President Obama http://wfae.org en President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech http://wfae.org/post/president-didnt-show-willingness-bargain-sotu-speech <p>The power of the presidency has been described as “the power to persuade,” but how presidents use that persuasion, not just within the government but also with the nation as a whole, can be a determining factor in their successful use of leadership.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Michael Bitzer 44063 at http://wfae.org President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech Obama Seems Ready For Election Year http://wfae.org/post/obama-seems-ready-election-year <p>President Obama visited Raleigh to <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/01/15/3534924/obama-focuses-on-economy-in-nc.html">announce</a> the creation of a $140 million consortium of universities and companies to focus on advanced manufacturing.</p><p>But the president seemed to acknowledge in his remarks that he does recognize the coming mid-term election year, and is willing to confront what should be a more challenging year than he faced in 2013.</p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:32:39 +0000 Michael Bitzer 43187 at http://wfae.org Obama Seems Ready For Election Year Obama Focuses On Economy In NC State Speech http://wfae.org/post/obama-focuses-economy-nc-state-speech <p>RALEIGH President Barack Obama is embracing a do-it-yourself approach to reviving the nation’s economy, saying Wednesday at N.C. State University that he wants to see the recovery accelerate.</p><p>“This has to be a year of action,” Obama told a crowd of students, Democratic Party officials and invited guests. “Where I can act on my own without Congress I’m going to do so. And today I’m here to act.”</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:52:11 +0000 John Frank & Caitlin Owens 43065 at http://wfae.org Obama Continues Presidential Legacy Of Tough Year 5 http://wfae.org/post/obama-continues-presidential-legacy-tough-year-5 <p>The standing line for most presidential aspirations goes, “what does every first-term president want? A second term.” However, it may be something future presidents want to reconsider.</p><p>With the past four presidents who served a second term (Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and now Obama), the fifth year seems to be one that they would all rather have done without.</p><p>But there are two key differences between the presidents of the 1980s and 1990s and those who held the office in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:24:33 +0000 Michael Bitzer 39644 at http://wfae.org Obama Continues Presidential Legacy Of Tough Year 5 How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC http://wfae.org/post/how-new-limit-carbon-emissions-could-impact-nc <p>President Obama plans to issue an executive order to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Right now, there is no limit. It could change the mix of energy sources on which North Carolina relies. Coal provides the largest source of the state’s power, including 51 percent in 2011. But, burning coal emits the most carbon-dioxide of the major power sources, so it is most likely to be affected by the order. Other North Carolina businesses could stand to benefit by the scaling back of coal plants.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:08:31 +0000 Ben Bradford 30144 at http://wfae.org How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC President Obama: Foxx Will Be 'Outstanding' Transportation Secretary http://wfae.org/post/president-obama-foxx-will-be-outstanding-transportation-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama made it official Monday afternoon: he's nominating Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.</span></p><p>With Foxx standing by his side at a White House press conference, the president said that the mayor will be an "outstanding" transportation secretary, and that Foxx's focus on transit has helped to create jobs and attract new businesses to Charlotte.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 20:22:17 +0000 Michael Tomsic 26247 at http://wfae.org President Obama: Foxx Will Be 'Outstanding' Transportation Secretary With Nomination In Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine http://wfae.org/post/nomination-hand-foxx-faces-gop-delay-machine <p>It was the worst-kept secret in Charlotte politics. Anthony Foxx’s nomination as the 17<sup>th</sup> U.S. Secretary of Transportation is <a href="http://wfae.org/post/obama-will-appoint-foxx-transportation-secretary">reality</a>.</p><p>Coming a day before his 42<sup>nd</sup> birthday, Mayor Foxx’s rise has been calculated since his first run to lead the Charlotte back in 2009, followed by overseeing a fairly successful Democratic National Convention.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:35:26 +0000 Michael Bitzer 26245 at http://wfae.org With Nomination In Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision http://wfae.org/post/obamas-address-lacked-transformative-vision <p>If the ‘once-every-four-years’ inaugural addresses are the high and visionary type of speeches that presidents give, then the State of the Union addresses are the means by which presidents fill in that vision with specificity.</p><p>This year’s combination of inaugural and State of the Union addresses by President Obama certainly did that in tandem, but didn’t bring anything new to the table beyond items that would rate high in public opinion, but no real chance to becoming formal policy.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:22:51 +0000 Michael Bitzer 21339 at http://wfae.org Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision Dalton Comes Out Swinging; Obama Debate Performance Gets Thumbs Down http://wfae.org/post/dalton-comes-out-swinging-obama-debate-performance-gets-thumbs-down <p>It was a two-for debate night, with the candidates for chief executive of North Carolina and the nation having their first televised debates. Both debates were much more than the stereotyped “talking points” forums. They were both substantive, in general, and certainly set a tone for the final month of the general campaign.</p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:21:57 +0000 Michael Bitzer 13154 at http://wfae.org Dalton Comes Out Swinging; Obama Debate Performance Gets Thumbs Down Beware Of What Campaigns Label As 'Facts' http://wfae.org/post/beware-what-campaigns-label-facts <p>When the United States was in the midst of World War I, U.S. Sen. Hiram W. Johnson, an isolationist from California, is <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/notesandqueries/query/0,5753,-21510,00.html">credited</a> with coining the phrase “the first casualty when war comes is truth.”&nbsp; So it seems the same could be said for this year’s political campaigns.</p><p>This year’s campaign seems to be taking the “cut and paste” approach by both sides, and highlighting a minute piece of what a candidate says and creating a firestorm out of a dust-up.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 19:56:50 +0000 Michael Bitzer 5266 at http://wfae.org Beware Of What Campaigns Label As 'Facts'