Yes We Did: Obama Rallies All Americans in Farewell Speech

(NNPA) –  “Yes, we did!” Those were the words that Barack Hussein Obama ended his farewell speech to America on Tuesday, eight years after he won the presidency, campaigning on the slogan, “Yes, we can!” For nearly an hour, the nation’s 44th Commander-In-Chief reminded everyone that history will not only show him to be the […]

Obama pens law review article on criminal justice challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama returned to his roots at the Harvard Law Review on Thursday, penning an article about progress his administration made in reforming the criminal justice system — and the challenges that remain for the next administration. His commentary, “The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform,” addresses how presidents can […]

Analysis: Trump’s victory a reversal of fortune for Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — He warned that Donald Trump was dangerous, a nuclear hair-trigger, proud to get away with sexual assault. And now it falls to President Barack Obama to reassure America that it can survive four years of President Trump. The impulsive billionaire’s improbable victory sets in motion a remarkable reversal of fortune for Obama. […]

Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an […]

Obama: ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ will benefit US economy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Promoting his initiative for boys and young men of color, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that helping these males stay out of trouble and on the right path is an “American challenge” that will pay off for the U.S. economy in the long run. Speaking about the “My Brother’s Keeper” program […]

President Obama Makes Urgent Call for Black Voter Turnout

OPINION (NNPA) – Last Saturday, we were pleased to witness, firsthand, President Barack Obama’s keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 2016 Phoenix Awards Dinner; it was his final speech, as Commander-In-Chief, at the celebration that included Black members of Congress, celebrities, civil rights leaders, journalists and corporate partners. Thousands of guests in their […]

Obama: Sterling, Castile deaths a ‘systematic targeting’ of Blacks

(AP) – Speaking from Warsaw, Poland in the midst of a NATO Summit, President Barack Obama reiterated his sadness toward the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police. “We have seen tragedies like this too many times,” Obama said. “… These are not incidents. These are systematic targeting of broader disparities in our […]

For Black Cubans, Obama visit a source of pride, inspiration

HAVANA (AP) — Yolanda Mauri’s ancestors almost certainly came to Cuba in chains, laboring as slaves on an island of French coffee plantations and fields of Spanish sugarcane. Her parents became their family’s first professionals, graduating with engineering degrees after Cuba’s 1959 revolution ended segregation. Mauri, 26, graduated from an elite technical university with a […]

Attorney General defends executive actions on guns as legal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended President Barack Obama’s executive actions curbing guns before Congress on Wednesday, telling lawmakers that the president took lawful steps to stem firearms violence that kills and injures tens of thousands of Americans yearly. “I have complete confidence that the common sense steps announced by the president are […]

In final year, Obama encourages staff to ‘stay on offense’

WASHINGTON (AP) — In June, during one of the best stretches of his presidency, Barack Obama strode through a West Wing hallway exclaiming: “Offense! Stay on offense!” It was a rallying cry for a White House that suddenly seemed to find its footing in the final quarter of Obama’s tenure. An Asia-Pacific trade agreement was […]