June 3, 2010
Posted: 05:28 PM ET
President Obama goes one-on-one with Larry King on Thursday night to talk about the oil spill, economic turmoil and war. Watch"Larry King Live," at 9 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama told CNN's Larry King on Thursday that he is furious about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but his job is to fix things instead of just yelling at people.
In a White House interview for the 25th anniversary of "Larry King Live" on CNN, Obama called the oil spill an unprecedented crisis for the country but added it could have been worse.
Despite the challenges posed by the oil spill, global threats involving North Korea and Iran and political battles with Congress, Obama called being president "the best job on Earth."
"It's an extraordinary privilege to wake up every day and know you have the opportunity to serve the American people and make life better," he said.
King noted that the latest CNN Poll of Polls showed Obama at 48 percent support among the American people, which the president called pretty good, considering the circumstances.
"Given everything that's going on, my poll numbers are all right," Obama said.
Asked about his anger toward the oil spill situation, Obama said he was furious because "somebody didn't think through the consequences of their actions." Obama also said he had not seen enough of a rapid response from BP to the environmental catastrophe.
"I would love to just spend a lot of my time venting and yelling at people, but that's not the job I was hired to do," Obama said. "My job is to solve this problem and ultimately this isn't about me and how angry I am. Ultimately this is about the people down in the Gulf who are being impacted and what am I doing to make sure that they're able to salvage their way of life."
Posted: 04:39 PM ET
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Posted: 10:43 AM ET
President Barack Obama will return to the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Friday "to assess the latest efforts to counter the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill," according to a White House statement.
Meanwhile, after every effort to contain the undersea oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico failed or fell short, BP devised a new strategy Thursday to cap the ruptured well, though the new plug will not be as tight as previously hoped. The oil giant said it would try again to slice off a damaged riser pipe and then place a containment dome over the well.
But after an attempt to sever the pipe with a diamond-embedded saw failed Wednesday, the company will have to use shears that will not be able to make as precise a cut. Even if the attempt is successful, then the cap will not be as snug and oil will still be flowing out into the Gulf.
Don't forget to tune in tonight and watch our interview with PRESIDENT OBAMA at 9pmeastern/6pmpacific!!
Posted: 07:28 AM ET
The chatter began weeks ago as armchair engineers brainstormed for ways to stop the torrent of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico: What about nuking the well?
Decades ago, the Soviet Union reportedly used nuclear blasts to successfully seal off runaway gas wells, inserting a bomb deep underground and letting its fiery heat melt the surrounding rock to shut off the flow. Why not try it here?
The idea has gained fans with each failed attempt to stem the leak and each new setback — on Wednesday, the latest rescue effort stalled when a wire saw being used to slice through the riser pipe got stuck.
Tune in TONIGHT at 9pmet to see our EXCLUSIVE interview with President Obama – we'll be discussing the oil spill and what can be done to stop the leak!
May 29, 2010
Posted: 04:10 PM ET
The blame game in Washington has started, with President Obama holding a press conference on Thursday to address his administration's handling of the crisis. Meanwhile, Secretaries Hillary Clinton and Timothy Geithner headed overseas to discuss the ongoing situation on the Korean peninsula.
With all of this going on, you may have missed some of these stories worth checking out:
1. As mentioned above, Secretary of State Clinton was in Asia. During her travels, she granted an interview with China's Central Television, and dished about the 'most important' thing going on in her life. Check out what that is HERE (Politico)
2. Looks like the Salahis crashed another place... this time in NYC. At least they got a good laugh out of it (NY Daily News)
3. 'Bunny Suits now a no-no for child sex molesters' in Florida... and no dressing up like Santa Claus either. (Palm Beach Post)
4. Apparently former President Clinton and his "brother from another mother" have frequent late-night chats. Check out who it is HERE (RollCall)
5. Meet "Little Obama" – *spoiler alert* – 'Barry' grows up to be the President of the United States.
May 21, 2010
Posted: 03:28 PM ET
Somehow, the political world survived 'Mini Super Tuesday,' and for those of you who paid attention you saw incumbent Senator Arlen Specter defeated by fellow Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania, while in Kentucky a tea party favorite, Rand Paul, won the GOP nod for Senator.
Meanwhile, back in DC, President Obama welcomed Mexican President Felipe Calderon and hosted the 2nd State Dinner... sans party crashers this time (the Salahis did make news on the same night, though)
While those were big news stories this week, you may have missed some other ones. Lucky for you, we've got them here:
1. There's a rat at the White House. No, it isn't another "Deep Throat." It really is a rat. (NYPost)
2. We learned how much Bo, the first dog, is worth. We would have thought he was priceless, but nope, there's an actual dollar figure. See how much he is worth HERE (NYTimes)
3. Chuck Norris spoke at the National Rifle Association's convention in Charlotte, NC. This is really just a reason to post a 'Chuck Norris Fact' – ("There is no chin behind Chuck Norris's beard. There is only another fist"). (Politico)
5. To cap the week off, there was a SLIGHT misstep at the White House on Wednesday night for the State Dinner:
May 7, 2010
Posted: 12:56 PM ET
The week in politics began in a frenzy, with the focus on Times Square in NYC after an attempted car bombing plot was thwarted and the suspect arrested. Meanwhile, in the Gulf of Mexico, oil continues to spew out with hopes it will be under control early next week.
While you may have been paying close attention to these 2 big political stories, we're here to make sure you don't miss out on these other ones.
Also – heads-up – Mother's Day is this Sunday so don't forget to call Mom!
1. One famous mother had her first tweet this week – and her office says it could possibly be her last. CHECK OUT WHO IT WAS! (Politico)
3. Domestic sex trafficking of children was on the mind of THIS HOLLYWOOD MOM when she came to DC this week, meeting with members of congress. (The Hill)
5. What should President Obama give Mrs. Obama for Mother's Day? 60% of America THINKS THIS, while 9% thinks the best gift he can give her would be to weed the garden. (US News)
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM LKL!
April 30, 2010
Posted: 04:37 PM ET
Meanwhile, illegal immigration took center stage. Arizona passed a new law that will end up in the courts faster than you can swim across the Rio Grande.
And speaking of water...now all eyes are on the Gulf Coast to see how bad the oil spill gets. Seriously, how hard is it to put a bottle cap back on.
However, as we do every week here on the LKL blog, we want to share some political stories you may have missed:
1. In her new book, Laura Bush suggests that she, her husband, "and several members of their staff may have been poisoned during a visit to Germany," when "they all became mysteriously sick" (New York Times).
3. So, a Supreme Court Justice walks into a bathroom and sees a U.S. Senator and the senator says.... (The Hill)
4. A-list celebrities are descending upon our nation's capital this weekend to attend what is dubbed as the "Nerd Prom," the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner. Our fearless host, Larry, will be there – as for the rest, it's easier for you to just click HERE to see who else will be attending the event. (Politico)
5. "I've been sleeping with a teacher for a long time" - Vice President Joe Biden (HuffingtonPost)
April 29, 2010
Posted: 08:36 AM ET
April 28, 2010
Posted: 12:35 PM ET
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