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Obama helps raise $11 million for Biden in online fundraiser

Jun 24, 2020 - 9:19 AM

Some $7.6 million of that came from 175,000 grassroots donors 'who continue to power this campaign every single day,' press secretary TJ Ducklo tweets

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 12, 2017, US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC. - Former US President Barack Obama is set to endorse Biden as a the Democratic nominee running against US President Donald Trump, sources close to ex-president said on April 14, 2020. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM / AFP)

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to end 'Dreamer' immigrant program

Jun 18, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The high court says Trump's 2017 move to cancel his predecessor Barack Obama's landmark Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was 'arbitrary and capricious' under government administrative procedures

DREAMERS. In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk while holding signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program held in Los Angeles, California, on September 1, 2017. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Leaders 'aren't even pretending to be in charge' – Obama

May 17, 2020 - 8:20 AM

Former US president Barack Obama also expresses outrage at the shooting of 25-year-old black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

Trump calls on Senate to question Obama in conspiracy theory

May 15, 2020 - 12:00 PM

'The first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama,' Trump tweets

PRESIDENTS. President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama talk on the East front steps of the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Obama calls Trump's handling of pandemic a 'chaotic disaster'

May 10, 2020 - 8:50 AM

In a leaked web call, former US president Barack Obama also hits the dropping of charges against Michael Flynn then rallies support behind Democratic party presidential bet Joe Biden

TRUMP CRITIC. Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP PHOTO

Michelle Obama 'Becoming' book tour documentary hits Netflix

Apr 28, 2020 - 11:01 AM

The former First Lady will star in a new documentary which follows her global book tour for her smash-hit memoir 'Becoming'

Obama endorses Biden for president to 'heal' America

Apr 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The formal backing by perhaps the most popular politician in America is the latest shot in the arm for Joe Biden's surging candidacy

OBAMA'S ENDORSEMENT. In this file photo taken on January 12, 2017, US Vice President Joe Biden wipes away tears as he walks past President Barack Obama after he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a tribute to Biden at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

NBA All-Stars, rookie phenom Zion marvel at fan Obama

Feb 15, 2020 - 9:27 AM

'He said I was playing great. I kind of zoned out after that,' says 19-year-old star rookie Zion Williamson after meeting former US President Barack Obama

STARSTRUCK. Zion Williamson says he's surprised that Barack Obama follows his games. Photo by Sean Gardner / Getty Images North America/AFP

Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in new TV series

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:29 AM

The Oscar-winning actress will play former US First Lady Michelle Obama in 'First Ladies,' a series about the wives of US presidents and their lives in the White House

Duterte rejects Trump's invite to attend special U.S.-ASEAN summit

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:33 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte harks back to his rocky relationship with former US president Barack Obama, who criticized Duterte's drug war in a 2016 speech

FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to their bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Barack, Michelle, and Julia Roberts: This week’s outlook

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:01 PM

There’s no breather in the newsroom this week. For one, the Obamas are in the neighborhood!

Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts urge Vietnam girls to stay in school

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:48 PM

'When you educate a girl you give them power and a voice and an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family and the lives of their community,' says Michelle Obama

GIRLS' EDUCATION. Former US First Lady Michelle Obama (R), actress Julia Roberts (2nd L) and Jenna Bush Hager (L), daughter of former US president George W. Bush, meet Vietnamese students in Can Giuoc district, Long An province on December 9, 2019. Michelle Obama and Julia Roberts visit to promote girls' education in Vietnam. Photo by Nhac Nguyen/AFP

Viola Davis to play Michelle Obama in new 'First Ladies' series

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The upcoming White House drama anthology series will focus on the personal and political lives of America's First Ladies

Obama basketball jersey sells for $120,000

Aug 20, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Barack Obama auctions off his Punahou high school jersey

NO.23. The No. 23 jersey belongs to 18-year-old Obama who played basketball for Punahou high school in Hawaii. Photo by Handout/Heritage Auctions/AFP

Obamas' first film charts life in US factory under China bosses

Aug 19, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The former first couple acquires 'American Factory,' a film shown during the Sundance Festival in January, which will be shown in select theaters and Netflix starting August 21

Obamas producing Netflix project critical of Trump

May 01, 2019 - 3:30 PM

Former first couple Barack and Michelle Obama are producing the TV adaptation of Michael Lewis' book 'The Fifth Risk', a critique on Trump's rise to power

Princeton salutes Maria Ressa, alumni in ‘Time 100’ most influential list

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Distinguished Princeton University alumni have also called on government officials, policy makers, and businesses to ‘press’ the Philippine government to end its harassment of Ressa and the Philippine press

TIME MAGAZINE 'ICON.' Rappler CEO Maria Ressa answers questions after she plead 'not guilty' to the 4 cases of tax evasion lodged against her and Rappler on April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

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Feb 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

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WATCH: Michelle Obama delights Grammy crowd with girl power message

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:33 AM

The former US First Lady makes a special appearance alongside Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lady Gaga

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: <<enter caption here>> onstage during the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: A photo of the Obamas showing support for PH opposition candidates

Jan 26, 2019 - 6:50 PM

No, this is not a photo of the Obamas supporting Philippine opposition candidates

10 years after Obama, race still agitating U.S. politics

Jan 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Given the racial politics amplified in the era of successor Donald Trump, the hope and change of 2009 has led to mixed results

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Gloria Arroyo cleared of electoral sabotage in 2007 polls case | Evening wRap

Dec 28, 2018 - 8:24 PM

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Michelle Obama tops Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman

Dec 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Former president Barack Obama was named the man Americans admire most for the 11th year in a row

