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Obama, Biden Ride Again

They're reunited as fictional crime fighters in a new mystery novel

(Newser) - Bill Clinton may have helped write a crime thriller this summer, but Barack Obama is now the hero of one—along with his trusty sidekick, Joe Biden. Author Andrew Shaffer is out with a new book called Hope Never Dies in which a fictional Obama and Biden team up to... More »

In Presidential Rankings, There's a New No. 1

Nearly half of all Americans say No. 44 was best president of their lives in Pew survey

(Newser) - Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn't always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June... More »

Obama: Look for Solutions, Not Saviors

'Don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring'

(Newser) - Former President Obama, who has been largely absent from the political stage since leaving office, reemerged this week at a Democratic fundraiser in Los Angeles and delivered a pointed message to Democrats: calm down and start looking for solutions, reports the Los Angeles Times and Politico . “All these people... More »

Behind Obama's Silence: a Focus on the Long Game

A 'New York' profile says former president sees what's happening as a 'blip' in history

(Newser) - Gabriel Debenedetti sets out to answer a question raised in the headline of a lengthy piece in New York magazine: "Where Is Barack Obama?" In one sense, the answer is easy: He's traveling the world giving speeches, having visited every continent but Antarctica since leaving office. But in... More »

School Drops Confederate Nod, Takes Obama's Name

Richmond, Va., school isn't the first

(Newser) - A Virginia elementary school named after a Confederate general has been given a new moniker in honor of America's first African-American president. With a 6-1 school board vote Monday, J.E.B. Stuart Elementary of Richmond, Va., became Barack Obama Elementary School. The name, submitted by students, staff, and... More »

Obama Quietly Meeting With Potential 2020 Candidates

Former president is said to offer his thoughts on campaigning in the Trump era, among other things

(Newser) - Barack Obama has been quietly meeting with a number of possible Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential race, multiple sources tell Politico and CNN . Potential candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Deval Patrick have had one-on-one sitdowns with the former president at his Washington office in recent... More »

Valedictorian Pulls a Fast One With 'Trump' Quote

Ben Bowling revealed he was really quoting Barack Obama

(Newser) - Perspective is everything in persuasive speaking, which Ben Bowling found out in a flash while giving a speech as valedictorian at his Kentucky high school graduation. Per the Louisville Courier-Journal , the 18-year-old senior at Bell County High School wanted to impart a nugget of wisdom to the crowd Saturday, and... More »

Obamas Sign Deal With Netflix

Multi-year production deal is expected to see them both behind, in front of the camera

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, the AP reports. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal that had... More »

Coming Down the Pike: Major Obama-Netflix Deal?

'Advanced' talks reportedly underway between former first couple, streaming service

(Newser) - Trump as president and Obama on TV? It's a role reversal probably no one could have predicted, but it may be one step closer to reality. Per CNN , Obama is in negotiations regarding a "production partnership" with Netflix, in which the former president and Michelle Obama would be... More »

Sean Hannity Deletes Bizarre Post About Obama Portrait

Rumors of hidden images

(Newser) - People have thoughts about the new Obama portraits , and some are weirder than others. On Tuesday, Sean Hannity's website pushed perhaps the weirdest of all—that the portrait contained hidden images of sperm. The Week quotes from the since-deleted page: "Controversy surrounding Kehinde Wiley's wildly non-traditional portrait... More »

Portraits of the Obamas Revealed in DC

'That's pretty sharp,' former president says of Kehinde Wiley's likeness of him

(Newser) - The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Obama and Michelle Obama. Barack Obama's portrait was painted by Kehinde Wiley, an artist best known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of African-Americans. For Michelle Obama's portrait, the gallery commissioned Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald, first-prize winner of the... More »

Poll: Democrats Have Changed Their Minds About Bush

A majority now give him a favorable rating

(Newser) - A lot can change in nine years, as the latest CNN poll on presidential popularity demonstrates: Some 61% of Americans now give George W. Bush a favorable rating, up from just 33% when the former president left office in 2009. The rise in popularity comes entirely from Democrats and independents:... More »

Letterman Makes Return With a Big First Guest

For his show debuting on Netflix, ex-'Late Night' host dished with former President Obama

(Newser) - Former President Obama and David Letterman have both been reclusive since leaving their respective jobs, but a casually dressed ex-president and hirsute ex-talk show host re-entered the public eye together in the debut of Letterman's new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Letterman compared his post-work life... More »

Letterman Is Returning to TV and Bringing Obama With Him

Obama will be guest on 1st episode of Netflix's 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction'

(Newser) - Handsome Santa Claus and one-time Late Show host David Letterman has a new talk show on Netflix, and his first guest truly needs no introduction. The Hollywood Reporter reveals the first guest on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman will be none other than Barack Obama. The... More »

Poll: Trump Is America's 2nd Most-Admired Man

Of 71 times Gallup has asked the question, incumbent has won 58

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton may have failed to win the 2016 election, but she's won the title of woman Americans most admire—for the 22nd time, per a Gallup poll released Wednesday. It was her 16th consecutive year, and Gallup sounds skeptical that the streak will continue, as "her popularity... More »

Huckabee Likens Trump to Churchill, Gets Shot Down

Some historians call comparison 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - Is President Trump the Winston Churchill of our times and Barack Obama the Neville Chamberlain, or does Mike Huckabee need to learn more about history? Some historians suggested the latter after Huckabee watched the new Churchill biographical movie The Darkest Hour and likened Trump to the British wartime leader. "... More »

Prince Harry's Thorny Wedding Issue: Obama?

'Sun' reports government is worried about the implications of an Obama invite

(Newser) - Barack Obama and Prince Harry are chummy , and that could prove problematic. The UK's Sun tabloid claims the prince "has made it clear" the Obamas will be on the invite list for his and Meghan Markle's May 19 wedding, and that's allegedly causing some hand-wringing among... More »

'Gun Choir' Lawmaker Accused of Sexual Assault

Dan Johnson also once compared Barack and Michelle Obama to monkeys

(Newser) - A Republican Kentucky lawmaker known for his inflammatory social media posts comparing President Barack Obama and his wife to monkeys has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended his church. Both Republican and Democratic leaders on Monday called for Dan Johnson to resign, the AP reports. The... More »

Trump Reportedly Returns to Birther Stance

An unnamed senator tells the 'NYT'

(Newser) - President Trump is not only reportedly questioning the authenticity of a 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which he makes disparaging remarks about women but also former President Obama's birth certificate, as he did for years during Obama's tenure, according to the New York Times . Though Trump acknowledged Obama... More »

Clue in Mail Bomb Sent to Obama: Cat Hair Under Label

Another clue: 'obliterated' eBay shipping label on package sent to Gov. Greg Abbott

(Newser) - A 46-year-old Texas woman faces a host of charges after she allegedly mailed explosives to then-President Barack Obama, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and former Social Security Administration Commissioner Carolyn Colvin. Julia Poff of Sealy had been repeatedly denied Social Security benefits and was also upset with the handling of a... More »

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