Barack Obama

Politics
1:05 am
Thu April 16, 2015

POTUS Pitches To Mommy Bloggers

President Barack Obama hands his microphone to blogger Erin Odom.
Tom Bullock WFAE

Child care, student loans, wages, the economy. These were some of the issues President Obama addressed Wednesday at ImaginOn in uptown Charlotte. But the overall focus of the town hall-style meeting was on women.

President Obama began his remarks by having a little fun with the fact he was speaking at a children’s library.

"I was just hanging out with the Cat in the Hat," he joked.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Obama Takes Populist Message To Women Voters

Moderator Lisa Stone asks President Obama a question. Stone is a co-founder of BlogHer and chief community officer of SheKnows Media.
Tom Bullock WFAE

President Obama spoke with North Carolina women in blogging and social media. The event was part of a week-long, Tax Week pitch aimed at working women, and it comes as 2016 presidential candidates begin their campaigns.

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Local News
1:31 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Live Video Stream Of President Obama's Charlotte Town Hall

President Obama answers questions from the BlogHer and SheKnows online communities during a conversation with working women in Charlotte. 

Local News
9:07 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Obama Pushing Tax Credits In Charlotte

Credit Tasnim Shamma

President Obama will visit Charlotte on Wednesday as part of a tax week push for two policies in his proposed budget. He is specifically targeting his message to working women.

The president has proposed expanding two tax credits that primarily affect lower- and middle-income families—the child care and earned income tax credits. He’ll try to tie those policies specifically to working women.

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Charlotte Observer
3:33 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

President Obama

The White House announced Saturday that President Barack Obama will return to Charlotte next week. Specific details are to come, but White House officials said Obama will travel to the Charlotte area on April 15 for an event on the economy.

The Charlotte visit appears to be a continuation of a tour to select cities to promote the administration's work on the economy. The visits come following a March jobs report that fell short of expectations. Employers added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the Labor Department. That's the weakest showing in more than a year.

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Local News
4:39 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

A rendering of the Charlotte street car.
Credit City of Charlotte

The Obama Administration’s new proposed budget includes funding for Charlotte’s street car project. City officials have banked on receiving that money to build the street car, but it’s still no sure thing.


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Local News
11:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Long Road Ahead For Oil Drilling Off-Shore North Carolina

The Obama administration is proposing to offer leases in this section of the Atlantic to oil and gas companies for drilling.
Credit Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Obama administration has released its latest plan for oil and gas drilling off-shore the United States. It excludes restricts Alaska, but opens up parts of the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of North Carolina.


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The Party Line
10:00 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Obama's Address Shows No Worries About Next Election

Michael Bitzer

Just two months ago, President Obama and the Democrats suffered a sixth-year shellacking, with Republicans picking up large numbers in both congressional chambers.

Imagine the surprise, then, on both sides of the political aisle when a freed president came into his penultimate State of the Union address and pronounced what may have been the most liberal statement of values of his presidency.

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Local News
7:58 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

CPCC President Hopes Obama's Community College Tuition Plan Becomes A Reality

President Obama Friday proposed a plan that would provide tuition assistance to community college students. All students who are enrolled at least part-time and who maintain at least a 2 .5 GPA would qualify. The White House hasn’t released many details.

North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, a former community college president, calls it the "wrong approach for the federal government to take."

The idea has support, though, from Central Piedmont Community College president Tony Zeiss.  He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


Local News
8:47 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama Immigration Speech Met With Tears And Questions In Charlotte

Jorge Acosta's reaction when he realizes his mother doesn't qualify for President Obama's new immigration policy.
Tom Bullock / WFAE News

The crowd, at first, was eager. Members of Charlotte’s Hispanic community gathered Thursday night to watch President Obama announce changes in the enforcement to America’s immigration laws. As for the mood after the speech? That varied from person to person.

To say the room at the Latin American Coalition was packed is an understatement. Around 75 people poured in. Those who could, sat in chairs, others stood where they could or sat on the floor near the screen where the president’s speech would be projected.

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