Tag Archives: Barack Obama

President Obama Opens American Idol Finale With Praise For Show And Call For Voter Registration [VIDEO]

American Idol ended its 15-season run last night and the finale began with a message from the president. Via Deadline: Acknowledging “not all of us can sing like Kelly Clarkson,” Obama told viewers of the very last episode of the Fox series “all of our voices matter.” Opening up the jam packed 2-hour end to Idol’s fifteen season run, the ...

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ARGENTINA: Obama Does The Tango [VIDEO]

NPR reports: When in Rome — or in this case, Buenos Aires. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (right) tango with dancers during the state dinner in Argentina on Wednesday. President Obama danced the famous Argentine tango with a lithe dancer in a shimmery gold dress during the official state dinner at the Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Responds To Brussels Attack

President Obama is due to address the Cuban people from Havana this morning. He will begin with a statement about today’s terror attack in Brussels. Watch below. The speech will begin shortly. UPDATE: The president expressed solidarity with the people of Belgium and vowed to work with their government to bring today’s attackers to justice. He is now delivering the ...

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CUBA: Obama Poses Before Che Guevara Mural [VIDEO]

Teabagistan is aflame with the usual screaming today after President Obama posed for photos with a giant mural of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara visible in the background. Media Matters points out that Ronald Reagan once delivered a speech with a huge bust of Vladimir Lenin looming over his head. And then there was that time George W. Bush posed for ...

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama Arrives In Cuba

President Obama has just landed in Havana for his historic visit to Cuba. Watch below. Via Yahoo News: The three-day trip, the first by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years, is the culmination of a diplomatic opening announced by Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in December 2014, ending a Cold War-era estrangement that began when the Cuban ...

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Cites “Biden Rule” – Says There Will Be No SCOTUS Hearing [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday shot down the idea of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland getting a hearing. McConnell insisted in a floor speech that the vacancy should be filled by the next president. “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Makes SCOTUS Announcement UPDATE: Nominee Reported To Be Merrick Garland

President Obama will announce his nomination for the US Supreme Court at 11am Eastern. Embedded below is the official White House live-stream. Some expect the nominee to be present during Obama’s revelation. Exciting! UPDATE: CNN is reporting that Garland will be the nominee.

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Obama’s SCOTUS Nomination Due This Morning

NBC News reports: President Obama has made up his mind. The president will announce his nominee to the Supreme Court at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday, just over a month after the death of conservative jurist Antonin Scalia left a vacancy on the bench. “I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision,” Obama said in a statement. ...

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Hamilton Star Raps At White House [VIDEO]

Coolest president ever. CNN reports: It’s not every day the President of the United States plays back up to someone else — let alone tells someone to “drop the beat” — but that’s just what happened in a video the White House posted on Monday evening. President Barack Obama flipped through cue cards as Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Broadway ...

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Obama Narrows SCOTUS Shortlist To Three

Reuters reports: The White House has narrowed its search for a U.S. Supreme Court nominee to three federal appeals court judges, Sri Srinivasan, Merrick Garland and Paul Watford, a source familiar with the selection process said on Friday. Srinivasan, an Indian-American who served under presidents of both parties before President Barack Obama named him as an appellate judge, and Garland, ...

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Obama Jokes About Election To Trudeau [VIDEO]

At last night’s White House state dinner honoring Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Obama made a few jokes about the US election. The punch lines may be a bit obvious, but you’ll likely enjoy this.

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Obama Welcomes “Quite Good Looking” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau To White House [VIDEO]

This morning Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with President Obama at the White House, the first such visit by Canada’s head of government in nearly two decades. Obama welcomed the “quite good looking” internet heartthrob and proceeded to tease him about the current location of hockey’s Stanley Cup, which was last won by Obama’s hometown Chicago Blackhawks. More from ...

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REPORT: White House Vetting Moderate GOP Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval As Possible SCOTUS Nominee

From the Washington Post: Brian Sandoval, the centrist Republican governor of Nevada, is being vetted by the White House for a possible nomination to the Supreme Court, according to two people familiar with the process. Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee President Obama could select who would be able to break a Republican ...

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President Obama Pens Guest Column For SCOTUSblog: I Take My Appointment Responsibility Seriously

President Obama today penned a column for SCOTUSblog. It begins: The Constitution vests in the President the power to appoint judges to the Supreme Court. It’s a duty that I take seriously, and one that I will fulfill in the weeks ahead. It’s also one of the most important decisions that a President will make. Rulings handed down by the ...

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Obama Unveils Plan To Close Gitmo [VIDEO]

Wingnuts are screaming, of course. USA Today reports: Keeping the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay open is “contrary to our values,” President Obama said Tuesday, as he released a plan that examined 13 potential sites for transferring the suspected terrorists but did not propose any specific location. His plan sets up a last-year confrontation with Congress about a campaign ...

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Obamas Share A Dance With 106 Year-Old Fan [VIDEO]

So sweet. Via the Washington Post: With the leader of the free world in one hand and Michelle Obama in the other, Virginai McLaurin danced with sheer and utter joy, shaking her hips like a 16-year-old and flashing a smile as bright as the camera flashes going off all around her. “She’s 106?” the president asked incredulously. “No, you are ...

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HRC Calls For LGBT SCOTUS Justice

Yesterday Human Rights Campaign head Chad Griffin urged President Obama to appoint an LGBT person as Antonin Scalia’s successor. He writes: To have a representative on our nation’s highest court would send a powerful message to the millions of LGBT people who have struggled for recognition — and respect — for many decades. Today, we have other legal champions who ...

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When You Find Out Obama Can’t Run Again

Getting attention on Twitter this afternoon is an adorable video of a little girl’s sobbing reaction after her grandmother tells her President Obama is limited to two terms. Little Caprina Harris shares a birthday with the president and August 4th is a “special day of celebration” in her home. Watch the video at this link to The Root.

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Obama Criticized For Plan To Skip Scalia’s Funeral

From the New York Times: The White House on Thursday tried to fend off criticism of President Obama’s decision not to attend the funeral this weekend of Justice Antonin Scalia, but even some administration allies lamented the move as a missed opportunity to ease the partisan warfare that has followed the justice’s death. Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, will ...

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Obama To Make “Historic Visit” To Cuba

And the wingnuts are, predictably, screaming. CNN reports: “We can confirm that (Thursday) the administration will announce the President’s travel to Latin America, including Cuba, in the coming weeks,” according to a senior administration official. The trip, long expected, comes after Obama’s administration formally reopened ties with Havana in late 2014, following a half-century of enmity. Speaking at CNN’s GOP ...

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