President Obama

The Party Line
5:06 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

President Didn't Show Willingness To Bargain In SOTU Speech

Michael Bitzer

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.

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The Party Line
12:32 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Seems Ready For Election Year

Michael Bitzer

President Obama visited Raleigh to announce the creation of a $140 million consortium of universities and companies to focus on advanced manufacturing.

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.

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Charlotte Observer
3:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Obama Focuses On Economy In NC State Speech

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.

“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.”

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The Party Line
5:24 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Obama Continues Presidential Legacy Of Tough Year 5

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.

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.

But there are two key differences between the presidents of the 1980s and 1990s and those who held the office in the 21st Century.

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Local News
10:08 am
Wed June 26, 2013

How A New Limit On Carbon Emissions Could Impact NC

Duke has opened two new coal plants this year, including the Cliffside Steam Station on the Rutherford/Cleveland County line two weeks ago.
Credit Duke Energy

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.


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Local News
4:22 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

President Obama: Foxx Will Be 'Outstanding' Transportation Secretary

President Obama made it official Monday afternoon: he's nominating Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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.

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The Party Line
3:35 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

With Nomination In Hand, Foxx Faces GOP Delay Machine

Michael Bitzer

It was the worst-kept secret in Charlotte politics. Anthony Foxx’s nomination as the 17th U.S. Secretary of Transportation is reality.

Coming a day before his 42nd 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.

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The Party Line
11:22 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Obama's Address Lacked Transformative Vision

Michael Bitzer

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.

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.

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The Party Line
10:21 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Dalton Comes Out Swinging; Obama Debate Performance Gets Thumbs Down

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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.

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The Party Line
3:56 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Beware Of What Campaigns Label As 'Facts'

MIchael Bitzer

When the United States was in the midst of World War I, U.S. Sen. Hiram W. Johnson, an isolationist from California, is credited with coining the phrase “the first casualty when war comes is truth.”  So it seems the same could be said for this year’s political campaigns.

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. 

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