President Barack Obama presides over the world's most influential country. He's caretaker of the largest economy, and he's helped nurse it back to health since the financial crisis. Since taking office in early 2009 — amid a full-blown recession — the US has grown its GDP by $3 trillion, to $17.4 trillion, and in October unemployment hit 5%, the lowest mark since 2008. His legacy-making overhaul of the health-care system has helped trim the unins
An old friend from Chicago, Barack Obama, had just asked her to write a poem for his presidential inaug-uration. Alexander, a celebrated poet and professor of African American Studies at Yale, said yes to Obama. But there was grading to finish, and that left one month to capture an extra-ordinary historical moment in precise, artfully arranged words. Not a lot of time. But the words were starting to come.
President Barack Obama and his daughters, Malia, left, and Sasha, watch on television as First Lady Michelle Obama takes the stage to deliver her speech at the Democratic National Convention, in the Treaty Room of the White House, Tuesday night, Sept. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Congress Speech Causes Diplomatic Uproar in Washington Jan 23 2015 / 6:44 pm inShare A rift is emerging between the US and Israel, after Barack Obama’s administration hit out at Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu for speaking to Congress without consent. The Democrats say they are in the dark about Prime Minister Netanyahu being allowed to speak to Congress about Iran. The party says the Israeli delegation did not consult them and they therefore broke protocol. The Democrats were also fuming…