syria because of chemical weapons attacks is, quote "pretty offensive."</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jacob McCleland 42845 at http://kcur.org Blunt Says U.S. Late To Help Syria President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds College Cost Cut Program http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-visits-ucm-lauds-college-cost-cut-program <p></p><p>A western Missouri-based educational program was the lure to bring President Barack Obama to speak in Warrensburg last week. The President said so, directly, in his address at University of Central Missouri.</p><p></p><p>He&nbsp;described the program as a job creator that speeds education for young people without leaving them saddled with student loan debt upon graduation.</p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 22:13:53 +0000 Dan Verbeck 41025 at http://kcur.org President Obama Visits UCM, Lauds College Cost Cut Program Obama's Speech Sparks Discussions On Race http://kcur.org/post/obamas-speech-sparks-discussions-race <p>"Trayvon&nbsp;Martin could have been me 35 years ago." President Obama's words have added a new perspective to the discussion about racial attitudes in the wake of George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:40:44 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Randy Mason 40823 at http://kcur.org Obama's Speech Sparks Discussions On Race Sen. Blunt, Roberts 'Disappointed' With President's Speech http://kcur.org/post/sen-blunt-roberts-disappointed-presidents-speech <p></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">President Obama's Warrensburg speech drew unified and quick disapproval from Republican officials. In one case, the critique came before the president spoke.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">The White House was very open in advance about the fact that the president would be urging acceptance of his existing priorities, including investment in education, infrastructure and health care.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:38:42 +0000 Steve Bell 40808 at http://kcur.org President Obama To Visit KU http://kcur.org/post/president-obama-visit-ku <p>President Obama will visit the University of Kansas on Friday, the university said in a statement. Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:06:44 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 35068 at http://kcur.org President Obama To Visit KU Obama And Boehner Meet At White House; Session Ends Without Deal http://kcur.org/post/obama-and-boehner-meet-white-house-session-ends-without-deal President Obama hosted House Speaker John Boehner today, spending nearly an hour together in which they reportedly discussed ways to avert the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax hikes that are due to strike at the end of 2012. Boehner left the White House at 6 p.m., ET, apparently without reaching a deal. As Politico reports, the Republican plans to return to his home state of Ohio this weekend.<p>The speaker's meeting with the president began around 5:10, just more than an hour after the White House announced that U.N. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 23:24:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 28995 at http://kcur.org Obama And Boehner Meet At White House; Session Ends Without Deal What Happens To Supreme Court In Obama's Second Term? http://kcur.org/post/what-happens-supreme-court-obamas-second-term There has been vigorous public debate this election cycle about the Supreme Court; from the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/11/07/164547856/post-citizens-united-senate-snapshot-money-doesnt-guarantee-victory" target="_blank">Citizens United</a> case to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148920753/judging-the-health-care-law" target="_blank">Affordable Care Act</a>.<p>As we look ahead to the next four years, it's not just Congress that will undergo change. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 22:50:00 +0000 editor 27432 at http://kcur.org What Happens To Supreme Court In Obama's Second Term? Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech http://kcur.org/post/transcript-president-obamas-victory-speech <em>Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: </em>Federal News Service<p><em>Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.</em><p>(Cheers, applause.)<p><strong>AUDIENCE MEMBERS:</strong> (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!<p><strong>PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:</strong> Thank you. Thank you. Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:21:00 +0000 editor 27193 at http://kcur.org Transcript: President Obama's Victory Speech Watch: President Obama's Victory Speech http://kcur.org/post/watch-president-obamas-victory-speech <p>Here watch the video of President Obama's victory speech, delivered to roaring crowds very early Wednesday morning in Chicago.</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 07:15:59 +0000 Emilie Mutert 27189 at http://kcur.org Watch: President Obama's Victory Speech Live Election Coverage From KCUR http://kcur.org/post/live-election-coverage-kcur <p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.42131432081116404" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">KCUR has live election coverage starting at 7 p.m. tonight. </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Tune in to 89.3 FM or follow along online. </span></p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:03:15 +0000 Emilie Mutert 27180 at http://kcur.org Live Election Coverage From KCUR On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270 http://kcur.org/post/election-eve-obama-and-romney-try-blazing-path-270 (Revised at 5:46 pm ET)<p>On the final day of the 2012 campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making the last push for votes in states each believes critical to achieving the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.