Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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  • US economy dodges the threat of painful spending cuts
    Associated Press

    US economy dodges the threat of painful spending cuts

    The budget agreement that congressional leaders and President Donald Trump forged late Monday lifted a big potential drag on the U.S. economy for this year and next. Under the agreement, the economy was spared from a series of deep spending cuts that were set to take effect under a far-reaching budget law enacted in 2011. "It's not so much that it's a big boost, but it's a pain that was avoided," said Michael Pugliese, an economist at Wells Fargo Securities.

  • The Champaign News-Gazette

    Letter to the Editor | Democrats show they are desperate

    Congrats to President Trump for calling out AOC and her gang of whining eighth-graders. Please remember who started all this. President Obama, in September of 2008, told his supporters to “argue with your neighbors, get in their face.” Now we have a president who is pushing back on the Democrat bullies and their Communist and Socialist minions, and they can't take it. We all know Trump is winning when the only retort from his opponents is to call him a racist. They are desperate; it's all they have. Did he mention anything about race in his tweets? No. He did question the loyalties of The gang of eighth-graders. They are more focused on illegal immigrants, Somali refugees and Palestinians than


    Breaking News, Latest News and Videos

    Editor's Note: John Avlon is a CNN senior political analyst and anchor. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN) - It's official: Conservatives only care about deficits when a Democrat is president. Under Donald Trump the deficit is on a path to more than a trillion dollars per year and discretionary government spending is growing faster than it was under Barack Obama, when he was working to stimulate our way out of the Great Recession. But what was angrily portrayed as generational theft and galloping socialism under President Obama is now accepted with all the outrage of a cow chewing its cud. Everyone in Washington seems to suddenly accept

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes falsehoods to a youth audience
    Associated Press

    AP FACT CHECK: Trump takes falsehoods to a youth audience

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday told young people a number of falsehoods he's been relating to adults for months and took a misleading swipe at the female Democratic lawmakers he's trying to turn into foils. TRUMP, on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York: "She called our country and our people garbage.

  • Chicago aldermen to introduce plan aimed at protecting affordable housing around planned Obama Presidential Center site
    Chicago Tribune

    Chicago aldermen to introduce plan aimed at protecting affordable housing around planned Obama Presidential Center site

    Lightfoot on Tuesday said she understood residents' desire for assurances, but stopped short of supporting a CBA around the presidential center. “I think you've got to respect the rights of people that live in that community, that have been, I think, feeling ... neglected by the efforts so far,” Lightfoot said while talking to reporters at City Hall. “I intend to, as I've started, to work with all sides to get to a place so that we can move forward. And I don't want to get ahead of the federal process, but I'm looking forward to breaking ground.

  • Trump ‘superfan’ sent bombs to CNN, Obama and Clintons
    The Independent

    Trump ‘superfan’ sent bombs to CNN, Obama and Clintons

    A man who sent mail pipe bombs to media outlets and high profile Democrats was a Donald Trump “superfan” who came to consider the president as a “surrogate father”, his lawyers have said.Cesar Sayoc admitted to posting the crudely made packages to CNN, Barack Obama, George Sorors and Hillary Clinton as well as other prominent figures, weeks before the 2018 midterm elections.He pleaded guilty to explosives-related charges in March but is yet to be sentenced.Mr Sayoc’s lawyers argue that he should spend no more than 10 years and one month in prison.They claim the Florida native is a Trump “superfan”, who “began to consider Democrats as not just dangerous in theory, but imminently and seriously dangerous to his personal safety.”“President Trump did nothing to dissuade this message,” the lawyers write, in a memo filed at a New York court on Monday.“Because of [Mr Sayoc’s] cognitive limitations and mental illness, he believed outlandish reports in the news and on social media, which increasingly made him unhinged.“He became obsessed with ‘attacks’ from those he perceived as Trump’s enemies.“He believed stories shared on Facebook that Trump supporters were being beaten in the streets.“He came to believe that he was being personally targeted for supporting Trump: Mr. Sayoc thought that anti-Trump forces were trying to hurt him and they were to blame when his van was vandalized.”The public defenders cited an FBI report released last week saying the pipe bombs would not have successfully detonated, arguing the packages were hoaxes and that no one was hurt. But prosecutors argue that the Florida native should receive life in prison, to “adequately deter acts of domestic terrorism aimed at silencing and intimidating government officials.”They say Mr Sayoc hasn’t “fully accepted responsibility” for his actions.The Florida resident faces a mandatory 10-year-term due to the seriousness of the charges.He has been held without bail since his late-October arrest at a South Florida auto parts store.At the time, he had been living in a van covered with Trump stickers and images of Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces.Mr Sayoc will be sentenced on 5 August.Additional reporting by agencies

  • Pompeo: Past US Administrations 'Let the Doctrines of Global Elites Dictate Our Engagement'
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    Pompeo: Past US Administrations 'Let the Doctrines of Global Elites Dictate Our Engagement'

    ( – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech Monday night previous administrations had made “foreign policy decisions that didn't serve Americans well or put Americans first,” and had allowed “the doctrines of global elites dictate our engagement.” Addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Fla., Pompeo contrasted the Trump administration's approach to dealing with the likes of Iran, Russia, North Korea and Cuba, to its predecessor's. “When diplomacy is done well, it saves lives. It really matters,” he said, adding that doing diplomacy well helps American companies to grow their businesses abroad and create jobs at home, and helps to “keep our enemies' finger

  • Limbaugh: Harris and Obama aren't black

    Limbaugh: Harris and Obama aren't black

    Rush Limbaugh, the controversial radio host with a long history of racially charged comments, on Monday described Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and former President Barack Obama as not being truly "black." In a clip captured by Media Matters for America, Limbaugh can be heard using a mocking tone to describe Harris and Obama — as well as Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. — as people who want to be "victims" so they depict Trump as "this big man bully." "And by the way, can somebody explain to me how Kamala Harris is an African-American?" Limbaugh asks. "Her father is Jamaican and her mother is Indian. How does that equal African-American? Same thing with Barack Obama. Obama's not African-American,

  • Daily Hive

    These are the public figures Canadians admire the most

    Barack and Michelle Obama are the most admired man and woman in Canada, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted by market research firm YouGov, covered the views of people in 41 countries, with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile the list. On a global scale, Microsoft founder Bill Gates ranked as the world's most admired man, followed by Barack Obama and Jackie Chan, respectively. Michelle Obama topped the list on the woman's roster, with Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie coming in at second and third, respectively. See also Here in Canada, Barack came out on top as the most admired man, followed by Bill Gates, actor Dwayne Johnson, the Dalai Lama, actor Jackie

  • New York Daily News

    New statue of Barack Obama with Sasha unveiled in South Dakota

    The love of Obama continues. A new statue of former President Barack Obama alongside his youngest daughter Sasha was unveiled in South Dakota on July 15. Located on the corner of Fourth and St. Joseph St., the sculpture is located in Rapid City and is part of the City of Presidents collection. It depicts the 44th president waving to the crowd and holding his daughter Sasha's hand.

  • Closing Ranks

    Closing Ranks

    A masterclass taught by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. (Elected Democrats and Democratic aspirants to office in 2020, take notes.) As the Trump show goes on around them, newly-elected Democrats, veteran Democratic leadership, and 2020 presidential hopefuls are being increasingly drawn in to a circular firing squad. At a time when it is more important than ever for Democrats to fight back-to-back against a near-constant bombardment from President Trump, that Democrats are instead turning against each other is sending the public a message that might be even louder than Trump's. There have been friendly fire incidents everywhere on the Democratic side, damaging reputations, relationships, and

  • Obama Biden Mystery

    Obama Biden Mystery

    When Andrew Shaffer's book "Hope Never Dies" burst onto the literary scene a year ago in July 2018, it became an instant best seller, appearing in the New York Times, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, Fox News, and more. The high-action mystery that put Joe Biden and Barack Obama in the role of amateur detectives grabbed the attention of everyone looking for an escape from the current political state of affairs. Now, Shaffer is back with even more mystery, action, and intrigue in Hope Rides Again (Quirk Books; July 9, 2019). It's St. Patrick's weekend in 2019, and Joe Biden is tired. Between a whirlwind book tour and constant speculation about his potential presidential run, he's

  • Evidence that the stock market can sway presidential votes
    Yahoo Finance

    Evidence that the stock market can sway presidential votes

    For clues on which political party will win the next presidential election, look no further than the S&P 500.

  • 'Old Town Road' remix parody features Barack Obama, Katy Perry, Rick Astley, and more

    'Old Town Road' remix parody features Barack Obama, Katy Perry, Rick Astley, and more

    The year is 2021. Lil Nas X has released the 97th remix of "Old Town Road." All is right with the world.Maybe not. But if there are any constants in the world right now, it's that everyone wants to ride the wave of yeehaw energy from Lil Nas X's smash hit. The latest remix bandwagon jump featured Young Thug and viral star Mason Ramsey. But how many Old Town Roads are too many? Everyone from Dolly Parton to Guy Fieri seem to want to get the horses in the back. When will we hit a critical mass of roads?Apparently not for the foreseeable future -- old YouTube legends of song parody and autotune, schmoyoho, have thrown their cowboy hats into the mix. According to the video they stole the remix, stole a time machine from Area 51, and brought the first three minutes back to 2019. There are 14 celebs represented by their respective Animojis, including Barack Obama, Katy Perry, The Pope, Oprah, Smashmouth, and Rick Astley. Maybe we can get Lil Nas X to move this remix up to a 2019 drop.