Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.
Barack Obama (born 04.08.1961)
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States and is of the Democratic political party.
Childhood: Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His parents were American anthropologist Stanley Ann Dunham, and Kenyan governmental economist Barack Obama, Sr. They divorced in 1964. After his father moved back to Kenya, Barack was only visited by him once before he died in a car accident in 1982. When his mother remarried, they moved to his stepfather's home country of Indonesia where Barack went to language schools St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School and Besuki Public School, English-language Calvert School, and was also homeschooled by his mother. He returned to Honolulu in 1971 to live with his grandparents and attended Punahou School where he graduated. He lived with his mother again when she returned for three years, but stayed with his grandparents when she went back to Indonesia. He had a group of friends called the 'choom gang' with whom he hung around and smoked marijuana. He attended Occidental College where he campaigned for the divestment from South Africa due to the apartheid. He later transferred to Columbia University studying political science and graduated with Bachelor of Arts.
Career: Barack Obama became director of the church-based Developing Communities Project in Chicago after graduating where he helped set up a job training program, a college tutoring program and a tenants' rights program. In 1988, he went to Harvard Law School and became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review which made national press and landed him with a publishing deal for his memoirs 'Dreams from My Father' which he released in 1995. In 1991, he became a Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School while working on his book, before becoming a lecturer there for 12 years. In 1992, he was a director for Illinois's Project Vote, and oversaw the registering of 150,000 out of 400,000 African Americans to vote in Illinois. In 1996, he succeeded Alice Palmer as Illinois's 13th district State Senator. He supported a law for more tax credits for workers on a low income and a welfare reform. He was re-elected in 1998 and 2002 but lost the position for the 1st district. In 2003, he became chairman of the Senate's Health and Human Services Committee and enforced the monitoring of racial profiling in the police force. He resigned from the Illinois Senate in 2004 after being elected to the US Senate. He opposed George W. Bush's 2003 invasion of Iraq. His election led to the reissue of his memoir, 'Dreams from My Father' and he delivered the keynote address at that year's Democratic National Convention which was extremely well-received. He resigned from the Senate in 2008. After announcing that he was running for Presidency in 2007, he emphasized issues of ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence and providing health care for all. In 2008, he won the presidency with 365 votes to 173 for John McCain and became the first African American president. In 2011, he began his re-election campaign for 2012 with a video entitled 'It Begins with Us'. He was almost unopposed with other democrat candidates. At the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton nominated Obama and Joe Biden as the Democratic candidates for president and vice president with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as their republican opponents. In 2012, he won 332 electoral votes and was subsequently re-elected with 51% of the vote. Throughout his Presidency, he has attempted to close the controversial detainment camp Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, he has signed a Hate Crimes Prevention Act, appealed for homosexual people to be allowed to join the Armed Forces and supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage. In 2009, he won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Personal life: Barack Obama married Michelle Robinson in 1992 and had two daughters; Malia Ann and Natasha. They have a Portuguese Water Dog named Bo, which they were given by Senator Ted Kennedy, and they live in Kenwood, Chicago. He is a Christian. He supports the baseball team, Chicago White Sox. He plays basketball and he is left-handed.
The former President quoted Nelson Mandela in the wake of the violence.
Following the tragic outbreak of violence in Charlottesville, Virginia between white supremecists and counter-protestors which left one person dead, Barack Obama has spoken out with an important quote from one of the world's greatest leaders - and it's become one of the most liked Tweets in history.
Barack Obama at the Kissimmee Rally
The former President of the United States used an inspirational quote from the late South African president Nelson Mandela, expressing that hatred for another race is far from an innate emotion. The initial post has already receive 1 million re-Tweets and 3.4 million likes.
Continue reading: Barack Obama's Charlottesville Tweet Is One Of The Most Liked In History
Clooney remembered Obama's response to the Charleston massacre in 2015.
One such star is George Clooney, who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter in London at a special screening of Netflix’s Syrian civil war documentary The White Helmets on Monday night (January 9th). The actor, known to be frequently politically engaged, shared his thoughts on the most memorable moment in Obama’s two terms as president.
George Clooney with wife Amal at Cannes in 2016
Continue reading: George Clooney On Barack Obama's Most Memorable Moment As President
President Barack Obama stops for photos after speaking at a campaign rally for Hillary Clinton to a crowd of 11,000 supporters joined by award-winning artist Stevie Wonder at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Florida, United States - Sunday 6th November 2016
The actor and the President enter into a discussion about tackling the nation's carbon footprint.
Leonardo Dicaprio joined President Barack Obama and atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe in a conversation about global warming during a new event called South by South Lawn (SXSL) at the White House. He was also there to promote his new climate change documentary 'Before the Flood'.
Leonardo DiCaprio talks global issues with Barack Obama
'The Revenant' actor moderated the conference last night (October 3rd 2016) in Washington, D.C., where they talked about the work that was already being done within the US and around the world to tackle the issue, and what we can expect from the world if certain other changes are not made soon under the new presidential leadership.
President Obama addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations New York, United States - Tuesday 20th September 2016
Meanwhile, Michelle can't get enough of 'Uptown Funk'.
The youth of America is no doubt proud to have a president and first lady that are cool enough to be such a huge part of pop culture, but they're about to get a little prouder as Barack Obama announces his most favourite track of 2015: step forward Kendrick Lamar.
Obama is a Kendrick Lamar fan
Obama loves rap music, that's universally acknowledged, and now we know he was a particular fan of Lamar's ground-breaking, critically acclaimed album 'To Pimp A Butterfly' which was released earlier this year. He has named the song 'How Much A Dollar Cost' as his favourite track of the year - which will no doubt be a thrilling prospect for 28-year-old Lamar who's already vying against the likes of Taylor Swift and The Weeknd for multiple Grammys in 2016 including Album of the Year, Song of the Year for his single 'Alright', and Best Music Video.
