"Let's prove the cynics wrong, show them your voice counts," the president urged a mostly student crowd estimated at 3,300 assembled for his appearance on the campus of Capital University.
Mr. Obama used his campaign speech to spotlight administration initiatives to help make college more affordable for students while blasting Romney for offering no such proposals.
"Putting a college education within reach of working families doesn't seem to be a priority for my opponent," the president told supporters.
In fact, he ridiculed Romney for suggesting on a prior visit to Ohio that if college students need financial assistance, they should either "shop around" or "borrow money if you have to from your parents."
"That's it. That's his plan," said the president, conveying a deliberate air of incredulity.Continue »
(CBS News) WASHINGTON - The White House affirmed on Wednesday that President Obama opposes the Boy Scouts' policy barring gay scouts and scoutmasters. But he has no intention of stepping down as the organization's honorary president, a White House spokesman tells CBS News.
After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America last month reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays from participation as members or leaders.
Mr. Obama has yet to personally offer any public comment on the action, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told CBS News that the president "opposes discrimination in all forms," including the Boy Scouts policy that "discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation."
Carney made it clear, however, that Mr. Obama will not resign from the organization as its honorary president, though a gay rights group has urged him to do so.Continue »
(CBS News) RENO, Nevada - Reaching out for the votes of military personnel, veterans and their families, President Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention Monday that he kept the promises he made four years ago, stating that today the U.S. is "safer and stronger and more respected in the world."
And though the White House said the president's speech was "official" and not a "campaign" address, Mr. Obama leveled veiled but unmistakable criticism at Mitt Romney's policies and lack of a foreign policy record. Romney addresses the VFW tomorrow.
Mr. Obama began his speech paying homage to four military personnel and veterans who lost their lives in the movie theater shootings three days ago.
"I stand before you as our hearts still ache over the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado," said the president.
He singled out four individuals:Continue »
"Even Air Force One has to fly around the thunder," he explained to an understanding audience, demonstrably happy to see the president under any circumstances.
Along with Virginia and Ohio, Florida is the 3rd battleground state Mr. Obama has visited over the past week - each of them essential to his strategy to win a second term.
He won Florida in 2008 by a narrow 51 to 48 percent margin, but recent polls show him running neck-and-neck with Romney for the state's cache of 29 electoral votes.
Making his 19th visit to Florida since taking office and his 7th visit this year, the president used his kick-off speech to reach out to the politically significant population of senior citizens.
He said Mitt Romney threatens their Medicare coverage by advocating it be turned into a voucher program.Continue »
(CBS News) CINCINNATI - Back in the must-win state of Ohio, President Obama said Mitt Romney's tax policies would create 800,000 jobs, but, "They wouldn't be in America."
At the first town meeting-style event of his re-election campaign, Mr. Obama cited "a new study by independent economists" that concluded Romney's plan to eliminate taxes on the foreign income of U.S. companies would create jobs abroad, not in the United States.
"They'd be in other countries," said the president in remarks to a wildly supportive crowd of 1,200 gathered in the Cincinnati Music Hall.
The Obama campaign spotlights the study's conclusion that tax reforms supported by Romney "would significantly increase incentives for U.S. firms to move economic activity abroad."
(Obama answers a young girl's question on his favorite Girl Scout cookie in Ohio on Monday.)
The study provided Mr. Obama with new ammunition to fire at his presumptive opponent's policies and portray them as oblivious to the needs of working Americans.
But the Romney campaign was quick to return fire, asserting the study was the work of a liberal college professor who contributed to the Obama campaign.Continue »
It's a must-win state for both the Obama and Romney campaigns. It's an indispensable element of each candidate's gameplan for victory.
"When we win Virginia," the president told supporters at his first stop Friday, "we're going to have won the election."Continue »
To celebrate the end of the U.S. war in Iraq and honor the American men and women who served in it, President and Mrs. Obama will host a White House dinner on Leap Day - February 29th.
The dinner is "an expression of the nation's gratitude for the achievements and enormous sacrifices of the brave Americans who served in the Iraq War and of the families who supported them," said a White House statement.
Announcing the event at today's White House briefing, spokesman Jay Carney said the White House is working with military and civilian leaders on the dinner.
