Barack Obama

Obama calls Saudi King to discuss on Iraq and ISIL

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has called Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to discuss the current situation in Iraq and the threat being posed by ISIL, the White House said.

ISIL or Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (alternatively translated as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) have gained control over parts of Iraq and Syria and have declared the areas as Islamic State.


Obama congratulates US football team on their WC performance

President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has commended the National Football team for their performance and making the country proud in the World Cup tournament in Brazil, the White House has said.

Obama called the team captain Clint Dempsey and the goalkeeper Tim Howard yesterday.

On the call, the President commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud.

The President noted how captivating the team`s performance was and asked both men to relay his congratulations to Coach Klinsmann and the entire team on their hard work," the White House said.


Obama worst US President since World War II: Poll

Obama worst US President since World War II: PollWashington: Barack Obama is the worst US President since World War II, 33 per cent of Americans have said in a new poll released today which gave negative grades for him for his handling of key issues like the economy, foreign policy, terrorism, heatlhcare and environment.

America would be better off if Republican Mitt Romney had won the 2012 presidential election, 45 per cent of voters say, while 38 per cent say the country would be worse off, according to the Quinnipiac University National Poll.


Obama lashes out at opponents for not passing Immigration Bill

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama has lashed out at his Republican opponents in the Congress for not passing the comprehensive immigration bill which would provide citizenship path to some 11 million undocumented people.

Obama announced to take a series of executive actions including a shift of immigration enforcement resources. But even with aggressive steps on his part, administrative action alone will not adequately address the problem, he said.


Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs ago

Barack thanks Spike Lee for helping woo Michelle on first date 25yrs agoWashington, June 30 : President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have thanked Spike Lee's ' Do the Right Thing ' which they watched on their first date 25 years ago.

During a screening held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the 57-year-old American film director cued up a clip of the 44th and current President of the United States and his wife where they opened up about their first date during which they went to see the groundbreaking and iconic film, People Magazine reported.


Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebels

Obama seeks authorization for direct military training of Syrian rebelsWashington, June 27 - The Obama administration has asked the U. S. Congress to authorize the release of 500 million dollars to allow the U. S. military to train and equip Syrian rebels.

According to the Washington Post, if this amount is sanctioned, it could significantly escalate American involvement in the civil war in Syria.


US high court rebukes Barack Obama on recess appointments

President Barack ObamaWashington - The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that President Barack Obama acted illegally when he made recess appointments to a key government agency, a decision that appears to block any president's ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by making appointments without congressional approval.

The court's unanimous decision was the first case involving the US Constitution's recess appointments clause, and the nine justices held that Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in 2012 without Senate confirmation were illegal.


Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House days

Obamas give rare insight into pre-White House daysWashington - Giving a rare insight into their pre-White House days, US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have spoken about their family life when both of them were in jobs and found it tough to spend time together.

"Barack was in Springfield; then he was in Washington. I was in Chicago, trying to manage these two beautiful girls, trying to still hold down a part-time job," the First Lady said while addressing the first White House Summit of Working Families.


Obama calls Putin to discuss Ukraine situation

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to support peace and help de-escalate tension in Ukraine.

"The (US) President spoke to President Putin and once again urged him to support peace instead of allowing the provision of arms and materiel across the border and continuing support for militants and separatists who are further destabilizing the situation in Ukraine," said Press Secretary Josh Earnest yesterday.

"Though we believe a diplomatic solution is still possible, Russia will face additional costs if we do not see concrete actions to de-escalate the situation," he said.


Obama sending 275 US military personnel to Iraq

Obama sending 275 US military personnel to IraqNew York, June 17 : Around 275 military personnel are being deployed to Iraq on the orders of US President Barack Obama.

According to New York Daily News, the announcement came after Secretary of State John Kerry said the US could enlist the help of Iran, one of its staunchest enemies, to deal with the Al Qaeda-aligned militants who have seized several major Iraqi cities.

Obama said that the increased number of military personnel heading to Iraq would protect the US embassy in Baghdad and also other US interests in the conflict-prone nation.


Fathers play crucial role in society: Obama

Fathers play crucial role in society: ObamaWashington: Himself a proud father of two teenage daughters, US President Barack Obama on Father's Day today underscored the crucial role men play in society and asked dads to get more involved in their children's lives.

"I know how important it is to have a dad in your life, because I grew up without my father around. I felt the weight of his absence. So for Michelle (Obama) and our girls, I try every day to be the husband and father my family didn't have when I was young," Obama said in his weekly radio and web address to the nation.


Fatherhood among most difficult, rewarding job: Obama

Barack ObamaWashington: Reflecting on fatherhood, US President Barack Obama has said that it is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs as it demands constant attention and frequent sacrifices.

"Fatherhood is among the most difficult and rewarding jobs a man can have. It demands constant attention, frequent sacrifice, and a healthy dose of patience," Obama said in his Father's Day proclamation.

"Even in a time when technology allows us to connect instantly with almost anyone on earth, there is no substitute for a father's presence, care, and support.

"On Father's Day, we show our gratitude to the men who show us how to learn, grow, and live," said the US President.


Obama sets pre-condition for action in Iraq

ObamaWashington: President Barack Obama has said that US will not indulge in a military action against the Islamist militant group ISIL in Iraq in absence of a political plan by the Iraqi government.

"I want to make sure that everybody understands this message - the US is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they're prepared to work together," Obama told reporters at the White House.


China should help reinforce and abide by international law: Barack Obama

China should help reinforce and abide by international law: Barack ObamaWashington: As China emerges as a great world power, it is important for Beijing to help reinforce and abide by basic international law, US President Barack Obama said on Thursday.

Obama made the remarks during his joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after the two leaders held talks at Oval Office of the White House.

"We both agree that it's important to continue to see China prosper and rise, but what's also important is that as China emerges as this great world power, that it also is helping to reinforce and abide by basic international law and norms," Obama said. (PTI)


US President Barack Obama in excellent health, says his physician

Barack ObamaWashington: US President Barack Obama is in excellent health and is expected to stay that way for the rest of his term, his physician has said on the basis of results of medical tests conducted on him after a gap of three years.

"All clinical data indicates that the President is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his Presidency," said Dr Ronny L Jackson, Physician to the President, and Director White House Medical Unit, who performed the tests on Obama during the month of May.

"The President's previous physical examination was completed in October 2011. The examination focused on evidence-based health screening and disease prevention.


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