President Barack Obama delivered his annual State of The Union Address last night (January 28, 2014).
During his speech, Obama identified areas where he felt he and Congress could work in unison while also making note of issues that distinguished the Democrats from the Republicans.
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In illustrating a willingness to act on his own, Obama also announced that he will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for new federal contracts and encouraged the private sector to do the same.
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Other items noted during Obama’s annual address include: national defense, budgets, health care, taxation, spending, education, and international policy.
Watch video of President Obama’s full speech + transcript below… Continue Reading…
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first Black president and an enduring icon of the struggle against racial oppression, died Thursday December 5, 2013 at the age of 95.
Mandela spent 27 years in prison after being convicted of treason by South Africa’s white minority government, only to forge a peaceful end to White rule by negotiating with his captors after his release in 1990.
He led the African National Congress, long a banned liberation movement, to a resounding electoral victory in 1994, the first fully democratic election in the country’s history.
Mr. Mandela served just one term as South Africa’s president and had not been seen in public since 2010, when the nation hosted the soccer World Cup. Continue Reading…
President Barack Obama responded to a disgruntled heckler during a national speech earlier today (May 23, 2013).
The POTUS was repeatedly interrupted by the heckler, whose taunts slowed the delivery of a major national security speech in the Washington, D.C. area.
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The unidentified heckler began shouting at the president toward the tail end of his highly-anticipated address, when he touched upon U.S. policy toward detainees suspected of terrorist acts.
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Obama was forced to pause three separate times and talk over the protester, interrupting the flow of the closing section of the speech at National Defense University.
“I’m about to address it ma’am, but you’ve got to let me speak,” Obama scolded the woman. “Why don’t you sit down and let me tell you exactly what I’d do.”
“Ma’am, let me finish. Let me finish ma’am,” said Obama. “This is part of free speech is you being able to speak but also you listening?
And me being able to speak. All right?”
Video below… Continue Reading…
It’s official. President Barack Obama
is now a ‘Morehouse man’!
The POTUS addressed Morehouse College’s commencement ceremony and was and was also bestowed an honorary degree to the historic college during the midst of a torrential thunderstorm earlier this morning in Atlanta (May 19, 2013).
Family members shielded themselves with plastic and there were a lot a drenched graduates but Obama got big laughs during his speech.
In recognizing the obvious, Obama said he would join the graduates in the rain if he could, but jokingly said that first lady Michelle Obama would not.
Politics was largely absent during the president’s address, although he made reference to his controversial national health care law while urging graduates who will be going on to medical school to serve the needy.
He also urged graduates to think of more than their careers and advised them to be good role models and inspire others, particularly members of the African-American community who need a helping hand.
“Members of the class of 2013, you are the heirs to a great legacy,” he said. “You have within you the same courage; the same strength; the same resolve as the men who came before you.
President Obama’s commencement speech at Morehouse marked the first time a sitting president has delivered a commencement address in Georgia since 1938, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke at the University of Georgia.
Watch full video of Obama’s Morehouse 2013 commencement speech + follow along with text of his speech below… Continue Reading…
President Barack Obama
is headed to Atlanta’s Morehouse College this Spring!
According to the AJC, a White House official has absolutely confirmed that President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta this spring. Continue Reading…
FLOTUS Michelle Obama threw what is arguably THE BEST SHADE EVER yesterday during President Barack Obama‘s Inaugural luncheon (January 21, 2013).
[Sidebar: Y’all know how I love me some animated .gifs! This one shall remain in my collection of favorites for all time.]
Gawker posted the animated .gif of Obama’s historic side-eye, stating:
Tumblr blogger Mattyrab locates what might be the most important moment of the inauguration: this hall-of-fame shade-throwing moment at the post-inauguration luncheon.
Watch the first lady react to whatever Speaker of the House John Boehner just said, and take notes — this is master-class material.
Check out video of the epic moment below… Continue Reading…
Newly re-inaugurated President Barack Obama and his lovely wife, first lady Michelle Obama danced to Jennifer Hudson singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” during the Inaugural Ball last night (January 21, 2013).
More photos + video of the first couple’s first dance below… Continue Reading…