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'Impressed' Obama strikes lightning pose on meeting Bolt

'Impressed' Obama strikes lightning pose on meeting Bolt

Washington, Apr 11 (ANI): President of the United States Barack Obama was so impressed on meeting Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt that he struck the decorated Olympian's famous lightning pose .

Obama was completely star struck on meeting the six-time Olympic gold medallist, TMZ. com reported.

In fact, the President of the United States gushed about Bolt to the room saying that nobody's ever been faster than 'this man, ever' of all the billions of people.

Obama is supposedly in Jamaica on political business, the report added. (ANI)

US, Cuban Presidents meet after more than 50 years in Panama City

US, Cuban Presidents meet after more than 50 years in Panama City

Washington, April 11 : US President Barack Obama has met his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro on Friday after more than 50 years in Panama City for the Summit of the Americas.

According to CNN, the two nations have barely been on speaking terms for more than 50 years.

National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan issued a statement saying that "President Obama and President Castro greeted each other and shook hands" at the summit.

Cuba and the United States had endured a half-century of hostility.

In Panama, Obama is expected to announce he's removing Cuba from the United States' list of states that sponsor terrorism. (ANI)

Glendon Palmer to bring Obama's first date with Michelle on big-screen

Glendon Palmer to bring Obama's first date with Michelle on big-screen

Washington, Apr 11 - Veteran executive and producer Glendon Palmer has joined IM Global as senior vice president of development and production and his first project will be based on Barack Obama's first date with Michelle Obama.

Palmer will report to IM Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford and president of production Matt Jackson and his first project is 'Southside With You', which was inspired by the first 1989 date of lawyer Michelle Robinson and the young associate named Barack Obama, Deadline. com reported.

The story follows the couple on a date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing' to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

'Competitive' Obama talks smack to Paul Pierce during Easter basketball game

'Competitive' Obama talks smack to Paul Pierce during Easter basketball game

Washington, Apr 8 : Barack Obama got competitive while playing basketball on Easter as he was pictured talking smack to the basketball player Paul Pierce.

As per a picture shared on Instagram, the President of America excitedly exchanged high-fives with his teammates after scoring a basket, including professional players John Wall, before turning to Pierce and talking smack, , US Magazine reported.

The caption of the picture shared by Obama's teammates intimated that the seen was captured after having three baskets in a row. (ANI)

Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years

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Washington : Iran could have the capabilities to build a nuclear bomb almost immediately after the first 13 years of the emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday.

The Republican leader of the US House reacted tersely, arguing that Obama had just confirmed what critics of the deal have long feared.

Under the framework for a final deal, Iran would be kept at least a year away from a bomb for the first decade, Obama said, as he pressed ahead in his campaign to sell the deal to skeptics. Pushing back on criticism that the deal allows Iran to keep enriching uranium, Obama told NPR News that enrichment isn't the prime concern because Iran will be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material.

Iran nuclear deal: Obama assures Israel he is 'absolutely committed' to its security

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Washington, April 6 - United States President Barack Obama has said that he is "absolutely committed to making sure" that Israel maintained a military advantage over Iran, amid mounting criticism of the recently-struck framework nuclear deal.

Obama said that he understood and respected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stance that Israel was "particularly vulnerable" and did not have the "luxury" to test these propositions. He however, added that he was absolutely committed to making sure that Israel would be able to deter any potential future attacks, reported the CNN.

He said that he was willing to make the kinds of commitments that would give everybody in the region, including Iran, a clarity that if Israel were to be attacked by any state, the U.S. would stand by them.

Obama channels Frank Underwood from 'House of Cards' in April Fools' Day clip

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Washington, Apr 3 - US President Barack Obama recently made an attempt to impersonate Frank Underwood from 'House of Cards' in a belated April Fools' Day clip.

Obama in the video, attempting a Southern accent and staring at the camera amid a backdrop of a painting of President Abraham Lincoln, says, "Hello, everybody, this is not Frank Underwood. This is Barack Obama. Happy April Fools' Day. Frank learned it from me", E! Online reported.

The footage is part of a video posted on the White House's YouTube page on April 2 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the West Wing Week video series, which covers the presidency.

