Barack Obama

Barack Obama congratulates Shinzo Abe on re-election

Barack Obama congratulates Shinzo Abe on re-electionWashington - President Barack Obama today said US-Japan alliance is the cornerstone of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region as he congratulated Shinzo Abe on being re-elected for a third term as the Prime Minister of Japan.

"On behalf of the President and people of the United States, we congratulate Prime Minister Abe on the Liberal Democratic Party's success in the elections in Japan today," Obama said.


White House says Sony Pictures apology 'appropriate' post 'Obama racist slur' revelation

Barack ObamaWashington, Dec 14 - The White House has termed the apology issued by Sony Pictures executives for sending "derogatory emails" about President Barack Obama as "appropriate" after they were leaked following a cyber attack on the Hollywood studio.

A string of Sony Pictures emails compromised during the recent cyber attack had revealed a slew of racially-charged messages exchanged between Producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal targeting Obama, reported Sky News.


Harry Styles rubbishes rumor of having affair with Barack Obama

Harry Styles rubbishes rumor of having affair with Barack ObamaWashington, Dec 13 : Harry Styles has responded to the reports that he had an affair with Barack Obama after US tabloid National Examiner featured the story in one of their covers.

The One Direction member addressed the rumor at the BBC Music Awards, saying that he honestly had no idea what they were talking about, E! Online reported.

The hoax National Examiner cover features Obama with a line of text that reads, "[Obama] had sex with THIS MAN" with an arrow pointing to the One Direction member. (ANI)


House sends huge USD 1.1T spending bill to Senate

House sends huge USD 1.1T spending bill to SenateWashington : It's now up to the US Senate to pass a huge USD 1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill after the Obama White House and Republicans joined forces to push it through the House over objections from Democrats that it would roll back bank regulations imposed in the wake of the economic near-meltdown of 2008.

The 219-206 vote late yesterday managed to avert the threat of a government shutdown and the House passed a measure providing a 48-hour extension in existing funding to give the Senate time to act on the larger bill.


Barack Obama's policy on torture difficult to roll back: White House

Barack ObamaWashington - In the wake of growing public debate over CIA's detention and interrogation programme, it would be difficult for future American leadership to roll back the policy on torture enforced by US President Barack Obama, the White House has said.

"I do think that by being so transparent and encouraging and fostering this kind of public debate it will be very difficult if any future commander-in-chief chose to do so to try to roll back this ban that the President's put in place on torture."

"I think that will be very, very difficult for any future president to do," White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest, told reporters here yesterday.


Obama becomes first president to write Java code

Obama becomes first president to write Java codeWashington, Dec 09 : United States President Barack Obama has become the first president to write Javascript code as he cracked out a few lines of algorithm as part of the Hour of Code, an event that encourages students to try one hour of programming to see if it interests them.

Obama wrote a little code that produced a small square on the screen, reported Tech Crunch. (ANI)


Obama pays homage to Mandela on this first death anniversary

Obama pays homage to Mandela on this first death anniversaryWashington - Remembering Nelson Mandela on his first death anniversary, US President Barack Obama on Friday said that the struggle and sacrifices of the anti-apartheid leader inspire people to stand up for fundamental principles.

"On this first anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to the Mandela family and all South Africans," Obama said.


Barack Obama praises PM Modi for shaking India's 'bureaucratic inertia'

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to shake up the "bureaucratic inertia" in India, less than a month after he described the Indian leader as a "man of action".

However, Obama said that this was a long-term project and one would have to see how successful Prime Minister Modi is in his efforts.

"Modi has impressed me so far with his willingness to shake up the bureaucratic inertia inside of India. But that is a long-term project and we'll have to see how successful he is," Obama told a business roundtable, which was attended by top corporate leaders of the country.


'Obama's trip a defining & exciting time in Indo-US relations'

Barack ObamaWashington - President Barack Obama will make a "historic visit" to India on the occasion of Republic day, nominee for US Ambassador to India, Richard Rahul Verma has told Senators saying this is a "defining and exciting" time in the Indo-US relationship.

"There is no question that this is a defining and exciting time in the US-India relationship. President Obama will make a historic visit to India in January, becoming the first US head of state to attend India's Republic Day and the only sitting US president to visit India twice," Verma told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday during his confirmation hearing.


Young people of colour feel not being treated fairly: Obama

President Barack ObamaWashington - President Barack Obama has said young people of colour in the nation feel that they are not being treated fairly, conceding it a problem as he initiated steps to streamline the police system on the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting.

"I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St Louis or that area and is not unique to our time and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of colour," Obama said in his remarks at the White House yesterday.


Obama uses 'executive action' to pardon Thanksgiving turkeys Mac n Cheese

US President Barack ObamaWashington, Nov 27 - The US President Barack Obama has used his authority in a ceremony inside the White House to pardon a pair of 48-pound Thanksgiving turkeys, Mac and Cheese.

The 53-year-old President cracked before the official pardon that what he is going to announce will be the most talked about executive action this month, Fox News reported.

He added that he is taking an action fully within his legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before him, to spare the lives of two turkeys Mac and Cheese.


Obama says has no sympathy for Ferguson protesters destroying own communities

Barack ObamaWashington, Wed 26 : US President Barack Obama has lashed out at Ferguson protesters who have taken to violence to demonstrate their angst against the verdict in Michael Brown case, saying he has no sympathy for people destroying their own communities.

The grand jury's decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has led to protests in the US. People protesting in Ferguson are reported to be indulging in vandalism and street violence in the city.


Obama urges outraged protesters to accept jury's decision not to charge cop in Ferguson shooting

United States President Barack ObamaWashington, Nov 25 - United States President Barack Obama has urged the nation to accept the grand jury's decision to not indict the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot an unarmed black teenager this summer by saying that the final verdict was going to be subject to "intense disagreement" either way.

Obama also remarked that the incident indicates the broader challenges that the U.S. faces as a nation and added that a deep mistrust exists between law enforcement and communities of colour, reported ABC News.


Obama says he 'bent over backwards' on immigration reform

US President Barack ObamaWashington - US President Barack Obama on Sunday said he "bent over backwards" over the immigration reform, so as to give the Congress and in particular the Republican leadership, an opportunity to help fix the broken system.

"If you look at the history, I have issued fewer executive actions than most of my predecessors, by a longshot. The difference is the response of Congress. Specifically the response of some of Republicans," Obama told the ABC News in an interview.

His comments came days after he issued a series of executive actions on immigration reform.


Obama to allow more expansive role for U.S. army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout

Barack ObamaNew York, Nov 22 : United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U. S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.

According to the New York Times, U. S. troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year.

According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the U. S. or the Afghan government.


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