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 January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to serve as president. He was previously a United States Senator from Illinois and a member of the Illinois State Senate. Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state.
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  • AllAfrica.com

    This Is Why Jalang'o Will Be Charging More to Emcee Events

    Top comedian and Emcee Jalang'o will now be charging more for his services after recently hosting an event presided by former US president Barrack Obama at Kogelo, Siaya County. Jalang'o, who is also a radio presenter, revealed that hosting Obama's function was the most difficult event he has ever handled yet the biggest in his career as an emcee. The comedian, who was the Master of Ceremony when Mr Obama presided over the launch of his half-sister Auma Obama's Sauti Kuu Foundation, said he wasn't sure if he was up to the task. But after the event went down successfully, Jalang'o feels his brand has now gotten better hence he would consider increasing his rate cards for future events he will

  • Leader of the Persistence
    The Cut

    Leader of the Persistence

    The Massachusetts senator has emerged in the past few weeks as the de facto leader of the Democratic Party, and the candidate-of-the-moment for 2020.

  • Trump: Obama didn't warn about Russia before election because 'it is all a big hoax'
    The Hill

    Trump: Obama didn't warn about Russia before election because 'it is all a big hoax'

    President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE on Sunday blamed his predecessor for the response to Russian election interference in 2016, which he appeared to call "a big hoax." "So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election," Trump tweeted. "Why didn't he do something about it? Why didn't he tell our campaign?" "Because it is all a big hoax, that's why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!"  The statement

  • Residents of Georgia city want street name changed to Obama
    WSB Radio

    Residents of Georgia city want street name changed to Obama

    VALDOSTA, Ga. -  Residents of a Georgia city are pushing to change the name of a residential street to Barack Obama Boulevard. The Valdosta Daily Times reports a citizens group plans to start circulating a petition Monday to rename Forrest Street for the nation's first black president. The Rev. Floyd Rose says the petition needs signatures from 51 percent of the street's residents. Rose says the name should be changed because Valdosta city leaders named Forrest Street in April 1883 for Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, who was also an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. But Donald Davis of the Lowndes County Historical Museum says notes from the period indicate the street may have been named

  • Watters' Words: The return of Barack Obama
    Fox News

    Watters' Words: The return of Barack Obama

    This is a rush transcript from "Watters' World," July 21, 2018. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. JESSE WATTERS, HOST: This is a Fox News alert. I'm Jesse Watters and something for "Watters' World" viewers, I'm debuting a new hairstyle. Check it out. We are going to weigh in on it later in the show. But first: the return of Barack Obama. That's the subject of tonight's "Watters' Words." The former president has been relatively quiet since leaving office, but popped up in South Africa this week. You could tell Obama was angry that his legacy has been erased. He lashed out at the man who did the erasing. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:

  • John Kerry defends Obama administration's warnings about Russian meddling
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    John Kerry defends Obama administration's warnings about Russian meddling

    Former Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's response to Russian meddling from criticism by President Trump that former President Barack Obama didn't do enough to sound the alarm during the 2016 campaign.  Kerry, appearing on "Face the Nation" Sunday, said Obama did confront Putin in private, but didn't do so publicly because information about Russian meddling "was just unfolding" ahead of the election. The Obama administration also needed to ensure confidence in the election, and share information in a way that wouldn't give Mr. Trump a platform to claim the election was rigged, Kerry suggested. John Kerry says Trump deriding Joe Biden "shows fear" Transcript: John

  • Trump's Tariff War Is The Final Act Of A Broken System
    HuffPost

    Trump's Tariff War Is The Final Act Of A Broken System

    President Donald Trump's trade agenda is a corrupt, chaotic mess.

  • Exclusive: Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials
    Reuters

    Exclusive: Accused Russian agent Butina met with U.S. Treasury, Fed officials

    By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Accused Russian agent Maria Butina had wider high-level contacts in Washington than previously known, taking part in 2015 meetings between a visiting Russian official and two senior officials at the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury Department. The meetings, revealed by several people familiar with the sessions and a report from a Washington think tank that arranged them, involved Stanley Fischer, Fed vice chairman at the time, and Nathan Sheets, then Treasury undersecretary for international affairs. Butina traveled to the United States in April 2015 with Alexander Torshin, then the Russian Central Bank deputy governor, and they took part in separate meetings with Fischer and Sheets to discuss U.S.-Russian economic relations during Democratic former President Barack Obama's administration.

  • WARIGI: Obama's visit to his ancestral home and the woes of family
    Daily Nation

    WARIGI: Obama's visit to his ancestral home and the woes of family

    In the canon of Western literature, the novel Anna Karenina, by 19th century Russian author Leo Tolstoy, is considered by literati as one of the finest novels ever written, perhaps the greatest. Its very first opening line reads: "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." It is arguably the most famous sentence in world literature. The quote came to mind when former US President Barack Obama came calling a week ago in a visit that exposed some barely hidden family dramas. Certainly I wouldn't say the Obamas are unhappy. Far from it. The nuclear circle of Obama, wife Michelle, and their two young daughters, come across to the world as wholesome and exemplary.

  • How the GOP Screwed Obama on Immigration Reform
    The Daily Beast

    How the GOP Screwed Obama on Immigration Reform

    In this excerpt from Brian Abrams’ ‘Obama: An Oral History, 2009-2017,’ legislators and former White House staffers describe how immigration reform got derailed.

  • Editorial: To censor or not, that's the conundrum behind Russian meddling via social media
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Editorial: To censor or not, that's the conundrum behind Russian meddling via social media

    There's a built-in conundrum in the newest Republican “what about” line of defense regarding Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trying to divert public attention from President Donald Trump's disastrous performance at last week's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Republican politicians and pundits have begun asking: What about the Obama administration's failure to halt the meddling when they knew it was happening? Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg recognizes the implications as his company contemplates restrictions on groups that post blatant misinformation, such as Holocaust denial or postings suggesting the 9/11 attacks were staged. Zuckerberg has had to backtrack

  • I'm conservative, I left the GOP. Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond
    NJ.com

    I'm conservative, I left the GOP. Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond

    How I miss Barack Obama. And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized Obama's "lead from behind" foreign policy that resulted in a premature pullout from Iraq and a failure to stop the slaughter in Syria. I thought he was too weak on Iran and too tough on Israel. I feared that Obamacare would be too costly. I fumed that he was too professorial and too indecisive. I was left cold by his arrogance and his cult of personality. Now I would take Obama back in a nanosecond. His presidency appears to be a lost golden age when reason and morality reigned. All of his faults, real as they were, fade into