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There’s so much drama in the LBC, a little levity every once in a while never hurt anybody. Today’s little feel good moment comes from our president.
President Obama was in his home stage of Illinois this morning to participate in early voting. And as you know, anytime the president shows up anywhere things get very official. People were snapping photos, the room goes extremely quiet as people wait for the president to utter a word on which they can hang. The scene was similar as the president was casting his ballot next to a woman, Aia Cooper. But things took a swift turn when Cooper’s boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to have a little fun with the leader of the free world.
Jones walks past the President of the United States, points at him and says, “Don’t touch my girlfriend, now.”
And since President Obama is rather witty and quick on his feet, he kept the banter going.
“There’s an example of brother just embarrassing me for no reason. Just for no reason whatsoever.”
He even predicted what Aia would say to her friends later.
“I can’t believe Mike, he’s such a fool. I was just mortified. But fortunately, fortunately the President was nice about it. So it’s aight.”
The news transcripts read “alright” but you listen for yourself and tell me what the president said.
How nice! What could have been a mundane trip to the polls turned out to be a memorable, comedic encounter with President Obama, all because your boyfriend has no ackright.
Aia should marry that dude. Her life will never be boring.
And while Mike started it all, President Obama got the last laugh as he exited the room, hugging Cooper.
“Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about. Now, he’s really jealous.”
I’ve transcribed the juicy parts, but be sure to watch the video above to get the full effect and see what Mike and Aia had to say to the news cameras afterward.
It’s no wonder our President’s hair is turning grey by the millisecond.
Just last week, a knife-wielding man jumped the White House fence, ran across the lawn, got past Secret Service officers and made it all the way inside of the Green Room of the executive mansion. Now, it’s being reported that President Obama’s safety has been placed in jeopardy once again.
According the Washington Post, the security breach occurred two weeks ago while the POTUS was visiting the CDC in Atlanta. An armed security guard with three convictions on his record for assault and battery was allowed to ride in an elevator with Obama during the Sept. 16 visit, which was a complete violation of Secret Service protocol.
Sources familiar with the incident say that the security guard caught the attention of Service officers when he refused to comply after they asked him to stop using his cell phone to record the President in the elevator. When the elevator doors finally opened, Obama exited with most of his Secret Service agents, but a few stayed behind to question the man. After using a national database to look him up, they learned about his criminal history.
When a supervisor from the firm that the security guard worked for learned of the agents’ concerns, the guard was fired on the spot. He agreed to turn over his gun, which stunned the agents because they did not realize that he was armed during his encounter with the President.
As it turns out, extensive screening is supposed to occur beforehand to keep people with both weapons and criminal records out of arm’s reach of the President.
“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president, and they never did a background check,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said. “Words aren’t strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the president and his family.”
“His life was in danger,” he added. “This country would be a different world today if he had pulled out his gun.”
A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the incident and whether or not President Obama had been informed of it. Secret Service officials said that an investigation into the breach is underway.
Ever wonder how each president has changed your life, whether for the better or worse? In honor of the question: “Do politicians really do anything besides steal money and sleep with interns?” MN decided to look at the highlights of President Barack Obama’s career, with a little First Lady Michelle Obama thrown in for good measure. For example, did you know that only days after taking office, Obama nullified Bush-era rulings that allowed detainees in U.S. custody to undergo certain “enhanced” interrogation techniques, which were considered inhumane under the Geneva Conventions? From killing Osama Bin Laden to helping America loose weight, POTUS and FLOTUS prove that it is possible to work in politics and make a real difference.
Finely groomed gray-haired men are proof that as males age, they just look more distinguished, more elegant and, in general, more like they’d know how to make you feel like a woman. Here are 15 salt and pepper celebrities we wouldn’t mind growing older with (if they were all single).
Everything about this man says distinguished gentleman and though it’s sometimes hard to believe celebrity endorsements, whenever we hear him on AllState commercials we really do feel like we’re in good hands.
He’s done it and he didn’t wait for Congress. President Obama kept his promise to act with or without the cooperation of Congress on minimum wage increases.
According to the White House and Labor Department, there is a new rule guaranteeing workers under federal contracts a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.
The proposal will increase the wages of hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers employed in government buildings and on federal property nationwide, reports The Huffington Post. The rule will apply to new and renewed federal contracts starting in January 2015.
“The federal government should practice what it preaches on the minimum wage,” Labor Secretary Tom Perez said. “No person who works a full-time job should have to live in poverty.”
