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    After catching some heat regarding his criticism of the “Defund the Police” slogan, former president Barack Obama joined Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, giving him a chance to clarify his critique. Obama has joined several of the late-night hosts while promoting A Promised Land, but none managed to conduct a conversation as insightful and in-depth as Noah, who avoided softball questions and pressed the former president on racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. The two first discussed Obama’s new memoir, which he described as a way to “give people a sense of what it’s like to be in the White House as a normal person, finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances.” “We’re learning right now a vivid example of the fact that our democracy is not the way we would imagine it to be,” he added. “There are all kinds of elements to it where the most votes don’t necessarily...
    It wasn’t the first late-night interview of his book tour, nor the most freewheeling, but on Tuesday night, former President Barack Obama sat down for a long, virtual interview with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah that was among the most insightful and revealing he’s done to date—especially when it came to the issues of systemic racism and Black Lives Matter. Obama, whose best-selling memoir A Promised Land chronicles his first presidential campaign and his first few years in office over more than 700 pages, began by letting Noah know that his wife Michelle has been listening to the book at 1.5x speed because he talks too slowly. “I was a little offended by that, but that’s OK,” he joked. “Look, the goal of the book was to give people a sense of what it’s like to be in the White House as a normal person, finding themselves in extraordinary circumstances,”...
    Many conservatives are skeptical of renewing expanded federal unemployment aid to counter pandemic layoffs because they fear a repeat of the Obama era's 99-weeks of jobless benefits, which they say kept unemployment unnecessarily high. At the end of President George W. Bush’s second term, just as the Great Recession was beginning, Congress extended the unemployment insurance program in June 2008 by 13 weeks, on top of the regular 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. Congress then passed multiple additional expansions to the federal unemployment under President Obama, until at its peak, the program offered up to 99 weeks of jobless benefits. These benefits expired five years later at the end of 2013. The Obama era’s 99 weeks of extended unemployment benefits “likely accounted for a significant share” of the persistently high unemployment levels after the Great Recession, according to a 2019 analysis by researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of...
    The "Squad" of progressive Democrats continued to flout the party's establishment on Friday when members indicated it should take a more aggressive approach on racial issues. In a lengthy Twitter thread, Omar contended that pushing racial justice and standing behind "Black Lives Matter," whose activists have advocated "defunding" the police, was a boon to the party's electoral prospects.  ILHAN OMAR FIRES BACK AT DEM COLLEAGUES FOR URGING MODERATION "When people single out a slogan like 'Defund' as a catch-all excuse for underperformance, they are undermining a movement of Black activists who stared down police repression as they demanded change in the streets," she said. "They're also playing into the Republican efforts to distort the success and popularity of the movement. It is the job of activists to gain attention for their cause. It is the job of elected officials to translate those cries for justice into popular legislation." The tweet seemed to represent a second indirect...
    Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions Obama throws cold water on a Biden cabinet post: 'Michelle would leave me' MORE took a shot at President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhitmer responds to Atlas: I won't 'be bullied into not following reputable scientists' Obama: US 'adversaries have seen us weakened' Obama describes wife Michelle's resistance to presidential ambitions MORE in an interview with The Atlantic, calling his successor “Richie Rich” and ridiculing him for refusing to “take responsibility for anything.” The former president compared Trump unfavorably to figures he described as cultural icons of stoic masculinity in decades past such as John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. “There’s a notion that a man is true to his word, that he takes responsibility, that he doesn’t complain, that he isn’t a bully—in fact he defends the vulnerable against bullies,” Obama told...
    Madison Summers November 16, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama will not be joining President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet. The former president was asked during a CBS “Sunday Morning” interview what his advice is for his former running mate, to which he said, “He doesn’t need my advice. I will help him in any way that I can now.” “But I’m not planning to suddenly work on the White House staff or something,” Obama added. He was then jokingly asked by CBS’ Gayle King, “No cabinet position for you, Mr. President?” Obama made it clear where he stands. “There are probably some things I would not be doing because Michelle would leave me,” he responded. “She’d be like, ‘What? You’re doing what?'” See Obama’s comments below (starting at 11:50): Biden was projected the winner on Nov. 7 by several major outlets. However, President Donald Trump has refused to...
