Barack Obama

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Obama: Democrats Need to 'Chill Out' About 2020 Hopefuls

He says differences are 'relatively minor'

(Newser) - Barack Obama spoke at a Democratic Unity Fund fundraising event Thursday and, unsurprisingly, called for Democratic unity. The former president said the party needs to "chill out" about the 2020 field and focus on defeating Trump instead of fighting over "relatively minor" differences, CNN reports. "Everybody needs... More »

Obama's Advice to Dems: Slow Down on the 'Revolution'

At donor event, No. 44 warns presidential candidates against a complete system overhaul

(Newser) - Barack Obama is very unlikely to give his official endorsement to one of the Democratic candidates running for president until the primary is over, but he is offering words of advice that seem aimed at the more left-leaning ones. On Friday, the former president offered what the New York Times... More »

Obama's 'Woke' Warning Goes Viral

President thinks cancel culture is a bad trend

(Newser) - Barack Obama's name has been back in the headlines this week, but not over the drama on Capitol Hill or the Democratic primary. Instead, it's over a warning he issued to young people about the dangers of ideological "purity" and "woke" culture. The details:
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Presidents and Family Mourn a 'Fierce Champion'

Obama, Clintons honor the life of Elijah Cummings

(Newser) - Rep. Elijah Cummings was eulogized as a leader with the fiery moral conviction of an Old Testament prophet Friday at a funeral that brought former presidents and ordinary people alike to the Baltimore church where the congressman worshipped for four decades. "Our Elijah was a fierce champion of truth,... More »

He 'Bundled' for Obama, Hillary. Then He Gave $900K to Trump

Prolific political fundraiser Imaad Zuberi to plead guilty to tax evasion, hiding work as foreign agent

(Newser) - A prolific political fundraiser who raised millions of dollars for Democrats before donating large sums to President Trump's inaugural committee has agreed to plead guilty to multiple federal charges, including tax evasion and concealing his work as a foreign agent as he lobbied high-level US government officials, the Justice... More »

Obama Gives Trudeau Unprecedented Endorsement

The 'world needs his progressive leadership now'

(Newser) - Barack Obama is urging Canadians to re-elect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, an apparently unprecedented endorsement of a candidate in a Canadian election by a former American president. Obama tweeted Wednesday that he was proud to work with Trudeau and described him as a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big... More »

Greta Thunberg Meets Obama

He calls her 'one of our planet's greatest advocates'

(Newser) - Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg met with a president during her visit to Washington, DC, on Monday—but not the one currently in office. Instead, she met with former President Obama, who later praised her in a tweet , the Hill reports. At 16, Greta is "already one of our... More »

Obamas Mix It Up on Summer Playlist

Drake, Beyonce, Sinatra make the cut

(Newser) - The Obama summer playlist features Drake, Beyonce, Steely Dan, and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it "some new, some old, some fast, some slow," the AP reports. Former President Obama tweeted 44 songs Saturday that he and his wife, Michelle, have been listening to. They include Drake'... More »

Aretha Franklin Left Nearly $1M in Uncashed Checks

Obama asks for something of the singer's

(Newser) - A year after Aretha Franklin died, court documents portray a confused estate case. She had left no will, and then three were found. At least one of the singer's four sons says there still hasn't been a complete inventory of the state provided to her heirs. Now, nearly... More »

Obamas' First Film for Netflix Seen as 'Anti-Trump'

An Oscar-nominated duo from Ohio directed Sundance winner 'American Factory'

(Newser) - The first project from Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions arrived on Netflix on Wednesday. American Factory , a documentary showcasing tensions between Chinese and American attitudes at an auto glass-manufacturing operation at a former General Motors plant in Ohio, comes from Dayton directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar,... More »

Obama's Summer Reading List Is Out

First-time author Lauren Wilkinson gets a nod

(Newser) - It's not too late to get in some summer reading, and former President Barack Obama knows where you should start. Toni Morrison, who died earlier this month , tops No. 44's annual summer reading list shared Wednesday on Facebook . "Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything... More »

Could Trump Tower End Up on 'Barack Obama Avenue'?

That's what 130K petition signers want

(Newser) - Trump Tower's current address is 725 5th Avenue in New York City. But if thousands of petitioners have their way, it will be 725 President Barack H. Obama Avenue, the Huffington Post reports. More than 130,000 people have so far signed a MoveOn.org petition to rename the... More »

10 Most Admired Men, Women in World

Michelle Obama and Bill Gates lead their respective lists

(Newser) - Michelle Obama is not only the most admired woman in America , but also in the world, according to new poll. Market research firm YouGov asked 42,000 people in 41 countries to name the men and women they most look up to, and Obama's name came up a lot,... More »

Bromance Rekindled as an Obama, a Biden Graduate

'We had a whole get together' as Sasha Obama, Maisy Biden graduated Sidwell Friends

(Newser) - Sasha Obama is all grown up and done with high school. Former President Obama, wife Michelle, and eldest daughter Malia looked on proudly Sunday as Sasha graduated from the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, a day before her 18th birthday, reports USA Today . Joe and Jill Biden were... More »

Biden: I Didn't Ask for Obama's Endorsement

Former VP says whoever wins in 2020 should do it on his or her own merits

(Newser) - Joe Biden has already racked up quite a few endorsements since formally entering the 2020 presidential race Thursday morning, but none of them was from Barack Obama. The Republican National Committee was quick to jump on that, issuing a statement reading in part, "We don’t need eight more... More »

Obama Has a Warning for 2020 Progressives

Be less rigid, Democratic candidates are told

(Newser) - Former President Obama is staying so far away from the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination that he delivered a new message to the candidates from Europe: Don't destroy each other during this process. "One of the things I do worry about sometimes among progressives in the United... More »

Obama's Next Gig Involves African Basketball League

Exact scope of former president's role with NBA-backed league not yet clear

(Newser) - Barack Obama famously loves basketball, and now the former president will get to love it in an official capacity. The NBA and FIBA, the sport's international governing body, are partnering to create a professional basketball league in Africa, and the AP reports that Obama is expected to have "... More »

2020 Democrats Have a Confidential Adviser

'NYT': Barack Obama is talking with them, but don't expect an endorsement

(Newser) - The 2020 Democratic field is filling up quickly, and the New York Times reports on a common denominator: Big names and long shots alike are meeting confidentially with Barack Obama to get his advice on how to beat President Trump. However, the story emphasizes that neither Obama nor wife Michelle... More »

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe... More »

Obama Debuts on Billboard R&B Chart

'Hamilton' remix will benefit charity

(Newser) - He's the former leader of the free world, and now a chart-climbing R&B hit-maker. Former President Obama gets a credit on "One Last Time (44 Remix)," a gospel-inspired remix of a song from Hamilton, which debuts at the No. 22 spot on Billboard 's Hot... More »

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