Thursday afternoon, Barack Obama presided over the unveiling of George W. Bush's official portrait in the White House, a warm event that reminds us: It feels like years since President Dubya regaled the world with his famous spoonerisms. His retirement has been defined by an awkward silence. While John McCain's endorsement was trumpeted by Mitt Romney, Bush delivered his in just four words. "I'm for Mitt Romney," he shouted to a journalist as an elevator door closed between them. If, just for old time's sake, Bush had said, "I'm for Ritt Momney," it would have been perfect.
The lessons of the first round of the French presidential elections are multiple and somewhat contradictory.
If Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are staying up late worrying about whether they can win the election, they should ponder another, ultimately more important, question: Will their campaign rhetoric make it impossible for them to be effective if elected president?
There has never been any doubt that President Obama fully accepts the Supreme Court's authority to render a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Being president pays; $400,000 a year, in fact.
Less than 10 months from the general election, Barack Obama appears to be laying the groundwork for a reprise of Harry Truman's populist 1948 campaign.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offers his rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech.
CNN's Jomana Karadsheh reports on the politics and brutality of revenge in Libya.
As long as there are postmen, life will have zest.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is now in its fourth week and still gaining momentum. CNN's Greg Black reports.
President Obama's 2012 campaign is gradually starting to take shape. Rather than focusing on the record from his first term and his competence as the commander in chief, the president is promoting himself as a revived populist, anti-establishment Democrat fighting for the unfulfilled goals of his 2008 campaign.
In a passionate speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama issued a stern warning to Republicans: Compromise or I'll use it against you.
President Obama defends unions and collective bargaining on Labor day in Detroit.
As the president leaves for vacation on Martha's Vineyard - some are questioning the decision. CNN's Dan Lothian reports.
How do you score partisan points against a president who looks to have won a military victory in Libya at very low cost? Simple: Attack him for being away from Washington at a summer house when the victory was won.
Americans are watching with growing disgust Washington's embarrassing inability to reach a reasoned and reasonable compromise in raising the debt-ceiling limit.
At key moments in his presidency, Barack Obama has struggled to win the support of the American people through the power of his oratory. The power of persuasion has traditionally been one of the most powerful weapons of the commander in chief.
Sarah Palin has mesmerized the cable shows by revving a bus and riding a Harley.
Since the late 1940s, it has been an American custom for pollsters and publications to release a ranking of U.S. presidents.
Here are a few facts about the president's annual address to Congress that probably won't show up in the headlines:
U.S. Army and Marine Corps leaders testify to a Senate committee that combat is no time to repeal "don't ask."
"If 'don't ask, don't tell' is repealed and you are assigned to bathroom facilities (that have)] an open bay shower that someone you believe to be a gay or lesbian service member also used, which are you most likely to do?" -- Question on 2010 Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Survey of Uniformed Active Duty and Reserve Service Members*
At 21 weeks of age and 45 pounds each, Apple and Cider would normally be prime candidates for Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's memoir, "A Journey," is sparking all sorts of picketing and protesting around the U.K., so we thought it might be a good time to take a look at a few presidential memoirs from this side of the pond.
A pair of false teeth worn by Winston Churchill have sold at auction for more than $23,000 -- on the same day that plans were announced to put the British wartime leader's archive papers online for the first time.
When it comes to word choice, President Obama is less positive than any president in modern time, according to a scholar who has dissected the language of State of the Union speeches since Harry Truman's 1946 address.
Another wartime Christmas week has arrived.
President Obama is taking a huge step in his presidency. After weeks of careful deliberation, the president has sided with military officials who have been pushing for an escalation of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
A big bird from the East is heading west, thanks to a second chance at life given by President Obama in the nation's capital Wednesday, a day before Americans sit down to Thanksgiving dinner.
President Obama pardons a turkey, continuing a presidential Thanksgiving tradition.
The woman's Halloween costume featured a Third Reich motif.
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he would be pushing for a public option in the final health care bill, it looked as if he had given up on the possibility of a bipartisan agreement.
We've been watching presidents come and go for years and have come up with five key lessons for President Obama to keep in mind as he copes with the world's toughest job.
"We worked hard to get it and we're going to keep it," said Nancy Snyder, one of the protesters attending this summer's health care town meetings.
President Obama's decision to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday is a gutsy gamble -- a recognition that the health care reform debate has gone off the rails and needs to be recentered.
