Barack Obama

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Obama Pokes Fun at Himself in New PSA

Former president urges people to enroll in health coverage through ACA

(Newser) - Barack Obama has staged all sorts of gimmicks to promote Healthcare.gov , including going on Between Two Ferns . But this year is different. In a new video PSA urging people to sign up for 2019 coverage under the Affordable Care Act by the Dec. 15 deadline, the former president insists... More »

Obama Crows Over Own Lack of Indictments in Interview

'Nobody in my administration got indicted,' he tells gala crowd

(Newser) - Former President Obama got in a dig at the Trump administration at a Rice University gala on Tuesday without even mentioning the president's name. Obama's 50-minute interview with former Secretary of State James A. Baker III—the namesake of the nonpartisan Baker Institute for Public Policy, which was... More »

Obama Surprises Chicago Food Bank

Ex-president helped bag potatoes

(Newser) - Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to a Chicago food bank before Thanksgiving—and stuck around to help volunteers bag potatoes. "Hey, how's it going?" the former president said, per the Chicago Sun-Times . "This is a spiffy-looking spot, right here." Children ran up for hugs in... More »

Trump Reponds to Criticism by Michelle Obama

But he takes shot at her husband, not her

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's memoir, Becoming, is officially out on Tuesday, but outlets including the AP and the Washington Post got their hands on advance copies. Some of the first headlines focused on the former first lady's criticism of President Trump—among other things, she calls him a "mysogynist"... More »

Michelle Obama Slams Trump in New Memoir

She tried to 'block it all out' when she realized he would succeed Barack

(Newser) - MIchelle Obama's new memoir Becoming looks back at high points in her life, including the "toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder" when Barack first kissed her—and low points, including the election of President Trump. In an advance copy seen by the AP , the former first lady... More »

Obama Stays on Trump, GOP: Why 'So Angry All the Time'?

Former president appeared Friday at rallies in Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - Barack Obama has been hitting the campaign trail, stumping for Democratic candidates and making "fiery speeches." He continued making the rounds Friday, and while rallying in Georgia for gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who's running against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the former president said he was... More »

Obama Has Been Fairly Quiet on Trump. Not on Friday

Former president blasts current one in Detroit, Milwaukee on Friday, never says Trump's name

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama criticized President Trump's tenure in office Friday in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at him and other Republicans for "making stuff up." The speeches, made during visits meant to urge people to vote for Democratic candidates in Michigan and... More »

Explosive Devices Had Odd Return Address

Debbie Wasserman Schultz's name factors in

(Newser) - First George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and CNN's NYC headquarters, now Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Maxine Waters. A Democratic aide confirmed to BuzzFeed that a suspicious package intercepted at a Capitol Hill sorting facility was addressed to Waters. The Miami Herald reports Broward County, Florida, police... More »

Trump Responds to Obama's Critical Speech

'I’m sorry I watched it, but I fell asleep'

(Newser) - If Barack Obama was hoping to get a public rise out of President Trump with his critical speech in Illinois, Trump largely passed on his first opportunity. “I’m sorry I watched it, but I fell asleep,” Trump said Friday during a speech of his own in North... More »

Obama Goes After Trump: 6 Big Lines

How hard it is to say that Nazis are bad, wonders the former president

(Newser) - Barack Obama has largely refrained from criticizing his successor, but that changed Friday in a speech at the University of Illinois. Some of the big lines from the speech, which is expected to be a theme of Obama's on the campaign trail before the midterms, as cited in the... More »

Obama's Summer Reading List

Including the memoir 'Educated'

(Newser) - Book lover Barack Obama is out with a summer reading list. The five making the cut in his new Facebook post :
  • Educated, Tara Westover: "A remarkable memoir of a young woman raised in a survivalist family in Idaho who strives for education while still showing great understanding and love
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In High-Profile Speech, Obama Offers Warnings

In South Africa, former president worries about the rise of 'strongman politics' around the world

(Newser) - To be clear, Barack Obama never once mentioned President Trump on Tuesday during a major speech in South Africa. But coverage of his address in Johannesburg, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth, nonetheless has a clear theme. The headline at the AP , for example, calls the... More »

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 »

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