Richard Wolffe

2nd-Term Blues

It's not easy being a second-term president—especially when your party is mired in a sex scandal, voters are worried about the war in Iraq and a sworn enemy of the United States has apparently tested a nuclear weapon.

Lifeline for Hastert?

It was an unusual segue. On Tuesday afternoon, President Bush made an impromptu stop at the George W. Bush Elementary in Stockton, Calif., where he made a brief statement about school violence in the wake of several recent shootings around the nation.

In Rove's Footsteps

In a darkened edit room in downtown Dallas, admaker Scott Howell is tinkering with his latest political firebomb. The ad starts with illegal immigrants running across the border.

The President Congratulates You! The President Applauds You! The President Says Never Mind

THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary(Columbus, Ohio)For Immediate Release September 28, 2006 [7:19 p.m.]STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENTI am pleased that the Senate swiftly confirmed Mary Peters as Secretary of Transportation.Mary is an innovative thinker who will work with state and local leaders to confront challenges and solve problems.

The Bob Woodward Effect

There are few journalists in Washington who can throw the White House off its stride: Bob Woodward is one of them. Woodward's new book, "State of Denial,"  paints a damning picture of White House policy in the aftermath of the Iraq invasion.

I Just Called to Say I Love You

President Bush took a rare trip to Capitol Hill this morning to talk to GOP senators. Rarer still: he brought reinforcements. The veep, chief of staff Josh Bolten, national-security adviser Steve Hadley and political guru Karl Rove all showed up for a closed door Republican pep rally.

Spinning the Spin

Amid all the hoopla about the National Intelligence Estimate on terrorism, it's worth stepping back to gain a little perspective. Like three and a half years of perspective.

Mixed Messages

The French foreign minister called George Bush's speech to the United Nations "remarkable," gushing that the U.S. president showed "great determination." Even the Iranian president reached out to the United States by saying that both countries shared the experience of being the victims of terrorism.No, that wasn't in some parallel universe.

Patriotism or Politics?

The White House promised a non-political speech. Bush's aides said the president's address to the nation would exploit no partisan differences, and issue no calls to Congress.

The 'Islamofascists'

Last fall White House aides were grappling with a seemingly simple question that had eluded them for years: what should the president, in his many speeches on the war on terror, call the enemy?

Bin Laden's Bounce

There was a time when the White House considered Osama bin Laden so contemptible and so radioactive that it would rarely mention his name in any presidential speech.

It's the Enemy, Stupid

With the Hurricane Katrina anniversary behind it, the White House is moving quickly to shift the focus to a topic it thinks will play better for the GOP this fall.

Campaigner in Chief?

At his news conference Monday morning, President Bush offered up some advice to Republican candidates, suggesting that if he were on the ballot this fall that he'd be stressing two major issues: the economy and national security. "If I were running, I'd say look at what the economy has done.

Bush: Summer Reading

Apart from the wars in Iraq and Lebanon, what's on President Bush's mind as he takes a shortened vacation at his Texas ranch? Judging by the books on his summer-reading list, Bush is thinking about nuclear bombs, civil war and baseball.

Buckeye Blues

With just over three months until Election Day, White House political adviser Karl Rove hit the campaign trail Tuesday in Ohio, hoping to rev up voters in a state where polls show President George W.

Balancing Acts

President Bush thought he'd be flying into St. Petersburg on Friday with one big challenge on his agenda: how to deal with Iran's nuclear program. His prospects for diplomatic success at the weekend G8 summit in the Russian city looked promising.

A Flip and a Bounce

For a White House that has been disciplined about avoiding political flip-flops, there is only one way to sum up Tuesday's announcement that the Bush administration has shifted policy on its treatment of terrorism detainees: they were against the Geneva Conventions before they were for them.After months of arguing that Geneva rules did not apply to enemy combatants and other terrorism suspects, the Bush administration announced Tuesday that all military detainees were entitled to protections...

In Putin We Trust?

In the days when the Bush administration was most worried about Russia helping to spread nukes to rogue nations, White House officials would often despair at their lack of leverage over Moscow.

At Last, a Rosy Day

President Bush could tell something big had happened in Iraq, but he didn't know if it was good or bad. Last Wednesday afternoon, the president hosted a meeting at the White House with members of Congress who had recently returned from Baghdad.

McCain's Right Flank

Last fall, Jerry Falwell asked for an audience with an old foe who once called him one of "the agents of intolerance" in American politics. Falwell had been estranged from Arizona Sen.

Bush Pops His Bubble

No matter how powerful he grew inside the Bush White House, Josh Bolten always came off as just one of the guys, a smart, hardworking wonk who ducked publicity and rewarded his staff with a night at the bowling alley.

Into the Lion's Den

It was all smiles in the White House briefing room Wednesday as George Bush introduced his new press secretary, Fox News commentator Tony Snow, to an excitable press corps.

So Long, Kid

Scott McClellan's departure from the White House marks the end of an era—for Scott McClellan, that is. In terms of President Bush's troubled communications effort, McClellan's move means little unless there are other changes higher up the White House chain of command.But for the beleaguered press secretary, and for the smattering of old Texas hands around the president, this is a Big Day.

Path of the Storm

Conrad burns was doing his best to win over the crowd, but he just wasn't feeling the love. The Republican senator was supposed to be home in Montana last Friday night, where he was to be the featured guest at a GOP fund-raiser.