He said guests will include men and women in uniform from all ranks, services, states and backgrounds.
Obviously, the White House could not accommodate the 1.5 million American military personnel who served in Iraq over nearly nine years, but Carney said those invited will represent all of those who served.Continue »
For the first time at one of President Obama's re-election campaign events, his lectern displayed the presidential seal.
It had been the policy of the Obama White House that the presidential seal would not be displayed at purely political and campaign events.
The policy ended today at Mr. Obama's campaign speech on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where the presidential seal adorned his lectern.Continue »
"How long does media let Mitt get away w/out pool coverage," tweeted Axelrod after noting that the "world only learned from Rupert's tweet" about Murdoch's meeting with Romney last week.
The same might be asked of the press that covers the White House and the Obama campaign, which so far this year has been barred from any coverage of 25 Obama campaign fundraising events. Most of them amount to private sessions with supporters contributing as much as $50,000 per person to the Obama Victory Fund.
Axelrod well knows that White House and campaign officials determine what events the press is permitted to cover. Often, as in the case of the Romney meeting with Murdoch, the press is not even informed of the get-together. That is frequently the case at the White House, where many events are not posted on the president's public schedule.Continue »
(CBS News) CHICAGO -- There's something about golf that makes it a compelling pastime for American presidents.
President Obama spent about 4 hours on Father's Day playing a round of golf at the Beverly Country Club with two old friends and an aide. It was his 100th round of golf since taking office.
By the number of times he plays, it's clear Mr. Obama enjoys golf, though only on a few occasions has he spoken publicly about the game.
In naming Jim Yong Kim to be his nominee to head the World Bank last March, Mr. Obama joked with mock envy about Kim's prowess on the links.
"I just found out he's a five handicap in golf. I'm a little resentful about that last item."
(CBS News) WASHINGTON -- Like many of the Americans they represent, U.S. presidents are sports fans too.
It's a way for politicians to connect with voters who are avid followers of football, baseball, NASCAR and college sports.
And it's become standard practice for presidents to invite championship teams - especially Super Bowl winners - to the White House for presidential tributes.
President Obama hosts the Super Bowl champion New York Giants at a reception today, just as he honored the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2009, the New Orleans Saints in 2010 and the Green Bay Packers last year.Continue »
Three days after doing a record six fundraising events in a single day on June 1 in Minneapolis and Chicago, Obama is attending three more campaign money events this afternoon and evening.Continue »
"Today we're still fighting our way back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression," said the president in a speech to workers at a Honeywell plant in this suburb of Minneapolis.
He said the economy "still faces some serious headwinds," citing, among other things, the Euro crisis across the Atlantic. He said it's having an "an impact worldwide" and is starting to cast a shadow on the U.S. as well.
"We knew the road to recovery would not be easy, we knew it would take time, we knew there would be ups and downs along the way," the president said in a campaign-style speech to a supportive crowd of 1,700.
But determined to sound optimistic just five months before American voters decide if he gets a second term, he said "we will come back stronger."Continue »
(CBS News) WASHINGTON -- At least for today, President Obama put aside his frequent talk of the economic "mess" and "trillion dollar deficit" he inherited, in order to cordially welcome the man he blames for it.
At a ceremony this afternoon in the East Room, President and Mrs. Obama unveil the portrait of 43rd President George W. Bush, which will become part of the permanent White House collection. A portrait of former First Lady Laura Bush will also be unveiled.
President Obama "looks forward" to the occasion, says his spokesman Jay Carney. It's a tradition that sitting U.S. presidents host portrait unveilings for their immediate predecessors.
President Bush did the same thing eight years ago nearly to the day when he welcomed former President Bill and Hillary Clinton to the White House.
It's often an exercise in political restraint especially when the current president publicly laments about the problems he attributes to the previous occupant of the Oval Office.Continue »
(CBS News) COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. - Combining a patriotic message with a re-election theme, President Obama told over a thousand graduating cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy that they are stepping "forward into a different world."
"You are the first class in nine years that will graduate into a world where there are no Americans fighting in Iraq." He also said "Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to our country," thanks in part to US Air Force personnel.
"And you are the first graduates since 9/11who can clearly see how we'll end the war in Afghanistan."
He said that for the last decade, America has labored under "the dark cloud of war."Continue »