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  • Obama's stern warning for Trump

    01/13/2018 4:08:36 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 141 replies
    Clinton News Network ^ | 10:41 AM ET, Sat January 13, 2018 | Julian Zelizer, CNN Political Analyst
    (CNN) - During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways faster than I did, was part of your ability to lead the country doesn't have to do with legislation, doesn't have to do with regulations, it has to do with shaping attitudes, shaping culture, increasing awareness." Although Obama was extremely hesitant about directly commenting about President Donald Trump, the message he sent was clear. And it comes in the wake of the...
  • Obama: Innovations that helped elect me now dividing the country

    01/12/2018 8:38:25 AM PST · by antidemoncrat · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/12/2018 | Mike Memoli
    If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you listen to NPR," Obama continued.
  • Obama Complains Internet Allowed Conservatives to Escape Liberal Media Monopoly

    12/27/2017 5:11:40 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 112 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Interviewed by Prince Harry on BBC radio, Barack Obama blathered on about the internet in ways likely to warm liberal cockles. Obama’s comments reflect his statist impulses. And they ultimately amount to a complaint that the internet has permitted conservatives to break out of the stranglehold that the liberal media used to exercise over the flow of information. Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Barack Obama Cried Dropping Malia Obama Off at Harvard:"It Was a Little Bit Like Open-Heart Surgery"

    10/24/2017 10:30:12 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 64 replies
    E! News ^ | 9/27/2017 | Elyse Dupre
    Watching kids leave for college is difficult for any parent—including former President Barack Obama. The former commander-in-chief revealed how emotional it was for him to send his eldest daughter Malia Obama, 19, to college this year during a short speech at an event for the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children in Delaware. "For those of us who have daughters, it just happens fast," the 44th president said in a video published by WDEL 101.7FM. "I dropped off Malia at college, and I was saying to Joe and Jill [Biden] that it was a little bit like open-heart...
  • How The Obamas Are Teaching Their Daughters To Be Leaders

    09/28/2017 4:07:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 27, 2017 | Caroline Bologna, The Huffington Post
    Former President Barack Obama has a clear sense of what leadership values he wants to instill in his daughters. During a Q&A with Bill and Melinda Gates at a Sep. 20 event sponsored by their foundation, he discussed how he and Michelle talk to Malia and Sasha about being leaders. At the Gates Foundation event, Obama offered three pieces of advice (beginning around the 30-minute mark in the above video). 1. Being responsible is a privilege. “What we’ve tried to communicate their entire lives is that each us has responsibilities,” the former commander-in-chief said. “When they were small, their responsibilities...
  • Obama: ‘This is going to be a browner country’

    12/20/2016 7:25:38 AM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 55 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 12/19 | Dylan Stableford
    Regardless of what President-elect Donald Trump’s plans are for immigration, President Barack Obama says there will be “inevitable” changes to the demographics of the United States. “If you stopped all immigration today, just by virtue of birth rates, this is going to be a browner country,” Obama told NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview that aired Monday. “And if we’re not thinking right now about how we make sure that next generation is getting a good education and are instilled with a common creed and the values that make America so special and are cared for and nurtured and loved...
  • Obama: Fox, Limbaugh created 'character named Barack Obama'

    12/21/2016 3:16:01 PM PST · by kevcol · 113 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 21, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    "You understand that if people are angry that somehow the government is failing, then they are going to look to the guy who represents government. And that applies, by the way, even to some of the folks who are now Trump supporters," Obama said. "They're responding to a fictional character named Barack Obama who they see on Fox News or who they hear about through Rush Limbaugh."
  • Obama says 'Fox News in every bar and restaurant' helped Trump win election

    11/30/2016 7:41:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 30, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    President Obama said Fox News "in every bar and restaurant," coupled with social media, contributed to Hillary Clinton's surprising defeat on Nov. 8 by preventing voters from learning what benefits the Democrats had delivered to them. During an interview with Rolling Stone on Nov. 9 and published Tuesday, Obama dismissed the suggestion that his party had overlooked the "cohort of working-class white voters" that gave President-elect Trump his upset victory. "Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country," Obama said. "But part of it is also Democrats not working at a...
  • Obama: Trump had a 20 percent chance of winning

    11/30/2016 12:45:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama says he wasn’t all that surprised by Donald Trump’s upset victory in the presidential election. “So I think the odds of Donald Trump winning were always around 20 percent,” Obama said in a Rolling Stone interview published Tuesday. “That [doesn't] seem like a lot, but one out of five is not that unusual. It's not a miracle." Obama spoke to the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, the day after Election Day, when the level of shock at the White House seemed very high. Dozens of stunned staffers, many of whom had tears in their eyes, stood in the Rose...
  • President Obama: ‘Michelle will never run for office’

    11/29/2016 1:04:21 PM PST · by RummyChick · 100 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/29 | stableford
    President Obama says both he and first lady Michelle Obama will be “very active” in working with people at the grass-roots level to support progressive causes once he leaves office. But despite her popularity and natural public speaking ability, Michelle isn’t interested in a career in politics. “Michelle will never run for office,” the president told Rolling Stone in an interview conducted the day after the election. “She is as talented a person as I know. You can see the incredible resonance she has with the American people. But I joke that she’s too sensible to want to be in...
  • Obama reveals his post-presidency plan to rebuild the Democratic party and mold...

