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OBAMA MEETS THE QUEEN, TUESDAY 24 MAY 5.30PM 24 MAY
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President Barack Obama to be interviewed by the BBC
Tomorrow morning 9:00 am BBC 1
Media Update - 22 hours ago
The full interview between BBC’s Andrew Marr and President Barack Obama will air tomorrow Sunday May 22, 2011 from 08:00 GMT/ 09:00 BST on BBC 1 and on the BBC News Website.
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Obama insists 1967 'basis' for Israel-Palestinian peace
BBC News - 1 day ago
19 May 2011 Last updated at 22:37
US President Barack Obama has insisted that the "1967 border" must be the "basis for negotiations" to set up a future Palestinian state.
In a Middle East policy speech at the state department on Thursday, Mr Obama said the issue was key to the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Mr Obama has been speaking about the issue in an exclusive interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr.
The BBC's Andrew Marr interviews US President Barack Obama. The full interview will be available to watch on the BBC News website from 0800 GMT, 0900 BST, on Sunday 22 May.
Mr Obama has been speaking about the issue in an exclusive interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr. The BBC's Andrew Marr interviews US President Barack Obama. ...
Sydney Morning Herald
►President Barack Obama to be interviewed by the BBC
Media Update - 22 hours ago
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Obama visits Facebook, calls for end to debt squabble April 21, 2011.
President Barack Obama, on a cross- country trip to sell his deficit reduction plan, said today that the nation's finances are "unsustainable."
At a campaign-style town hall meeting at the headquarters of Facebook, Obama said members of both political parties in Washington need to work together to start reducing the nation's budget deficit in a "balanced way."
"We have an unsustainable situation," he said. "We face a critical time where we are going make some decisions -- how do we bring down the debt in the short term, and how do we bring down the debt in the long term?"
Obama is kicking off a three-day trip that, following today's event at Facebook in Palo Alto, California, will include another town hall meeting in Reno, Nevada, and political fundraisers in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
"It's not a full-fledged campaign trip, but it has some of the dynamics of preparing to run a campaign," said Bill Carrick, a Democratic strategist based in Los Angeles. They include moves to "start focusing on swing states early so you can broaden the electoral map," he said.
Facebook, with more than 500 million users, is the world's largest social network website. It was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg.
Obama has used social media sites such as Google Inc.'s YouTube to reach out to voters. Today's session is the first time he has appeared on Facebook, which passed Google last year to become the most visited website in the U.S.
Zuckerberg, joined by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, moderated the event. Obama took questions filed online through Facebook and the White House website, along with those from an audience of Facebook employees, small-business leaders and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
Obama said using Facebook allows us to "make sure this isn't a one-way conversation."
"This format and this company is an ideal means for us to carry on this conversation," the president said. "We're having a very serious debate right now about the future debate of our country."
The White House and House Republicans have offered separate plans to reduce cumulative budget deficits by $4 trillion, over 12 years and 10 years respectively. Obama's plan would include $1 trillion in tax increases that his advisers say could be raised from families earning at least $250,000, while the Republicans' measure wouldn't raise taxes.
"The Republican budget that was put forward, I would say, is fairly radical," Obama said.
"I wouldn't call it particularly courageous," he said. "I would call it short-sighted."
Obama criticized the Republican plan for preserving tax breaks while chopping funds from programs such as clean energy, and overhauling Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs for the elderly and the poor.
"Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the backs people who are poor, or people who are powerless," he said.
Obama, taking questions from Facebook employees and users, said he remains committed to pushing for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. He said members of both parties must cooperate to get it done.
The president said the economy is still "not growing as fast as we'd like" even after creating almost 2 million jobs in the past 18 months. He called the housing market "probably the biggest drag" on the economy.
Drag on Economy
"What I'm really concerned about is making sure that the housing market overall recovers enough that it's not such a huge drag on the economy because, if it isn't, then people will have more confidence, they'll spend more, more people will get hired, and overall the economy will improve," he said. "It's still tough out there."
While in California, Obama will attend political fundraising events in San Francisco and Los Angeles that are expected to raise between $4 million and $5 million, said a Democratic official who was not authorized to publicly discuss the party's fundraising.