Barack Obama

Tom Bullock / WFAE

North Carolina’s status as a battleground state was cemented Tuesday by three high-profile visitors: President Barack Obama and the two major party candidates hoping to replace him.

The first event took place at the Charlotte Convention Center, where Sheryl Crow’s “Woman in the White House” was among the songs played to entertain the crowd early on.

Don’t you think it’s time
to put a woman in the White House

with a whole new attitude.

Kathleen Alexander wholeheartedly agrees.

Beyond the heated rhetoric between Republicans and Democrats over President Obama’s executive action on guns, there is an area of agreement: better mental health treatment and some sharing of records. Several Republican Congressmen from North Carolina are co-sponsoring bills that deal with those issues and have some Democratic support.

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.

Obama Takes Populist Message To Women Voters

Apr 15, 2015
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.

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

Obama Pushing Tax Credits In Charlotte

Apr 14, 2015
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.

President Obama To Visit Charlotte On Wednesday

Apr 11, 2015

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.

Obama Budget Includes Charlotte Street Car Funding

Feb 3, 2015
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.

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.

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.