    Bradley Cortright November 15, 2020 0 Comments As President Donald Trump continues to claim without evidence that there was widespread fraud in the election that tilted the results in favor of President-elect Joe Biden, Congressional Republicans have been reluctant to speak out and refute his claims. Former President Barack Obama (D) told CBS News’ Gayle King in an interview that aired on Sunday that Republicans “obviously” did not think there was fraud in the election. When King noted that many Republicans have not pushed back on Trump’s false claims, Obama said, “That has been disappointing. But, it’s been sort of par for the course during these four years.” “They obviously didn’t think there was any fraud going on cause they didn’t say anything for two days,” he added. He went on to warn that “there’s damage to this.” He explained, “Because what happens is that the peaceful transfer of power, the notion that any...
    Bradley Cortright November 15, 2020 0 Comments In the final weeks of the presidential campaign, former President Barack Obama (D) held several drive-in rallies to support his former vice president, Joe Biden’s, bid to win the White House. Obama used the events to eviscerate President Donald Trump’s record in office and what he saw as abnormal behavior by a sitting president.  But, if he had his way, Obama says he would have preferred not to have been campaigning. During an interview with CBS News’ Gail King that aired on Sunday, Obama said, “It was not my preference to be out there.” He explained, “I think we were in a circumstance in this election in which certain norms, certain institutional values that are so extraordinarily important had been breached, that it was important for me as somebody who had served in that office to simply let people know this is not normal.” Watch the video...
    MICHELLE Obama ripped President Donald Trump by claiming “dignity, competence and heart” will return to the White House under the Biden Administration. Barack and Michelle Obama each issued lengthy statements of congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for their “historic and decisive” election win amid “hate, chaos and division.” 6Michelle Obama slammed President Trump in a Twitter post that claimed 'dignity' would return to White House under Joe BidenCredit: Joe Biden 6The Obamas both praised Biden and Kamala Harris for their 'historic and decisive' victory over Donald TrumpCredit: Reuters “I’m beyond thrilled that my friend @JoeBiden and our first Black and Indian-American woman Vice President, @KamalaHarris, are headed to restore some dignity, competence, and heart at the White House. Our country sorely needs it,” Michelle Obama wrote on Twitter. Michelle Obama, in her Twitter thread, also thanked voters for hitting the polls -- which saw astronomical turnout during the...
    Democratic candidates earned thousands more votes than their Republican rivals in Ohio from ballots counted after Election Day, according to an analysis of voting results from recent presidential races published on Thursday. In the past three presidential elections, the Democratic candidate added more votes to their tally by the time state elections officials certified final results weeks later, Cleveland.com reported. Mail-in ballots are counted in Ohio for up to 10 days after Election Day. This year, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 to count. SHIFT IN OHIO VOTE TALLIES AFTER ELECTION NOT A SIGN OF 'SOMETHING NEFARIOUS,' SEC. OF STATE SAYS In 2016, Hillary Clinton added 77,163 votes to her tally after the unofficial count was announced on Election Day. By comparison, President Trump added 69,021 votes. VideoIn 2012, President Obama added 135,848 votes after Election Day, while Republican candidate Mitt Romney tacked on 76,819 votes. Obama enjoyed...
    Bradley Cortright October 27, 2020 0 Comments Former President Barack Obama is poking fun at President Donald Trump for claiming he has done more “than any president since Abraham Lincoln.“ “[Trump] loves to talk about Black unemployment, ‘Look how low Black unemployment [is]. Well, you know what, unemployment was really high when I came in. And we brought that unemployment low, and it kept on going low,” Obama said during a drive-in rally on Tuesday. He added, “And he wants to take credit for it, says he’s the best president for Black folks since Abe Lincoln.” He turned his attention to comments made by Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who said that Black Americans have to want to be successful. Obama said, “His son-in-law says Black folks have to want to be successful. That’s the problem. “Who are these folks? What history books do they read? Who do they talk to? Don’t read? Is...
