Tag Archives: Barack Obama

Former Obama Advisor Blasts Trump: Presidents Can’t Order Wiretaps, This Protects Us From People Like You

The Hill reports: A former policy adviser to President Obama is firing back at President Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, saying it didn’t happen — at least not under Obama’s orders. “No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Ben Rhodes tweeted Saturday morning. He also said ...

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Trump: Obama Wiretapped My Office

Complete insane. Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump ...

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Log Cabin Republicans Beg DeVos And Sessions To Reinstate Obama’s Protections For Trans Students

The Log Cabin Republicans have published an open letter to Betsy DeVos and Jeff Sessions. An excerpt: Secretary DeVos and Attorney General Sessions, As transgender members of the Log Cabin Republicans and Republican parents of transgender students, we have deep concerns about your decision to rescind the May 13, 2016 directive entitled “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” pertaining to ...

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Random House To Pay Barack And Michelle Obama Record $65M For Separate Presidential Memoirs

The Financial Times reports: Penguin Random House will pay more than $65m for the global rights to two books to be written separately by Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, after a blockbuster auction that set a new record for US presidential memoirs. The company declined to comment on the fee it had agreed with the Obamas. But people briefed ...

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Eric Holder: Obama Is “Ready To Roll” Back Into Politics With Dem Fundraising And Redistricting Efforts

Politico reports: Barack Obama is getting closer to making his public reappearance in politics, his friend and former Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday. Holder said he’s been talking to the former president about ways — including fundraising and interacting with state legislators — that could help the new National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which Obama asked Holder to chair ...

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Obama Congratulates New DNC Chairman Tom Perez: He’ll Unite Democrats Under The Banner Of Opportunity

The Associated Press reports: Former President Barack Obama has congratulated Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party and commended his decision to ask runner-up Keith Ellison to be his deputy. Obama said in a statement that he knows “Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic ...

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White House: Trump Will Keep Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees Of Federal Contractors

Perhaps obviously, this doesn’t rule out other actions reportedly under consideration. The New York Times reports: The White House said on Monday that President Trump would leave in place a 2014 Obama administration order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement issued in response to growing questions about whether Mr. Trump would ...

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Obama Praises Anti-Trump Protesters: American Values Are At Stake And I’m Heartened By Their Engagement

Politico reports: Former President Barack Obama’s office released a statement Monday supporting the protests going on around the country, and speaking out against discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion, saying “American values are at stake.” Kevin Lewis, spokesman for Obama in his post-presidency, said that Obama — who has been threading the balance between the tradition of ...

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LGBT Celebs Thank President Obama: NPH, Jonathan Groff, Nathan Lane, Jim Parsons, Many Others [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly reports: On the day his presidency is handed over to Donald Trump, Barack Obama is getting one last “Thanks, Obama.” Following her own personal tribute, Ellen DeGeneres reached out to famous LGBT faces for help compiling a heartwarming video of thank yous set to Katy Perry’s “Roar,” which she played on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday morning. “President ...

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Obama Returns To Personal Twitter Handle

The Hill reports: Barack Obama on Friday afternoon tweeted once again from his personal Twitter, marking the official social media transition from president. He followed it with another tweet about the Obama Foundation, which he plans to launch in Chicago and run during his post-presidential life. Despite switching back to his personal twitter, Obama will still have a far reach ...

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President Obama Tweets His Farewell

The Hill reports: President Obama on Friday tweeted out his final goodbyes to the American public in the waning hours before Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S. As he departed from the White House, Obama stopped to leave a note on the president’s desk for Trump. The gesture is a time-honored tradition that ...

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Ellen DeGeneres Pays Tribute To The Obamas [VIDEO]

TIME recaps: To commemorate President Barack Obama’s final day in office, Ellen DeGeneres spent a few minutes of Thursday’s episode of The Ellen Show saying goodbye to him and First Lady Michelle Obama. DeGeneres began the segment by thanking POTUS for everything he accomplished during his White House tenure, including legalizing gay marriage.”I want to personally thank him for changing ...

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Obama Issues “Thank You” Letter To Americans

In the last week we’ve had a farewell speech, a final weekly YouTube address, and a final press conference. This afternoon we get President Obama’s official goodbye letter. From the White House press office: My fellow Americans, It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Obama Holds Final Press Conference, Questions About Chelsea Manning Likely To Dominate

NBC News reports: President Obama will officially bid farewell to the Fourth Estate on Wednesday when he holds the final press conference of his presidency. It will be the 165th time Obama faces the White House press corps in this kind of forum, according to the American Presidency Project. Like his predecessors, Obama left dealing with the White House press ...

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BREAKING: Obama Commutes Most Of Wikileaker Chelsea Manning’s Sentence, To Be Set Free In May

The New York Times reports: President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous. The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice ...

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Obama Thanks Supporters In Final Weekly Address: I Look Forward To Working With You As A Citizen [VIDEO]

A partial transcript: Our success depends on our participation, regardless of which way the pendulum of power swings. It falls on each of us to be guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud ...

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BRITAIN: Julian Assange Offers To Surrender To US If Obama Pardons Imprisoned Wikileaker Chelsea Manning

The International Business Times reports: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is willing to be extradited to the US in exchange for the release of the imprisoned military whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks has tweeted on 12 January. “If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case”, the tweet read. Wikileaks has made similar pledges ...

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Obama Ends Cuban “Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy

Politico reports: President Barack Obama is ending a longstanding immigration policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident, a senior administration official said Thursday. The repeal of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy is effective immediately, according the official. The decision follows months of negotiations focused in part on getting ...

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Joe Biden Overcome With Emotion As Obama Surprises Him With Presidential Medal Of Freedom [VIDEO]

Oh yes, you will need tissues. Via Talking Points Memo: President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Joe Biden Thursday with a farewell tribute where he presented the vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Obama gave the entire Biden clan a glowing tribute, including his children, grandchildren and wife, Jill Biden. He described Biden and Jill as “an all-American ...

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LIVE VIDEO: President Obama Delivers Farewell Speech

From laughter at Trump to sorrow and deep abiding thanks to President Obama, whose farewell speech begins at 9PM Eastern. ABC News reports on what to expect: In a farewell address to the American people Tuesday night, President Obama is expected to reaffirm his belief in the ability of ordinary Americans to bring about positive change in country, according to ...

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