Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II, born August 4, 1961, is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first black US president. He defeated Republican rival John McCain in the general election of 2008, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate in October 2009. He was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney. 

US president Barack Obama takes aim at Hillary Clinton and John Boehner during Correspondents' Dinner

US President Barack Obama's speech at White House Correspondents' Dinner includes punchlines about Clinton and Boehner.

At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," US President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political allies and opponents, including the people running to succeed him.

Monday, 27 April, 2015, 8:15am 2 comments

Hostage deaths in drone strikes have Obama caught in the fog of war

The US president reacted harshly in private to news of the hostage deaths, officials said. Photo: EPA

After weeks of aerial surveillance, CIA analysts reached two conclusions about a compound to be targeted in a January drone strike: that it was used by al-Qaeda militants, and, before it was hit, that it had exactly four occupants.

25 Apr 2015 - 4:58am 1 comment

Obama: Trade politics difficult, but opposition helps China

Opposition to trade efforts favours China, says Obama

US President Barack Obama defended his efforts to broaden commerce with Asia and Europe and warned that opposition would give China a leg up in setting the rules for international trade.

19 Apr 2015 - 7:50am 15 comments

Technology leaders say ‘no comment’ on US-China relations amid trade war fears

US president Barack Obama has criticised Beijing's far-reaching anti-terrorism laws, which will affect US tech firms. Photo: Reuters

US-China relations have quickly become the last thing many business leaders on both sides are willing to discuss publicly, following US president Barack Obama's sharp criticism of Beijing's new rules regarding American tech firms.

6 Mar 2015 - 2:53am 1 comment

Obama sharply criticises China's plans for new technology rules

President Xi meets President Obama last year. Obama has criticised China's new tech rules. Photo: Reuters

Barack Obama has criticised China's plans for new rules on American tech firms and urged Beijing to change its policy if it wants to do business with the US.

4 Mar 2015 - 1:53pm 4 comments

Efforts to improve China’s love-hate relationship with US yet to meet great expectations

Xi and Obama walk together at the Zhongnanhai leaders compound in Beijing before a private dinner in November. Photo: AP

It has been touted as the most important relationship in the world right now, but managing the intricate ties between China and the United States has been a hit-and-miss process.

13 Feb 2015 - 6:04am 3 comments

Dalai Lama, Obama due at same event

US President Barack Obama (right) meets with the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House last year.

US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama are to both attend the US National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this week, a move likely to elicit an angry response from the Chinese government.

1 Feb 2015 - 5:24am 4 comments

In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

Barack Obama greets in a traditional Indian way. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have come under strain.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:07pm 2 comments

US President Barack Obama's India trip is a 'message to China', say analysts

US President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Photo: Xinhua

US President Barack Obama's trip to India, in which he displayed a close personal rapport with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has highlighted New Delhi's deep mistrust towards Beijing, analysts say.

28 Jan 2015 - 7:07pm 13 comments

Obama and Modi share a man-hug to show China and the world their bond is strong

US President Barack Obama (left) hugs Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after a joint press conference. Photo: AFP

At first glance, they might appear unlikely friends or allies. One is a right-wing nationalist and long-time international pariah, while the other is an unabashed liberal and Nobel peace laureate.

26 Jan 2015 - 7:16pm 17 comments

Obama announces nuclear ‘breakthrough’ on landmark India trip

US President Obama with Indian Prime Minister Modi. Photo: EPA

US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership.

26 Jan 2015 - 9:01am 4 comments

Obama put on a defiant show in front of Rupublican-controlled congress

Barack Obama gestures during his annual address in front of the first fully Republican-controlled Congress of his presidency. Photo: AFP

If US President Barack Obama wanted to show Republicans he hopes to work with them this year, his aggressive body language and off-the-cuff gibes ensured the mood was anything but conciliatory.

22 Jan 2015 - 7:40am

Obama's vision deserves support

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union Address. Photo: Xinhua

In the depths of its financial malaise, the US was understandably introspective, seemingly oblivious to the world's problems as it struggled to deal with its own.

22 Jan 2015 - 9:36am 2 comments

Don't let China hold trade sway in Asia, US president Barack Obama warns

US President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address. Photo: Bloomberg

The United States and not China should write the trade rules for Asia, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday night as he called on his country to speed up regional trade deals.

22 Jan 2015 - 7:29am 38 comments

Time to ‘turn the page’ and help middle class, Obama says in State of Union speech

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech to a joint session of the Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama challenged the Republican-led Congress to break out of the 'tired old patterns' of confrontational politics and back an effort to lift the middle class.

22 Jan 2015 - 7:11am 9 comments