Los Angeles Street Renamed Barack Obama Boulevard

Los Angeles Neighborhood Celebrates Re-Naming Local Street To "Obama Boulevard"

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Los Angeles is team Barack Obama. An LA street has been renamed after the 44th President of the United States.

Reports CNN:

The City of Los Angeles has renamed a nearly 4-mile stretch of road from “Rodeo Road” to “Obama Boulevard,” in honor of the country’s first African-American president.

The location is significant, the city said, because Obama held his first campaign rally in Los Angeles on February 20, 2007, at Rancho Cienega Park. The park sits on Rodeo Road, right across from W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Rodeo Road goes through a historically Black neighborhood. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to rename the 3.5 mile stretch of road.

What took so long?

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Michelle Obama charms British crowd with praise for Queen Elizabeth

Former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama charmed thousands of Britons on Sunday (April 19), telling anecdotes about meeting the “wonderfully warm and funny” Queen Elizabeth and praising London’s diversity at an event in the capital. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Barack Obama Salutes Dwayne Wade For His Final Home Game [Video]

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Dwayne Wade has played his final game at the American Airlines Arena and was given a proper send off. Barack Obama put ample respect on the the star shooting guard’s name.

As spotted on Hot New Hip Hop the former POTUS was of many to commend Wade on his 16 years in the NBA. The savvy politician sent his respect and regards via a pre-taped video that was played in front of the sold out crowd on Tuesday, April 9 when the Heat played the Philadelphia 76ers. As expected, Barack’s message was delivered with love, admiration and his signature approach to humor.

“D-Wade! Congratulations on a great run. Now, I know what you’re going through, because saying goodbye to a career that you love is never easy. I’ve been there. In my case though, I didn’t really have a choice. My knees were shot so I had to give up basketball forever” he joked.

Barack also highlighted Dwayne’s indelible integrity during the second portion of the tribute. “You, on the other hand, look like you’re still hooping out there, and I imagine it’s a little tougher when you just completed one of the greatest careers in NBA history. For 16 years you’ve given us high-wire dunks, big shots in big moments, more blocks than any guard in history, you were willing to sacrifice your body in the lane and sometimes sacrifice your ego in pursuit of a title. Whenever you got knocked down you always showed us how to get back up. You showed some Chicago spirit in you, and you did us proud” he added.

The night prior a formal party was hosted in his honor with several a-list of celebrities in the house. In true Miami fashion the likes of Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Chris Bosh, Fat Joe, Erik Spoelstra and Pat Riley partied in all white. You can view Barack’s touching video message below.

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Michelle Obama Slays on Her Book Tour, Wearing Thigh-High Balenciaga Boots

Michelle Obama stuck to her motto during an event in NYC with Sarah Jessica Parker — when others go low, she’s going high … as in super thigh-high boots and a matching slit in her gown. SJP was with the former First Lady Wednesday night at the…

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1st Family 4 Life: Barack and Michelle Obama Danced At Jay-Z & Beyoncé Concert In MD

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Our eternal President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, were among the fans at last night’s Maryland stop of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s OTR II tour

This would be Michelle’s second time seeing the show.

Reports TMZ:

The former Prez and First Lady were in a box at the FedExField, where the Redskins play. They weren’t really noticed at first, but that didn’t last long. Bey and Jay had some serious competition, because when the crowd saw the Obamas the cellphones came out in impressive numbers.

Beyonce and Jay just returned from their Italian vacation with their kids.

So, who are the bigger stars?

Peep the footage below.

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Michelle and Sasha Obama Attend Beyonce and Jay-Z Concert in Paris

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s close relationship with the Obamas is still going strong, now in full flex across the pond … with Michelle and Sasha crashing the couple’s concert in France. The former First Lady and kid were spotted in the stands Sunday at the…

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President Barack Obama Tells Dems To Move On Beyond Him, Focus On Future

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It is one of the toughest pills to swallow but the current political times have many wishing for days of old when President Barack Obama was in the Oval Office. Since that won’t happen, the former Commander-In-Chief offered some tough love to members of his party at a California DNC fundraiser.

