Posts by Devin Dwyer

  • Obama Talks Trump, Tigers With Leno

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Hours after Trump unveiled a dud of a potential "bombshell" against Obama - a call on the president to release his college records in exchange for a $5 million donation to charity - Leno asked the president why the media mogul and reality TV star seems to have it out for the president.

    "You know, this all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked, alluding to Trump's repeated birther claims. "We had constant run-in on the soccer field, and he wasn't very good at it. When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over."

    Obama told Leno that he has never met Trump in person, though Obama did famously roast him at the 2011 White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington while he sat in the crowd.

    With debate season complete, Obama told Leno that he harbored a bit of disappointment because "I was just getting the hang of it" and noted that it was difficult for him to assess his performances in real-time.

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  • Obama, Ryan Set for First Campaign Clash in Iowa

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Obama embarks on a bus tour from Council Bluffs, in the western part of the state, cutting across the drought-stricken farmland over three-days to hit seven stops along the way. It marks his most aggressive effort of the year in the state that catapulted him to the presidency four years ago.

    Ryan, fresh off his debut as vice presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, will "drop by" the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on his first solo day of stumping for the GOP ticket. The novelty of his new role is sure to draw curious crowds.

    Iowa is fitting turf for a first campaign clash between the two men and their starkly contrasting economic visions for the country. The most recent polling shows Obama and Romney locked in a dead heat in the state, unlike several other battlegrounds where Obama has developed a slight lead.

    "I need you guys to load up and go over into Iowa, a battleground state, and knock on some doors and make some phone calls over there," Obama told a young crowd of donors here Sunday afternoon. "We've got to get help. You've got to get involved in the election."

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  • Michelle Obama Courts Kid Vote at Gwen Stefani Fundraiser

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    No doubt, first lady Michelle Obama had a fun and lucrative Sunday at the Beverly Hills home of singer Gwen Stefani.

    Obama, on a West Coast fundraising swing for her husband's re-election campaign, mingled with supporters and delivered a keynote address at a $2,500-per-family event on the lawn beside Stefani's outdoor pool. It was billed as a "Sunday of Fun" on invitations to donors.

    Organizers provided fake tattoos on the tennis court for kids, while platters of roasted meats and cookies sat on tables by the hot tub for parents, according to press pool reporters on scene.

    Bandmates from No Doubt sat in the crowd, many with children on their laps. Stefani's children - Kingston, 6, and Zuma, 3, - were also there. Her husband, singer Gavin Rossdale, was said to be on tour in Europe, a campaign official said.

    Given her audience, Obama delivered a kid-focused pitch for her husband's campaign.

    "Barack can't do it alone. He's not Spider-Man. He's not a superhero. He's a human, so we need your help," she said.

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  • Sarah Jessica Parker Hosts the Obamas

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    A party of 50 donors, each paying $40,000 to attend, gathered around a long table just inside the entryway of Parker's four-story brownstone in the West Village to dine with the president and First Lady Michelle Obama. Spotted at the table were actress Meryl Streep, producer Andy Cohen, designer Michael Kors, "Vogue" editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and actress Olivia Wilde. (Broderick was not in attendance; the president noted he "had a show to run off to.")

    President Obama, standing in close quarters with his guests and members of the press pool brought in to hear the remarks, spoke candidly about the challenges of the general election race underway.

    "We're going to have to fight for it because the American people are tired, they've gone through a very tough economy. They're still having a tough time. And that's why this election is going to be close," Obama said.

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  • President Obama, Daughters Make 'Handmade' Mothers' Day Gifts

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    "She deserves to be spoiled,"  Obama said of his wife in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts.

    "Some aspect of it will be handmade," he said. "You know, Malia and Sasha -  it's sort of like an arms race in terms of who can make the bigger, more creative card."

    Obama said the kids' rooms in the White House would be strewn with markers, colored pencils and paper over the next few days.

    The special treatment for the first lady comes nearly a week after President Obama deplaned Air Force One in Columbus, Ohio,   accidentally leaving his wife behind - all as the cameras looked on.

    "Oh, it was embarrassing," a smiling Obama told Roberts. "She gave me so much grief. It was terrible."

    The president praised his wife for her advocacy on behalf of children and military families, calling her achievements "extraordinary work."

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  • Timeline of Obama's 'Evolving' on Same-Sex Marriage

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    President Obama will sit down with "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts today at the White House for a wide-ranging interview, his first since Vice President Joe Biden's public support of same-sex marriage and North Carolina voters imposed a new ban on all same-sex unions. When asked Monday about the president's self-described evolution on the issue, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "I can tell you that I'm sure it is the case that he will be asked again at some point when he gives interviews or press conferences about this issue, and I'll leave it to him to describe his personal views."

    With his "evolving" stance on same-sex marriage in the spotlight, here's a look back at the various positions he has held on the issue: from appearing to support the unions as a young state senate candidate, opposing them outright as a matter of faith in 2004, to suggesting a shift in line with public opinion:

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  • Coach Obama Reveals Basketball Philosophy

    Devin Dwyer at ABC News Blogs2 yrs ago

    "With the girls, they just think of it as dad, that is what dads are supposed to do. They take it for granted," Obama said of the experience in an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz.

    "But what was fun, this is now the third year that the team has played together, and to see them all develop at different paces, to get better and start thinking as a team and to feel good when the team does well, to pick each other up when something is not going well, you can't beat it," he said, "you can't beat the satisfaction."

    Obama said he first got involved with the team when he realized the girls' coach - a parent volunteer who works for the National Institutes of Health - didn't have any basketball experience.

    "We'd see somebody playing a zone, our girls wouldn't know where to go, so I would go over and whisper to the coach," he said. "On Sunday, we would have them over to the gym over here and we'd run drills and we'd run plays."

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