Barack Obama

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Historians Say 11 Presidents Were Better Than Obama

But he's still the best since Ronald Reagan: poll

(Newser) - Barack Obama was the best US president since Ronald Reagan, but he's got nothing on Abraham Lincoln. That's the takeaway from a C-SPAN survey of 91 historians who helped rank the best presidents in US history based on 10 criteria, including administrative skill, moral authority, crisis leadership, and... More »

Obama Learns to Kitesurf

On vacation on Richard Branson's Necker Island

(Newser) - The Obamas are relaxing post-White House at Necker Island, the luxury Caribbean island owned by Virgin founder Richard Branson. Barack Obama's latest vacation activity? Learning to kitesurf, Time reports. On his blog , Branson notes that Obama wasn't allowed to enjoy watersports, which he previously loved, while president. As... More »

Obscure Act, Used Only Once, Could Undo Obama Rules

House Republicans voted to repeal 2 regulations

(Newser) - Moving to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure 228-194 Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted 235-187 to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments... More »

Obama Criticizes Trump: 'American Values Are at Stake'

Former president 'heartened' by protests

(Newser) - It didn't take long for Barack Obama to criticize his successor: The former president issued a statement Monday disagreeing with President Trump's immigration moves and praising those who are protesting them, reports CNN . Spokesman Kevin Lewis said Obama is "heartened by the level of engagement taking place... More »

Trump Slams 'Traitor' Manning, Draws WikiLeaks' Wrath

It's a Twitter battle royale for your Thursday

(Newser) - Among the things in Donald Trump's sights Thursday morning: Chelsea Manning. Manning, whose sentence was commuted by President Obama before he left office, wrote a Guardian column published Thursday in which she argues that Obama did not leave behind many "permanent accomplishments." That column was widely discussed... More »

Cards Against Humanity's CEO Search: Psst, Obama

Party game for terrible people is looking for a leader with a Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Wanted: a "highly qualified executive" with "minimum eight years experience President of the United States or equivalent nation." If that sounds like a job for the recently unemployed Barack Obama, well, you're not seeing things. Cards Against Humanity posted an ad on Craigslist and in the... More »

Obama's Goodbye in 11 Photos

'This is not a period. This is a comma'

(Newser) - As Donald and Melania Trump head to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama head to Palm Springs for a post-presidential vacation. Obama bid his formal farewell to Washington after Trump's inauguration Friday, then addressed staffers at Andrews Air Force Base before taking off for good. “This is... More »

How Obama Will Spend His Morning

There will be goodbyes and tea

(Newser) - President Obama has only a few hours left in office, but there's still plenty to do. At 8:30am, the Obamas will say goodbye to the few remaining White House staffers—some of whom are departing for New York or California, per Time —before Barack and Michelle join... More »

What Clinton, Bush Told Their Successors Released

Both men had plenty of encouraging words in letters left behind

(Newser) - It may be many years before the contents of the letter President Obama will leave in the White House for Donald Trump Friday morning are known to the public, but the notes from the two previous presidents to their successors can now be seen for the first time. In letters... More »

Obama Talks Trump, More in Final Press Conference

He calls the presidency an 'amazing experience'

(Newser) - After opening with a joke about his infamous tan suit , Barack Obama delved into a wide array of issues during the final press conference of his presidency Wednesday, the AP reports. He said he expects to see a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president, and... More »

Obama Commutes Most of Chelsea Manning's Sentence

The notorious leaker of Army documents will be freed in May

(Newser) - Former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who made WikiLeaks a household name in 2010, will be released from prison in May after President Obama commuted her sentence Tuesday, the New York Times reports. Manning leaked classified military documents that revealed, among other things, the Iraqi military abusing detainees and... More »

Obama Receives Letter From Alleged 9/11 Mastermind

Guantanamo prison had been holding onto it for two years

(Newser) - One of the final letters Barack Obama will receive during his time as president comes from the man who allegedly planned the Sept. 11 attacks, the Miami Herald reports. According to CBS News , Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in 2003 in Pakistan, tortured by the CIA, then moved to Guantanamo... More »

Here's Where the Obamas Are Heading Post-Inauguration

Sunny Palm Springs

(Newser) - The Obamas are heading to Palm Springs after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, sources tell TMZ . They'll take a helicopter (not Marine One since President Obama won't be President Obama anymore by that point) from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base, and from there, Special Air Mission... More »

5 Lines From Obama's Final Weekly Address

'You made me a better man'

(Newser) - President Obama delivered his final weekly address Saturday, telling the American people, "you made me a better president, and you made me a better man." More big lines:
  • "Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the
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Obama Surprises Biden With Country's Highest Civilian Honor

Presidential Medal of Freedom brings vice president to tears

(Newser) - President Obama brought Joe Biden to full-on tears Thursday when he presented his vice president with the country's highest civilian honor, Huffington Post reports. Obama was honoring Biden for his decades of political service when he surprised him with a special version of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that... More »

This Is the Most Popular Presidential Tweet Ever

'My last ask is the same as my first...'

(Newser) - On one of the last days of his presidency, President Obama sent out the most popular tweet ever tweeted from the @POTUS account, the AP reports. "Thank you for everything," Obama tweeted following Tuesday's farewell address. "My last ask is the same as my first. I'... More »

Obamas' Farewell Party Was Insanely Star-Studded

'As much star power as a Hollywood awards ceremony'

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama got all the celebrities to turn out for their farewell party Friday at the White House. ABC News says the event had "as much star power as a Hollywood Awards ceremony," and TMZ notes "pretty much every big star who gave [President Obama]... More »

Obama to Give Farewell Address From Chicago

On Jan. 10

(Newser) - President Barack Obama wants to say "thank you," and he's going to do it next Tuesday from Chicago. In an email statement put out Monday, Obama writes that his farewell address will be the next in what has been a long line: "In 1796, as George... More »

Teacher Resigns Over Racist Posts About Obamas

He allegedly called them 'spider monkey,' 'first chimp'

(Newser) - An Arkansas high school teacher has resigned as parents and students were planning to boycott school events in response to his references to Barack and Michelle Obama as "spider monkey" and "first chimp." The online posts attributed to Trent Bennett of Malvern High School have since been... More »

Hottest Science Article of 2016 Written by ... Obama

ObamaCare article tops annual list

(Newser) - Altimetric, which tracks scholarly analytics, has released its annual list of the 100 most widely-discussed scientific journal articles of the year—and sitting atop the list is an article written by President Barack Obama. Obama's "United States and Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps" was... More »

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