Barack Obama

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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 »

Obama Team Denies Trump's Claims About Wiretapping

Spokesperson says administration never wiretapped US citizens

(Newser) - A spokesperson for Barack Obama says President Trump's accusations about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower are "simply false," NBC News reports. "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen," Kevin Lewis says. The Obama camp wasn't the only... More »

Both Obamas Get Book Deals

Barack, Michelle will each publish a book

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars, the... More »

Trump on Protests, Leaks: Blame Obama

Claims Obama's 'people' behind town hall protesters in Fox interview, says 'that's politics'

(Newser) - President Trump has taken his claim that "liberal activists" are behind protests against Republicans at town hall meetings to a new level, telling Fox and Friends that his predecessor is really the one to blame. "I think that President Obama is behind it," Trump says in a... More »

Now That US Is Done With Obama, French May Want Him

A guerrilla campaign kicks off to get Obama elected president of France

(Newser) - Barack Obama better get his Broadway fix while he can because if a couple dissatisfied French voters get their way, he'll soon have an important new job: president of France. CNN reports a campaign to elect Obama president of France sprung up in Paris this week featuring a website... More »

Post-Presidency Obama Lives It Up Broadway Style

Barack and Malia attend Arthur Miller's 'The Price' starring Danny DeVito

(Newser) - The Obamas just can't quit Broadway. Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, the AP reports They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on... More »

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 »

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