President Barack Obama

  • Barack Obama jumps queue at famous barbecue joint where no one cuts the line, but pays for the two people he jumped ahead of July 11, 2014

    US President Barack Obama apologetically jumped the queue at a famous barbecue joint in Austin, where no one cuts the line, so he could order takeout for his official travel party and paid for the two people he jumped ahead of. After a campaign-style speech in Austin yesterday to raise money...
  • Barack Obama shops for wife and daughters at Gap, says his goal was to make sure that he 'didn't completely screw up' March 13, 2014

    President Barack Obama took on a daunting task on Tuesday: shopping for clothes for his wife and daughters during a brief stop at a Gap store while raising money for Democrats in New York. Obama was in New York to attend fundraisers aimed at building up campaign war chests for this...
  • 'You break your nose right before a State of the Union address': Obama bemoans growing 'older and creakier' February 17, 2014

    Like most Americans of a certain age, President Barack Obama is starting to complain about the aches and pains of getting older. Obama told retired National Basketball Association star Charles Barkley in an interview that aired on Sunday that he was limiting his basketball playing to about once a month because...
  • Watch: 'Fake' interpreter for deaf at Nelson Mandela's funeral made up his own sign language December 12, 2013

    Johannesburg: As one world leader after another paid homage to Nelson Mandela at a memorial service, the man standing at arm's length from them appeared to interpret their words in sign language. But advocates for the deaf say he was a faker. The incident, which outraged deaf people and sign-language interpreters...
  • Nelson Mandela's biopic to be screened for Barack Obama at White House November 5, 2013

    New York: The Nelson Mandela biopic 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom' will get an audience from President Barack Obama, as well as a screening at the Kennedy Center hosted by Hillary Clinton. The Weinstein Company tells The Associated Press that Obama will screen the film on Thursday at the White...
  • Obama and Republicans search for a deal on US fiscal impasse October 13, 2013

    Washington: President Barack Obama and congressional Republican leaders inched toward resolving their fiscal impasse on Friday, but struggled to agree on the length and terms of a short-term deal to increase the US debt limit and reopen the government. Obama met Senate Republicans at the White House and spoke by phone...
  • Obamas tour Mandela's island jail July 1, 2013

    Cape Town: US President Barack Obama and his family visited South Africa's bleak former prison of Robben Island on Sunday to pay tribute to ex-inmate Nelson Mandela, now critically ill in hospital. Obama was expected to later cite the legacy of Mandela, who was imprisoned on the windswept island for...
  • Obama announces steps to push for Guantanamo's closure May 24, 2013

    United States President Barack Obama announced steps to push for the close of Guantanamo detention center. Obama had repeatedly vowed to close the camp during his 2008 presidential campaign. ...
  • US suspects Syria used chemical weapons against rebels April 26, 2013

    Washington: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the US intelligence community believes that the Syrian government used sarin gas on a small scale against the rebel forces that are trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad's government. The disclosure created a quandary for US President Barack Obama, who has set the use...
  • Mississippi man arrested, accused in ricin letters: FBI April 18, 2013

    Oxford: A Mississippi man was arrested on Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for the poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said the man was...
  • Early test shows ricin in letter sent to Obama: FBI April 17, 2013

    Washington: The FBI says preliminary tests on a letter sent to President Barack Obama indicate the presence of poisonous ricin. The letter is undergoing further testing because preliminary field tests can be unreliable, creating false positives. The letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House. It comes the...
  • Obama calls Boston bombings 'act of terror' April 16, 2013

    Boston: US President Barack Obama admitted on Tuesday that the twin bombings in Boston were an "act of terror" and that the country's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the incident. Obama, who had refrained from using the word "terror" in his earlier address after the blasts, said the...
  • Boston Marathon blasts: Home-grown terrorists suspected April 16, 2013

    Boston: FBI and Homeland Security agents carried out searches at a high-rise apartment building in Boston seeking clues to unravel the plot behind the twin blasts, suspected to have been carried out by home-grown terrorists, which killed three people and injured over 150 during the Boston Marathon. Early on Tuesday, investigators...
  • Connecticut shootout: Victim's mother pleads for gun control April 13, 2013

    Washington: Holding back tears, the mother of a six year-old boy, who was murdered alongside 19 other children in Connecticut four months ago, made a passionate plea from the White House for Americans and their leaders to embrace her call for stricter gun control laws. In a significant departure from...
  • Watch: Obama lets an 8-year-old take his place as April Fool's joke April 2, 2013

