‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Barack Obama had a China problem. His national security team knew the Chinese Communist Party was getting ready to anoint a new leader. But his aides wanted to better understand the man they expected to assume power, Xi Jinping. It seemed like a job for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Xi was […]

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Obama Urges Democrats: ‘Whatever You’ve Done So Far Is Not Enough’

Former President Barack Obama and his vice president, Joseph R. Biden Jr., on Tuesday held their first joint event of the 2020 campaign, where Mr. Obama warned Democrats against becoming complacent about the presidential election and offered an unusually direct and detailed rebuke of President Trump. The split-screen appearance of the presumptive Democratic nominee and […]

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Obama raises $7.6 million at fundraiser for Biden’s campaign

Former President Barack Obama warned Democrats against being “complacent or smug” about the presidential race at a grassroots fundraiser Tuesday for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, calling on viewers to learn the lessons from 2016 and not take the election for granted. Referencing what he called a “great awakening” going on among younger Americans pushing […]

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Barack Obama: Electing Joe Biden Will Mean An End To Trump’s ‘Shambolic Government’

Barack Obama went to bat for his ‘close friend’ Joe Biden at a fundraiser, calling out Donald Trump for running a ‘shambolic’ government. The virtual event was attended by over 160,000 more people than his Tulsa rally. Two months after endorsing him, former President Barack Obama laid out exactly why he thinks his former VP […]

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Obama returns to the campaign trail with Biden fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama raised more than $4 million from 120,000 individual donors ahead of his first fundraiser for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The small dollar fundraiser Tuesday night will be held online and offers a fresh test of Obama’s ability to transfer his popularity to Biden, his former vice president who is now […]

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Obama celebrates Supreme Court DACA decision, says ‘we have to move forward and elect’ Biden

Former President Barack Obama celebrated Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to kept his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alive after an attempt by the Trump administration to rescind it. While the court specifically chose not to weigh in on the merits of DACA — which allows people who entered the U.S. illegally as children […]

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Barack Obama Celebrates SCOTUS Ruling On LGBTQ Rights With Throwback Pic Of Rainbow-Colored White House

Barack Obama reacted with joy to the Supreme Court’s ban of discrimination towards transgender and gay workers. Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been silent. Barack Obama, 58, wished America a Happy Pride Month with a throwback photo of his former home, The White House, lit up in the LGBTQ flag’s rainbow colors on June 15. Just […]

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Gates: Obama, GWB used military as a prop — but Trump administration takes those efforts to ‘a new level’

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush liked to “use the military as a prop” — but the Trump administration has taken those efforts “to a new level,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates charged Sunday. The admonishment from Gates came a week after President Trump’s former Defense Secretary James Mattis urged Americans to “reject and hold accountable […]

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Young Protesters Say Voting Isn’t Enough. Will They Do It Anyway?

Barack Obama has a favorite saying on the campaign trail: “Don’t boo — vote.” And young protesters, galvanized by police brutality and a rash of political disappointments, seem to be sketching out a present-day response: Sure, maybe. But first, some well-directed fury. “I’m tired. I’m literally tired. I’m tired of having to do this,” said […]

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Joe Biden: 5 Things You Should Know About The Official Democratic Nominee For President

You know him as Barack Obama’s VP, but how much do clinched the you really know about Joe Biden? Here’s 5 facts you should learn about the 2020 candidate that just clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. Joe Biden may be returning to the White House — as president, this time. The former vice president and […]

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Obama urges George Floyd protesters to push for change, ‘make people in power uncomfortable’

Former President Barack Obama, in a virtual town hall hosted by his foundation Wednesday, called on demonstrators to channel their anger over George Floyd’s death into an opportunity to make leaders “uncomfortable” and pressure them into making real policy changes. The town hall was hosted by the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, which supports young […]

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Obama ‘heartened’ to see police march alongside protesters, says ‘vast majority’ want to protect and serve

Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday he was “heartened” to see law enforcement marching alongside protesters and showing restraint, adding that a “vast majority” of them want to protect and serve. “I want to acknowledge the folks in law enforcement that share the goals of reimagining policing,” Obama said in his first on-camera comments after […]

