President Barack Obama

Politics
7:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

President Obama Endorses Mitch Landrieu In Mayor's Race

President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy and the Affordable Care Act during his appearance at the Port of New Orleans last year.
Jason Saul WWNO

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is getting some high-powered backing of his re-election campaign. It comes from the White House.

President Obama has stepped in to offer his support to Mayor Landrieu.

University of New Orleans political science professor Ed Chervenak says it’s a significant step in a mayoral race.

“You know, it’s unusual, but the mayor said he was going to use every resource and press every advantage,”   Chervenak said.

Landrieu says it’s vital to the city’s recovery to have a good relationship with the federal government.

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Politics
5:04 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

President Barack Obama Speaks On The Economy And The Affordable Care Act At The Port Of New Orleans

President Barack Obama delivered a speech on the economy and the Affordable Care Act during his appearance at the Port of New Orleans on Friday.
Jason Saul WWNO

President Barack Obama visited the Port of New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, delivering a speech on the state of the economy and the vitality of the nation's ports, and touching on future infrastructure spending and the Affordable Care Act.

The full text of the President's remarks, as provided by the White House Press Office:

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

President Obama Visiting Port Of New Orleans

Cranes at the Port of New Orleans
Jason Saul WWNO

President Obama is heading to New Orleans this morning. He selected the port of New Orleans as the backdrop for a speech on the importance of exports. And others are hoping for moment to discuss other economic issues.

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Latest News
11:45 am
Mon January 7, 2013

LISTEN LIVE: Obama to Announce Defense, CIA Nominees

President Obama will make two cabinet announcements this afternoon. Sources say he will nominate former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense and counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan to direct the Central Intelligence Agency.

Listen live to NPR's coverage of the announcements starting at 1 p.m., hosted by Ari Shapiro. He will be joined by Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving; Correspondent Tom Gjelten and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson at the White House.

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Courts
2:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Lawyer Re-Nominated for Federal Judgeship in Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has re-nominated Shelly Deckert Dick to fill a vacancy on the federal bench in Baton Rouge.

Dick, a Baton Rouge attorney, originally was nominated in April 2012. She is one of 33 candidates for federal judgeships who were re-nominated Thursday by Obama.

Obama said in a statement that many of the nominations "could have and should have been confirmed" before the Senate adjourned.

Dick was nominated fill the seat in the Middle District of Louisiana left vacant by the death of Chief U.S. District Judge Ralph Tyson.

Latest News
12:36 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Obama Could Reshape 5th Circuit

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is widely viewed as one of the nation's most conservative federal appellate courts, but President Barack Obama could get a chance to change that perception.

Republican presidents nominated 10 of the 15 active judges serving on the New Orleans-based court. But six of those GOP-nominated judges are eligible for senior status or will be in the next four years, a change that would allow Obama's Democratic administration to nominate their replacements.

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Latest News
3:35 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Grambling Band to March in Obama Parade

The Grambling State University Tiger Marching Band will represent Louisiana in January at the parade honoring the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

The parade is set for Jan. 21 in Washington.

The News-Star reports the Grambling band marched in parades for the inaugural parades of presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush in addition to the 2009 inaugural of Obama.

Latest News
12:22 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

LISTEN LIVE: Obama to Announce Kerry as Secretary of State Nominee

NPR News will provide live, anchored coverage of President Obama's announcement of John Kerry as his nominee to be the next Secretary of State.

Melissa Block will host, joined by White House Correspondent Scott Horsley, Congressional Correspondent David Welna and Diplomatic Correspondent Michale Kelemen.

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Andre Perry Commentary
4:29 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent

Dr. Andre Perry

Dr. Perry shares why an agenda on job creation in education should lead Obama’s second term.

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Hurricane Isaac
3:04 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

WATCH: President Obama Speaks on Preparing for Hurricane Isaac

President Obama discusses steps FEMA and other federal and local agencies are taking to keep Gulf Coast residents safe and minimize the damage from approaching Hurricane Isaac.

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