NBC News — President Barack Obama vowed Monday evening to bring those responsible for the Boston Marathon explosions to justice, though he said that the government does not yet know who perpetrated the pair of blasts along the runners’ route.
Speaking at the White House following the tragedy, Obama said that he had contacted state and local officials to begin the process of investigating and assisting with the incident. But the president emphasized that the investigation into the causes of the attack was still in its earliest stages.
"We still do not know who did this or why and people should not jump to conclusions before we have all the facts. But, make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this," he said. "Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice."
President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
President Obama meets with speech writers Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan in this Oval Office shot by photographer Pete Souza.
The White House did not say what they were working on, but the president has remarks scheduled at Democratic Senate Caucus Retreat Wednesday, the National Prayer Breakfast and the House Democratic Issues Conference Thursday. And, of course, the State of the Union address next Tuesday.
Faverau, his lead speechwriter, is leaving the administration and reportedly eyeing a job in Hollywood. Keenan will take over as chief speech writer.
“Snowball in hand, the President chases Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on the White House colonnade. To escape, Rahm ran through the Rose Garden, which unfortunately for him, was knee-deep in snow.”
President Barack Obama lit a new National Christmas Tree at a traditional ceremony Thursday outside the White House that officially kicks off the holiday season in the nation’s capital. The president was joined by the first lady and their two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, when he led a dramatic countdown before more than 17,000 guests and lit the tree.
Television and Broadway actor Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 90th annual tree-lighting ceremony, which featured musical performances by Colbie Caillat, James Taylor, Jason Mraz and The Fray. During the ceremony, first lady Michelle Obama read the story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” with “Modern Family” actor Rico Rodriguez.
Devil Wears Prada, Works for Obama — That’s all.
Bloomberg: Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, Possible Pick as US Ambassador either to UK or France
President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, as his next ambassador to either the U.K. or France as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies never out of fashion, according to two people familiar with the matter.President Barack Obama is considering nominating Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue, as his next ambassador to either the U.K. or France as he looks to reward his biggest fundraisers with embassies never out of fashion, according to two people familiar with the matter. | Photo via rottentomatoes
"America has never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us, together, through the hard and frustrating but necessary work of self-government. That’s the principle we were founded on."
— President Barack Obama, November 7, 2012 | The White House
Given the late deluge of data, the model says that Obama’s narrow national advantage is statistically meaningful and does not result from random chance. When historical patterns of polling accuracy are factored in, the model now gives Obama a 75 percent chance of winning the national popular vote.
Far more importantly, the final polls show Obama maintaining his advantage in the critical battleground states. In Ohio, which continues to be the most important tipping point state in the race to win 270 electoral votes, 13 of the final 14 surveys show Obama nominally ahead, with one showing a tie.……
Quintessential OBAMA: “The things I say, I mean.”
“You guys have some short memories. Folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there’s no way I would win,” President Obama said.
“These things go in ebbs and flows and, you know, the one thing I’ve tried to always be is just steady in terms of what I believe in, who I’m fighting for, and, you know, I think that one of the qualities I bring to bear in this campaign is, people see, what did I say I was going to do in 2008? And what have I delivered? And they can have some confidence that the things I say, I mean.”
— In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams today, during a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, the president said that he never believed that the excitement surrounding his historic election four years ago and the achievement of taking out al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden would inflate his likelihood of re-election.