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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. 

Spin doctor who criticised Obama girls for 'boredom' at turkey pardoning faces calls to be sacked

Sasha and Malia Obama

A US lawmaker's communications director was facing calls for her to be sacked after a Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger.

Monday, 1 December, 2014, 3:04am 2 comments

US foreign policy team is out of sync

Chuck Hagel (left) listens as President Barack Obama speaks in the White House. Hagel is stepping down from his post after 21 months in office.

Barack Obama's comment to White House reporters a while back that "we don't have a strategy yet [for combating militant group Islamic State in its safe haven of Syria]" might have gone down as a presidential gaffe.

29 Nov 2014 - 4:43am 5 comments

Mac, Cheese off Thanksgiving menu: Obama pardons birds in annual ritual

Barack Obama is joined by daughters Sasha and Malia (right) at the pardoning ceremony. Photo: Reuters

Cheese, a 22kg, 90cm-tall turkey with a gobble said to sound like a country twang, received a US presidential pardon at the White House this week saving him from a "terrible and delicious fate".

28 Nov 2014 - 4:01am

Obama shows he's no lame duck after election defeats

Obama shows he's no lame duck after election defeats

The prospect of a White House facing a hostile majority in both houses of Congress is unappealing to both America's friends and those who believe a strong US presidency is important to maintaining stability in a troubled world.

27 Nov 2014 - 2:53pm 7 comments

Barack Obama admits there is 'more work to do' on race relations in US

Barack Obama admits there is 'more work to do' on race relations in US

President Barack Obama has admitted the United States has "more work to do" on race relations as he appealed for calm after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

26 Nov 2014 - 4:32am 5 comments

Visa deal to help bridge the US-China divide

Xi Jinping (right) and Barack Obama attend a joint press conference in Beijing. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the US and China. Photo: Kyodo

When Xi Jinping and Barack Obama this month announced a visa deal to make it easier for Chinese and Americans to travel between the two countries, the leaders probably had businessmen and students in mind.

24 Nov 2014 - 6:57am

Obama orders greater role for US troops in Afghanistan

Obama expands Afghanistan mission

US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising a military mission in Afghanistan next year that will be broader than originally planned, the New York Times reported.

23 Nov 2014 - 8:13am

Battle lines drawn for race to the White House as 2016 hopefuls respond to Obama's immigration plan

President Barack Obama defends his decision during a speech at a high school in Las Vegas. Photo: Reuters

When US President Barack Obama unveiled his immigration plan and Republican rivals howled their disapproval, the drama signalled not just a clash of political positions: it kicked off the 2016 presidential campaign.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:56am 2 comments

Easing visa rules helps build trust between China and US, says Blackstone chief

Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Blackstone Group, speaks during an interview in New York in this file photo from February 27, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful dealmakers on Wall Street, says one thing that could help to improve Sino-US relations, in particular among the general public, is to make it easier for more people to travel to each country.

22 Nov 2014 - 3:22am 3 comments

Can Obama succeed where past presidents failed and boost Iran ties?

Clinton, Bush and Obama have all tried to improve ties with Tehran. Photos: AP

As US President Barack Obama's second term winds down, he is getting closer than his immediate predecessors to the goal of improving US relations with Iran. But he's not there yet, and plenty stands in the way.

20 Nov 2014 - 5:05am 2 comments

Chinese passport holders gain from US visa deal

If the central government can make the Chinese passport more travel-friendly to more foreign countries, we will see fewer Chinese citizens wanting to emigrate to secure a "better passport".

US President Barack Obama, whose popularity at home is sinking, looked outwards instead last week to strike two major deals with China - co-operation on climate change and visa extensions for mainland citizens.

17 Nov 2014 - 8:57am 1 comment

At G20 summit, Obama warns against Asia-Pacific bullying, in message to China

US President Barack Obama speaks in Brisbane. Photo: Reuters

US President Barack Obama sent a veiled warning to Beijing as he spoke out against bullying in the Asia-Pacific yesterday. He said his country would renew its commitment to the strategic pivot to the region.

16 Nov 2014 - 6:17am 43 comments

Five million illegal immigrants poised to get protection thanks to Barack Obama

A boy wears a Captain America costume during a Halloween citizenship ceremony. Immigration is again a key issue in Washington. Photo: AFP

US President Barack Obama is poised to unveil a series of executive actions on immigration that will shield up to five million immigrants living illegally in the United States against deportation, according to advocates close to the White House.

21 Nov 2014 - 6:15pm

Barring Aung San Suu Kyi from Myanmar presidency ‘doesn’t make much sense’

Aung San Suu Kyi embraces Barack Obama during their press conference yesterday at her lakeside home in Yangon. Photo: EPA

Barack Obama mounted a warm show of support for Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, voicing opposition to a constitutional rule that prevents her becoming president.

15 Nov 2014 - 3:09pm 3 comments

US President Barack Obama to reignite reforms during Myanmar visit

US President Barack Obama signalled he would throw his political might into reigniting the democratic process. Photo: AFP

Barack Obama landed in Myanmar as it hosted its biggest gathering of world leaders since shedding junta rule, but concerns over the pace of democratic reforms surfaced immediately.

14 Nov 2014 - 9:35am