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Barack & Michelle Obama Grieve For George Floyd’s Family & Urge People To Vote & Protest

Barack Obama gave a passionate speech addressing the death of George Floyd, and the nationwide protests following his killing, urging the protestors to continue fighting by voting in the 2020 election. Former President Barack Obama gave his first on-camera comments about George Floyd‘s killing, during an online town hall on June 3. Obama, 58, praised […]

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President Obama on the George Floyd Protests: ‘There is a Change in Mindset That’s Taking Place’

President Barack Obama shared his perspective on the protests that have gripped the nation for the last six days on Wednesday afternoon, issued a call to action for voters and mayors around the county, and talked about why he remains optimistic about America’s future.  The former president appeared via Zoom from his home, at the […]

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Obama, Addressing George Floyd, Calls on Every Mayor to Push for Police Reform

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called on every mayor in the United States to review use-of-force policies and make progress on police reforms during his first on-camera remarks since a wave of protests and violence after the killing of George Floyd convulsed the country and upended the 2020 election. Mr. Obama, adopting […]

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Obama Will Address George Floyd Protests in Online Town Hall

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday will make his first on-camera comments about the killing of George Floyd and protests over police brutality sweeping the country — but he will not attend the memorial planned for Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday, contrary to a published report, according to people familiar with his […]

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Barack Obama to address George Floyd’s death for first time on camera

Former President Barack Obama will address the death of George Floyd for the first time on camera in a virtual town hall Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. The town hall, hosted by a branch of the Obama Foundation called the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will focus on “Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police […]

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Barack Obama to Livestream Talk About Police Brutality Protests

Former President Barack Obama will be doing a livestream via his website Wednesday at 5 p.m. EST to address protests surrounding the police killing of 46-year-old George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police on May 25th, after cops arrested him for allegedly using a forged $20 bill at a convenience store. The livestream is part […]

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Barack Obama, Kandi Burruss & Other Stars Urge People To Go Vote in State Primary Days Today

Amid the protests over George Floyd’s death, celebs like Barack Obama, Missy Elliott, and more encouraged voters to make their ‘voices’ matter by casting their votes in the June 2 primaries. Amid the pandemic and protests, several states — Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. – are […]

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Barack Obama Gives Advice To Protesters On How To Make ‘Real Change’ & Stars Applaud

Barack Obama took to social media to share a lengthy powerful message of advice with ‘basic lessons from past efforts’ to ‘bring about change’ for social injustice and many celebrities responded with their full support. Barack Obama, 58, spoke out in a statement about the headline-making nationwide protests over the weekend in response to the […]

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Obama lays out ideas for ‘real change’ following George Floyd protests, criticizes looting and vandalism

Former President Barack Obama on Monday published a piece on Medium addressing the nationwide protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd — laying out his ideas for how the country “can sustain momentum to bring about real change,” while also deriding the violence and looting that have occurred on the fringes of some […]

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Obama speaks out on George Floyd’s death: ‘This shouldn’t be normal in 2020 America’

Former President Barack Obama said that the death of George Floyd “shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America.” “It’s natural for us to wish for life ‘to just get back to normal’ as a pandemic and economic crisis upend everything around us,” Obama said in a statement. “But we have to remember for millions of Americans, being […]

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Michelle Obama Teases Barack About His Ears As They Read A Kid’s Book In Cute Video – Watch

Talk about couple goals! Michelle and Barack Obama shared a video of themselves reading a children’s book — and the pair even laughed about the side of the former president’s ears. Former US president Barack Obama, 58, and Former First Lady Michelle Obama, 56, posted a clip of themselves reading a kid’s book to give parents across […]

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Trump could learn about leadership from Obama and Bush

Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush both faced difficult moments while in office, showing leadership when the country needed it most. Chris Cillizza explains what Donald Trump could learn from his predecessors during the coronavirus pandemic. SOURCES AND FURTHER READING: How 2 ex-presidents showed what real leadership looks like https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/08/politics/barack-obama-george-w-bush-coronavirus-leadership/index.html Trump attacks Bush after […]

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