President Barack Obama

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    President Obama recently visited central Massachusetts.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Representative Jim McGovern tells WAMC’s Ian Pickus, sitting in for Alan Chartock, that Worcester was happy to have the commander-in-chief in town.

President Barack Obama, a frequent visitor to New York State in recent weeks, was in Massachusetts late Wednesday. He spoke at a high school commencement in Worcester and at a political fundraiser in suburban Boston. 

President Obama held up Worcester Technical High School as a national model for preparing American students to compete in the global economy.

" I want the nation to learn from Worcester Tech."

The president spoke to an audience of 5,000 people at the graduation exercises held in the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

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."  

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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.