Barack Obama

Business & Economy
1:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

White House Continues Effort To Increase Minimum Wage

Obama spoke in Asheville last month about raising the minimum wage.
Credit Randomsoleil, via Flickr, Creative Commons

The White House is continuing to take its effort to raise the nation's minimum wage on the road.  The proposed change was part of President Obama's message during his stop at an Asheville plant in February. He said it's time for an increase in the minimum wage "because if you work full time, you shouldn't be in poverty."

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Business & Economy
6:45 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

President Obama Visits Asheville To Discuss Jobs, Manufacturing

Courtesy: The White House

President Obama made Asheville the first stop of a three-day trip to push economic proposals he made in his State of the Union address this week.  The president got a tour yesterday of the Linamar machine parts plant before making some remarks.  Canada-based Linamar moved to Asheville after a Volvo plant left taking hundreds of jobs with it.  The president says he'd like to see the federal government help make Linamar's example more common in cities that have been hit hard economically.

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Arts & Culture
10:58 am
Tue January 22, 2013

NC's James Taylor Sings at Inauguration

At the ceremonial inauguration of President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21, James Taylor took to the stage to strum and sing an acoustic rendition of “America the Beautiful.” His performance was greeted by cheers from the crowd and a hug  from President Obama. Other musical guests at the inauguration included Kelly Clarkson and Beyoncé.  In 2011, President Obama awarded James Taylor the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House.  Taylor grew up in Chapel Hill.

Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

North Carolina Buses Leave For Obama Inauguration

The Raleigh-based Martin Luther King Committee has chartered six buses heading to Washington D-C for President Obama’s Inauguration.

The buses will pull out in the morning – leaving from Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte.

Phyllis Coley, the founder of Spectacular Magazine, helped organize the trip.  She will ride the Durham bus.

Phyllis Coley:  "I’m going for the second time, because again, the same way I felt the first time, I don’t think that I will see another African American president sworn-in in my life-time."

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Politics & Government
1:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Romney Wins NC, Obama Wins Election

Mitt Romney won North Carolina last night. But the 15 electoral votes that went with it did not lead to the presidency, as Barack Obama was re-elected.  As Dave DeWitt reports, the presidential race in North Carolina came down to a slim, but significant, margin.

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Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Michelle Obama Rallies Voters In Charlotte

First lady Michelle Obama was in Charlotte this afternoon to help get out the vote for her husband. She reminded supporters waiting in a hangar at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that President Obama won North Carolina in 2008 by only 14 thousand votes. Mrs. Obama said that's why every vote matters.

Michelle Obama: And it is all going to come down to what happens in just a few key battleground states like right here in North Carolina. Right here. When we win this state with your help and we'll be on our way.

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Politics & Government
3:15 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Clinton Campaigns In Raleigh

Eric Hodge: Former President Bill Clinton visited Raleigh on Sunday. He was here to campaign for Barack Obama in what is shaping up to be a very tight race in North Carolina.

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Politics & Government
3:30 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Presidential Race In NC Coming Down To Wire

The Obama and Romney Campaigns continue to fight for North Carolina's 15 Electoral College votes.

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Politics & Government
6:05 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Presidential Ground Game Could Be Key In NC

It’s one week until election day. Candidates for offices at all levels are crisscrossing the state, looking for any last stray votes they can find.   But the two major-party candidates for President, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, are not, as of now, scheduled to appear in North Carolina before next Tuesday.  However, that doesn’t mean their campaigns in the state are slowing down.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

McCain, Price Stump For Presidential Candidates

Some members of Congress were in the Triangle today to back their candidates for President.

Gurnal Scott: 2008 GOP nominee John McCain came to a Cary VFW post to ask veterans to vote for Mitt Romney. He said his worries about President Barack Obama began the night Mr. Obama beat him four years ago.

John McCain: I was concerned about obviously national security. We always are. But I wasn't as concerned as I am today. America is not leading. We are beset by enemies on all sides.

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