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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...

Obama Gives Rapper the OK to Play Him in Biopic

The former president says Sasha and Malia won't mind either

(Newser) - Barack Obama has a message for Drake: Go for it. The former president appeared on 360 With Speedy Morman and said he's OK with the singer/rapper portraying him in a possible future biopic, People reports. "I will say this, Drake seems to be able to do anything he...

Obama Memoir Sets First-Day Sales Record

It sold 890K copies in first 24 hours

(Newser) - Barack Obama's A Promised Land sold nearly 890,000 copies in the US and Canada in its first 24 hours, putting it on track to be the best selling presidential memoir in modern history. The first-day sales, a record for Penguin Random House, includes pre-orders, e-books and audio. "...

Obama Targets Trump's Version of Masculinity

Joe Biden and President Trump also hit the campaign trail

(Newser) - Barack Obama blasted President Trump as egotistical and incompetent during a campaign event in Flint, Michigan, the AP reports. The former president spoke Saturday at a drive-in rally at his first joint campaign event with Joe Biden. Obama told the crowd that Trump "cares about feeding his ego" while...

Trump Slams Fox for Airing Obama Speech

'This would not have happened with Roger Ailes'

(Newser) - President Trump had a busy campaign schedule Tuesday, but he found time to watch Fox News—and he didn't like what he saw. He complained that the network had aired a speech from Barack Obama, who was campaigning for Joe Biden in Florida, the Hill reports. "I only...

In First Excerpt, Obama Recalls Weightiest Fight in Congress

Focus is on passage of ObamaCare in 'New Yorker' release

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with the first excerpt of former President Obama's forthcoming memoir, A Promised Land, and the focus is on how he and his team got ObamaCare passed. Before the legislative fight even began, Obama recounts a conversation with advisers Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, who...

Here&#39;s What Obama Said While Stumping for Biden
Here's How
Obama Went
After Trump

Here's How Obama Went After Trump

Former president stumps for Joe Biden in Philadelphia

(Newser) - President Obama gave his first stump speech for his former vice president and current good pal Joe Biden Wednesday night, and the Philadelphia drive-in rally featured what CNN calls Obama's "most direct attacks" on his successor yet. "I never thought Donald Trump would embrace my vision or...

At Spot Where He Rallied for Clinton, Obama Rallies for Biden

No. 44 will do first in-person 2020 event for former VP at drive-in event at Independence Mall

(Newser) - Former President Obama is returning to Philadelphia on Wednesday for his first in-person 2020 campaign event for Joe Biden. In 2016, the man known as one of the Democratic Party's strongest orators delivered Hillary Clinton's closing argument in the same place—at a rally for thousands the night...

Obama Has a Message for Republican Senators on RBG

Dems remind GOP of their remarks in 2016 on filling an empty SCOTUS seat during election year

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell vowed late Friday that a vote will be held on President Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, who died Friday at 87. But prominent Democrats, including Barack Obama, are pushing back, digging up the remarks of McConnell and other GOP senators from...

'Extraordinary' Demand for Obama Memoir Expected

No. 44's 'A Promised Land' is due out Nov. 17, right after the election

(Newser) - A release date has been set for the first part of former President Obama's memoir, and demand is expected to be "extraordinary," the New York Times reports. A Promised Land, the 768-page first installation of a two-volume set, will debut globally on Nov. 17 via Penguin Random...

'No Former President Has Ever Attacked' Like Obama Did

Historian tweets that Obama's convention speech was unprecedented

(Newser) - The barbs were flying between President Trump and his predecessor before night 3 of the Democratic National Convention even began. Excerpts of Barack Obama's DNC speech were released in advance, including his comment that he had once hoped Trump "might show some interest in taking the job seriously....

Critics See Obama Hypocrisy in Hawaii Beach House
Critics See Obama Hypocrisy
in Hawaii Beach House

Critics See Obama Hypocrisy in Hawaii Beach House

Friend Marty Nesbitt developing oceanfront property thanks to loopholes in environmental laws

(Newser) - The Obamas famously like to vacation in Hawaii, and they usually do so with one of the former president's close friends, Marty Nesbitt, and his family. That tradition seems destined to continue for years, especially since Nesbitt paid $8.7 million for an oceanfront estate in Waimanalo back in...

Obama Accuses Trump of Trying to &#39;Kneecap&#39; USPS
USPS Warns 46 States
of Mail-In Voting Trouble

USPS Warns 46 States of Mail-In Voting Trouble

Current deadlines are too tight, says postal service

(Newser) - The mail-in voting controversy is intensifying. The Washington Post reports that the US Postal Service has warned 46 states and DC that trouble is looming—the USPS can't guarantee all ballots cast by mail would arrive back in time to be counted. The reason is because current deadlines for...

Obama: John Lewis Is a Modern &#39;Founding Father&#39;
Obama Gives Eulogy
for John Lewis

Obama Gives Eulogy for John Lewis

He will be a 'founding father' of a 'better America,' says former president

(Newser) - The nation's first Black president gave the eulogy Thursday for one of the civil rights fighters who made his path to the White House possible. In his address, Barack Obama said the late Rep. John Lewis of Georgia would be a "founding father" of a better America. Highlights:...

Obama: 2 Things Keep Me Awake
Has 2 Big

Obama Has 2 Big Worries

Fears about voter suppression and about Trump challenging legitimacy of the election

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with a story on former President Obama's private remarks about his successor during fundraising events for Joe Biden. The upshot is that Obama is far more critical of President Trump in private than he is in public, but two issues in particular appear...

Ad With Biden, Obama Draws Trump Rebuke

Conversation in new video includes criticism of the way the pandemic has been handled

(Newser) - Joe Biden had a chat with his former boss, and the video of it released Thursday has already elicited a critical response from President Trump. Their conversation drew contrasts between Trump's handling of the pandemic and their own leadership, the Hill reports. "You and I had experience dealing...

Trump Exiles Clinton, Bush Portraits at White House

Recent predecessors are moved out of sight, bumped by presidents from 100 years ago

(Newser) - President Trump can't remove former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush from history, but he can make them less visible. Their official portraits have been taken out of the Grand Foyer at the White House and exiled to the Old Family Dining Room, a little-used room just off...

Remembering John Lewis: 'We Have Lost a Giant'

Tributes pour in from Obama, MLK Jr.'s family, and more

(Newser) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff in honor of Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Tributes and statements are now pouring in for the civil rights legend and longtime...

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