CNN Politics reports:

Obama peppered his 45-minute appearance with subtle knocks for despondent Democrats, warning that it is not enough to lament Donald Trump’s presidency or complain about the impact he is having on the country. Instead, a tie-less and visibly relaxed Obama urged Democrats to back up those concerns with action and avoid the belief that the party is bound to defeat Republicans in November.

“If what you are doing requires no sacrifice at all, then you can do more,” Obama told the tony crowd at a sweeping multi-million-dollar Beverly Hills home. “If you are one of these folks who is watching cable news at your cocktail parties with your friends and you are saying ‘civilization is collapsing’ and you are nervous and worried, but that is not where you are putting all your time, energy and money, then either you don’t actually think civilization is collapsing … or you are not pushing yourself hard enough and I would push harder.”

At one point, he turned to the crowd and declared, “Enough moping, this is a mope-free zone.”

The outlet added in its reporting that Christina Aguilera was also a guest at the event, with Obama using that fact to note that politics is more about the glitz and glamour and about doing work at the polls and in the community.

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4 Barack Obama Netflix Series We’re Crossing Our Fingers For

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Kelly Rowland Thinks Michelle Obama Could Keep Up In Destiny’s Child

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Kelly Rowland Praises Michelle Obama, She IS Forever First Lady

[[tmz:video id=”0_a2vzl7we”]] Kelly Rowland doesn’t see any issue with Michelle Obama referring to herself as “Forever First Lady,” because she says it wasn’t her idea and besides … everyone knows it’s true. We got the Destiny’s Child singer at LAX…

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Barack Obama, Oprah and More A-Listers Attend Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s 30th Anniversary Party

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Michelle Obama Offers Sweet Congratulations To Prince William & Duchess Kate On Baby No. 3

Michelle Obama is ready for a royal sleepover! The former First Lady congratulated Prince William and Duchess Kate on the birth of their third child with a not-so-subtle self-invite to Kensington Palace. See her cute message!


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The Frontiers Issue with Guest Editor President Barack Obama – President Barack Obama on How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Jobs

WIRED guest editor President Barack Obama, WIRED editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discuss how artificial intelligence might up-end economies and how societies can adapt.
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The Frontiers Issue with Guest Editor President Barack Obama – President Barack Obama on the True Meaning of Star Trek

POTUS is a Trekkie! WIRED guest editor President Barack Obama, WIRED editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discuss the original Star Trek series and what it reveals about our common humanity.
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The Frontiers Issue with Guest Editor President Barack Obama – President Barack Obama on How We’ll Embrace Self-Driving Cars

WIRED guest editor President Barack Obama, WIRED editor in chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito discuss ethical concerns around artificial intelligence used in self-driving cars.

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Obama team bids wistful farewell in ‘The Final Year’

Designed to make President Obama’s supporters wistful and seemingly to irritate President Trump, “The Final Year” is an intriguing if overtly nostalgic fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the last year of the former’s presidency, chronicled through the perspective of his national-security team.


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Barack Obama Pays Homage To Martin Luther King, Jr.

It’s another Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and along with the day off from work, for some, we’re getting the usual pullquotes and nods to the iconic Civil Rights revolutionary. While sometimes the praise rings hollow—see Donald Trump’s recent signing with a litany of step’n fetch itsPresident Barack Obama‘s homage to MLK rang sincere. 

“Dr. King was 26 when the Montgomery bus boycott began. He started small, rallying others who believed their efforts mattered, pressing on through challenges and doubts to change our world for the better. A permanent inspiration for the rest of us to keep pushing towards justice,” tweeted the last legitimate President of the United States.

Bet he didn’t have to Google Dr. King to create that message.