Obama had pledged to raise the minimum wage for contract workers during his State of the Union address earlier this year. The Democrats’ agenda includes a boost of the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 and hasn’t been increased since 2009. “Obama and Democrats in the House and Senate have proposed raising it to $10.10 per hour and tying it to an inflation index. House Republicans, however, have showed no signs of giving the proposal a vote, while Democrats in the Senate still appear short of a filibuster-proof majority on their bill,” reports HuffPo.
According to Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House’s domestic policy council, the executive order would raise wages on military bases, national park lands and in veterans nursing homes as well as for workers throughout the subcontracting chain, whether or not their direct employers hold the federal contract.
“When you hear the president talking about using his pen and his phone to make a difference for middle-class Americans and for those who are working to get into the middle class, this is exactly what he means,” Munoz said.
Teachers have one of the hardest jobs out there. We should always honor educators who chose to shape the minds of our youth but on this Teacher’s Appreciation Day, we take a look at some celebs who were teachers before they became stars.
He has starred in some of the funniest comedies released in the last several years. Craig Robinson cut his teeth as a stand-up comedian and took classes in acting and improv but before he went out west to Hollywood, the Chicago native was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School. Robinson’s second career took off after he became a regular on “The Office” as Darryl Philbin. Robinson is currently reprising his role as Nick for the follow up to 2010’s Hot Tub Time Machine.
“Reject The Slander That Says A Black Child With A Book Is Trying To Act White” The Best Celebrity Commencement Speakers
It’s a wonderful time of the year for college students around the nation. With young adults bidding farewell to frat parties, all-nighters and general recklessness, students are gearing up for one final hurrah: Graduation. So now seems as good a time as ever to take a look back at our favorite celebrity commencement speakers whose words we have no doubt will stick with these grads throughout the years.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has just announced the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, which will be a selective enrollment high school to be up and running for the 2017 school year, reports CBS Chicago.
The school will be in Stanton Park, which is a redeveloped area near the former crime-ridden Cabrini-Green public housing complex. It is also just one mile away from one of the state’s best high schools, Walter Payton High School, named after the Chicago football legend.
“Much of the funding for the 1,200-student school would come from $60 million in special property tax revenues typically used to foster private development,” reports Chicago Business.
Obama Prep would help the city deal with increased demand for selective enrollment high schools. “For the current school year, about 16,440 students applied for 3,200 seats in selective enrollment schools, city officials say. About 2,400 students who qualified for selective enrollment positions were denied because there were not enough desks available,” reports Chicago Business.
“Year after year, too many of our students who have put in years of hard work are turned away because as a city we haven’t had the capacity to meet their capability and this important investment will help us fix that,” Mayor Emanuel said in a news release.
According to city officials, nearly 70 percent of the students at Obama Prep will be selected through the citywide selective enrollment process. Others will be admitted through a formula giving preference to local residents.
Obama began his political career representing Illinois in the Senate before becoming president. Prior to that, he worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School. He served three terms representing Chicago’s 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. And Emanuel served a President Obama’s Chief Of Staff before becoming Mayor of Chicago.
Even though President Barack Obama listed himself as African American in the 2010 U.S. Census, most Americans don’t consider the President a black man.
A new study by the Pew Research Center examines Americans’ feeling about the country’s changing demographics and how perception of race has changed. The study, entitled “The Next America,” found that as America becomes less white, the way the country looks at race is changing.
According to research, by 2060 whites will no longer be a majority. They will represent about 43 percent of the population. Interracial marriages are on the rise and this not only affects the number of biracial infants being born, it also affects what Americans think about ethnicity, especially when it comes to the offspring of biracial couples.
Because of his background, the perspective on President Obama is much different from what he listed on the Census. Lots has changed since the “one-drop rule,” which would have deemed Obama black regardless of his interracial background. But today the study found a surprising 52 percent of Americans consider Obama mixed-race.
“Both white and Hispanic respondents primarily used this classification, with 53 percent of white participants and 61 percent of Hispanic participants saying they considered the president mixed-race,” reports HuffPo. Interestingly however, a majority of blacks–55 percent–said they considered Obama black. Only 34 percent of black respondents said they think of him mixed-race.
This is a question that has come up with other notable figures, for instance Tiger Woods. How would you classify the President?
[via The Huffington Post]
Beyonce is one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world so it comes as no surprise that she is also the subject of incredible speculation and some of Hollywood’s most ridiculous rumors. Though Queen Bey seems to take it all in stride, we couldn’t help but call out some of the most insane, off-the-wall and absolutely ludicrous whispers even a Beyhive hater wouldn’t believe. So without further adieu, her are the most ridiculous beyonce rumors to hit the web.