Barack Obama

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'Do You Get the Impression the Supreme Court Doesn't Like Me?'

Trump, Obama have very different reactions to DACA ruling

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's surprise decision on Thursday to reject President Trump's attempt to end protections for young, undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children elicited very different responses from two men central to the case—Trump himself and predecessor Barack Obama, whose administration created the Deferred Action... More »

Obama Addresses George Floyd Protests

He says America's young people give him hope

(Newser) - Barack Obama is still calling for hope and change. In his first on-camera remarks about the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests, the former president said that when despair strikes, "I see what is happening with young people all across this country"—and it makes him feel... More »

Obama Has Message for Violent Protesters

Don't demand a higher ethical code if you can't abide by it yourself, he says

(Newser) - President Obama is out with a lengthier message on the George Floyd arrest , one that condemns the violence and looting but expresses hope that the protests can bring about a "turning point" in American history. In his essay at Medium , the former president says the anger on the streets... More »

Obama Weighs In on George Floyd

'This shouldn't be normal in 2020 America'

(Newser) - President Obama has weighed in on the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. "This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote in a statement posted online . "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation... More »

Golf Coverage Prompts New Trump Attacks

Tweets call media 'truly deranged'

(Newser) - After their back-and-forth the past couple of days on the subject, President Trump launched another series of attacks on Joe Biden on Monday in defense of his golfing twice in Virginia over the holiday weekend. The president included former President Barack Obama as a target of criticism, as well as... More »

Barr's 'Obamagate' Prediction May Not Please Trump

Attorney general doesn't expect criminal investigation of Obama, Biden

(Newser) - President Trump has been pushing the "Obamagate" theme of late, but his attorney general just dampened expectations about what Trump and his supporters can expect out of it. William Barr said Monday he doesn't think President Obama or Joe Biden will be investigated over the origins of the... More »

Trump Returns Fire as Feud Heats Up With Obama

The president had just returned from Camp David

(Newser) - President Trump, welcome back to the White House—now what do you think of Barack Obama's latest jabs? That was pretty much the exchange between reporters and Trump after he returned Sunday from Camp David, the Guardian reports. "So I think we had a great weekend," Trump... More »

Trump Adviser Slams 'Kumbaya of Incompetence'

Peter Navarro is unleashed on the Sunday talkies

(Newser) - A top White House economic adviser hit the talk-show circuit Sunday and slammed everyone from the CDC to China to former President Obama, Politico reports. "I'm glad Mr. Obama has a new job as Joe Biden's press secretary," Peter Navarro said on ABC's This Week,... More »

Obama Makes Waves in His Speech to Black Colleges

The former president says officials 'aren't even pretending to be in charge'

(Newser) - The media was waiting for this one—and Barack Obama didn't disappoint. The former president, who's been making headlines with his jabs at the Trump administration, rolled out new quotes Saturday in an online commencement speech to historically black colleges and universities, the New York Times reports. So... More »

McConnell: I Misspoke in an Obama Criticism

Previous White House did leave behind a pandemic plan

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is walking back a criticism of President Obama. In an interview on Fox News Thursday, the Senate majority leader acknowledged that the Obama administration did, in fact, leave behind a plan for handling a pandemic, reports USA Today . "I was wrong," McConnell said. "They did... More »

Trump Goes After Obama, Obama Responds With 1 Word

'Vote'

(Newser) - President Trump on Thursday went after his predecessor, who responded with a single word: "Vote." It went down like this:
  • Trump: He's been going after former President Obama, and on Thursday retweeted his own Wednesday tweet reading simply, "OBAMAGATE!"
  • Obama: The former prez had his
... More »

McConnell: Obama 'Should've Kept Mouth Shut'

Says discussing coronavirus response was 'classless'

(Newser) - Former President Obama isn't happy with the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, which means Mitch McConnell isn't happy with him. "I think President Obama should've kept his mouth shut," the Senate majority leader told President Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump during a... More »

'The Gloves Are Off' After Obama Audio Leaks

The former president tackles weighty subjects in a private, online call

(Newser) - As TMZ puts it, "the gloves are officially off." Yahoo News has obtained audio of Barack Obama speaking online with members of the Obama Alumni Association on topics ranging from Michael Flynn to American tribalism to the response to the coronavirus—and let's just say it's... More »

Obama's Title in Jordan Film Gets a Laugh

But director has his reasons for labeling him 'former Chicago resident'

(Newser) - ESPN began airing its 10-part Michael Jordan documentary Sunday night, and one small moment from The Last Dance drew a bit of attention online. When Barack Obama appeared in the film, the chyron described him only as "Former Chicago Resident," notes People . Sites such as BuzzFeed and Vulture... More »

Obama 'Flattered' by Student Request That's Going Viral

High school senior asks former president to give a national commencement speech

(Newser) - A high school senior thinks he has a way to take some of the sting out of missing graduation ceremonies this spring. "Hi @BarackObama!" he tweeted Tuesday. Saying "it would give us great comfort to hear your voice," Lincoln Debenham of Eagle Rock High School in... More »

Biden Receives Biggest Endorsement Yet

Obama backs him for president

(Newser) - On Monday, Joe Biden picked up the endorsement of Bernie Sanders . On Tuesday, an even bigger one came his way. Barack Obama formally backed Biden's 2020 bid in a video . "These aren't normal times," said Obama in the opening of his 12-minute message. The coronavirus pandemic... More »

Obama Has a COVID-19 Warning

To 'misinform' is the worst thing leaders can do, former president says

(Newser) - Former president Barack Obama spoke at a virtual meeting of mayors and other local leaders amid the coronavirus pandemic, and he had a warning for them: "The biggest mistake any [of] us can make in these situations is to misinform, particularly when we’re requiring people to make sacrifices... More »

Obama Tweets Like He Hasn't in Years

He has taken to social media to post about the coronavirus

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama has come alive again on Twitter. NBC News reports "he's posting like never before since leaving the presidency," specifically on the subject of the coronavirus pandemic. He's offering tips, policy explanations, and inspirational stories. CNN notes his latest tweet expresses a coronavirus... More »

Family's Coronavirus Sacrifice Catches Obama's Eye

Emergency physician with a newborn isolates himself

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor in Atlanta has put himself in isolation—in the garage—so he can keep treating coronavirus patients without putting his wife and children at risk. That kind of selflessness sets an example for the rest of us, former President Barack Obama said. Rachel Patzer, an epidemiologist... More »

Report: Obama Told Biden He's Holding Off on Endorsements

Former president wants to be a 'unifier,' source says

(Newser) - The Democratic field is narrowing —but Barack Obama is in no rush to endorse a candidate. CNN , citing sources "close to Obama," report that the former president called Joe Biden, his former vice president, to congratulate him on his big win in the South Carolina primary , but... More »

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