As for Donald Trump, besides a couple of tweets out his ass about DACA this morning, he RT’d the White House’s cheesy weekly address. .

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David Letterman brings low-key chat — and Obama – to Netflix

Unlike his mentor and idol Johnny Carson, David Letterman has opted not to entirely disappear from the public eye after leaving late night. The irascible host, however, chose to return on his own terms, hosting a low-key talk vehicle in Netflix’s “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman.”


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Malia Obama Kissing, Tailgating at First Harvard-Yale Game

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Barack Obama Chooses Culture Artist Kehinde Wiley To Paint His Presidential Portrait

While Donald Trump continues to go out of his way to destroy Barack Obama‘s legacy, the 44th President of The United States is choosing to have his likeness immortalized on a canvas by none other than Kehinde Wiley.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced that Kehinde Wiley has been tapped to paint the official presidential portrait of the last real President the country has known.

Kehinde Wiley is known for his large-scale portraits of young Black men wearing the latest in Hip-Hop attire. Some of his more notable work includes portraits of The Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson, LL Cool J and other music legends.

For the portrait of Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald has been tapped to capture the grace of the former First Lady.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to lay eyes on the final product.

Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump taps Bob Ross to do his presidential portrait when his time comes.*

[*We know.]

Thank you Mr. President.

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Chance The Rapper Tapped To Peform At Obama Foundation Summit

Chance The Rapper will be one of the headlining performers during this month’s Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Joining the hometown hero onstage will be The National and Gloria Estefan, along with a series of speakers and facilitators from all walks of life.

President Barack Obama announced the summit back in September via his foundation’s website, and Chance, who is everywhere these days, followed through Friday (Oct. 13) to announce his involvement with the festivities.

From the Obama Foundation:

On October 31st and November 1st, the Obama Foundation will welcome civic leaders from around Chicago, the U.S., and the world to join us for a two-day immersive event in Chicago. During this inaugural Summit, hundreds of leaders from around the world will come together to exchange ideas, explore creative solutions to common problems, and experience civic art, technology, and music from around the world.

Chano is also the lead person heading the “creative design” of the event. Check out Chance The Rapper’s announcement for the event below.

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Barack Obama Gave Trump A Letter With Advice, Cheeto Clearly Paid No Attention

Barack Obama gave Donald Trump plenty of advice in the Inauguration Day Letter he gave the newly elected President. It should come as no surprise that Cheeto clearly paid no heed to the sterling advice.

The letter has recently become public, and it reads like a perfect outline on how not to f*ck up your epic new gig as POTUS.

Obama offered this particularly poignant passage:

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

Considering Trump fired James Comey for daring to investigate possible Russian collusion in our election and that he pardoned the racist ex-Sheriff Arpaio, he must have missed that part of the letter.

Read the full letter below. Obama, forever and always Presidential.

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations on a remarkable run. Millions have placed their hopes in you, and all of us, regardless of party, should hope for expanded prosperity and security during your tenure.

This is a unique office, without a clear blueprint for success, so I don’t know that any advice from me will be particularly helpful. Still, let me offer a few reflections from the past 8 years.

First, we’ve both been blessed, in different ways, with great good fortune. Not everyone is so lucky. It’s up to us to do everything we can (to) build more ladders of success for every child and family that’s willing to work hard.

Second, American leadership in this world really is indispensable. It’s up to us, through action and example, to sustain the international order that’s expanded steadily since the end of the Cold War, and upon which our own wealth and safety depend.

Third, we are just temporary occupants of this office. That makes us guardians of those democratic institutions and traditions — like rule of law, separation of powers, equal protection and civil liberties — that our forebears fought and bled for. Regardless of the push and pull of daily politics, it’s up to us to leave those instruments of our democracy at least as strong as we found them.

And finally, take time, in the rush of events and responsibilities, for friends and family. They’ll get you through the inevitable rough patches.