    US President Barack Obama did not pass a chance to play a prank on April Fool's day. Obama called for a press statement and let an 8-year-old take his place! ...
  • Does Satan in History Channel's 'The Bible' series look like Barack Obama? March 19, 2013

    New York: History Channel's new series 'The Bible' has created a furore after the actor portraying Satan's role in a recent episode reportedly resembled US President Barack Obama. The devil was played by actor Medhi Ouzaani, and the similarity could be a casting coincidence. Right-wing commentator Glenn Beck was one of...
  • Women's Day: Obama signs Violence Against Women Act March 8, 2013

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has signed into law the new Violence Against Women Act, which he termed "very important" and representing the positive progress of the country. "One of the great legacies of this law is that it didn't just change the rules; it changed our culture. It empowered...
  • Michelle Obama picks Kors dress for election night November 8, 2012

    New York: As Michelle Obama stepped on stage with her husband in Chicago today, she accepted her role not only as first lady but fashion tastemaker for four more years this time, wearing a Michael Kors magenta silk chine pin-tucked dress. As Mrs Obama joined President Barack Obama, she sported a...
  • Clint Eastwood's 'chair' act gets media attention September 2, 2012

    Los Angeles: Months of careful planning for the Republican National Convention were hijacked by actor Clint Eastwood as traditional and social media erupted in a frenzy of scratched heads and parodies that experts said largely overshadowed presidential contender Mitt Romney's moment in the spotlight. Eastwood's rambling, unscripted address at Thursday's convention...
  • Fact Check: Anti-Obama film muddy on facts August 28, 2012

    Washington: '2016: Obama's America', a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what...
  • Obama writes history with autopen May 28, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has made history by using an autopen - an automatic signing machine - from an ocean away to sign a legislation into law hours before expiry. And stirred a new controversy. Originally, there had been a plan in place to have a White House aide hand-carry...
  • Obama calls for international response on Libya February 24, 2011

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that the United States strongly condemns the use of violence on protesters in Libya and said a unified international response was forming. "The suffering and bloodshed is outrageous and it is unacceptable," Obama said in his strongest and most direct statements to date...
  • Obama's daughter practices Chinese with Hu January 21, 2011

    Washington: Talk about a high level language exchange. US President Barack Obama's nine-year-old daughter, Sasha, wanted to test her developing Chinese skills this week while Hu Jintao was in town. Just whom did she want to practice them with? The Chinese president himself, according to a White House official who recounted the...
  • 'Bahut dhanyavad', says Obama on warm welcome November 8, 2010

    New Delhi: Bahut dhanyavad. This is how US President Barack Obama thanked people of India for the warm welcome and hospitality he and American First Lady Michelle Obama received during their India visit. The 'thank you' in Hindi during his 35-minute address at the Central Hall of Parliament was received...
  • US mid-term polls: Republicans ahead in the race November 3, 2010

    Washington: Disenchanted US voters swept Democrats from power in the House of Representatives and increased the ranks of Senate Republicans on Tuesday in an election rout that dealt a sharp rebuke to President Barack Obama. Two years after Obama won the White House, voter anxiety about the economy and discontent...
  • Over 200 CEOs coming to India with Obama October 29, 2010

    Washington: With trade high on his agenda, some 200 odd top US business chiefs, including soft drink giant Pepsico's India-born CEO Indra Nooyi, are expected to join US President Barack Obama on his India visit next month. Also expected are Honeywell CEO David M. Cote, who co-chairs the India-US CEO Forum...
  • Michelle not to celebrate Obama's birthday July 27, 2010

    Washington: US first lady Michelle Obama will not be celebrating the birthday of her husband, President Barack Obama, because she will be out of the country with her younger daughter. Michelle will travel to Spain in the first week of August on a "private visit", a White House official said,...
  • Obama meets Chinese premier, ends `productive' visit November 18, 2009

    Beijing: US President Barack Obama met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday as he wound up a first visit to China that featured pledges from both nations to develop strategic cooperation on major international issues. "We have had very productive discussions over the last few days," Obama said. "President Hu (Jintao) and...
  • US President meets Hu Jintao in China November 18, 2009

    US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have emerged to a few common conclusions after their meeting in Beijing. But there were some sensitive issues that were subtly conveyed to each other. ...
  • Barack Obama, the President who needs more time November 5, 2009

    New York: On an unusually balmy Chicago night last November, the candidate who campaigned on what he called the fierce urgency of now became the president-elect who needed time. A year after his election, President Barack Obama still needs time to turn a myriad of campaign promises into policy. Democrats...