Barack Obama

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Bill Murray Holds White House Press Briefing

He talks Cubs baseball and the plight of trees in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Bill Murray stepped in for White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday, holding his own short briefing in the White House press room, the Chicago Tribune reports. Murray, as one would expect, used his time to discuss the Chicago Cubs with the handful of assembled reporters, one of whom... More »

Obama Tells Trump to Quit His Whining

The election isn't rigged, and claiming it is proves Trump's not the man for the job

(Newser) - During a White House Rose Garden appearance with the Italian prime minster Tuesday, President Obama was asked about Donald Trump's claims that the presidential election is rigged. Obama did not mince words: "There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig... More »

Obama's Top 8 Sci-Fi Movies and TV Shows

The president laid them out while serving as guest editor for Wired

(Newser) - Perhaps lining up a post-White House gig, President Obama stepped in as guest editor for Wired this week, the AV Club reports. In addition to writing about why "now is the greatest time to be alive," he took the opportunity to list his favorite science fiction movies and... More »

Man Turns Down Obama's Offer to Get Out of Prison

Arnold Jones would rather stay longer in prison than enter drug treatment

(Newser) - Arnold Jones was one of more than 29,000 drug offenders who asked President Obama to commute their sentence. But when he was granted executive clemency in August, he turned it down. USA Today delved into the unusual story when it noticed the White House listed only 774 commuted sentences... More »

Obama's 'Clear Goal' for Getting Americans on Mars

We'll send them by 2030s, per new White House, NASA initiative

(Newser) - President Obama has a Tuesday op-ed on CNN , but he's not writing about Election 2016—or even anything on Earth. Instead, the president announces America's plans for a "giant leap to Mars," with a "clear goal" to get humans to the red planet by the... More »

Duterte: I'll 'Break Up' With US, Obama 'Can Go to Hell'

Someone is displeased

(Newser) - Perhaps teeing up his next apology , Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his string of inflammatory, anti-US statements by telling President Obama to "go to hell" Tuesday, Reuters reports, after the US refused to sell him weapons to continue his violent crackdown on drug dealers. "If you don't... More »

Obama Picks the Moments That Made His Legacy

President takes a long look back at the past 8 years

(Newser) - President Obama has less than four months before he becomes former President Obama, and with the 20/20 vision of hindsight aimed at the last eight years, he sits down with Jonathan Chait of New York to pick out the moments that will define his legacy.
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US Finally, Officially Has a National Black History Museum

The push for the museum started more than 100 years ago

(Newser) - The first national museum devoted exclusively to the history and culture of African-Americans is now open, the AP reports. The Obamas opened the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall by ringing a bell from a historic African-American church. The museum is the... More »

Obama Vetoes Bill That Would Let 9/11 Victims Sue Saudi Arabia

Possible override by Congress looms

(Newser) - President Obama has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia, the AP reports. The move sets Obama up for a possible first veto override by Congress. Both chambers passed the bill by voice vote. The House sent Obama... More »

6-Year-Old's Plea to Adopt Syrian Boy Goes Viral

'We should all be more like Alex,' says Obama

(Newser) - The image of a Syrian boy covered in blood after an airstrike in Aleppo touched many—including 6-year-old Alex. In a letter to President Obama, Alex asks that the president "please go get" 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh and bring him to his family's home in New York. "We... More »

Sheriff Joe Still Thinks Obama's Birth Certificate Is Forged

'I'm not going to give up,' says Joe Arpaio

(Newser) - Donald Trump may have finally given up on the birther debate , but Joe Arpaio sure hasn't. The Arizona sheriff who organized a volunteer posse that claimed President Obama's birth certificate was a fake back in 2012, says he's still investigating the document. "I don't care... More »

Obama, Black Lives Matter Sued for 'Igniting a Race War'

Dallas police sergeant wants more than $500M in damages

(Newser) - A Texas police sergeant has filed a federal lawsuit against the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement and President Obama, among others, for "igniting a race war." The Dallas Morning News reports Sgt. Demetrick Pennie, a 17-year veteran of law enforcement and president of the Dallas Fallen... More »

Obama, Duterte Meet Face-to-Face

They exchanged 'pleasantries' before dinner

(Newser) - President Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, Philippine officials say. The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte's intemperate language in referring to Obama earlier... More »

Aides, Officials Fight on Tarmac as Obama Arrives in China

They also forgot the stairs to get Obama off Air Force One

(Newser) - If President Barack Obama was hoping for a graceful start to his final trip to Asia as commander in chief, this wasn't it. The AP reports a confrontation between a White House aide and a Chinese official, and other diplomatic dust-ups were out in the open from the moment... More »

Young Girl Knows What America Needs Now: Spunk

Obama can help by wearing a tie-dye shirt

(Newser) - Wars, attacks, and Zika are bringing Lily down, according to a letter sent by the 8-year-old to President Obama and posted on Twitter . "You do no know how many politics worries I have," Lily writes. But ABC News reports Lily has a unique solution: "I think the... More »

In One Day, Obama Shortens Life Sentences of 67 Prisoners

In all, he cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences, the AP reports. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug... More »

Here's Where the Obama Presidential Center Will be Built

President Obama is coming back to Chicago's South Side

(Newser) - The Obama Presidential Center will be built in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side, according to sources cited by the Chicago Tribune and AP . The center will include Obama's presidential library, a museum dedicated to his presidency, and the headquarters of the Obama Foundation. It's expected to... More »

Obama Travels With Ted Cruz to Speak at Dallas Service

Calls for national unity, solidarity

(Newser) - At a memorial for the five slain Dallas police officers, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a week of deeply troubling violence has seemed to expose "the deepest fault lines of our democracy." But he insisted the nation is not as divided as it seems and called on... More »

Beyoncé Says Police Killings Are a 'War'

Obama, Drake, others address deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

(Newser) - With two deadly shootings of black men at the hands of police caught on tape this week, the country is reacting with outrage, sadness, and protests. Here's how some politicians, celebrities, and others—including President Obama and Beyoncé—addressed the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton... More »

Obama Alters Plan, Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan

8.4K troops is a compromise amid a Taliban resurgence

(Newser) - President Obama is slowing the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year, he announced Wednesday. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original... More »

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