    Former President Barack Obama buried President Donald Trump for his feud with 60 Minutes while speaking at a rally for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — snarking that Trump could not possibly stand up to dictators if “he thinks Lesley Stahl is a bully.” Obama first addressed Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, faulting the president for wanting to take away health care from Americans. The Trump hit earned boos from the audience, prompting Obama to invoke the now iconic mantra: “Don’t boo — vote.” “Joe and Kamala will protect your health care, they will expand medicare, they’ll make insurance affordable for everybody,” he added. “Because Joe knows that a president’s first job is to keep us safe from all threats, foreign, domestic, and microscopic.” Obama then faulted Trump for failing to do anything when Russia put bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan — transitioning to a roast of the president’s...
    CLAIM: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate that Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is “responsible for saving America’s auto industry.” VERDICT: MOSTLY FALSE. While the Obama-Biden administration delivered a more than $80 billion bailout to United States auto corporations, American jobs continued being offshored and tens of thousands of American auto workers had their pensions slashed. Also, Biden had little to do with the auto bailout. “Joe Biden is responsible for saving America’s auto industry and you voted against it,” Harris told Vice President Mike Pence. As CNN has fact checked, Biden was hardly involved in devising plans to bail out the auto industry. The original plan came from George W. Bush’s administration: With just weeks left in his presidency and in the midst of the great recession and an automotive crisis in the US, Bush announced on December 19, 2008 a $17.4 billion auto...
    The U.S. economy added 661,000 jobs in September and the unemployment rate fell to 7.9%. That rate matches the same rate in the last jobs report before President Barack Obama was re-elected in 2012. Though the number of jobs added was lower than the 800,000 analysis had expected, the 7.9% rate was also better than expected. Economists had predicted that the rate would fall to 8.2%. In 2012, the unemployment rate was closely watched as a potential political barometer. No president had ever won re-election with unemployment at 7.2% or higher. Just over a year before, in 2011, the unemployment rate had hovered around 9% — far higher than the 8% that Obama administration economists had predicted when they argued for the 2009 stimulus. But despite the slow recovery, the unemployment rate ticked steadily downward, and eventually broke through the 8% barrier, making that all-important numeral “seven” the first digit....
    Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said 20,000 non-unionized Delphi workers “did fine” after they had their earned pensions gutted via the Obama administration’s taxpayer-funded auto bailout of General Motors (GM). In 2009, as part of the Obama-Biden administration’s bailout of GM, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pension plans of about 20,0000 non-unionized  American workers with the auto parts supplier Delphi Automotive Systems. In some cases, workers had their pensions gutted by 30 to 70 percent. A federal report in 2013 detailed that the Delphi workers would likely have their pensions cut by an estimated $440 million. In 2012, Biden downplayed the impact that the pension gutting scheme had on working and middle-class retirees at Delphi, as Politico noted: “Some of them got hurt,” Biden tells the interviewer. “The vast majority, because of the federal pension board they have out there to make up differences when companies go under like this, most...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama took a swipe at the Trump White House this week in an episode of “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Spotify. Obama claimed she and her husband, former President Barack Obama, faced too much pressure from their “community” to be able to replicate unspecified actions of the Trump administration. “When we were in the White House, we could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff that’s going on now,” she said. “Not because of the public,” she added, “but our community wouldn’t have accepted that. You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up.” HANSON: MICHELLE OBAMA TOLD DEMS TO 'GO HIGH' AFTER HER HUSBAND 'TRIED TO DESTROY A POLITICAL CAMPAIGN Obama, 56, was joined on the podcast by her mother, Marian Robinson, 83, and her older brother, Craig Robinson, 58, in a discussion that was mostly about parenting, according to The Hill....
    Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff going on now' in the White House in her latest podcast episode. The former First Lady reflected on race and the expectations of black America during her husband's presidency in new episode of her Spotify podcast Wednesday. 'When we were in the White House, we could've never gotten away with some of the stuff that's going on now, not because of the public, but our community wouldn't have accepted that,' Obama said in the pocast. 'You worked, you did your best every day. You showed up,' she added. Michelle Obama says she and former President Barack Obama 'could’ve never gotten away with some of the stuff going on now' in the White House in her latest podcast episode. Barack and Michelle Obama pictured together in the Oval Office in February 2010 ...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense: Critics continue to swipe at Trump over his alleged comments on fallen troops l Trump says he won't cut funding for Stars and Stripes Trump rips media for soft treatment of Biden: Questions 'meant for a child' Poll: 2 in 3 voters say it's 'likely' that people lie when taking political surveys MORE added several former Obama administration officials as well as former South Bend, Ind. mayor and presidential hopeful Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg slams Trump over comments on fallen soldiers: 'He must think we're all suckers' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE to his transition team.  According to multiple media outlets, former National Security advisor Susan Rice and former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Delegates stage state-centric...
    Savannah Rychcik August 28, 2020 0 Comments Former First Lady Michelle Obama is offering her thoughts on the recent shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and how the nation can move forward to alleviate the effects of racial injustice on the American people. Obama took to Twitter on Friday to share how the shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23 and the shooting of three protesters on Tuesday that killed two and injured the third has affected her. She explained how she is “devastated” by the shootings. “These past few months, I’ve been thinking a lot about what our kids are seeing every day in this country – the lack of empathy, the division stoked in times of crisis, the age-old and systemic racism that’s been so prominent this summer,” Obama said. She added, “Sometimes they see it on the news. Sometimes they see it from the White House Rose Garden. And...
    The first night of the Democratic National Convention set a tone of "trying to basically tap the brakes a little bit," Dana Perino judged Monday night. "I have to say the mood change is deliberate by the Democrats," the former White House press secretary and "Daily Briefing" host said during Fox News' special coverage. "They want to talk about COVID-19 ... they are highlighting people who are the first responders, people who have lost their lives, and their grieving families. DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION DAY ONE: AS IT HAPPENED "That [imagery] is deliberate but it is hard to imagine a sustaining a lot of attention on this for the next several days," she added. Perino then contrasted the mood of the 2020 virtual Democratic convention with the party's 2008 gathering in Denver, where Barack Obama received his first nomination for president. PARSCALE: 'IS THIS THE DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION OR A HOLLYWOOD AWARDS SHOW?' "What was the great slogan that President Obama had? 'Fired up and...
    Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence made a Wednesday claim about job creation that was both wildly dishonest in its general premise and inaccurate in its specific numbers.Appearing Wednesday night on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News, Pence said, "We've already created more jobs in the last three months than Joe Biden and Barack Obama created in their eight years in office." Pence later posted a tweet that repeated the claim. Facts First: Pence's "last three months" time frame is absurd: he is boasting about the addition of about 9.3 million jobs in May, June and July right after a loss of about 22.2 million jobs in March and April; the economy is still down nearly 13 million jobs because of the coronavirus crisis. (Also, many of the added jobs were people returning to their previous jobs after temporary layoffs.) And even if you accept Pence's dishonest premise, it's not...
    Alex Wong/Getty Images Last week, the New York Times reported that President Donald Trump asked South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) about being added to Mount Rushmore. Although he denied the claims, one oddsmaker has put the chance of that happening at 100/1 — rating him below Oprah Winfrey but above Kim Kardashian on the list. While Trump said he did not talk to Noem about adding his face to Mount Rushmore, and called the reports “fake news,” the president also said he was not opposed to the prospect. “Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!” Trump wrote on Twitter last week. Although chances of that happening are slim — especially considering 11 people rank ahead of him on the list put out by Panamanian-based bookmaker SportsBetting.ag — Trump still...
