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Obama Teaches Young Cape Town Rapper How to ‘Drop the Mike’

Obama Teaches Young Cape Town Rapper How to ‘Drop the Mike’

iStockphoto(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) — President Obama was treated to an impromptu rap performance Sunday as he toured a classroom at Desmond Tutu’s HIV Foundation Youth Center.
“This is a pretty cool place to be,” the president said…

Obama Plays Golf for Third Straight Weekend

Obama Plays Golf for Third Straight Weekend

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is spending his third consecutive Saturday on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, taking advantage of the warm spring weather.The president was joined on the course by White Hou…

Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Obama Budget Includes $235 Million For Mental Health Care

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is asking for $235 million as part of his new budget proposal to fund mental health initiatives. Of the funds, $130 million will be used to train teachers and others to identify si…

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama plans to do more listening than talking when he makes his first trip to Israel this week since first becoming commander in chief more than four years ago.Much has changed in the Middle East during t…

White House Fountain Dyed Green for St. Patrick’s Day

White House Fountain Dyed Green for St. Patrick’s Day

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In honor of St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, the White House dyed the fountain on the South Lawn green to celebrate.President Obama spent most of St. Patrick’s Day at the White House, but went out Saturday aft…

Obama to Start Fundraising for Dems Looking to Win House Seats

Obama to Start Fundraising for Dems Looking to Win House Seats

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama assured Republicans this week that he’s not running a perpetual campaign, that “I actually just want to govern, at least for a couple years.”  But now, it appears that t…

President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis

President Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis

Stephen Chernin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — There has been no shortage of dire warnings about the mounting U.S. national debt, but President Obama is now offering a different assessment: no big deal.“We don’t have an immediate crisis in ter…

Poll: Large Racial Gap Marks Trust on Immigration

Poll: Large Racial Gap Marks Trust on Immigration

John Gurzinski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Slightly more Americans trust Barack Obama than congressional Republicans to handle immigration, but neither side garnered a majority between whites and nonwhites in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll.Amer…

Obama Considers Resuming White House Tours for School Groups

Obama Considers Resuming White House Tours for School Groups

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Four days after shuttering the White House to the public to cut costs, President Obama says he’s asking the U.S. Secret Service about the possibility of resuming tours for school groups, which have begun desc…

Obama: Gap Between Parties ‘Too Wide’ for Grand Bargain on Budget

Obama: Gap Between Parties ‘Too Wide’ for Grand Bargain on Budget

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama spoke on a range of high-profile issues, including his outlook for the on-going budget negotiations, whether the Chinese government is behind the recent spate of cyber att…

Drop in Approval Ends Obama’s Post-Election Honeymoon

Drop in Approval Ends Obama’s Post-Election Honeymoon

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The post-election party is over for Barack Obama, with the president slipping in overall approval and relinquishing his advantage over congressional Republicans in trust to handle the economy.  But it looks no…

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill in Search of Deficit Deal

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill in Search of Deficit Deal

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama kicks off a three-day series of rare meetings on Capitol Hill Tuesday, as he attempts to convince Congress to reach a deal to rein in the nation’s deficit.   Obama will make the trip up P…

Obama to Huddle with Organizing for Action Group

Obama to Huddle with Organizing for Action Group

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will formally inaugurate Organizing for Action, his newly-formed independent advocacy group, with a headline speech Wednesday night before the group’s Founders’ Summit in Washington.Obam…

Republicans Decry Obama’s Decision to Try Al Qaeda Suspects in Civilian Court

Republicans Decry Obama’s Decision to Try Al Qaeda Suspects in Civilian Court

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration’s decision to try Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law in federal court in New York City instead of a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay has reignited a debate over how to deal with suspect…

Obama Signs Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Obama Signs Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama signed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act Thursday, expanding protections for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.“This is a country where everybody should be able …

Obama Invites Paul Ryan to Lunch at White House

Obama Invites Paul Ryan to Lunch at White House

J.D. Pooley/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is spending a lot of time lately with Republicans in an effort to get the ball rolling on budget negotiations.Just hours after he took 12 GOP senators out to dinner at the posh Jefferson Hotel in …

President Obama, GOP Senators Break Bread

President Obama, GOP Senators Break Bread

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama and Republican senators had a “good exchange of ideas” Wednesday evening during their roughly two-hour-long dinner at the posh Jefferson Hotel, just blocks from the Whi…

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill for GOP Senate Meeting

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill for GOP Senate Meeting

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama is coming to Capitol Hill next week to meet with Republicans in hopes of making some progress on the budget impasse.The visit with Senate Republicans, during their weekly lunch meeting on Thursd…

Obama, Lawmakers React to Death of Hugo Chavez

Obama, Lawmakers React to Death of Hugo Chavez

RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House and several members of Congress have expressed their feelings about the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the age of 58.President Obama released a statement saying, “At th…

Obama to Nominate Walmart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Budget Director

Obama to Nominate Walmart’s Sylvia Mathews Burwell as Budget Director

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama will nominate a veteran of the Clinton administration and Walmart’s current philanthropic director to lead his Office of Management and Budget on Monday.A senior administration official tells …

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