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September 15, 2013
15:00 // 10 months ago
September 10, 2013
21:30 // 10 months ago
19:42 // 10 months ago
August 31, 2013

Obama on Syria: Not him, the U.S.

pbump:

Obama’s argument is the Rwanda one: Who punishes and prevents crimes against humanity? But he knows his legacy demands it be the US, not him, that acts.

No matter what he does, it will be second-guessed. By doing it this way, he takes some of the second-guessing off of his shoulders, at the least.

14:15 // 10 months ago
14:11 // 10 months ago
August 30, 2013
The American people are tired of war. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Making a case for some sort of military action in Syria. With 1,429 people (including at least 426 children) reportedly killed in last week’s chemical attacks according to the U.S. government, President Obama laid out the possibility of a “limited, narrow act” to help in the region. Around 80 percent of Americans believe Obama needs Congressional approval before taking such an action.
18:53 // 10 months ago
July 19, 2013

But what I will always remember is as I was leaving that party in 2003, I was approached by another guest, an established author. He asked about the man I had been talking to. Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink. In less than six years, Obama has gone from being mistaken for a waiter among the New York media elite, to the president-elect.

What a country.

Obama Mistaken For Waiter, Asked To Fetch Drink At 2003 Party

White people.

(via waitingonoblivion)

Raise your hand if you want to know who the author is.

(via waitingonoblivion)

20:20 // 1 year ago
July 1, 2013
For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
Edward Snowden, calling out the Obama administration for trying to block his asylum. Oh, and he made his statement through Wikileaks.
19:05 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013
breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family
NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.
Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.
Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family

NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.

Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”

Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.

Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

10:48 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2013

A press secretary is a professional question-dodger, right? Well, if that’s the case, check out how good Jay Carney is at his job using this Yahoo News interactive graphic. (via Slate)

16:46 // 1 year ago