POTUS Operandi

Watch Live: Nikki Haley Gives GOP SOTU Response

Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., delivers the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address.

Obama Tears Up Over Sandy Hook Shooting

President Barack Obama shed tears as he delivered remarks on gun violence Tuesday, recalling the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in late 2012.

Earnest: Saudi Arabia Human Rights a 'Significant Concern'

In a rare move Monday, the Obama administration criticized the government of Saudi Arabia, with Press Secretary Josh Earnest saying mass executions that have generated anger across the Middle East are reflective of "a government that is not doing enough" to address concerns about its human rights record.

WH: Oregon Standoff 'Local Law Enforcement Matter'

President Barack Obama is aware of an armed standoff at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday, but the situation is “a local law enforcement matter.”

Reporter to Obama: 'Why Can't We Take Out These Bastards?'

Addressing reporters at the G-20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, President Barack Obama on Monday pushed back on the notion that the United States has “underestimated” the Islamic State, saying the White House strategy to defeat ISIS “is working.”

“We can retake territory. And as long as we leave our troops there, we can hold it,” Obama said. “But that does not solve the underlying problem of eliminating the dynamics that are producing these kinds of violent extremist groups."

 Obama Doubles Down on ISIS Strategy

President Barack Obama made clear Monday he disagrees with critics who believe he should send thousands of U.S. military troops to Iraq and Syria to counter the Islamic State, after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris.

A defiant Obama said conventional military strategies and operations will not work against the violent extremist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and warned Republican lawmakers and others that “we play into their hands when we act as if ISIL is a state.”

White House Tars GOP After Trump’s ‘Muslim’ Moment

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest broadly tarred Republicans Friday, after Donald Trump failed to correct an audience member at a rally Thursday who asserted that President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Earnest said he has no idea why people believe Obama is a Muslim, but said there have been many Republican leaders, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who have cynically countenanced similar views by their supporters for political gain.

Obama Riposte to Trump: ‘America Is Great Right Now’

President Barack Obama didn’t call out Donald Trump by name, but took aim at the slogan on his hat.

“America is great right now,” the president told CEOs at the Business Roundtable Wednesday morning. That’s a riposte to Trump’s Make America Great Again slogan. Obama said there are things that can be done to make America even better.

United States to Accept ‘At Least 10,000′ Syrian Refugees

The United States is prepared to accept “at least 10,000″ Syrian refugees over the next fiscal year, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The announcement comes after days of pressure on the United States to increase its efforts as refugees have died leaving Syria and pictures of refugees flooding borders in Europe have become an international drama.