US Election

    713 days ago

    Obama pledges to ease bitter divide

    A triumphant US President Barack Obama pledged to ease the bitter partisan divide on display during his gruelling battle for re-election and sure to carry over into his second White House term, while the most pressing of many urgent economic problems looms with a “fiscal cliff” at the end of the year.

    713 days ago

    Obama secures second term with half of nation's votes

    US President Barack Obama has captured a second White House term, even though he has claimed only 50% of the popular vote with returns from 94% of the country's precincts so far.

    713 days ago

    Robinson and McGuinness congratulate Obama

    The North’s First and Deputy First Ministers have congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as US president.

    713 days ago

    Obama marks win with Twitter record

    A second term and a Twitter record – with much to celebrate, a picture of an intimate embrace with his wife Michelle has become President Barack Obama’s most popular tweet ever with over half a million retweets and counting.

    713 days ago

    Taoiseach 'hoping to strengthen ties between Europe and US'

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has added his congratulations to US PresidentBarack Obama on his re-election.

    713 days ago

    Deputy US Ambassador hails 'Irish-American' Obama

    The Deputy US Ambassador to Ireland has said the re-election of 'Irish-American' President Barack Obama will see Ireland's relationship with the US go "from strength to strength".

    714 days ago

    Higgins looks forward to Obama's 'continued leadership'

    President Michael D Higgins has added his voice to those congratulating Barack Obama.

    714 days ago

    World celebrates Obama win

    From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world have cheered Barack Obama’s re-election as US president today.

    714 days ago

    Obama to work with divided Congress

    Newly re-elected President Barack Obama will once again deal with a divided Congress as Democrats retained control of the US Senate, while Republicans kept their solid majority in the House of Representatives.

    714 days ago

    Re-elected Obama hails supporters

    Re-elected US president Barack Obama today told ecstatic supporters the “best is yet to come” in a victory speech in his home city of Chicago.

    714 days ago

    Govt should 'extend state visit' to Obama

    President Obama's distant relative Henry Healy from Moneygall in Co Offaly has welcomed the US election result.

    714 days ago

    Obama: The best is yet to come

    Barack Obama has been re-elected as US president, telling ecstatic supporters: "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come."

    714 days ago

    Obama wins US election

    Barack Obama has been re-elected President of the United States of America.

    714 days ago

    Romney concedes defeat

    Republican candidate Mitt Romney has conceded defeat in the race for the White House.

    714 days ago

    Colorado legalises marijuana for recreational use

    Colorado has become the first US state to approve a proposal to legalise marijuana for recreational use.

    714 days ago

    Maine backs gay marriage in vote

    Maine has approved same-sex marriage, giving the gay rights movement a breakthrough victory.

    714 days ago

    Obama: A lot more work to do

    President Obama told supporters his win “wasn’t fate and it wasn’t an accident”.

    714 days ago

    Projections: Obama wins White House race

    Barack Obama has been re-elected as US president, according to projections.

    714 days ago

    Senate setback for Republicans

    Republicans have lost two seats in the Senate, boosting Democratic prospects for keeping control of the upper chamber.

    714 days ago

    Stark choice as voters head to the polls

    US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have closed out their hard-fought battle for the White House, yielding centre stage to voters who face a stark choice on election day between fundamentally different visions for the country’s future.

    773 days ago

    Obama beats Romney in TV ratings

    President Barack Obama can beat rival Mitt Romney as a television draw, but can not eclipse his old self.

    774 days ago

    Eastwood: Convention speech only irritated 'lefties'

    Clint Eastwood says he achieved what he sought to do when he appeared at the Republican National Convention last week and talked to an empty chair that he said represented President Barack Obama. The actor’s speech was widely mocked.

    776 days ago

    Bill Clinton adds support to Obama campaign

    Former president Bill Clinton will lead the cheers as he nominates Barack Obama for a second White House term tonight in a bid to enhance the Democrats economic credibility.

    777 days ago

    Michelle Obama makes case for husband

    Democrats launched President Barack Obama on his uncertain bid for re-election as they opened their national convention.

    779 days ago

    Obama blasts 'yesterday's rivals'

    A fired-up Barack Obama has lampooned his Republican rivals, saying they had taken the country backwards and were better-suited to the black-and-white TV era, as he began touring battleground states in the run-up to the Democratic National Convention.

    780 days ago

    Obama visits battleground states ahead of convention

    US President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-day march through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to his party’s convention.

    788 days ago

    Romney in jibe at opponent Obama

    Mitt Romney was on the defensive after raising the discredited rumour that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore ineligible to be president.

    810 days ago

    Romney and Obama clash on economy

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said his economic programme would create 12 million new jobs in the next four years, turning his attention back to the economy before the release of an important report on US unemployment.

    1182 days ago

    Presidential hopeful apologises for Muslim remarks

    Republican Herman Cain is apologising to Muslim leaders for vitriolic remarks he made about Islam while campaigning for the US presidential nomination.

    1195 days ago

    Giuliani considering presidential bid

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he has not ruled out making a bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

    1447 days ago

    Clinton rules out new bid for presidency

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is again slapping down speculation that she harbours ambitions for another presidential run.

