President Barack Obama is taking his economic message on the road next week with a bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania. Obama, trying to persuade Congress to adopt his proposals for boosting middle-class jobs, will go on the two-day road trip on August 22 and 23, a White House official said.
The White House says President Obama is on a working vacation, a message it underscored with a statement and a picture. A White House Flickr account posted a snap of Obama with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who also made the trip to Martha's Vineyard.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama's announcement of plans to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. "Today, the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden's role as a whistleblower by announcing plans to reform America's global surveillance program," Assange said in a statement referring to Obama's announcement.