Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 20 : Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has praised the American people for making him 'a better president' and 'a better man'.
"Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man, Obama said in a thank you letter to the American people on Thursday.
On his last day in office before President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Obama described the American people as 'the source of goodness, resilience, from which he has pulled strength.
Washington D.C. [U.S.], Jan. 11 : United States President Barack Obama said goodbye to his nation today in an emotional address enriched with wisdom and optimism, asserting that he would never give up on his vision for change and reminding Americans that they made him a better leader.
"This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," Obama said from a packed hall of supporters in his adopted hometown.
"After eight years as your President, I still believe that," he went on. "And it's not just my belief. It's the beating heart of our American idea -- our bold experiment in self-government."
Washington [United States), Nov.30 : Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has said that his wife and U.S. First Lady Michelle will not run for White House.
"Michelle will never run for office," the president had said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine done the day after Donald Trump's surprise win.
Obama had then said that while his wife is a very talented, she is sensible enough not to be in politics.
Michelle Obama, who will be 53 when she leaves the White House, is the first black First Lady in American history. Her husband is 55.
A Harvard-educated lawyer, she will leave the White House on January 20 enjoying sky-high ratings -- approved by 79 percent of the American public, according to a recent Gallup survey.
New York [USA], Nov. 15 : US President Barack Obama has said that Washington would remain the world's "indispensable" power and committed to NATO even under the administration of his newly-elected successor Donald Trump as the latter has assured him about the same.
"In my conversations with the President-elect, he expressed a great interest in maintaining our core strategic relationships," Obama said, adding that he had a message from Trump to pass on to world leaders he will meet this week. "One of the messages I will be able to deliver is his commitment to NATO and the transatlantic alliance," said the President.
President Obama will be reassuring the same to US allies during his overseas trip this week.
New York [USA], Nov. 8 : Comparing incumbent US President Barack Obama with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may look bizarre to any American. However, the duo indeed has something in common from a political perspective.
Trump has been reckless with his words in many of his speeches, leading many to believe that racism is at the core of his campaign while Obama being the first elected black President in the US history stands quite opposite to Trump's assertion so far.
But what Trump has said is on the same issues and frames that Obama raised in 2008 and 2012. The Republican nominee has, however, changed the story lines, writes the New York Times.
Washington D.C. [US], Nov. 3 : US President Barack Obama has implicitly criticised Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey over the new inquiry into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email use.
Obama said the investigations should not operate on the basis of innuendo or incomplete information.
The FBI is now investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Clinton's private email server.
London [UK], Oct. 22 : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has claimed that President Barack Obama and the United States are despised around the world, which is driving countries such as the Philippines into the arms of its adversaries.
"The world hates our president. The world hates us. You saw what happened with the Philippines after years and years and years; they're now looking to Russia and China, because they don't feel good about the weak America" the Guardian quoted Trump, as saying at a Friday rally in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
New York [US], Sept. 20 : U.S. President Barack Obama has called upon International Community to reject all forms of fundamentalism, while saying that nations should stop proxy wars.
Delivering his last speech at the United Nations General Assembly on its 71st session, Obama said the international community should reject terrorism and there is need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings.
"The world is too small, we are all too packed together to be following the old ways of thinking. We must reject the fundamentalism...instead we need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect for all human beings," Obama said.
Washington [US], Sept. 15 Following Myanmar Democratic transformation, U. S. President Barack Obama has announced that his government was prepared to lift sanctions on the country.
Obama made the remarks after meeting with Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office, a move taken to mend broken relationship between the two countries.
Though Myanmar was formerly known as Burma, the U. S. government still uses it referring to the country.
"In part because of the progress we've seen over the last several months, I indicated after consulting with Daw Suu that the United States is now prepared to lift sanctions we've imposed upon Burma for quite some time," CNN quoted Obama as saying.
Media reports have confirmed that President Obama and Premier Xi Jinping of China will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on April 22. The United Nations accord will be open for the first time for government signatures on that day.
The announcement has come as a statement of joint resolve by the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, though it is doubtful that whether the United States will be able to meet its obligations mentioned in the agreement.
President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative after its success has raised debate on whether the data collected by it will belong to consumer or the organization. Precision Medicine Initiative has been developed to collect genetic data on one million American volunteers so that scientists can develop drugs and treatments tailored to individual patient.
“I would like to think that if somebody does a test on me or my genes, then that’s mine, but that’s not always how we define these issues,” said President Obama on Thursday during a White House forum on the major biomedical research initiative he began last year. The Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday suggested that patients should have access to their medical records, including genomic testing results.
