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Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama's Mother, Dies at 86

Matriarch was a 'reassuring presence' at White House during Barack Obama's tenure

(Newser) - On election night 2008, as Barack Obama sat nervously in a Chicago hotel suite and awaited news on whether he would become the country's first Black president, his mother-in-law was by his side. "Are you ready for this, Grandma?" Obama asked Marian Shields Robinson, who years earlier had...

Obama, Clinton, Celebs Help Biden Raise a Record $26M

Former presidents, other big names took part in fancy NYC event

(Newser) - The glitzy New York City fundraiser featuring Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and a host of other big names hauled in a record-setting $26 million-plus for President Biden's reelection campaign Thursday night, the AP reports. The mood at Radio City Music Hall was electric as Obama praised Biden's willingness...

Barack Obama Wins His 2nd Emmy
Barack Obama
Wins Another Emmy

Barack Obama Wins Another Emmy

Former POTUS wins at Creative Arts Emmys

(Newser) - Former President Obama won his second Emmy, and John Mulaney won his third Sunday on night two of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, the AP reports. Obama won the Emmy for best narrator for his Netflix documentary series, Working: What We Do All Day, repeating in a category he previously...

Obama Takes Concerns About Campaign to Biden

Former president raises structure, aggressiveness, and Donald Trump

(Newser) - President Biden now has heard concerns about his campaign from a person who knows something about being reelected to the White House. Former President Barack Obama suggested changes to Biden and his aides, the Washington Post reports. Among the recommendations, some of which were made at a recent lunch, were...

Here Are Obama's Top Songs of 2023
Top Songs
of 2023

Obama's Top Songs of 2023

All hail the former chief's favorite tunes from the year past

(Newser) - For those waiting with baited breath to see what all the hip sexagenarians were listening to this year, well, here's the personal list of the favorite music of at least one. That's right, former President Obama is out with his annual list of songs that he had on...

Obama's Dissent to Book Ban Hits TikTok

Former president says censorship of opposing viewpoints is 'profoundly misguided'

(Newser) - Fighting back against efforts to ban books from schools and public libraries, the American Library Association has found a prominent supporter in former President Obama. In an open letter to the nation's librarians, Obama denounces attempts to censor "some of the books that shaped my life—and...

Obamas React to Affirmative Action's Gutting

As does Trump, from the opposite point of view

(Newser) - Following the Supreme Court ruling gutting affirmative action at US colleges and universities, Michelle Obama came forward to talk about how the policy affected her when she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. Affirmative action "wasn't perfect," she wrote in a joint statement issued alongside her...

Obama on Marriage: Not Being President Helps

It's nice 'to have a little more time with her,' he says of Michelle

(Newser) - Asked about a remark Michelle Obama made in which she said she "couldn't stand" her husband for 10 years of their 30-year union, Barack Obama acknowledged that "it sure helps to be out of the White House and to have a little more time with her,"...

Other Presidents Sound All-Clear on Classified Records

Obama, Clinton staffs say documents were turned over to National Archives

(Newser) - With out-of-place classified documents now unearthed in several states and offices, a couple of former presidents made clear Wednesday that there's nothing to find in their garages or studies. The staffs of former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton told the Hill on Wednesday that all classified material in...

Michelle Obama: For 10 Years, 'I Couldn't Stand' Barack
Michelle Obama: For 10 Years,
'I Couldn't Stand' Barack
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Michelle Obama: For 10 Years, 'I Couldn't Stand' Barack

This was back when the kids were young, she says in interview

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated 30 years of marriage in 2022, but the former first lady wasn't thrilled with her spouse a good chunk of that time. "People think I'm being catty by saying this—it’s like, there were 10 years where I couldn't stand...

Obama's Annual Holiday Gift to Us Is Here

Former president shares his list of favorite books, movies, and music in 2022

(Newser) - If your favorite part of the year is at the end, when ex-presidents release their "best of" lists, Barack Obama has hooked you up yet again. The 61-year-old former commander in chief has released his annual roundup of favorite books, movies, and songs, and the eclectic mix has something...

Obama Heckled as He Talks About Political Civility

'Sir, this is what I'm saying,' former president tells crowd member in Michigan

(Newser) - Barack Obama spoke in Michigan on Saturday as he stumps ahead of the midterms, and one moment in particular from his speech in Detroit was making headlines. As the former president talked about the lack of political civility in today's world, a man in the crowd began heckling him....

Obamas Return to White House, Unveil Portraits

Tradition was skipped during Trump administration

(Newser) - For the first time since 2012, a former president has returned to the White House for the unveiling of an official portrait. Barack and Michelle Obama were invited to the White House for a Wednesday ceremony in the East Room, where the public saw their portraits for the first time,...

Barack Obama Is Halfway to an EGOT
Barack Obama Is
Halfway to an EGOT

Barack Obama Is Halfway to an EGOT

Former president wins Emmy for narrating national parks series

(Newser) - Barack Obama is halfway to an EGOT. The former president won an Emmy Award on Saturday to go with his two Grammys. Obama won the best narrator Emmy for his work on the Netflix documentary series, Our Great National Parks. The five-part show, which features national parks from around the...

National Archives Fact-Checks Trump on Obama Documents

Agency assures that it has all Obama records

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump ran into an obstacle to his what-about deflection posted on social media while the FBI looks over documents it removed from his home, but it didn't slow him down. "President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified,"...

What Obama Has Been Reading
What Obama
Has Been Reading

What Obama Has Been Reading

Former president is out with his annual summer reading list

(Newser) - Former President Obama wants Americans to explore why the country is so polarized at the moment and to consider ways in which a democracy can succeed at being both diverse and equal, according to his annual summer reading list. "I've read a couple of great books this year...

Obama, Kid Who Rubbed His Head in Famous Pic Reunite

Jacob Philadelphia, 5 when Pete Souza snapped photo, is now 18 and about to graduate high school

(Newser) - Not every kid gets a video call from former President Barack Obama when they graduate high school. Jacob Philadelphia isn't just any kid, however. In 2009, Jacob, whose dad then served on the National Security Council, visited the White House as a 5-year-old and met up with Obama in...

Obamas Respond to Roe v. Wade Opinion

They argue illegal abortions will risk health and lives

(Newser) - The Supreme Court looks poised to "reverse nearly 50 years of precedent " and "relegate the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues," according to former President Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, who've issued a concerned statement...

Obama: Tech Firms Are 'Turbo-Charging Humanity's Worst Impulses'

He says changes need to be made to protect democracy

(Newser) - Barack Obama acknowledged in a speech Thursday that he might never have become president without the efforts of volunteers who organized on "websites like MySpace, Meetup, and Facebook"—but he warned that tech companies are failing to address the darker side of social media. In a keynote speech...

Fiona Hill's Comments Don't Sit Well With Trump

Former adviser accused him of 'pulling a Putin' on Jan. 6

(Newser) - In an interview with the New York Times Magazine , Fiona Hill —a specialist on Russia and Vladimir Putin who advised presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump—offered critiques of all three former leaders. For example, she remembers that she "winced" when Obama defied advice and publicly...

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