Barack Obama

Barack Obama assigned Joe Biden 'every s**t job' after gay marriage gaffe

Barack Obama assigned Joe Biden 'every s**t job' after gay marriage gaffeWashington, March 1 : Joe Biden has revealed that President Barack Obama made him do "every s**t job in the world" after he spoke in favor of gay marriage, while the US administration was on the record against it.

During an interview with Politico, the 71-year-old Vice President spoke about his relationship with the commander-in-chief and confessed that he wound up on Obama's bad side two years ago when he made the gay marriage gaffe, Radar Online reported.

He added that his powers were minimized and was excluded from high-level meetings after he preceded the president's announcement over the controversial issue.


Obama behaved 'too black' during youth, says half- brother

Barack ObamaWashington, March 1 - Barack Obama's half-sibling has confessed that his initial impression of the current President of the United States of America was that he is just "too black".

During an interview with Newsmax, Mark Ndesandjo said that when they first met in 1988, Obama found him "too white" while he found him "too black", the Washington Times reported.

Ndesandjo, who has released his new book ' Nairobi to Shenzhen ', revealed that the first African American President was very much influenced by African nationalists and had very strong opinions about the roles of independence during those years.


Vivek Murthy poised to become 'America's doctor'

Vivek Murthy poised to become 'America's doctor'Washington, Mar 1 - President Barack Obama's pick for surgeon general, Indian American Vivek Murthy, is one step closer to becoming “America's doctor”, with a Senate panel approving his nomination despite opposition from the powerful gun lobby.

Democratic controlled Senate is set to hold a vote Tuesday to confirm Murthy, 36, an early supporter of Obama and his healthcare law. He would be the first Indian American and the youngest person to become the leading spokesperson on matters of public health in the US.


Obama warns against military intervention in Ukraine

Obama warns against military intervention in UkraineWashington, Mar 1 - US President Barack Obama said Friday that Washington is "deeply concerned" about reported Russian military movement in Ukraine and warned that " there will be costs" for any military intervention in the country.

Any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be "deeply destabilsing," Xinhua quoted Obama as saying in a hastily arranged speech at the White House, adding that it would violate Russia's commitment to respect Ukraine's borders and would invite global condemnation.


Obama confesses getting 'high' in school and not thinking about harm

Obama confesses getting 'high' in school and not thinking about harmWashington, February 28 : Barack Obama has confessed that he did drugs in school and didn't think about the harm it could do to him.

The US president, who launched the 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative, spoke to teenagers involved in the 'Becoming a Man' program to help at-risk boys in his hometown, Chicago, the Huffington Post reported.

He said that he sees himself in the teenagers and admitted that he made bad choices when he was in school and didn't take it as seriously as he should have.

Obama added that he made excuses and sold himself short sometimes.


Obama to host Palestinian president in March

Obama to host Palestinian president in MarchWashington, Feb 28 - US President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House March 17, the White House said Thursday.

The president looks forward to reviewing with Abbas the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Jay Carney as saying in a statement.

"They will also discuss our continuing effort to work cooperatively to strengthen the institutions that can support the establishment of a Palestinian state."

On March 3, Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.


Permission sought to keep NSA phone records longer

Permission sought to keep NSA phone records longerWashington, Feb 27 - The Obama administration has asked a special court for permission to hold on to National Security Agency (NSA) phone records for longer than five years, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The daily describing it as "an unintended consequence of lawsuits seeking to stop the data- surveillance programme", Xinhua reported.


White House launches new manufacturing innovation institutes

White House launches new manufacturing innovation institutesWashington, Feb 26 - US President Barack Obama Tuesday announced the launch of two new public-private institutes for manufacturing innovation in the administration's latest effort to boost advanced manufacturing and spur high-quality jobs.

The two manufacturing innovation institutes are led by the Department of Defence and supported by more than $280 million, half from the federal government and half from private partners, Xinhua reported.


Jindal slams Obama for raising 'white flag of surrender'

Jindal slams Obama for raising 'white flag of surrender'Washington, Feb 25 - Louisiana's Indian-American governor, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, has accused President Barack Obama of "waving the white flag of surrender" on the economy by focusing on a limited set of executive actions.

"I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy," he said emerging with a group of governors from a meeting Monday with Obama that stressed bipartisan cooperation.

I think our economy, I think America can do better," said Jindal, who is term-limited and is considering a White House run in 2016.


Fewer Americans think Obama respected internationally

Fewer Americans think Obama respected internationallyWashington, Feb 25 - For the first time since he came to office more than five years ago, more Americans now believe US President Barack Obama is not respected by world leaders than those who do, a Gallup poll released Monday found.

Fifty-three percent of Americans think world leaders do not respect him, whereas 41 percent think world leaders do respect him, Xinhua reported citing the opinion poll result.


Nugent sorry for calling Obama subhuman mongrel

Nugent sorry for calling Obama subhuman mongrelWashington, Feb. 22 : Controversial American rock musician Ted Nugent has reportedly apologized for calling US President Barack Obama a " subhuman mongrel".

After his campaign appearance with Texas's Republican gubernatorial hopeful caused a stir, Nugent issued an apology regretting his remarks.

When asked by conservative radio host Ben Ferguson on his show if he would apologize to the president, the rocker said that he had crossed the line and would apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than himself, like the best governor in America, Gov. Rick Perry, the best attorney general in America, Politico reported.


Obama-Dalai Lama meeting: China gets a 'brush-off'

Barack Obama, Dalai LamaWashington, Feb 22 - As President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama ignoring usual Chinese objections, White House portrayed it as in keeping with past practice and in no way detracting from Washington's ties with Beijing.

In fact, Obama and the visiting Tibetan spiritual leader "agreed on the importance of a positive and constructive US -China relationship," press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.


Obama backs Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approach

Obama backs Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approachWashington, Feb 22 - In the face of objections from China, President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama Friday saying the US supports his "Middle Way" approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China.

Obama's meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel

laureate, who is in the US on a speaking tour, was closed to

photographers, and, unlike during some previous visits, the Dalai Lama

departed the White House without speaking to reporters.

According to a readout of the meeting provided by the White House, Obama

"reiterated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet's unique


Obama loses beer bet on women's ice hockey game to Canadian PM

Obama loses beer bet on women's ice hockey game to Canadian PMWashington, Feb 21 : US President Barack Obama may reportedly have to hand over a case of beer to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper after he lost the bet on the gold medal ice hockey game between the two countries' women's teams, which Canada won.

However, there is still a case of beer riding on the outcome of the Friday's semifinals between the men's ice hockey teams of both countries at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.


Obama to meet Dalai Lama on Friday

Obama to meet Dalai Lama on FridayWashington, Feb 21 - US President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet the Dalai Lama Friday morning at the White House.

The White House made the announcement Thursday while releasing Obama's daily schedule, adding the meeting would be closed to press, reported Xinhua.

It will be the third time that Obama meets the Dalai Lama. Their previous meetings in February 2010 and July 2011, respectively, drew strong protests from China. (IANS)


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