Barack Obama

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Obama: Senate Health Bill Just a 'Transfer of Wealth'

He attacks 'fundamental meanness' of plan

(Newser) - Barack Obama and other Democrats have weighed in on the Senate GOP's health plan , and the word they're using the most is "mean." In a Facebook post Thursday, the former president slammed the "fundamental meanness" of the Senate bill, saying that instead of being a... More »

Jay Z Skips Hall of Fame Ceremony Amid Beyonce Birth Rumors

Obama inducted rapper into Songwriters Hall of Fame

(Newser) - On Thursday night, Jay Z became the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, though he wasn't actually there to accept the honor himself. Famous Jay Z fan and former POTUS Barack Obama inducted the rapper into the hall via a recorded video message,... More »

Michelle: Barack Had Same Tux, Shoes His Entire Presidency

'And he was proud of it, too'

(Newser) - The same tuxedo and shoes served former President Obama for as long as he was in the White House and nobody noticed, Michelle Obama says. Speaking at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the former first lady contrasted the close attention paid to her outfits to the apathy that greeted her... More »

Obama, Trudeau Have Dinner, Bromance Talk Roars to Life

Meeting to discuss tomorrow's leaders gets lots of reaction online

(Newser) - Just two guys, grabbing a bite at a Montreal eatery billed as "perfect for gin-tonic fueled evenings," chatting about how today's young people can turn into tomorrow's leaders. It's not clear if any gin was actually involved, but the two guys were none other than... More »

'Iconic' Voice Returning to Monday Night Football

But not everyone is excited to see Hank Williams Jr. in ESPN fold again

(Newser) - "Are you ready for some football," with the singer whose "iconic" voice left Monday Night Football six years ago? The Tennessean reports that Hank Williams Jr. has returned to ESPN's good graces, with his signature opening and music video for a reworked "All My Rowdy... More »

How World's Most Interesting Man Befriended a President. Really

Politico has a, well, interesting excerpt from Jonathan Goldsmith's memoir

(Newser) - "Life didn’t get any more interesting than this," Jonathan Goldsmith writes. Politico has an excerpt from a new memoir by Goldsmith, better known as Dos Equis' "Most Interesting Man in the World," and his improbable friendship with former President Obama. The actor met Obama at... More »

The Obamas Are No Longer Renters

They bought the DC home of NFL exec Joe Lockhart for $8.1M

(Newser) - It's not the White House, but Barack and Michelle Obama clearly aren't too disappointed with their new Washington, DC, home : After renting it for several months, they've opted to buy it, reports People . The Obamas purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood this week for... More »

Obama to Berlin Crowd: 'We Can't Hide Behind a Wall'

Former president appears with Merkel, speaks on democracy, global responsibility

(Newser) - If anyone understands the concept of a wall, it's the people of Berlin. Which is why former President Obama's appearance there Thursday, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his side, had particular resonance. "We can't isolate ourselves" from conflict, poverty, and other problems throughout the world,... More »

Why Obama's Library Won't Have Original Documents

His library will be the first to forgo National Archives funding

(Newser) - President Obama's Chicago-based presidential library will differ in one big way from the 13 other presidential libraries that exist around the country. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Obama Foundation plans to foot the $675 million startup bill for the center through fundraising, forgoing financial support from the National Archives... More »

Obama Defends ObamaCare, Avoids Criticizing Trump

He calls for political 'courage'

(Newser) - Former President Obama continued his gradual re-emergence into public life with a speech Sunday night that hit two familiar notes: He defended ObamaCare and avoided any direct criticism of President Trump. In picking up a Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library, Obama praised members of Congress... More »

Obama's Pension Now Under Congressional Microscope

Jason Chaffetz wants to re-up vetoed bill that would cap, limit ex-presidents' allowances

(Newser) - Jason Chaffetz had a concise response to a Wednesday USA Today headline, which read "Obama's $400,000 speech could prompt Congress to go after his pension": "Yes, it will." That speech, one Obama will make at a Cantor Fitzgerald conference, is earning him some heat , prompting... More »

Why Obama Split With His Ex Before Michelle

In biography, David J. Garrow asserts race was a factor

(Newser) - At 1,460 pages, David J. Garrow's new biography of Barack Obama is no quick read, including details down to the student evaluations he received while teaching at the University of Chicago. Rising Star paints Obama as a man making calculated choices in the course of a lifelong pursuit... More »

As Key Republican Defects on Health Bill, Obama Praises Kimmel

He praises host for moving monologue

(Newser) - Jimmy Kimmel's emotional plea in support of ObamaCare won praise from its namesake Tuesday, with former President Obama thanking the late-night host for sharing the story of how his newborn son, Billy, had to undergo open-heart surgery last week. "Well said, Jimmy," Obama tweeted . "That's... More »

Post-Presidency, Obama Is Already Hurting His Cause

He has no reason to take paid speaking gigs, and lots of reasons not to

(Newser) - Former President Obama is in an excellent position to disprove that "mainstream politics is just a moneymaking hustle," but he's off to a horrible start, accepting $400,000 from bond firm Cantor Fitzgerald to speak at a health care conference. And while it'll be hard to... More »

Obama Returns to Public Spotlight With a Quip

'So, uh, what's been going on while I've been gone?'

(Newser) - Former President Obama is done with his post-presidential vacation, but he's keeping things low-key politically. In his first public forum since Donald Trump took office, Obama on Monday generally avoided talk of his successor, reports NPR . He did, however, quip, "So, uh, what's been going on while... More »

Obama Has Apparently Run Out of Vacation Days

He'll hold his first post-presidency public event Monday in Chicago

(Newser) - The thing about vacations is they always have to end—even for former presidents. The New York Times reports that after spending weeks in French Polynesia with the likes of Tom Hanks and Oprah, Barack Obama is reentering public life, starting with an event Monday at the University of Chicago.... More »

Trump Blames Obama for Syria Chemical Attack

He cites failure to enforce 'red line' after chemical attack

(Newser) - An apparent chemical attack that killed scores of people Tuesday is being called one of the worst atrocities of the Syrian civil war—and President Trump blames his predecessor. The "heinous" actions of the Assad regime "are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution,"... More »

Benched Fox Analyst Is Back, and Doubling Down

He's sticking by his Obama wiretapping claim

(Newser) - Despite a weeklong suspension , a Fox News analyst is sticking to his story that former President Obama "went outside the chain of command" and used British intelligence to help wiretap Trump Tower. Legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, benched by Fox News after making the claim based on what he says... More »

Young Inventor Now Facing Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Joey Hudy's family faces mounting debt to help son

(Newser) - A science phenom known for impressing President Obama with his marshmallow air cannon at the 2012 White House Science Fair faces crushing debt after being diagnosed with a mental illness. Joey Hudy, now 20, is undergoing treatment for schizophrenia at a live-in facility in Tennessee that costs his family $25,... More »

FBI Chief Steps Into Trump Wiretapping Controversy

James Comey asks DoJ to publicly reject claim

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey has waded into the controversy surrounding President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama last fall, the New York Times reports. Officials say Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's explosive claim, both because he believes it's... More »

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