Barack Obama

State of the Union address: Obama hails new milestone for US by declaring 'shadow of crisis has passed'

United States President Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 21 - Urging Americans to "turn the page" during his sixth State of the Union address, United States President Barack Obama declared that "the shadow of crisis" has passed and the nation is now ready to move away from the wars and recession of the last 15 years.

While addressing a Congress in which both chambers are controlled by Republicans for the first time, Obama hailed the nation's economic "breakthroughs" in the aftermath of the recession and made middle class tax cuts "a centerpiece" in his annual address to the nation, reported CBS News.


State of the Union address: Obama seeks laws to 'better meet' evolving cyber security threat

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 21 - In a bid to beef up cyber security in the wake of a spate of high-profile breaches including, Sony Pictures hack attack that took place last year, United States President Barack Obama has urged the Congress to pass the legislation that would "better meet" the evolving threat posed by cyber warfare during his sixth State of the Union address.


State of the Union address: Obama exhorts Congress to authorize use of force against IS

State of the Union address: Obama exhorts Congress to authorize use of force against ISWashington, Jan 21 - United States President Barack Obama has urged the Congress in "strongest terms" till date to authorize use of force against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria during his sixth State of the Union address .

While addressing a Congress in which both chambers are controlled by Republicans for the first time, Obama pushed back against the "bankrupt ideology of violent extremism" and lauded U.S.' role in forming a broad coalition to take on the IS instead of "getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East," reported ABC News.


Presidential candidate's expressions do as much to drive public reaction to debates as their words

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 18 - A new study has revealed that facial expressions, gestures and voice tone are as important as words in the presidential debates.

Research at Texas Tech University show through visual analysis and social media gives a good indication that voters pick up on nonverbal communications as much as a candidate's rhetoric.

Researcher Erik Bucy said that not everybody pays really that close of attention to elections or knows all their party's positions on the issues, but they can get a sense of the candidates' traits by observing competitive political behavior and traits are reliable predictors of candidate support.


David Cameron arrives in US to discuss IS, counter-terrorism

David Cameron arrives in US to discuss IS, counter-terrorismWashington - British Prime Minister David Cameron has arrived in the city to hold talks with US President Barack Obama on a wide range of issues including counter-terrorism, joint campaign against IS and cyber-securities.

The two leaders had a private dinner at the White House after Cameron arrived here yesterday.

Substantive discussions are scheduled to take place today after which the two leaders would address a joint press conference.


US looking to deepen economic relations with India

US President Barack ObamaWashington - The US is looking to deepen its economic relationship with India, a top American diplomat has said ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the country, during which the two countries would take up a host of issues, including defence, intellectual property as well as the bilateral investment treaty.

Obama will be travelling to India as a Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations. During his three-day visit starting January 25, he will hold talks with top leadership in New Delhi on ways to make progress on key issues like defence and civil nuclear agreement, among other engagements.


Mike Huckabee questions Obamas' parenting skills over Beyonce

Mike-HuckaeeWashington, Jan 14 Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has slammed the US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for letting their daughters to listen to the music of Beyonce.

The 59-year-old politician said while promoting his new book that he doesn't understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything, like how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and yet they don't see anything that might not be suitable in Beyonce's lyrics, the ABC News reported.


Barack Obama and other celebs react to Paris hostage standoff

Barack Obama and other celebs react to Paris hostage standoffWashington, Jan 10 - Barack Obama along with Eva Longoria, Marlon Wayans and many more celebrities have reacted to the recent tragic attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris.

The US President Barack Obama, who thinks it's important for people to understand, France is their oldest ally, said that he wants the people of France to know that the United States stands with them today and tomorrow.


Barack Obama visits French Embassy to offer condolences

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama visited the French Embassy here to express solidarity with the people of France and said that Americans stand united with them in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Paris.

"On behalf of all Americans, I extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to the people of France following the terrible terrorist attack in Paris," Obama wrote in the book of condolences at the French Embassy.

"As allies across the centuries, we stand united with our French brothers to ensure that justice is done and our way of life is defended," said Obama, who drove to the French Embassy yesterday on his return from Arizona.


Obama threatens veto of increase of hours in health care law

Barack Obama meets PM Modi, calls him a 'man of action'Washington : The White House issued its second veto threat since Republicans took full control of Congress, saying on Wednesday that President Barack Obama would block legislation to increase his health care law's definition of a full-time worker from 30 to 40 hours per week.

The announcement came a day after Obama's spokesman said he would veto the first bill of the new Senate - a measure to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil into the US.


Obama condemns terror attack in France, offers help

Barack ObamaWashington : Strongly condemning the horrific terror attack in France, US President Barack Obama on Wednesday directed his officials to provide any assistance needed to bring to justice perpetrators of such a "cowardly" and "evil" assault.

"I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time," Obama said in a statement.


Barack Obama back in Washington after 2-week Hawaii trip

Barack ObamaWashington : US President Barack Obama is back in Washington after spending two weeks with his family in Hawaii. Obama took an overnight flight on Air Force One back from the island of Oahu, where the Obamas vacation every year.

Obama was rarely seen in public during the trip and spent his time golfing, on the beach with family or dining in Honolulu's restaurants.

On his last day, he and his daughters visited Pearl Jam's lead singer, Eddie Vedder.

Obama's public schedule picks back up on Tuesday when he meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.


Obamas pay 'surprise' visit to Eddie Vedder's home during Hawaii vacation

Obamas pay 'surprise' visit to Eddie Vedder's home during Hawaii vacationWashington, Jan 4 : Barack Obama and his daughter Sasha and Malia gave a surprise visit to Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder's Kailua home on 3rd January.

The 50-year-old musician was a prominent supporter of Obama's two election campaigns and there at the event he performed an acoustic set after which he broke out a Hawaiian-made ukulele and joked that it got a little birth certificate which claimed that Obama was born overseas, ABC News reported.

The President of US and the 'Long Lights' singer are apparently neighbors at Oahu, as the first family rents a place nearby on the north shore.


Obamas pay $1000 for meal at Hawaii restaurant that charges $500K for membership

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 3 - US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama recently paid 1000 dollars for a meal at a swanky restaurant that actually charges 500,000 dollars for membership.

A Mediate reported that Obama passed on the membership at the Vintage Cave Honolulu, but he did order the price-fix menu at 295 dollars per plate, the Washington Times reported.

The meal controversy comes after the US President continues to be riddled with criticism about the optics of his presidency, including a hastily assembled presser in mid-2014 about the Islamic State beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, and then moments later hitting the golf links.


Obama's a champ at swatting flies with rolled up magazines!

Obama's a champ at swatting flies with rolled up magazines!New York, Jan 2 : Barack Obama recently showed off his skills at keeping his Oval Office pest free by swatting a pesky fly with a rolled up magazine.

The US president rolled up a magazine, squatted, and whacked the bug, which had landed on the carpet, the New York Post reported.

White House said in the photo caption of the incident, which was released as part of the White House's "2014: A Year in Photos" collection, that aides laughed as President Obama swatted a fly that was invading his space in the Oval Office . (ANI)


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