Critics say Obama 'screwed up' US' bid to head off Asian Infrastructure Bank

Critics say Obama 'screwed up' US' bid to head off Asian Infrastructure Bank

Washington, April 2 : United States' bid to head off the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), proposed by China for the rapidly growing Asian region, ended in abject failure as organizers announced that about 46 countries, including some of U.S.' closest Asian and European allies, had applied to become founding members of the bank.

The news has elicited widespread criticism of how the Obama administration handled the entire episode, reported The Washington Times.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hit out at the administration on Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies by saying, "we screwed it up." She added that we should not have done it this way.

Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Obama to announce 'modified plan for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan' on Tuesday

Washington, March 22 - United States President Barack Obama is expected to announce a modified plan on troop withdrawal in Afghanistan in order to help the nation's new dispensation fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

As part of his government's emerging national security strategy, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had urged Obama to consider some flexibility in his plans to reduce the number of non-combat U.S. troops from 10,000 to 5,500 by year's end, reported Fox News.

He is also expected to make his case personally when he visits Washington from Sunday through Tuesday.

'Workout fanatic' Obama turns fitness tracker watch fan

'Workout fanatic' Obama turns fitness tracker watch fan

Washington, Mar 18 : The US President's clunky electronic watch has got everyone talking.

The 53-year-old President, who seems to have been caught up in the craze over fitness trackers, said in a recent interview that he doesn't have a Fitbit yet, but he works out hard, ABC News reported.

Obama, who is a workout fanatic and prides himself on his high-tech presidency, added that word is these Apple Watches might be a good companion for his workouts and so he is gonna see and test it out.

It's unclear from the photos which brand the president decided to test drive, but it seems that for now, his regular timepiece, a Jorg Grey 6500 Chronograph, is taking a back seat. (ANI)

Obama clueless about aliens

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Washington, Mar 14 - US President Barack Obama has denied knowing anything about aliens when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live for the first time since he got elected.

Kimmel joked that he was ever a US President, he would immediately head to wherever they kept the files on Area 51 and read them to which Obama jokingly replied that's why Kimmel cannot become a President, Deadline. com reported.

The 53-year-old politician then continued that aliens won't let that happen and exercise strict control over them.

Kimmel pointed out President Clinton had said he did, in fact, look at the files, and found nothing to which Obama responded that was what they were instructed to say. (ANI)

Religious freedom slipped in India, US Senators told

Religious freedom slipped in India, US Senators told

Washington - Religious freedom in India has slipped since last year's General Elections in the country, US senators were told even as the administration insisted the issue was an important agenda on its foreign policy as reflected in the blunt speech by US President Barack Obama during his visit to New Delhi in January.

"(In) mentioned India after their elections, religious freedom has slipped in that country."

"We need to be watching very closely what's happening not just with Christians but all religious minorities there in that country," Tony Perkins, president of the Washington-based Christian conservative group Family Research Council told a Senate sub-committee during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday.

'President Obama Skateboarding' voted as best GIF of 2014

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Washington, Mar 11 : An awards show, the GIFYs, that celebrates GIFs specifically has announced ' President Obama Skateboarding' GIF as its winner of 2014.

The No. 1 gif, featuring President Barack Obama skateboarding, debuted on an episode of 'The Tonight Show,' People Magazine reported.

After accepting votes from the public for 2014's best GIFs in categories such as "animals," "cats," "weird" and "art + design," winners were announced March 5. (ANI)

Obama levies sanctions on 7 Venezuelan officials

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Washington - President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials , accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed South American nation.

The individuals all come from the top echelon of the state security apparatus that was responsible for cracking down on anti-government protests that rocked Venezuela last year and for pursuing charges against leading opponents.

The US Congress passed legislation late last year authorizing sanctions that would freeze the assets and ban visas for anyone accused of carrying out acts of violence or violating the human rights of those opposing the Venezuela's government.

The White House says the sanctions announced Monday mark Obama's implementation of that bill.

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Need to take advantage of Indo-US relationship: Congressmen

Washington - The current momentum in India-US relationship, resulting after two high profile meetings between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, needs to be tapped and taken advantage of, according to top American lawmakers.

"To take advantage of the momentum and move forward especially in our economic partnership," said Congressman Ami Bera, Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans at a luncheon organised jointly by the Indian embassy and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

"We need to harness the energy and success of the Indian American community and recognise the increasing significance of investments by Indian companies in the US," Bera said.

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