    ATLANTA -- When John Lewis is mourned, revered and celebrated at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Thursday, he returns to a sacred place for many of those who helped to shape civil rights history.The arc of Lewis' legacy of activism will once again be tied to Ebenezer's former pastor Martin Luther King Jr., whose sermons Lewis discovered while scanning the radio dial as a 15-year-old boy growing up in then-segregated Alabama.King continued to inspire Lewis' civil rights work for the next 65 years as he fought segregation during sometimes bloody marches, Greyhound bus "Freedom Rides" across the South and later during his long tenure in the U.S. Congress.Lewis died July 17 at age 80.Former President Barack Obama will be attending Thursday's funeral and is expected to address mourners, according to a person familiar with the arrangements who was not authorized to speak publicly. President George W. Bush's office said...
    Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden are among the high-profile Twitter users whose accounts were hacked in a bitcoin scam Wednesday, according to a report. The cyber attack, which also compromised the accounts of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is believed to be the largest security breach ever on Twitter, the Hill reported Wednesday. The accounts posted similar messages offering to double bitcoin payments and included the address of the same bitcoin wallet, which saw up to $112,000 pour in over several hours Wednesday. It is unclear if the money came from unsuspecting users or the hackers, the outlet said. “Feeling greatful (sic), doubling all payments sent to my BTC address!,” the since-deleted tweets said. “You send $1,000, I send back $2,000! Only doing this for the next 30 minutes.” The tweets were quickly deleted but were...
    Getty Aretha Franklin performs at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor on February 17, 2012 in New York Metropolis. The month of June is Black Music Month. Impressed by Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams Black Music Month honors generations of musician who’ve cemented tradition on society. Black Music Month: Dyana Williams Discusses Nationwide Museum of African American Music With Scoop BDyana Williams Checks in with Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson & discusses Black Music Month & extra.2020-06-15T03:49:36Z Assume Nat King Cole, Dorothy Dandridge,Marvin Gaye, Invoice Withers, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Al Inexperienced, James Brown, Little Richard and proceed the journey by means of George Clinton, Stevie Marvel, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, Naughty by Nature, Puff Daddy, The Fugees, Jay-Z, Cardi B and past. 2020 marks the 41st anniversary of the celebration. Black Music Month was initiated on June...
    Getty Aretha Franklin performs at Radio City Music Hall on February 17, 2012 in New York City. The month of June is Black Music Month. Inspired by Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams Black Music Month honors generations of musician who have cemented culture on society. Black Music Month: Dyana Williams Discusses National Museum of African American Music With Scoop BDyana Williams Checks in with Brandon Scoop B Robinson & discusses Black Music Month & more.2020-06-15T03:49:36Z Think Nat King Cole, Dorothy Dandridge,Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Al Green, James Brown, Little Richard and continue the journey through George Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Run DMC, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, Naughty by Nature, Puff Daddy, The Fugees, Jay-Z, Cardi B and beyond. 2020 marks the 41st anniversary of the celebration. Black Music Month was initiated on June 7, 1979 by former U.S....
    "The Five" co-host Jesse Watters slammed former Vice President Joe Biden's critique of President Trump during remarks addressing the death of George Floyd and the subsequent unrest. In his Philadelphia speech Tuesday, Biden vowed he "won't traffic in fear and division [or] fan the flames of hate." "I will seek to heal the racial wounds that have long plagued our country, not to use them for political gain. I will do my job and take responsibility. I won't blame others," he added, all apparent references to Trump. Watters described the speech as a "sleepy" response from the man Trump has dubbed "Sleepy Joe." US PARK POLICE PUSHES BACK ON CLAIMS PROTESTERS PUSHED BACK AT WH Video"[Biden] doesn't stoke fear and division?" Watters asked incredulously. "OK, [what about] 'you ain't black'? 'They're going to put you back in chains'?" referring to past remarks made by the presumptive Democratic nominee. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP "The country...
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