Tag: Obama

Feb 19

Presidential rankings are in! Political scientists rate Trump as the worst in history, Obama soars

Campaign Action A leading association of political scientists have released the data from their most recent survey and a ratings-obsessed Donald Trump is not going to be happy. They detailed their findings in the New York Times: Since our previous survey in 2014, some presidential legacies have soared (Barack Obama’s stock has climbed into the Top 10), while …

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Feb 19

Trump needs to ask Mitch McConnell why President Obama didn’t do something about Russia meddling

So Trump is off the golf course now, where he spent the morning working off some of the rage that fueled his bizarre weekend of garbled tweets. But not all of that anger was left on the green. You can see he came off the links still stewing about Russia, Russia, Russia.   x Obama was President up to, …

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Feb 14

What do Republicans do when their leader is a racist? Distract by shouting: ‘Farrakhan! Obama!’

From “Mexican rapists” to “very fine people on both sides” to “shithole countries,” Donald Trump has demonstrated that he is, without question, an open racist (and those examples have come just since he announced his campaign for president—there’s a lot more over the course of his lifetime). If you’re a loyal Republican, there’s not much …

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Feb 13

The Unveiling of the Obama Portraits Depicts What We Have Lost

The decency of the 44th president contrasts painfully with the incivility of the 45th. The unveiling of portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama in the National Portrait Gallery Monday contrasted painfully with the images flowing out of the White House over the past week: a woman with a black eye inflicted by her former husband, a Trump staffer in …

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Feb 12

Presidential portraits: from Washington to Obama – in pictures

Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Monday. Painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald respectively, they are the first official presidential portraits by African American artists Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits expand beyond usual format Continue reading… US politics | The Guardian

Feb 12

Portrait of Obama: ‘This will not tell the future ages what made him special’

There’s a boardroom blandness to Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of the ex-president. But Amy Sherald’s painting of the former first lady, unveiled at the same time, is a haunting, billowing revelation Kehinde Wiley’s keenly awaited portrait of the 44th president of the United States is a disappointment. It says much less about Barack Obama than Pete …

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Feb 12

Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled

Pictures to hang at National Portrait Gallery in Washington Official portraits painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama were unveiled on Monday at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington. The Obamas were there to see the unveiling of the gallery’s first commissions of official portraits by African American …

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Feb 11

Budget-busting deal shows that Barack Obama was much better at business than Trump

I promise I’ll get to why Obama was better at business than Trump, but first let’s remember a story you probably know well. It’s called: “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” In that old fable credited to Aesop, a boy repeatedly sounds the alarm to alert his neighbors about a terrible danger—that wolves have set upon his …

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Feb 09

Another Day, Another FBI Conspiracy Theory: GOP Says, ‘Thanks, Obama!’

Sen. Ron Johnson floats another dubious text-based theory—and Devin Nunes threatens to go after John Roberts. On Wednesday morning, the president had some very exciting “executive time.” Fox News broke a huge story that supposedly implicated Barack Obama in the Clinton email scandal. Sure, most of America sees the Clinton email scandal as having as much relevance to …

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Feb 05

Obama alums are pushing fracked gas exports. That’s exactly what Trump wants

During his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump exclaimed that the “war on American Energy” had ended and that “we are now an exporter of energy to the world.” What Trump did not say, though, is that several former senior energy officials from the Obama administration – the one Trump said had declared a “war on American Energy” …

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