More: Check out the 2016 Grammy nominations
Meanwhile, First Lady Michelle Obama is a huge fan of 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars which she famously led a work-out dance to on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. It was a multi-Platinum number hit that brought the whole world to its feet as it channelled James Brown with uproarious effect.
Aside from top tracks, which the Obamas revealed to People in an interview, they've also named some more of their favourite things. While the president loved the novel 'Fates and Furies' by Lauren Groff, Michelle was a huge fan of the Elizabeth Alexander memoir 'The Light of the World'. Both books explore the intimacies of marriage from different perspectives.
And when it comes to the best films, Barack Obama insisted that Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' starring Matt Damon won his approval, while Michelle joined the many adoring fans of Amy Schumer after watching her first feature film as a writer, 'Trainwreck' directed by Judd Apatow.
Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) creates a riveting portrait of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. And it's her amazing story and magnetic personality that holds the attention, rather than the way Guggenheim reorders her life to punch the emotional buttons. Malala is a genuinely inspirational figure who has spent her entire life trying to make the world a better place. And she's still only 18.
The film explores her childhood in Swat Valley, northern Pakistan, where she was named by her father Ziauddin after a 19th century Afghan heroine who led the Pashtun fighters against British interlopers and was shot in the process. As a school teacher, Ziauddin instilled in Malala a love of education, so when the Taliban began to close schools to girls, she began speaking out, first anonymously in a blog and then bravely expressing herself in public amid threats of violence. And the Taliban responded by trying to kill her. She was shot in the head, but survived and fled to England with her family, where she recovered and continues to travel the world speaking eloquently about issues relating to education and refugees.
In its fly-on-the-wall segments in England, the film reveals Malala to be a fairly typical teen, engaging in cheeky rivalry with her younger brothers Kushai and Atal, who tease her about her crush on Roger Federer. And she also has a very strong bond with her father and her mother Toor, who has a moving story of her own. Intercut with this are scenes of Malala meeting world leaders including Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, plus journalists like Jon Stewart. Clearly this young woman was a gifted speaker even before she was propelled onto the global stage, passionately discussing the right to education and the truth about her faith. "Islam teaches me humanity, equality and forgiveness," she says. "The Taliban aren't Muslims. They're not about faith, but power."
Continue reading: He Named Me Malala Review
The President offered Yeezy a few words of advice about politics during a fundraiser in San Francisco, at which the rapper later performed.
Obama was speaking at a morning fund-raising event in front of 1,300 people in California on Saturday (October 10th), at which Kanye was scheduled to perform after his speech. Of course, the rapper announced his plan to run for the highest office in the land in four years’ time at the MTV VMAs back in August, and the President took the opportunity to refer to that.
“In a little while you are going to hear from a guy who is thinking about getting into politics,” Obama said at San Francisco’s iconic Warfield Theater, “it couldn’t get any stranger.”
Continue reading: Barack Obama Offers Advice To Kanye West About Being President
Ever wondered what tunes Obama plays in the Oval Office?
The White House and President Barack Obama have become the latest in a list of high profile names to launch an official channel on Spotify so we can all share the same summer jams as the most powerful man in the world. Launching on Friday, President Obama has already shared two playlists, ‘The President's Summer Playlist: Day’ and ‘The President's Summer Playlist: Night’.
President Obama is now on Spotify.
Obama’s day mix includes an elliptic mix of genres and artists including The Temptations, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley. But showing he’s still current the president has also included Justin Timberlake’s ‘Pusher Love Girl’, Florence + The Machine with ‘Shake It Out’ and John Legend and André 3000’s ‘Green Light’.
Continue reading: President Barack Obama Shares What He Likes To Listen To On Spotify
The follow-up to 'Yeezus' has been over two years in the making, and one fan decided to ask President Obama to use his executive powers to force Kanye to release it.
Barack Obama will not be using his presidential powers to order Kanye West to release his long-awaited new album – despite a petition lobbying the White House to do so achieving over 100,000 signatures, according to Billboard.
Kanye hasn’t released a single in over five months, since he dropped a taster for his upcoming seventh album Swish called ‘All Day’ back on March 2nd, and the wait proved to be too much for one fan who started a petition on the White House’s ‘We The People’ website on Wednesday (August 12th) which quickly gained the requisite amount of signatures within a day to force the President to respond to it.
Kanye West is still scheduled to release his 7th album 'Swish' in 2015
James Woods filed a law suit on Wednesday (29th July) against an anonymous Twitter who alleged Woods had taken an illegal drug.
James Woods has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user. The 68-year-old actor and his legal representatives filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday (29th July).
James Woods at 52nd New York Film Festival in September 2014.
Jon Stewart has responded to claims he promoted President Obama’s agenda after ‘secretly’ meeting with him in the White House. Stewart addressed the rumours in a special segment on ‘The Daily Show’.
Jon Stewart mocked media reports claiming he had colluded with President Barack Obama in promoting the President’s political agenda on his show. Stewart addressed the claims on The Daily Show on Wednesday (29th July) in a segment entitled When Barry Met Silly. He revealed the two meetings he had with the President were not quite as secret as some media outlets made them out to be.
Jon Stewart addressed claims he colluded with President Obama.
Date of birth
4th August, 1961
Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.
"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela
"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."
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My heart goes out to the victims and their families in London. No act of terror can shake the strength and resilience of our British ally.
Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him – and turned up everyone who came after. We'll miss you, Chuck. Be good.
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