William Powers, a former New York Republican Party chairman, told the Post, “I don’t think there’s any doubt Obama is going to pick him as his running mate. The president is in trouble and Biden doesn’t bring anything to his ticket.” But as much as Cuomo has expressed an interest in running for national office, possibly in 2016, there’s little chance that he would leave his job two years into his term even if the White House dangled the vice presidency in front of him.
(WASHINGTON) — A day after United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declared his candidacy for a second term, President Obama says his administration stands behind the U.N. chief.
The White House said Tuesday that under Ban’s leadership “the United Nations has played a critical role in responding to crises and challenges across the globe, including most recently supporting democratic transitions in Cote d’Ivoire and earthquake-affected Haiti, the conduct of the referendum on South Sudan’s self-determination, and efforts to resolve the political and humanitarian crisis in Libya.”
“The Secretary General has made important reforms, such as increasing the hiring of women to senior posts and proposing the deepest reduction in the UN’s budget in more than a decade,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
At a news conference in New York on Monday, the 66-year-old South Korean said he would seek a second five-year term, and called his time as secretary general “an enormous privilege.” Ban said he would be “deeply honored to serve [as U.N. Secretary General] once more.”
(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign on Wednesday started selling “Made in the USA” t-shirts featuring images of both President Obama and the long-form birth certificate he released copies of last month.
“Wear your support for this campaign with an official Made in the USA T-shirt,” his website advertises. Donate $25 or more today and we’ll send you your limited-edition shirt.”
Coffee mugs are also available.
“Remember ‘fight the smears’ from the 2008 campaign?” asked campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt. “This is the mobile version of it.”
“Fight the Smears” was an Obama campaign website from 2008 that attempted to refute untruths about the campaign, such as the claim that then-Sen. Obama was a Muslim.
A Gallup poll released last week indicate that 65 percent of those polled say the president “definitely” or “probably” was born in the U.S. Thirteen percent of Americans say the president “definitely” or “probably” was born in another country. Twenty percent say they don’t know enough to form an opinion. These numbers are trending towards the correct belief that the president was born in the U.S.
Last month, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, after then-potential presidential candidate Donald Trump began questioning yet again if President Obama was born in the United States — and polls indicated an increasing number of Americans were starting to question where the president was born.