Congress for investing more than $1.8 billion to fight Zika in the United States and other countries. The republican lawmakers requested that democratic government should better make use of funds from unused $2.7 billion funds issued for Ebola in 2014.
There is no evidence yet discovered about whether Zika virus causes microcephaly, a condition marked by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems. Brazil has so far experienced more than 500 cases of microcephaly, which causes birth defects. The country relates microcephaly in children to presence of Zika virus in mothers. Brazil is studying more than 3,900 suspected cases of microcephaly.
Yet another attempt by US President Barack Obama to improve the federal deficit by slashing the budget for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) has met with resistance from the House representatives.
On Tuesday, the US President tried to cut the budget for the GLRI by $50 million (from $300 million to $250 million) even as House representatives demanded that money be allowed to flow for the project. This was probably President Obama’s last bid before his tenure ends, in a series of several such attempts over the past two years.
US President Barack Obama at his final State of the Union address in January to a joint session of Congress in Washington, DC, said that they were treading on the planned path to wipe out new HIV/AIDS transmissions from the country by 2020.
The federal government and various states have prepared a strategy to counter the epidemic through recent medical advances that have been decreasing the incidence of the deadly infection and making better the quality of life in some US demographic groups.
But the information needs to be better spread among various stakeholders, including volunteers active in the field, religious leaders and others who can help check the scourge of HIV/AIDS at the grassroots level in African-American communities.
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama called for the quick development of tests, vaccines and treatments for battling the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus. The virus has been associated with birth defects. It is expected that the virus may spread to the United States in hotter months.
While citing the latest study, the US health officials are estimating that the virus may reach areas where 60% of the US population lives. They have decided to increase their efforts to study the relation between Zika virus infections and birth defects. Top health and national security officials briefed Obama on the potential spread of the virus on Tuesday.
On January 14, when President Obama made an announcement about the cancer moonshot initiative at State of the Union speech, a huge number of cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers were happy and teary-eyed at the same time.
For many people, the idea of executive action to integrate and fasten the ongoing work looking for progress against cancer was quite inspiring and motivational. The US space agency NASA pictures reminded everybody of the massive achievement that the Apollo and various space programs meant to the country.
On January 14, the New York Times gave all a dose of sobriety in an article by Gina Kolata and Gardiner Harris entitled ‘Moonshot to Cure Cancer, to be led by Biden, Relies on Outmoded View of Disease’.
Last week, US President Barack Obama signed a legislation that will legalize commercial asteroid mining. Several critics said the new asteroid mining law may violate international space treaty, but industry officials think the legislation will end a legal quandary that startups were facing from a long time.
The new law, Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, will allow space companies to mine and explore space resources. Those natural space resources will be a subject of exploration of US space companies, but no one can claim ownership of that object.
Bob Richards, chief executive of Moon Express, said it is similar to a fishing vessel in international water. Fishermen can put their nets in water and catch fish, but they cannot own the water area, according to Richards.
Past week, President Obama signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, governing ownership of asteroid resources. This could trigger a fresh fight in the commercial space race. The new US Asteroid Mining Law may lead to the violation of International Space Treaty.
Under the section 5103 of the Act, the companies in the US get the right to resources mined from asteroids, though it hasn’t given them rights to the asteroids themselves.
The signing of the act by the president has drawn applause from a five-year-old asteroid mining company Planetary Resources.
Planetary Resources applauded US President BarackObama for signing US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, or the US Space Act. The company is very happy with passing of this legislation because it will be the one that will be benefitted the most.
Founded in 2010, Planetary Resources aims to expand earth’s natural resource base. Meaning that the company’s major goal is to extract water, minerals and other valuable materials from asteroids and sell them.
The passing of the US Space Act 2015 has provided the private companies protected ownership of materials that are extracted from celestial bodies.
US President praises Pranav Sivakumar for Being First Person to Be Global Finalist in Google Science Fair TwiceSubmitted by Deepan Chawla on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 15:56
US presidents Barack Obama has always supported and appreciated outstanding work, and this time, the one who received appreciation from him is a 15-year-old boy. Obama lauded the budding Indian-American astronomy buff during the Astronomy Night organized by him on Monday.
Pranav is the first person to be a Global Finalist in Google Science Fair twice. During the event, president Obama said, “When Pranav Sivakumar was six years old, he found an encyclopedia about famous scientists lying around house. At least he thinks it was lying around there. Actually, his parents probably were setting it out hoping he was going to run into it”.