Barack Obama

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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 »

Obama Neighbors: Trump Has 'Very Active Imagination'

President keeps caps lock on for New Year greeting

(Newser) - President Trump's recent claim that Barack and Michelle Obama have a "ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound" was news to the former first couple's neighbors. Trump "has a very active imagination," one neighbor near the Obamas' home in the capital's Kalorama neighborhood... More »

Trump: Obama Has a Wall Around His Home

The US 'needs the same thing, slightly larger version!'

(Newser) - In one of his stranger arguments in favor of a border wall, President Trump observed Sunday that his predecessor has a wall surrounding his residence in Washington, DC. "President and Mrs. Obama built/has a ten foot Wall around their D.C. mansion/compound," Trump tweeted . "I agree, totally... More »

One Book Was 'Obviously' Obama's Favorite in 2018

Former president gives thumbs-up to his wife's 'Becoming,' plus other favorite books, songs, and films

(Newser) - Barack Obama on Friday offered on Facebook what has become a tradition for him: a list of his favorite books, songs, and movies for the year. Obama not only includes picks that he found "most thought-provoking, inspiring, or just plain loved"—he also places a spotlight on "... More »

Ex-First Lady Passes Torch to Another as 'Most Admired Woman'

Michelle Obama takes crown from Hillary Clinton, winner since 2002; Barack Obama is men's victor

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton has been named the most admired woman in Gallup's annual survey more than any other since Gallup started asking in 1946: 22 times, to be exact, including for each year since 2002. This year, however, another former first lady has finally knocked Clinton off the hill. Michelle... More »

You Can Now Drive on 'Obama'

LA-area freeway named for former Pasadena resident

(Newser) - It's official: Signs have gone up naming a section of a Los Angeles-area freeway as the President Barack H. Obama Highway. The signs posted Thursday on State Route 134 apply to a stretch running from State Route 2 in Glendale, Calif., through the Eagle Rock section of Los Angeles... More »

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 »

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