President Barack Obama turns 48 on Tuesday. While the first family encourages you to send contributions to your favorite charity in lieu of the White House, if you insist on doing some last-minute birthday shopping for 44, you might consider a pair of jeans or a case of Bud Light. For some historical precedent, here's a look back at some of the more interesting presidential gifts.
Just a two-hour detour from Paris, the Loire was once a playground to Renaissance royals. Now its vaunted châteaux are attracting enterprising young couples and artists who have remade them into captivating -- and surprisingly affordable -- inns.
It's one of the first things you learn about stock investing: Diversification reduces your risk. U.S. blue chips, foreign stocks, small-caps, and real estate investment trusts may each have their risks, but they won't all go down at once ... right?
The White House may be the official residence of the U.S. president, but it's only a temporary address. The former homes and libraries of presidents offer an inside look into the lives of the select few who served as the nation's leader.
Craggy-faced film, television and stage actor James Whitmore has died at 87, the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff's Department confirmed Saturday.
Citing the need to restore public trust in an inefficient and allegedly corrupt military procurement process, a new government commission Monday officially began hearings to account for billions of taxpayer dollars misspent in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President-Elect Obama's mother-in-law will be moving to Washington with the first family, at least temporarily, his transition team has confirmed. Marian Robinson will be the latest in a line of presidential in-laws who, for good or ill, lived under the same roof as the president.
Use this resource as a brief history of presidential inaugurations and the traditions associated with them.
President Bush addressed White House staff to discuss the transfer of power to President-elect Barack Obama.
With record low approval ratings and intense criticism for his handling of the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina and the economy, the word most used to label George W. Bush's presidency will be "incompetent," historians say.
Dear Annie: I'm a department manager in a company that recently slashed its workforce (and we think there is probably more cutting ahead). My team has shrunk from 12 people to 7, but we still have to reach the same productivity goals. This is hard on everybody, but one of my direct reports - an extremely talented techie whom I'd hate to lose - seems to be taking the extra pressure particularly badly. He has started ranting and raving over small mistakes his colleagues make, and even blew up at me yesterday when I asked him what I intended as an innocent question about a project. I was caught off guard by his anger and started shouting back at him, which just made him even madder. If (or when) he flies off the handle again, how should I deal with it? - Peacemaker
In 1993, Kevin Kline starred in a movie called "Dave," playing a look-alike who winds up impersonating the president. In the movie, the real president has a stroke and is kept on life support in a restricted area of the White House by a power-mad chief of staff, played by Frank Langella. Dave fills in.
Gov. Sarah Palin urges voters to 'join our cause' and elect Sen. John McCain.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party's vice presidential nominee, on Wednesday night addressed the 2008 Republican National Convention. Here is the text of the speech:
Which of the two leading presidential candidates is winning the battle for independent voters? So far, neither.
The best-selling pop album on planet Earth and a disc sent hurtling into deep space are among recordings the Library of Congress will preserve for their cultural significance
A new poll suggests that President Bush is the most unpopular president in modern American history.
Margaret Truman, the only child of former President Harry S. Truman who became a concert singer, actress, radio and TV personality and mystery writer, died Tuesday
In 1950, 12 days after the start of the Korean War, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover had a plan "to apprehend and detain persons who are potentially dangerous to the internal security of the country" -- thousands of them, almost all American citizens.
Three U.S. Navy aviators are missing at sea after a command and control plane crashed over the Atlantic on Wednesday night, Navy officials said Thursday.
A Navy surveillance aircraft crashed into the Atlantic during a training exercise, and crews searched Thursday for the three aviators who were aboard
After a much-publicized military buildup in the Persian Gulf, the United States is now planning to have only one aircraft carrier in the region for part of this year
President Bush isn't the only lame duck in our nation's capital. All 435 congressmen are up for re-election next year, and so are 34 of our senators. That's a total of 469 lame ducks, the way I see it.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who picks up an award or honor almost every other week now, recently was named Sports Executive of the Year by the Sports Business Journal. And no one even thought about snickering.
Kofi Annan had some strong words Monday for the United States in his farewell speech as secretary-general of the United Nations.
If you cover Washington long enough, you cover all sorts of strange things: audiotape of a president, Richard Nixon, ordering his top aides to burglarize a Washington think tank (they didn't); President Reagan's national security team sending money to help anti-government guerillas in Nicaragua without telling the president, because Congress had forbidden such aid and they were afraid Mr. Reagan would object. Lots of odd things.
LETTERS TO FORTUNE
U.S. and British military and law enforcement officials are investigating how a man was able to sneak on board the USS Harry S. Truman last month while the aircraft carrier was making a port call in Portsmouth, England.