Michelle and I wish you and Melania the very best as you embark on this great adventure, and know that we stand ready to help in any ways which we can.

Good luck and Godspeed,

BO

H/T CNN


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Obama puts White House light on diversity in American music

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Ne-Yo performs during a tribute to Smokey Robinson at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Whether belting out lyrics to Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together," leading a mournful congregation through "Amazing Grace," or tweeting his Spotify music playlist that includes Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, President Barack Obama is showing that he’s a pretty soulful guy. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether belting out lyrics to Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," leading a mournful congregation through "Amazing Grace," or tweeting his Spotify music playlist that includes Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone, President Barack Obama has shown that he's a pretty soulful guy.



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American Voices: Obama: Troops To Stay In Afghanistan Past 2016

Though he originally pledged to remove all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, Obama announced this week that 5,500 ground troops would remain through the end of his presidency and beyond, likely in an attempt to prevent the resurgence of Taliban forces or the rise of ISIS. What do you think?




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President Obama: Wizard or Failure?

Russia is moving into Old Syria. Iran already owns the parts of Old Iraq that ISIS and the Kurds do not. Israel fears that the nuclear deal with Iran is a mistake of unthinkable proportions.

The data suggests that President Obama is a total failure when it comes to the Middle East.

Or… he is one of the most gifted wizards of persuasion and strategy our generation has ever seen.

The data fits both interpretations. You already know the interpretation that says Obama failed. Allow me to give you another interpretation – one that isn’t necessarily true – but happens to fit the data.

And the fun part is that we can make predictions based on both filters and see which one does the best job of explaining our reality. Just for fun. Don’t get your opinions on world politics from cartoonists.

The Master Wizard Hypothesis says there are people so skilled in the art of persuasion that they control world events while sometimes pretending they are inept, to cover their tracks.

The Master Wizard filter says that President Obama – magnificent bastard and Commander in Chief – just suckered Russia and Iran into the quicksand while taking The United States out of an endless and unwinnable fight.

And … doomed ISIS in the process.

The United States can’t defeat ISIS militarily because doing so would require killing too many civilians. Russia and Iran will have fewer problems in that regard because they control their media and their leaders don’t need to ask permission.

And let’s say you want to build a virtual wall around ISIS to contain them. You would need a substantial military power to guard the coast.

You need Russia. 

Right where they are deploying.

The Master Wizard filter says President Obama has a winning plan for eradicating ISIS at the lowest cost for Americans. America’s frenemies have now encircled ISIS, and the American media with their freedom of the press will not be there to watch what happens next.

ISIS is reportedly planting landmines around captured cities to keep the civilian population from escaping. They expected the United States to avoid bombing population centers. 

They were right.

But they they did not expect the United States to turn over the fight to Russia and Iran.

ISIS is done. 

Unfortunately, so is the civilian population in ISIS-held territory. But living under ISIS probably isn’t much of a life either. And I have heard no one suggest a more humane solution.

The Master Wizard filter says President Obama either created this perfect situation or recognized the opportunity and encouraged it. 

That would be totally bad-ass. 

The Master Wizard filter also says Iran and the United States are cooperating behind the scenes and getting more comfortable as allies. In the long run, Iran was going to get a nuke if it wanted one. A Master Wizard of Persuasion would seek to keep his enemies close, where persuasion works best. Distance and non-contact are the enemies of persuasion. According to the Master Wizard filter, building an active engagement with Iran, combined with skillful persuasion, reduces risk. (Only a Master Wizard could feel confident in that plan.)

I’m not saying the Master Wizard interpretation of reality is true. I’m just saying the data fits the interpretation. We shall see what the future holds.

Donald Trump, another skilled deal-maker and persuader, also favors walling off ISIS territory to strangle them. In Trump’s case there is also a branding benefit when you define a border. One side can be TERRIBLE while the other is FABULOUS.

Update: Iran’s Supreme Leaders banned further negotiating with the United States because he says we are trying to “influence” Iran. Have you ever heard language like that before?


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News in Brief: Man Can’t Believe Obama Would Use Tragedy To Push Anti-Tragedy Agenda

SEDALIA, MO—Following yesterday’s speech by the president addressing the recent events in Roseburg, OR, local 42-year-old Tim Moss expressed his outrage to reporters that President Obama was attempting to capitalize off a tragedy to push his anti-tragedy agenda. “It’s just disgusting and shameful that, once again, the first thing out of Obama’s mouth after a tragedy is that he wants to limit tragedies,” said Moss, adding that it is both insensitive and opportunistic of the president to suddenly shift the conversation toward curbing the number of tragedies as the nation mourns in the wake of this tragedy. “Every single time this happens, he makes the tragedy all about clamping down on tragedies, and it’s simply not the time or the place for him to be going in front of the camera and pushing for steps to decrease the number of tragedies. Christ, this is a …




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Obama Vs. Iran – Who is the Wizard?

This is a good time to remind you that the Master Wizard Hypothesis I have been blogging about is for entertainment, not enlightenment. Truth is probably at a different URL. And I remind you that you should never take advice from cartoonists on issues such as nuclear proliferation. That is just one example.

The larger context of the Master Wizard Hypothesis is showing you some of the science-tested methods of persuasion on display from various leaders. The fun part (I hope) is seeing how well my predictions fit the data compared to whatever crystal ball you were using before. (None of this should be confused with science.)

That said… 

A popular American view of the Iran nuclear deal is that President Obama, a Kenyan Muslim, has gutted our government from within and now he is surrendering to Iran, a sworn enemy that plans to destroy us, and themselves at the same time, because someone picked the wrong God. 

The weaker view is that Obama unnecessarily made a bad deal that exposes Israel and the United States to catastrophic risk. Those sanctions would have worked in the long run, say this group of critics. Or maybe we could have looked extra-hard and found everything that needed a good bombing. Any military action would presumably continue forever because if we stopped bombing Iran, one assumes they might get all revengy. Realistically, once you start bombing, you have to keep that line item in the budget forever. But it might be better than nuclear annihilation, say the critics.

Then there are the optimists who assume our government would not agree to the deal we have been shown, so surely there must be lots of secret side deals that make Iran and America allies behind the scenes. I want to believe that version, so look for my cognitive bias as I tell you how this deal looks through the Master Wizard filter.

For starters, I have blogged that Obama is a Master Wizard of persuasion. He uses the same science-tested tools of persuasion that Trump uses, and to similar good effect. That is all described in the backlog of my blog here. (#Trump)

So we know we have in Obama a Master Wizard on one side of the Iran deal. According to the Master Wizard Hypothesis, The United States almost certainly “won” the negotiations even if the information that has been made public does not support that view. A Master Wizard would not lose a negotiation against an untrained opponent. (Even if he was not in the same room.)

But what if you have a Master Wizard on the other side? Wizard-on-Wizard is harder to predict. To dig into that question, I give you three quotes from Iranian President Rouhani, from his 60 Minutes Interview. Then I explain his technique.

Rouhani: “Of course, for reaching trust between the U.S. and Iran, there is need for a lot of time.”

Persuasion Method: Big Picture Maneuver. He takes us to a perspective where everyone agrees that if you wait long enough, anything can change. And we know patience is a good thing. The first person in a conversation to use the big picture maneuver always sounds like the wisest person in the room. In this case, our egos recognize Rouhani’s linguistic challenge to rise to his big-picture level of wisdom, and we do so automatically. We are wired to do so. Knowing it is a persuasion method does not protect you from the effect.

Rouhani: “The enmity that existed between the United States and Iran over the decades , the distance, the disagreements, the lack of trust, will not go away soon. What’s important is which direction we are heading? Are we heading towards amplifying the enmity or decreasing this enmity? I believe we have taken the first steps towards decreasing this enmity.

Persuasion Method: Big Picture Maneuver again. The first person in a conversation to say some version of “The direction of things matters most” always sounds the wisest. Your ego is triggered to join Rouhani on the level of wise people who understand that life is about direction, not destination. And by now Rouhani has established a pattern of saying big picture things that make you agree. Every time you agree with one thing – no matter how trivial – it primes you to agree with the next. So using the big picture maneuver more than once compounds its power by creating a pattern in your mind.

Rouhani: “We cannot forget the past, but at the same time our gaze must be towards the future.”

Persuasion Method: That sentence is a tell for a Master Wizard. It is engineered to a degree that made me tingle when I read it. I think I could write a thesis on it, but here are a few standout points:

1. “Cannot forget the past” will be processed by most brains as “forget the past.” Rouhani needs both sides to forget the past in order to move on. But on the surface he must say we “cannot forget” because that agrees with what everyone believes, so we let in that agreeable thought without editing. Once past your guard, the word “cannot” dissolves. What is left is “forget the past.”

2. Rouhani uses at least three Big Picture Maneuvers in one interview. All three get at the same issue of being patient and moving slowly in the right direction. But because each of Rouhani’s quotes comes at it differently, it is like working your abs with three exercises instead of one. Rouhani came at Kroft with a hat trick of Big Picture Maneuvers that he finished off in one perfect thought: “We cannot forget the past, but at the same time our gaze must be towards the future.”

My Verdict: Rouhani is a Master Wizard.

Okay, okay. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking that none of this matters because Rouhani is not the real power in Iran. The real decisions come from The Supreme Leader, Khamenei. 

That was certainly the case with Iran’s last president. That guy didn’t seem to have much power.

But the last president wasn’t a Master Wizard. Look for Khamenei to support whatever deal Rouhani makes.

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American Voices: Obama Invites Arrested Clock-Building Teen To White House

After being arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school that his teachers mistook for a bomb, Muslim teenager Ahmed Mohamed garnered massive social media support that decried the school for its supposed Islamophobia, leading to an invitation by President Obama for Ahmed to attend the upcoming White House Astronomy Night. What do you think?




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Obama the Stealth Wizard

If you have been following my posts on Master Wizards that use hypnosis and persuasion tricks to control the entire world, you might have seen some tells in the Iran nuke deal. 

Disclaimer: This is for entertainment only. There is no scientific evidence to support the Master Wizard hypothesis. The fun is comparing this filter to your current one to see which explains the data better.

When most of the public heard about the Iran nuke deal, they saw a mortal enemy getting a free pass to build a nuclear weapon, albeit perhaps at a slower pace. That seems like a bad deal if you imagine there was some practical way to stop all of the Iranian nuclear advancements.

The government must be crazy!

But if you view the deal through the filter of the Master Wizard hypothesis, you see something entirely different.

What I see is one of the best wizards of all time (President Obama) convincing an enemy (Iran) that they are actually an ally. In other words, he did not change their minds about the world; rather he changed their minds about who they are. That’s what wizards do. 

The method (wizard-wise) is ridiculously easy. All you do is seed the situation by treating them like an ally, behind the scenes, without asking much in return. Humans are wired to see helpful people as allies. There isn’t much else to it.

This differs from appeasement. With appeasement, you make the mistake of hoping a genocidal killer has somehow changed his mind on his own for no particular reason. That’s a bad bet.  

With the wizard model, the wizard changes the dictator’s self-image. Once you change a person’s self-image, that person will act in a way that is consistent with the new self-image. According to the Master Wizard hypothesis, Obama could make that happen by engineering a linguistic virus and infecting just one or two top Iranian leaders. They would in turn infect the rest.

As an example, here’s a linguistic virus that would do it: “The past is done. Today we have more common interests than we have reasons to disagree. We ask that you treat us as friends.”

