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President Obama in Cuba, a history-making visit

Monday, March 21st, 2016

it is a history-making presidential visit and it is breaking decades of tense relations with communist Cuba.

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Obama to get more active in 2016 campaign

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Look for President Obama to get more and more involved in the campaign to pick his successor.

While seeking to stay neutral in the Democratic race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Obama has begun speaking out against Republican front-runner Donald Trump and will amplify his remarks in the weeks and months ahead, officials said.

“The President has been clear that as we get closer to the general election, it will become even more important that the American people understand what is at stake,” said White House spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman. “Do we continue to build on the policies that reward hard-working American families, advance our economic and national security, and address challenges for future generations, or do we stop in our tracks, reverse our progress and move in the wrong direction?”

She added: “This is a choice that the President does not take lightly, and is something he will lay out for the American people with increased frequency in the weeks and months ahead.”

At some point, that will include an Obama endorsement of the Democratic candidate, though aides said that’s not happening just yet.

Officials disputed reports that Obama all but endorsed Clinton during a recent fundraiser in Austin, Texas, noting that Sanders is still running.

Obama did cast a vote in this week’s Illinois primary, but aides would not say who he voted for.

“What the President has said, both publicly and privately, is that he will have an important responsibility in the summer and fall, once the nomination process has concluded, in bringing the party together,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.

Reports The Washington Post:

“Obama and his top aides have been strategizing for weeks about how they can reprise his successful 2008 and 2012 approaches to help elect a Democrat to replace him. And out of concern that a Republican president in 2017 — either Trump or Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) — would weaken or reverse some of his landmark policies, Obama and his surrogates have started making the case that it is essential for the GOP to be defeated in November.

“As a result, Obama is poised to be the most active sitting president on the campaign trail in decades.”

Cuba / USA

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Cuba cartoon

The United States no longer wants to list Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, the White House has announced.

Mr Obama and Mr Castro, who have only previously met briefly and informally, will share the same stage with other leaders at a regional summit in Panama later today.

It is the first time a US president has held a formal meeting with a Cuban leader since Mr Castro’s older brother Fidel Castro toppled US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in a 1959 revolution.

President Obama briefly met Raul Castro briefly at the funeral of Nelson Mandela in December 2013.

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Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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Monday, February 9th, 2015







President Obama on immigration

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

entrainez vous à la compréhension de l’oral avec le début de ce document jusqu’à 1.44 min

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Nelson Mandela : a hero is dying

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

President Barack Obama heads to South Africa today overshadowed by the health of Nelson Mandela.

Mr Obama is in the middle of a three-country tour of Africa that the White House hopes will compensate for what some view as years of neglect by the administration of America’s first black president.

Mr Mandela, the 94-year-old former South African president who is clinging to life in a Pretoria hospital, will dominate the president’s day even before he arrives in Johannesburg.

Asked on Thursday whether Mr Obama would be able to pay Mandela a visit, the White House said that was up to the family.

“We are going to completely defer to the wishes of the Mandela family and work with the South African government as relates to our visit,” deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes told reporters in Senegal.

“Whatever the Mandela family deems appropriate, that’s what we’re focused on doing in terms of our interaction with them.”

Mr Obama sees Mandela, also known as Madiba, as a hero. Whether they are able to meet or not, officials said his trip would serve largely as a tribute to the anti-apartheid leader.

“I’ve had the privilege of meeting Madiba and speaking to him. And he’s a personal hero, but I don’t think I’m unique in that regard,” Mr Obama said on Thursday. “If and when he passes from this place, one thing I think we’ll all know is that his legacy is one that will linger on throughout the ages.”

The president arrives in South Africa Friday evening and has no public events scheduled. He could go to the hospital then.

Mr Obama is scheduled to visit Robben Island, where Mandela spent years in prison, later during his trip.

Gun control

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Barack Obama’s speech after the defeat of the bill on gun control :

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transcript of the speech :

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives with Vice President Joe Biden to deliver a statement on commonsense measures to reduce gun violence, in Washington

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Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech

Monday, January 21st, 2013

read the speech here

The two candidates

Friday, October 19th, 2012

The two candidates, as presented by Carla and Océane

The Two Candidates