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Obama Guests: Spielberg, Pearl Jam, a 'COVID Coordinator'

President hosting birthday bash on Martha's Vineyard amid delta surge

(Newser) - Barack Obama is turning 60 on Wednesday, and he plans to celebrate with a bash on his 30-acre property this weekend on Martha's Vineyard, reports Axios . The site says nearly 500 guests are expected, in addition to about 200 staff to serve them, a total that's raising eyebrows...

Podcast By a Couple of Bosses Becomes a Book

Print version of 'Renegades,' from Obama and Springsteen, will have a few additions

(Newser) - There's a new chapter in the collaboration of Barack and the Boss. Renegades: Born in the USA is a bound edition of the popular Renegades podcast featuring conversations between former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen on topics such as fame, cars—and the country itself. Penguin Random House...

Tulsa Witness: 'They Were Killing All the Black People'

City marks centennial of attack whose destruction is still felt today

(Newser) - For decades, many Americans knew little of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Events and news media coverage marking the centennial this weekend are trying to change that, partly by assessing the lasting pain and depth of the horrific attack on the city's Black people—including an examination of how...

Kid Reporter Who Interviewed Obama at 11 Dies at 23

Damon Weaver was on his way to a journalism career

(Newser) - Getting to tell the president what you want in your school lunch is a dream come true for a kid. And landing an interview with a sitting president is a dream come true for a young reporter. Damon Weaver did both at the same time in 2009 , when he was...

Oldest Supreme Court Justice Under Pressure to Retire
Oldest Supreme Court Justice
Under Pressure to Retire
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Oldest Supreme Court Justice Under Pressure to Retire

Some want Stephen Breyer, 82, to clear way for younger liberal

(Newser) - President Biden could have a Supreme Court seat to fill come summer. There is "immense urgency" among progressive Democrats for liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, who was nominated to the court by President Clinton in 1994, to retire after the court wraps up its current term around the end of...

Obama's Gift to McRaven After Bin Laden Raid: Tape Measure

Ex-president, retired Navy admiral who led raid 10 years ago that killed al-Qaeda chief revisit mission

(Newser) - This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and two key players at the center of it all sat down this week to talk about the mission. Monday's conversation between former President Obama and retired Navy Adm. William McRaven was recorded...

Lawmakers From Both Parties Praise Guilty Verdict

'Today, a jury did the right thing,' Obama says

(Newser) - Lawmakers from both parties are expressing satisfaction with Tuesday’s guilty verdict of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, the AP reports. Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters says: “I’m not celebrating, I’m relieved." Sen. Tim Scott, the chamber’...

Board Votes Against Renaming School to Honor Obama

John Lewis' name will now replace that of Jefferson

(Newser) - A middle school in Illinois is ditching the name of the third president—but it won't be taking the name of the 44th one. At a meeting Tuesday, the Waukegan Board of Education voted 5-2 in favor of renaming Thomas Jefferson Middle School after late civil rights icon Rep....

Chappelle: I Saw Celebs Leave 'Dirty Notes' for Trump Aides

Comedian describes mischief during one of President Obama's last White House parties

(Newser) - In 2019, then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham claimed aides of former President Obama had left disparaging notes around the White House for members of former President Trump's administration to find. At Inauguration Day, "Every office was filled with Obama books, and we had notes left behind that...

Obama Mourns His &#39;Mama Sarah&#39;
Obama Mourns
His 'Mama Sarah'
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Obama Mourns His 'Mama Sarah'

Former president's stepgrandmother dies in Kenya

(Newser) - Sarah Obama, the matriarch of former President Obama's Kenyan family, has died, per the AP . She was at least 99 years old. Mama Sarah, as the stepgrandmother of the former president was fondly called, promoted education for girls and orphans in her rural Kogelo village. She died at the...

Carter, Bush, Clinton, Obama Have a Message for You

All living presidents except Trump urge Americans to get vaccinated in new ads

(Newser) - Former President Trump is noticeably absent from a new ad campaign in which the four other living presidents urge Americans to get a coronavirus vaccine when able. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and each of their wives are shown receiving a dose in a new 60-second...

Here's What It Will Say on the Obama Presidential Center

Words from the 44th president's 2015 speech in Selma

(Newser) - The Obama Foundation on Sunday revealed the passage that will be inscribed on the outside of the Obama Presidential Center when it opens in Chicago, ABC 7 reports. Per the Week , the words are from then-President Obama's 2015 speech in Selma, Ala., on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday....

Obama Recounts That Time He Broke a Friend's Nose

He also talks reparations on 'Renegades' podcast

(Newser) - Barack Obama usually comes off as calm, cool, and collected. But that isn’t always the case. For example, as a boy in Hawaii he once punched a friend in the face over a racial slur. In the second episode of his podcast collaboration with musician Bruce Springsteen, the former...

Obama, Springsteen Launch 'Born in the USA' Podcast

'In many ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys'

(Newser) - "In many ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys," Barack Obama says in the first episode of "Renegades: Born in the USA," his new podcast with Bruce Springsteen. The podcast, which NBC calls the "highest-profile collaboration in the history of podcasting," launched...

Obama Doesn&#39;t Mince Words on Trump
Obama Doesn't
Mince Words
on Trump

Obama Doesn't Mince Words on Trump

Violence was 'incited by a sitting president'

(Newser) - Barack Obama is out with a scathing statement about Wednesday's extraordinary day in DC , and its first sentences set the tone:
  • “History will rightly remember today’s violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful
...

One Trump, One Obama Take Home 'Most Admired' Crowns

Donald Trump ends Barack Obama's 12-year winning streak, while Michelle Obama wins top spot for women

(Newser) - Donald Trump didn't beat Joe Biden in the election, but he can notch a win against Barack Obama. In its annual survey on the matter, Gallup pollsters asked 1,000 or so American adults to name, without being given choices, a man and a woman they most admire anywhere...

Obama Out With Favorites of 2020
Obama Out
With Favorites
of 2020

Obama Out With Favorites of 2020

He's a fan of Better Call Saul

(Newser) - Barack Obama has developed a tradition of sorts by unveiling year-end favorites, and this year's lists include TV shows, movies , books , and songs of 2020. And, no, he doesn't include his own memoir , though he does give it a plug. From Obama over the last few days:
  • TV
...

Colbert to 3 Ex-Presidents: Come 'Drop Trou' on My Show

Late-night host extends offer for Obama, Clinton, Bush to receive COVID vaccine on the air

(Newser) - Three former US presidents have offered to ease concern and get publicly inoculated to prove the safety of vetted COVID-19 vaccines. Now, at least one-late night host is taking them up on that offer. "President Bush, President Clinton, President Obama, put your antibodies where your mouth is," Stephen...

Three Ex-Presidents Volunteer to Be Vaccinated on Camera

Bush, Obama, Clinton want to help prove it is safe

(Newser) - Three of the four living former presidents have volunteered to get vaccinated publicly to prove it is safe, and CNN says it is waiting to hear back from the fourth, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter. Freddy Ford, George W. Bush's chief of staff, says the Republican reached out to Dr. Anthony...

Obama: 'Defund the Police' Slogan Is Ineffective

'You lost a big audience the minute you say it'

(Newser) - "Defund the police" is a "snappy" slogan—but not an effective one for campaigners seeking to reach a wider audience, Barack Obama says. The former president told Snapchat political show Good Luck America Wednesday that the slogan is polarizing and won't help advocates get the reforms they...

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