News / USA

Obama Thanks World Leaders After Election

The front pages of special editions of French daily newspapers Le Figaro, Le Monde and Liberation published in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, following the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.The front pages of special editions of French daily newspapers Le Figaro, Le Monde and Liberation published in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, following the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.
x
The front pages of special editions of French daily newspapers Le Figaro, Le Monde and Liberation published in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, following the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.
The front pages of special editions of French daily newspapers Le Figaro, Le Monde and Liberation published in Paris, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012, following the re-election of U.S. President Barack Obama.
VOA News
Newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama was busy Thursday speaking with leaders around the globe, thanking them for their friendship and partnership.

The White House said the president has been receiving congratulatory messages from his counterparts since his election victory Tuesday.  A statement said the president appreciates the messages and looks forward to continuing to work with all his fellow leaders to address global challenges.

The White House said the president spoke with 13 world leaders, including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, French President Francois Hollande, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He also spoke with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
 

What is the U.S. Fiscal Cliff?

  • An agreement intended to force politicians to compromise and make deals.
  • Without a deal by January 1, 2013, sharp spending cuts would hit military and social programs.
  • Tax hikes also would go into effect.
  • The combination would reduce economic activity, and could boost unemployment and push the nation back into recession.
On domestic matters, the president called Republican House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday to begin discussions on a deal to avoid a package of automatic budget reductions and tax increases set to take effect after the end of the year.  Economists warn the package, dubbed the "fiscal cliff," could push the U.S. economy back into recession.

The president is seeking new revenue by requiring Americans making over $250,000 to pay more in income taxes, something adamantly opposed by Boehner and his fellow Republicans.  But the House Speaker said Wednesday he is not opposed to some form of new government revenues, as long as they include changes to programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

But Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters that no one will be "messing with Social Security" as part of any compromise.

Talks between the president and Boehner on a so-called "grand bargain" over a long-term budget deal in 2011 collapsed.

Related story by Al Pessin:

US Election Draws Global Attentioni
|| 0:00:00
X
November 07, 2012 8:46 PM
The re-election of President Obama was broadly welcomed around the world, where his popularity has been running higher than in the United States. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

You May Like

Mood Tense Ahead of Scotland Independence Vote

As race to persuade undecided voters continues, 'No' voters say they believe life in Scotland will slowly improve, 'Yes' vote not worth the risk More

South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics

Open Mosque founder plans to welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers More

Ukrainian Activist in Despair About Future of Her Country

IrIna Dovgan, accused of being a spy and tortured by pro-Russian separatists, is appealing to UN Human Rights Council to support her country More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Wateri
X
September 17, 2014 8:44 PM
Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video A Dinosaur Fit for Land and Water

Residents and tourists in Washington D.C. can now examine a life-size replica of an unusual dinosaur that lived almost a hundred million years ago in northern Africa. Scientists say studying the behemoth named Spinosaurus helps them better understand how some prehistoric animals adapted to life on land and in water. The Spinosaurus replica is on display at the National Geographic museum. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Iraqi Kurdistan Church Helps Christian Children Cope find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil

In the past six weeks, tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants and find shelter in churches in the Kurdish capital, Irbil. Despite U.S. airstrikes in the region, the prospect of people returning home is still very low and concerns are starting to grow over the impact this is having on the displaced youth. Sebastian Meyer reports from Irbil on how one church is coping.
Video

Video NASA Picks Boeing, SpaceX to Carry Astronauts Into Space

The U.S. space agency, NASA, has chosen Boeing and SpaceX companies to build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the year 2017. The deal with private industry enables NASA to end its dependence on Russia to send space crews into low Earth orbit and back. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Future of Ukrainian Former President's Estate Uncertain

More than six months after Ukraine's former President Viktor Yanukovych fled revolution to Russia, authorities have yet to gain control of his palatial estate. Protesters occupy the grounds and opened it to tourists but they are also refusing to turn it over to the state. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Mezhigirya, just north of Kyiv.
Video

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

China says its has sentenced three men to death and one woman to life in prison for a deadly knife attack in March that left more than 30 dead and 140 injured. Beijing says Muslim militants from China's restive western region of Xinjiang carried out the attacks. Now, more than six months after the incident, residents in the city are still coping with the aftermath. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Kunming.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid