President Barack Obama

11:10am

Fri May 30, 2014
Veterans Administration

VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces

Eric Shinseki resigned as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, in what President Obama said was a decision spurred by a desire to not distract from efforts to fix the agency's problems. Earlier Friday, Shinseki spoke at a conference in Washington.
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Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.

President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's wide-ranging problems.

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3:11am

Thu May 29, 2014
It's All Politics

More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:13 am

President Obama and superintendent of the Military Academy, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., take the Pledge of Allegiance at the West Point graduation ceremony on Wednesday. In an interview with NPR, President Obama said U.S. foreign policy should focus more on diplomatic efforts than on large-scale military operations.
Peter Foley EPA/Landov

In an interview with NPR, President Obama says now is an appropriate time to step up aid to moderate Syrian rebels. But most of his foreign policy aims are geared toward expanding diplomatic efforts in a host of regional disputes.

Obama has come under fire from critics who say he has failed to show American leadership on issues ranging from Syria's civil war to Ukraine's crisis to China's growing clout in Asia.

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12:15pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Politics

VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan

Screencap from President Obama's remarks from the White House Rose Garden, May 27. Obama was announcing the expected plans for withdrawal and the conclusion of combat operations in Afghanistan.
White House YouTube.com

Following a trip to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend to visit troops, the President spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. Obama announced the timeline to bring the longest-running war in the United States' history to an end as well as the expected residual troop levels beyond the end of the conflict.

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9:34am

Wed May 21, 2014
National

Obama: People 'Will Be Held Accountable' For Veterans Affairs Problems

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 4:23 pm

President Obama addresses the growing furor over allegations of misconduct at the Department of Veterans Affairs, on Wednesday.
Susan Walsh AP

Anybody found to have manipulated or falsified Veterans Affairs records "will be held accountable," President Obama said Wednesday. The president condemned the reported widespread problems at the VA, defending Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.

Obama spoke after he and Shinseki met in the Oval Office Wednesday morning with White House deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors, who since last week has been detailed to work with the VA. Neither of those men attended the president's news conference.

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4:20pm

Wed April 23, 2014
The Salt

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 9:06 pm

President Obama shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe before a private dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo on Wednesday. At Sukiyabashi Jiro, people pay a minimum of $300 for 20 pieces of sushi chosen by the patron, Jiro Ono.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

President Obama kicked off the first leg of his tour of Asia on Wednesday with some sushi diplomacy.

He dined with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a revered and tiny temple of sushi in Tokyo called Sukiyabashi Jiro. The subterranean restaurant, with just 10 seats at the counter, was made famous by the 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

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