<p>Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:19:00 +0000 Frank James 27088 at http://kcur.org On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270 Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat http://kcur.org/post/analysis-romney-debate-strategy-shows-he-thinks-hes-drivers-seat In his third debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney dialed up "cool and cautious" on his mood meter. And that tells you a great deal about where this presidential race stands with two weeks to go.<p>Romney had to know the president would be coming after him in Boca Raton, Fla., but he decided to avoid the aggressive and even angry notes he had struck in the first two debates. He had achieved what he could with this approach in the initial clash in Denver on Oct. 3, when he seemed the more decisive and strong-willed candidate on stage. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 16:43:00 +0000 Ron Elving 26433 at http://kcur.org Analysis: Romney Debate Strategy Shows He Thinks He's In the Driver's Seat Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney http://kcur.org/post/debate-takeaway-little-daylight-between-obama-romney In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.<p>Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.<p>That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 04:33:00 +0000 editor 26410 at http://kcur.org Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement http://kcur.org/post/live-blog-obama-romney-square-final-debate Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.<p>While the president was the more aggressive of the two, sometimes interrupting his opponent and several times forcefully challenging things that Romney said, for the most part the discussion was tough but civil. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:30:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 26406 at http://kcur.org In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement Tonight, Obama, Romney Take On Foreign Policy In Third And Final Debate http://kcur.org/post/tonight-obama-romney-take-foreign-policy-third-and-final-debate We've reached an important landmark in the presidential campaign: President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney face off tonight in the third and final presidential debate.<p>As was the case the last two times, the debate starts at 9 p.m. ET. This time, the venue is Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.<p>If you believe the snap polls, the first debate went to Romney, the second went to Obama, which means we have a 1-1 tie with just minutes to go in the fourth quarter. That is to say, we're just two weeks away from Nov. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:55:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 26359 at http://kcur.org Tonight, Obama, Romney Take On Foreign Policy In Third And Final Debate Obama Vs. Romney: The Presidential Candidates Set For Round 2 http://kcur.org/post/obama-vs-romney-presidential-candidates-set-round-2 After a zinger of a vice presidential debate last week, the bosses have a lot to live up to tonight. Just in case you haven't been paying attention: President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney face off in the second of three presidential debates.<p>It starts at 9 p.m. at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:26:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 26057 at http://kcur.org Obama Vs. Romney: The Presidential Candidates Set For Round 2 As Race Tightens, The Electoral Map Still Favors Obama http://kcur.org/post/race-tightens-electoral-map-still-favors-obama Mitt Romney may have seized the advantage in terms of poll numbers and momentum, but there's one area where President Obama enjoys the upper hand.<p>In the end, it's the only area that counts: the Electoral College. Over the past 20 years, Republicans have had a much lower ceiling when it comes to electoral support, while Democrats have had a significantly higher floor.<p>"The Democrats start with a larger number of electoral votes in the bank," says Daron Shaw, author of <em>The Race to 270,</em> a book about electoral strategy. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:27:00 +0000 editor 25790 at http://kcur.org As Race Tightens, The Electoral Map Still Favors Obama Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment http://kcur.org/post/obamas-jobs-plan-focuses-federal-investment <em>In the next two installments of <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/162089707/solve-this" target="_blank">Solve This</a>, NPR's series on the major issues facing the country, we'll examine each presidential candidate's approach to boosting employment. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:41:00 +0000 John Ydstie 25688 at http://kcur.org Obama's Jobs Plan Focuses On Federal Investment Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor http://kcur.org/post/romneys-debate-performance-swings-polls-his-favor In the five days since Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was declared by many the winner of the first presidential debate, political watchers have waited to see if polls would shift in response to his performance. And, they did.