    11/18/2016 2:12:57 AM PST · by Libloather · 56 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/17/16 | Jennifer Smith
    Obama reveals his post-presidency plan to rebuild the Democratic party and mold 'the next Barack and Michelle' Barack Obama has revealed his plan to rebuild the Democratic party and mold its new leader after he leaves the White House. In an in-depth interview with The New Yorker on Thursday, the President told how he would help his successor Donald Trump settle in to the role before vacating it. Once out of office, he hopes to dedicate himself to training and advising a new wave of politicians, the next 'Michelle and Barack... who right now is sitting out there'.
  • Obama’s tragic admission: He’s learned nothing as president

    10/05/2016 2:26:54 PM PDT · by bkopto · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/4/2016 | Michael Goodwin
    News flash: President Obama didn’t learn anything in eight years in the White House. And he’s proud of it. As Obama admitted in an interview with New York magazine: “If you go back and you read speeches I made when I was running for the US Senate in 2003, or if you go back further and you look at statements I made when I was on the Harvard Law Review, my worldview is pretty consistent.” The comment was a point of pride, which makes it doubly tragic. Once the smartest man in the room, always the smartest man in the...
  • Obama: Thank God I'm a country boy

    10/05/2016 12:14:21 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 49 replies ^ | 10/5/16 | Paul Bedard
    "They taught me the kind of values that don't always make headlines, let alone the daily back-and-forth in Washington. Honesty and responsibility. Hard work and toughness against adversity. Keeping your word, and giving back to your community. And treating folks with respect, even if you disagree with them," he added.
  • Obama Worries Future Presidents Will Wage Perpetual, Covert Drone War

    10/05/2016 12:13:57 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 31 replies
    Intercept, the | 03 October 2016 | Ryan Devereaux, Alex Emmons
    President Obama warns in a new interview of a future in which a U.S. president could engage in perpetual covert wars “all over the world.” But he claims that the accountability and transparency measures he is instituting will make that less likely. In the interview, with New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Obama expressed agreement with one of the most salient critiques of his drone war, that it risks creating “institutional comfort and inertia with what looks like a pretty antiseptic way of disposing of enemies.” Obama explained that he had looked at “the way in which the number of drone...
  • Obama takes an Obamacare victory lap (with no mention of the lying)

    10/03/2016 3:03:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Hot ^ | October 3, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    New York magazine published an interview with President Obama Sunday night which is really Obama recounting some of the high profile political arguments of his tenure. One of the arguments which gets a lot of space is Obamacare. Here’s a sample picking up from the moment Scott Brown won a special election which ended Democrats’ 60 vote majority in the Senate: The most important phone call I made after that was to Nancy Pelosi, because the question I posed to her and to Harry Reid was, “Are you guys still game? Because if you guys are still game, we’ll find...
  • Obama: Republican voters think I'm 'the Antichrist'

    10/03/2016 12:28:41 PM PDT · by PROCON · 147 replies
    FOXNEWS ^ | Oct. 3, 2016
    President Obama mocked Republican critics who see him as “Saul Alinsky” or “the Antichrist,” during a wide-ranging interview with New York Magazine published Monday. Obama in the interview, which took place Aug. 25, repeatedly voiced frustration with what he described as a recalcitrant Republican opposition, lamenting Congress’ unwillingness to work with him on key legislation such as the Affordable Care Act and the stimulus bill. “They’re imagining the potential problems that arise, so it’s pretty hard for them to publicly say, ‘Obama’s a perfectly reasonable guy, but we just can’t work with him because our base thinks he’s the Antichrist,’”...
  • Obama has shed his vanity. Just ask him

    09/28/2016 8:51:29 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 21 replies
    Boston Globe Opinions ^ | 9-27-2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    Nothing oozes hubris like Barack Obama putting on a humble act. “There’s a point where the vanity burns away and you’ve had your fill of your name in the papers, or big adoring crowds, or the exercise of power,” the president tells historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in an “exit interview” published by Vanity Fair. “And for me that happened fairly quickly.” Since he no longer revels in his own grandeur, he explains, he won’t fall into the trap of making decisions out of ambition or “thirsty” attachment to the prerogatives of high office. Do tell. Five years ago, Obama claimed...
  • Obama’s ‘classified’ comments strike nerve

    04/11/2016 3:00:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/11/16 | Julian Hattem
    President Obama’s latest defense of Hillary Clinton has struck a nerve with both the GOP and government leakers such as Edward Snowden. The president’s comments — “there’s classified and then there’s classified” — suggested some classified information is more sensitive than other classified information, uniting in scorn critics across the political spectrum. To advocates for government transparency, the remarks stunk of duplicity by suggesting that federal classification rules are arbitrary and don't apply to the Democratic presidential front-runner. “If only I had known,” tweeted Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who fled the country in 2013 before leaking...
  • Hillary’s Backers Want Obama to Grant a Preemptive Pardon

    04/12/2016 6:37:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Orb Magazine ^ | April 4, 2016
    With FBI Director James Comey’s statement this week that the massive investigation of possible criminality by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could linger into the fall, some of her political advisers have become convinced that the best option for her would be to shut it down now, which could be accomplished if President Obama would grant a preemptive pardon for any crimes she may have committed. “It would be a humbling experience for Mrs. Clinton to accept a pardon, but she and husband Bill have ridden out terrible scandals in the past without losing their bedrock constituencies,” an official...
  • Joe Scarborough: Obama 'Rigged' Clinton Email Probe

    04/12/2016 6:37:29 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Apr 2016 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Monday accused President Barack Obama of rigging the process in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while the FBI continues its investigation into her use of a private email server, after Obama offered a "guarantee" Sunday that there is no political influence into the probe. "He said he wasn't going to talk to the attorney general about the pending investigation, but he just did, as he did back in October when he said, 'No national security issues here. Nothing to see, move along," Scarborough said during a panel discussion on his "Morning Joe" program about an...