Just as we're positioned as never before to secure justice in our economy, we're poised as never before to create a safer, freer, more peaceful world. Our alliances are stronger than ever. Our economy is stronger than ever. We have resumed our historic role as a leader of the free world. And all of these together are a great force for peace.
Concerned that the prestige of the congressional gold medal is being diluted because Congress is doling out too many of them too often, the House voted Wednesday to cap the number of medals approved each year at two and placed other restrictions on who can receive it.
Supremely confident, steadfast in his agenda and seasoned from an eventful first term, President Bush's roughest days may still lie ahead.
At age 95, you've been giving management advice to businesspeople for six decades. What is it that executives never seem to learn?
Former President Jimmy Carter addressed the Democratic National Convention Monday night. This is a transcript of his speech.
The U.S. military is stretched too thin, and the Bush administration has done little to reshape it to fight nontraditional enemies such as al Qaeda, presumptive Democratic candidate John Kerry said Thursday.
The Left gathers in Washington's Woodley Park today to rally around John Kerry with rallying cries from George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. And that's all before lunch.
Whenever I think of expanding a business into a new territory, I remember the lessons I learned in 1988, when the NBA announced that the Orlando Magic would bring basketball to the town that Mickey...
The following is a transcript of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's speech following projected key wins in the Super Tuesday :
It is Jan. 20, 2005. A suitcase nuclear bomb explodes on the National Mall during an Inaugural ceremony. The incoming President and Vice President, the incoming cabinet (none yet sworn in), the ent...
Democratic presidential candidates crisscrossed the country Friday, pushing into the final weekend of campaigning before seven states hold nominating contests Tuesday.
Almost everyone agrees that George W. Bush is a different President than he was two months ago. Historians, his Republican allies, even Democrats believe he has stepped up to the job just when the ...
Senator Kit Bond is smiling as sweat trickles down his cherubic face. It's early summer and pleasantly cool in the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo., but Bond, 61, is just ...
Sen. Kit Bond is smiling as sweat trickles down his cherubic face. It's June and pleasantly cool in the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo., but Bond, 61, is just warming up....
As famous images go, the 1948 photograph of Harry Truman holding up the newspaper with the erroneous DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN headline is among the most iconic in American history. But unlike most well...
Don't even think about it. Don't even think about Monica Lewinsky or Kathleen Willey. There are schools to wire, the IRS to reform, the government to reorganize. And there's the earth to televise. ...
The presidency isn't the all-powerful institution most people think it is, and given what's happening these days, that's a good thing. A President, for instance, doesn't govern anything. The Framer...
The summer's Moneygate hearings may be the best theater Washington has to offer this year. All the classic elements are there: Greed. Envy. Ambition. Pride. Lies. Cover-ups. Also cover-ups of cover...
Sooner or later the name of the late Les Aspin--the brilliant but quirky Congressman who served a brief, unhappy tour as Defense Secretary--is bound to be stenciled on one of the Navy's brand new m...
RIGHT BEFORE THE 1992 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, this column named the stocks we believed would benefit most from a Clinton victory. Our picks included waste-management businesses such as WMX Technolog...
You talk about a labor lobby. Well, it is a child compared to this utility lobby . . . ((It is)) the most powerful, dangerous lobby . . . that has ever been created by any organization in this coun...
There's no disputing the final count. Bill Clinton won 43% of the popular vote and 370 electoral votes, while George Bush took 38% of the vote and 168 electoral ballots. Question is, does that marg...
IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, where the February 18 primary is fast approaching, there is only one political issue: the sputtering U.S. economy. Now that Mario Cuomo has made his to-be-or-not-to-be decision, D...
FOR GEORGE BUSH, this is the moment to savor. With the international coalition that he masterfully forged having achieved the most stunning military victory since World War II, America's pride is b...
As we tap out these words on our trusty 101-key enhanced keyboard, the Dow Jones industrial average is around 2700 and also looking enhanced. Approaching the second anniversary of the great thud of...
In a year with so many candidates, choosing which campaign buttons to store in the attic can be even more difficult than predicting the next President. The election will be decided in November, but...
Should the state of Pennsylvania retain its ancient monopoly on the sale of wine and hard liquor? That is the question of the day in the state, and as we pen these words the outcome is in some doub...
It's hardly a new idea. Shakespeare's characters are constantly put to crashing around in the forest, sorting out identities, gaining insights. In times of crisis North American Indians would retre...