    1448 days ago

    Obama reflects on election defeat

    President Barack Obama was on a political collision course with his opponents tonight after Republicans made sweeping election gains and vowed to undo some of his major policies.

    1448 days ago

    New House leader threatens Obama's health reforms

    Republicans today claimed their US elections victory gave them a mandate to throw out President Barack Obama's health care reform, calling it a "monstrosity".

    1453 days ago

    Economy adds to Obama election gloom

    A series of gloomy US economic reports released today, just days before congressional elections, are expected to contribute to big losses by President Barack Obama's Democrats.

    1454 days ago

    Obama uses chat show to woo young voters

    President Barack Obama used a popular late-night TV satire show to try to rouse younger voters ahead of next Tuesday's congressional elections.

    1906 days ago

    McCain predicts big future for Palin

    US Senator John McCain said he sees Sarah Palin continuing to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party.

    2105 days ago

    President Bush gives farewell address

    US President George Bush today delivered a farewell address to the nation in which he paid tribute to his successor as a man whose story reflects “the enduring promise” of America.

    2105 days ago

    Atheists fail to ban God from Obama inauguration

    A US federal judge refused to order the words “so help me God” taken out of President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural oath or to stop ministers from praying at the inauguration ceremony.

    2116 days ago

    Obama women arrive in Washington

    The next US first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters have arrived in Washington ahead of President-elect Barack Obama.

    2136 days ago

    Obama 'formally elected'

    Presidential electors have formally elected Barack Obama the US’s 44th president.

    2146 days ago

    Oprah 'too busy' to work in Obama administration

    Although Oprah Winfrey worked hard on Barack Obama's presidential election campaign, she never considered going to work for the president-elect's administration, the talk show host said.

    2150 days ago

    Hillary Clinton confirmed as Obama’s secretary of state

    Former rival Hillary Clinton was today formally named as Barack Obama’s new secretary of state.

    2154 days ago

    Gorbachev backs Obama reforms

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev backed US president-elect Barack Obama’s reforming stance, saying the world needed a strong America.

    2160 days ago

    Obama set to name Fed president as treasury chief

    US President-elect Barack Obama intends to name the president of the New York Federal Reserve as his treasury secretary to confront the country’s intense economic turmoil, senior Democratic officials said. The stock market soared on the news.

    2160 days ago

    Palin turkey-farm interview backfires

    Sarah Palin had yet another PR stunt backfire on her today.

    2161 days ago

    Obama looks set to nominate Clinton

    An aide to Barack Obama’s transition team says the US president-elect is on track to nominate Senator Hillary Clinton as secretary of state by next Thursday.

    2164 days ago

    Obama and McCain meet for first time since election

    Former campaign rivals President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain met today to discuss working together in the future in their first meeting since the bitter election race.

    2166 days ago

    Obama urges Congress to move on economic plan

    US President-elect Barack Obama today urged Congress to get moving on an economic rescue plan that would extend jobless benefits among other actions.

    2167 days ago

    Obama interviews Hillary for top post

    US president-elect Barack Obama interviewed primary election rivals Hillary Clinton and Bill Richardson to be his secretary of state, Democrats said, as he considered folding former foes into his new administration.

    2167 days ago

    Castro: New president won't bring change to US

    Fidel Castro said today that the election of a new president would not bring change to the US.

    2168 days ago

    Ebay bans Obama inauguration tickets

    EBay will not allow tickets for president-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony to be sold on its websites.

    2168 days ago

    'Hopes and dreams' pledge as Obama quits Senate

    President-elect Barack Obama said he hoped to fulfil “the simple hopes and common dreams of all Americans” as he announced his resignation from the US Senate today.

    2170 days ago

    Defeated McCain backs 'inspiring' Palin

    Defeated US presidential candidate John McCain defended his running mate Sarah Palin today, denying that she damaged his White House bid and dismissing criticism of her as campaign sniping.

    2171 days ago

    Obama and Bush 'relaxed and friendly' during White House visit

    Barack Obama enjoyed a “relaxed and friendly” meeting with President George Bush as he visited the White House for the first time since becoming US president-elect.

    2171 days ago

    Palin blames Bush policies for election defeat

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin blamed Bush administration policies for the Republican presidential defeat and prayed she would not miss “an open door” for her next political opportunity.

    2171 days ago

    Obama has private White House talks with Bush

    Barack Obama spent two hours having private talks with President George Bush today as he visited the White House for the first time since becoming US president-elect.

    2172 days ago

    Obama heads to White House for Bush talks

    Barack Obama will meet President George Bush for key talks at the White House for the first time since becoming the first black US president-elect in history today.

    2172 days ago

    Obama set to reverse Bush's stem-cell policy: Advisor

    Barack Obama heads to the White House for his first post-election meeting with President George Bush this week, as Americans await signals of how their new leader will confront the overwhelming array of challenges facing the United States.

    2172 days ago

    Obama's tax plans causing concern

    There is growing concern about the impact Barack Obama's tax reforms would have on jobs in American multi-nationals with bases in Ireland.

    2172 days ago

    Obama and Medvedev 'discuss early summit'

    President-elect Barack Obama spoke to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev as the future American head of state had another round of phone calls with leaders in other nations.