President Barack Obama

5/28/14 Panel

May 28, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and University at Albany Journalism Professor and investigative reporter Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Albany Bear
President Obama’s West Point address
Holder - Reporter Leaks
NY Assembly Backs Use of Marijuana for Illnesses
Joe Bruno returns to public life

3/27/14 Panel

Mar 27, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Obama on Ukraine
Obama Confirmations
College Players Union
Amnesty International Report
NY Lawmaker Perks

    President Obama has been flexing his executive muscle.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock Congress’ inaction has forced the president’s hand on issues like the minimum wage.

3/17/14 Panel

Mar 17, 2014


  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Editor of The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick and Associate Editor of the Times-Union, Mike Spain.

Topics include:
Flight 370
Plea Deal in Army Sex Case
Obama = trouble for Dems?
TU Stories


President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address last night included several initiatives for the year.

President Obama: "Tonight, this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent: it is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong."  

Nick Knupffer / Flickr

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to Pete Seeger for reminding us where we come from and showing us where we need to go.

Seeger, the veteran folk singer, died Monday night at age 94. The writer of "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn," he welded his music to activism on issues of American workers and the disadvantaged.

  In a Fox News poll in December 2013, 28% responded that Obama was one of the worst presidents while a similar number—22% -- rated him as great or the greatest.

What makes a bad president? Who else is in the running? And how can a sitting president be viewed by roughly equal amounts of people simultaneously as the best and the worst? Rich Honen joins us to discuss these questions.

Nelson Mandela / South Africa The Good News

Leaders from around the world gathered in South Africa today to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died Friday at age 95. 

    Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories.

His new book, The Center Holds, tells the story of one of the most momentous contests in American history, the Battle Royale between President Obama and his enemies from the 2010 midterms through the 2013 inauguration.

7/2/13 - Panel

Jul 2, 2013

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and newsman, Ray Graf. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Rain Rain Go Away
Forest/Wild Fires
Obama’s Climate Change Speech