<p>Not only has the Gallup tracking poll tightened to a tie — 47-47 — but the Pew poll, which last month found President Obama with a strong lead among likely voters — 51-43 — has also seen a huge swing. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 20:25:00 +0000 editor 25684 at http://kcur.org Romney's Debate Performance Swings Polls In His Favor Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate http://kcur.org/post/five-takeaways-first-presidential-debate Mitt Romney may have given his campaign something of a reset with his performance in the first debate against President Obama.<p>He appeared more comfortable on stage than the incumbent, and was able at least to lay the groundwork for a message of bipartisanship that could appeal to remaining undecided voters.<p>Of course, it's not clear yet whether the debate will create enough momentum to offer Romney an advantage heading into the next debate, let alone through Election Day. Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:59:00 +0000 editor 25499 at http://kcur.org Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate Presidential Debate: An NPR Live Chat http://kcur.org/post/presidential-debate-npr-live-chat <p>President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney face off from Denver Wednesday night in their first televised presidential debate. Jim Lehrer of PBS's <em>Newshour</em> will moderate.</p><p>If you're not content to simply yell at the television, join NPR's live chat below to get in your two cents and engage in relevant conversation during the event.</p><p>The discussion starts here at 7:30 p.m. CST and live coverage of the debates begins at 8 p.m. on KCUR 89.3 FM and <a href="http://kcur.org/listen-live" target="_blank">kcur.org/listen-live</a>.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:03:00 +0000 KCUR 25494 at http://kcur.org Presidential Debate: An NPR Live Chat Lawsuit Trying To Remove President Obama From Ballot Delayed http://kcur.org/post/lawsuit-trying-remove-president-obama-ballot-delayed <p>A judge has delayed a lawsuit aimed at taking President Barack Obama off the election ballot. A California attorney had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas man, arguing that Obama isn't eligible to be president.</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:33:07 +0000 Stephen Koranda 25456 at http://kcur.org Lawsuit Trying To Remove President Obama From Ballot Delayed OMG! A Deb8! What Young People Really Want To Ask Obama And Romney http://kcur.org/post/omg-deb8-what-young-people-really-want-ask-obama-and-romney Generation Y is asking why.<p>Why is it so hard to find a job? Why is health care so expensive? Smart questions from a smart generation. Their inquiries — and the presidential candidate they think can provide the best answers — could be a decisive factor in the 2012 election. If not the Tipping Point, as least a Tilting Point.<p>For many millennials, economic prospects are murky.<p>Paul T. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:37:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 25449 at http://kcur.org OMG! A Deb8! What Young People Really Want To Ask Obama And Romney The Obama White House & The Supreme Court http://kcur.org/post/obama-white-house-supreme-court <p></p><p>Of all the ideological battles being fought in this country, none will have more impact on its future than those being waged between the <a href="http://whitehouse.gov">White House</a> and the <a href="http://supremecourt.gov" target="_blank">U.S.&nbsp;Supreme Court</a>.</p><p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 02:56:16 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 24711 at http://kcur.org The Obama White House & The Supreme Court Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There' http://kcur.org/post/obama-congressmans-rape-remarks-dont-make-sense-were-way-out-there Saying that the comments "don't make sense to the American people" and were "way out there," President Obama just weighed in on the controversial remarks made over the weekend by Rep. Mon, 20 Aug 2012 17:42:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 23128 at http://kcur.org The Road to the White House--Barack Obama's Story http://kcur.org/post/road-white-house-barack-obamas-story <p>As 44th president, <strong>Barack Obama</strong>&#39;s journey to the White House is anything but conventional.</p><p>Born to a Kenyan father and Kansan mother, Obama&#39;s upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia hardly sounds like the makings of a future president. But as he ascended the political ladder as a state senator and later as senator, Obama&#39;s&nbsp; rough beginning turned into the start of a journey to the White House. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 18:37:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman & Greta Wendelin 20398 at http://kcur.org The Road to the White House--Barack Obama's Story Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 http://kcur.org/post/top-morning-news-tuesday-may-22-2012 <p>The President speaks at a Joplin graduation ceremony.&nbsp; Kansas redistricting case get more plaintiffs.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a daily digest of headlines from KCUR.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 13:27:17 +0000 Maria Carter 18090 at http://kcur.org Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime) http://kcur.org/post/endemic-financial-fraud-aka-green-slime <p>Every president and presidential candidate has an economic advisor, but how influenced are these positions by politics?</p><p> Mon, 21 May 2012 20:15:12 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 18055 at http://kcur.org Endemic Financial Fraud (AKA. Green Slime)