Barack Obama

Here's who would win a Bush-Obama debate

Here's who would win a Bush-Obama debateWashington, Oct 11 - A new study has claimed that the U. S President Barack Obama's speechmaking is on the same level as the former President George W. Bush.

According to the analysis by Vocativ, a media company headquartered in New York City, Obama's State of the Union speeches as more dumbed-down than Bush's, showing that Obama's speeches averaged 9.5 to Bush's 9.4, the Washington Times reported.

The firm, which used the Flesch-Kincaid readability test to grade speeches by presidents all the way back to George Washington, said that Bush's (State of the Union) speeches were a grade level higher than are Obama's.


Gwyneth Paltrow finds Obama very `handsome`

Gwyneth Paltrow, Barack ObamaWashington, Oct 10 : Gwyneth Paltrow told the U.S President Barack Obama at a glitzy fundraiser inside her Brentwood estate in California that he was "so handsome" that she couldn't speak properly.

The 42-year-old actress said that she is one of Obama's biggest fans, if not the biggest, as the life that he brought to the US and the passion will historically be the most looked at and scrutinized presidencies of all time, ABC News reported.

Paltrow praised Obama's advocacy for equal pay for women, which she called very important to her as a working mother and called him an "incredible role model for this generation." (ANI)


Barack Obama's brother-in-law joins ESPN as color commentator

Barack ObamaWashington, Oct 8 - Barack Obama's brother-in-law Craig Robinson has joined ESPN as a color commentator for this season's college basketball coverage.

According to the network's announcement, Robinson, a native of Chicago married with four children and is the oldest brother of U. S. First Lady Michelle Obama, and Stan Heath, the former head coach at the University of Arkansas and the University of South Florida, are added to its commentator ranks.

The pair of former coaches will debut during ESPN's mid-November season-opening Hoops Tip-Off Marathon and Robinson's first game will be Nov. 18, on ESPN2, in a game between Iona and Wofford. (ANI)


Michelle tweets, Obama offers marriage tips on 22nd wedding anniversary

Michelle tweets, Obama offers marriage tips on 22nd wedding anniversaryWashington, Oct 04 - Michelle Obama recently tweeted a wedding photograph and Barack Obama gave a marriage advice to a new bride while at a stop in Princeton, Indiana as the couple celebrated their 22 years of marriage .

US President said that husbands screw up a bunch of times but they eventually learn, although it takes a little longer because they are not very smart, CBS News reported.

President Obama also mentioned that his wife has been very patient with him. (ANI)


Barack Obama condemns 'brutal murder' of British national

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the "brutal murder" of British national Alan Henning, and vowed to bring to justice those who were responsible for it.

"The United States strongly condemns the brutal murder of United Kingdom citizen Alan Henning by the terrorist group ISIL," Obama said yesterday.

Henning worked to help improve the lives of the Syrian people and his death is a great loss for them, for his family and the people of the UK, he said.

"Standing together with our UK friends and allies, we will work to bring the perpetrators of Alan's murder - as well as the murders of Jim Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines - to justice," he added.


With Senate at stake, Obama touts economic gains

With Senate at stake, Obama touts economic gainsWashington - President Barack Obama on Thursday told voters that he and Democrats succeeded in pulling the US economy back from the brink of collapse during the Great Recession but acknowledged it was still tough going for the middle class.

He spoke at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in a suburb of Chicago, his adopted hometown, just five weeks before an election in which Republicans are seen as having a better than even chance at taking control of the Senate and dooming the White House legislative agenda.


Obama joins NSA Rice meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister

Obama joins NSA Rice meeting with Chinese Foreign MinisterWashington - Underscoring his commitment to building a stable and constructive relationship with China, US President Barack Obama joined a meeting between National Security Advisor Susan Rice and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the White House.

Yang is visiting US to hold discussions in preparations for Obama's November 10-12 trip to China. During the meeting Obama underscored his commitment to strengthening cooperation on shared challenges, such as climate change, the Ebola epidemic, and countering the threat posed by terrorists, particularly IS, the White House said.


Obama, Modi meet reflects depth of strong Indo-US ties: WH

Obama, Modi meet reflects depth of strong Indo-US ties: WHWashington - Meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reflects the "depth of strong relationship" between the two democracies of the world and their leaders, the White House has said.

Modi wounded up his five-day-long visit yesterday and returned home "thanking America" and saying, it was a "successful and satisfactory" trip.

"It reflects the depth of the strong relationship between the United States and India that the two leaders were able to come together and discuss a broad array of topics," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, told reporters.


New leadership was needed at Secret Service: Obama

New leadership was needed at Secret Service: ObamaWashington - The White House says President Barack Obama believes it was in the best interest of the Secret Service for Director Julia Pierson to resign.

Pierson offered her resignation today amid intense scrutiny over security lapses at the White House.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says Obama concluded that new leadership of the agency was required. He says Obama called Pierson today to thank her for her service to the Secret Service and to the US.

Earnest says Obama has full confidence in Joseph Clancy. He's the former special agent taking over as acting Secret Service director.


Modi, Obama commit to hit safe havens of D-Company, LeT, al Qaeda

Modi, Obama commit to hit safe havens of D-Company, LeT, al QaedaWashington - Furthering cooperation on terrorism between the two countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama on Tuesday agreed to make joint efforts to dismantle safe havens for terror and criminal networks like Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, al Qaeda and Haqqani network.

During their two-hour long summit meeting at the White House, the two leaders also agreed that New Delhi and Washington will take steps to disrupt financial and tactical support to these terror outfits.


India, US for concentrated efforts to dismantle terrorist networks

India, US for concentrated efforts to dismantle terrorist networksWashington DC, Oct 1 - India and the United States have recognised the need for concentrated efforts to counter terrorists and their networks.

"Prime Minister Modi and President Obama stressed the need for joint and concerted efforts, including dismantling of safe havens for terrorists and criminal networks to disrupt all financial and tactical support for networks such as Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed, D-Company and the Haqqani Network," MEA Joint Secretary Vikram Doraiswami told the media here after the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama .


India, US renew defence agreement for 10 years

India, US renew defence agreement for 10 yearsWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed the defence agreement between India and the US for a further ten-year period.

Addressing the media after holding bilateral talks at the White House here, Prime Minister Modi said, "India and the US have decided to renew the Framework Agreement for defence cooperation between the two nations for a further period of ten years."

"The US will cooperate as a knowledge partner for our plans of creating a National Defence University," Prime Minister Modi added.


President Obama pledges to deepen ties with India

President Obama pledges to deepen ties with IndiaWashington DC , Oct 1 - Reaffirming close ties with India, U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday emphasized that it was critical for both nations to deepen and broaden the framework of existing partnership.


America integral part of 'Look East, Link West' policy, says PM Modi

America integral part of 'Look East, Link West' policy, says PM ModiWashington DC, Oct 1 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said to US President Barack Obama that America was an integral part of India's 'Look East, Link West' policy.

After bilateral talks between the two leaders were held at the White House, Prime Minister Modi addressed the media, saying, "After the Indo-US meet in Mars, we are now meeting here on Earth. America is an integral part of our Look East, Link West policy."

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama also agreed to improve the economic relations between the two nations.


India, US agree to renew defence pact

India, US agree to renew defence pactWashington - India and US on Tuesday agreed to extend their defence agreement for another 10 years which is expected to give a big boost to cooperation in this key area between the two countries.

After the Summit-level meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, both sides decided to extend the pact, said Vikram Doraiswami, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

The framework agreement, which will expire next year, was signed here in 2005 by then Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his US counterpart Donald Rumsfeld.


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