MOST ADMIRED WOMEN. Michelle Obama takes the 'Most Admired Woman' title from Hillary Clinton as Gallup poll shows Mrs Obama being voted by the majority 15%. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Obama: Change 'won't come in one election cycle'

Nov 08, 2018 - 1:10 AM

'Our work goes on. The change we need won't come from one election alone – but it is a start. Last night, voters across the country started it,' says Obama

CHANGE. File photo of former US president Barack Obama during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

New Metro Manila minimum wage set at 500 to P537 | Evening wRap

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:07 PM

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Trump, Democrats in frenzied final push ahead of U.S. elections

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:31 AM

Political passions rise to a rare peak, with early voting in some states already running far ahead of normal levels

THE NOVEMBER VOTE. A display that reminds people to vote on November 6 is seen November 3, 2018 in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Trump vs Obama on final U.S. campaign weekend

Nov 04, 2018 - 9:20 AM

Former United States president Barack Obama steps in to campaign more aggressively for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections

PRESIDENTS CLASH. Barack Obama campaigns for Democrats in an attempted pushback against Republicans at the United States Congress for the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Jimmy Guban arrest, pipe bombs in the U.S., Titanic II | Midday wRap

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:00 PM

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Mail bombs to U.S. political figures, media: What we know

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Here's what we know so far about the mail bombs and suspicious packages that were sent to prominent Democratic critics of President Donald Trump

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES. CNN's office at the Time Warner Center is evacuated Wednesday morning, October 24, after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

Pipe bombs sent to Trump foes Obama, Clinton, CNN

Oct 24, 2018 - 10:14 PM

(4th UPDATE) New York police chief James O'Neill says he expects those responsible to be identified and arrested within the next few days

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stands with President Barack Obama during an election eve rally on November 7, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As the historic race for the presidency of the United States comes to a conclusion, both Clinton and her rival Donald Trump are making their last appearances before voting begins tomorrow. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Fired-up Obama attacks Trump and Republicans

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:13 AM

This marks the first time former President Barack Obama has directly criticized President Donald Trump since leaving office

US President Barack Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm

Duterte forgives Obama, Ted Te resigns, Rene Garcia | Midday wRap

Sep 03, 2018 - 12:49 PM

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Duterte to Obama: Forgive me, I forgive you

Sep 03, 2018 - 8:35 AM

'I am sorry for uttering those words,' Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells former US president Barack Obama, who he has cursed in past speeches

Bush, Obama pay tribute to McCain at Washington funeral

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:03 PM

(UPDATED) The absence of Trump, whose bitter feud with John McCain has wrangled America's already stormy politics, will serve as a final rebuke to the president

OBAMA. Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the funeral service for U.S. Sen. John McCain at the National Cathedral on September 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Trump, under pressure to honor McCain, orders flags to half-staff

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Donald Trump's about-face comes after he found himself mired in controversy over his rather conspicuous failure to pay tribute to McCain

TRIBUTE TO MCCAIN. The US flag above the White House flies at half-staff in the evening in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2018. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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Aug 27, 2018 - 1:31 PM

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Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

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Jul 18, 2018 - 1:49 PM

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Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Delivering a speech in Johannesburg marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, Obama makes no direct reference to his successor but warns that the 'politics of fear and resentment' were spreading across the world

OBAMA SPEAKS. Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on July 17, 2018. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela 'makes me want to be a better man'

PIDATO PERPISAHAN. Presiden Barack Obama saat menyampaikan pidato perpisahan di Chicago, Illinois, Rabu, 11 Januari. Foto oleh Nicholas Kamm/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Handshakes that shook the world

Jun 12, 2018 - 10:36 AM

US President Donald Trump's handshake with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore marks a historic moment

FIRST MEETING. US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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Barack and Michelle Obama sign Netflix production deal

May 22, 2018 - 10:36 AM

The former first couple have launched Higher Ground Productions to produce a variety of content for the video streamer, possibly including scripted series, documentaries, and features

NETFLIX. The former first couple is set to produce a variety of content for Netflix. File photos by Saul Loeb/AFP, Jewel Samad

Former U.S. president Barack Obama to deliver Mandela lecture in South Africa

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The Nelson Mandela foundation had been seeking someone with 'an Africa heritage' to deliver an address that will 'deal with issues of democracy' facing the world today

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Teach for the Philippines' Clarissa Delgado is Obama Foundation Fellow

Apr 18, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Delgado joins 19 other inaugural fellows from 11 countries around the world

U.S. on track to meet climate targets despite Trump – U.N. chief

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:09 AM

Emissions-cutting plans put in motion by American businesses, regional governments and cities meant that the goals set by the former US administration which signed the deal in 2016 were within reach

TRUMP. In this file photo taken on March 10, 2018 US President Donald Trump answers questions from the media as he departs the White House in Washington, DC. USA. File photo by Olivier Douliery / AFP

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Feb 20, 2018 - 7:28 PM

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U.S. flexes muscle in the Philippines amid concerns vs China

Feb 18, 2018 - 8:34 AM

'We wish to continue working closely with the Philippine military,' says Lieutenant Commander Tim Hawkins, USS Carl Vinson public affairs officer

US PRESENCE. The USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier of the Philippine Navy arrives in Manila for a routine port call. Rappler photo

Obamas reveal unconventional portraits in Washington

Feb 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM

These latest additions stand in stark contrast to the more buttoned-down approach of traditional presidential portraiture

NEW PORTRAITS. Former US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand beside their portraits after their unveiling at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, February 12, 2018. Saul Loeb/AFP