There’s a lot of engineering in those three sentences. By now my regular readers should be able to see the scaffolding.

If you are surprised that Colin Powell came out in support of the Iran nuke deal, don’t be. He sees behind the curtain.

Scott


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Obama the Stealth Wizard

If you have been following my posts on Master Wizards that use hypnosis and persuasion tricks to control the entire world, you might have seen some tells in the Iran nuke deal. 

Disclaimer: This is for entertainment only. There is no scientific evidence to support the Master Wizard hypothesis. The fun is comparing this filter to your current one to see which explains the data better.

When most of the public heard about the Iran nuke deal, they saw a mortal enemy getting a free pass to build a nuclear weapon, albeit perhaps at a slower pace. That seems like a bad deal if you imagine there was some practical way to stop all of the Iranian nuclear advancements.

The government must be crazy!

But if you view the deal through the filter of the Master Wizard hypothesis, you see something entirely different.

What I see is one of the best wizards of all time (President Obama) convincing an enemy (Iran) that they are actually an ally. In other words, he did not change their minds about the world; rather he changed their minds about who they are. That’s what wizards do. 

The method (wizard-wise) is ridiculously easy. All you do is seed the situation by treating them like an ally, behind the scenes, without asking much in return. Humans are wired to see helpful people as allies. There isn’t much else to it.

This differs from appeasement. With appeasement, you make the mistake of hoping a genocidal killer has somehow changed his mind on his own for no particular reason. That’s a bad bet.  

With the wizard model, the wizard changes the dictator’s self-image. Once you change a person’s self-image, that person will act in a way that is consistent with the new self-image. According to the Master Wizard hypothesis, Obama could make that happen by engineering a linguistic virus and infecting just one or two top Iranian leaders. They would in turn infect the rest.

As an example, here’s a linguistic virus that would do it: “The past is done. Today we have more common interests than we have reasons to disagree. We ask that you treat us as friends.”

There’s a lot of engineering in those three sentences. By now my regular readers should be able to see the scaffolding.

If you are surprised that Colin Powell came out in support of the Iran nuke deal, don’t be. He sees behind the curtain.

Scott


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Obama Has a Song in His Heart … 40 of Them, on Spotify

Some of the commander in chief’s favorite tunes, “daytime” and “evening”: Bob Dylan’s “Tombstone Blues,” Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star,” the Isley Brothers’ “Live it Up” and “Rock Steady” by Aretha Franklin.
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News in Brief: Obama Practices Defiant Speech To Aliens Late At Night Behind Oval Office Desk

WASHINGTON—Testing out different phrases and vocal inflections as he has done almost every night for the past seven years, President Barack Obama sat at his desk in the early morning hours Friday rehearsing a defiant speech he’d give to aliens should they one day invade, Oval Office sources confirmed. “We are a proud, resilient species, and we will never surrender to you,” Obama reportedly said aloud emphatically, before pausing to jot down several potential rewordings in his legal pad as well as a double-underlined reminder to himself to “pound fist at end for effect.” “‘This is Earth; it is our home. We will defend our planet, whatever the costs may be. Your technology may be more advanced than ours, but if you come here seeking to harm our kind, we will know your morals are not as developed as our own.’ Yeah, that’s pretty good. Let me …



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Obama: Civilized countries should not have tolerance for rape

Referring to sexual assault allegations against comedian Bill Cosby, President Obama says “if you give a woman, or man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent — that’s rape.” Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


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With Greece on the edge of financial collapse, President Obama offers an even trade — Florida for Greece.
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Grateful Dead receives touching tribute from President Obama

American celebrated its 239th birthday yesterday. At Chicago's Soldier Field, another American institution reached a milestone, as The Grateful Dead turned 50 and played their penultimate show as a band.
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Michelle Obama on the Importance of Education and Resilience

First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets in London last week—a neighborhood the Telegraph calls "one of London's most deprived areas." The First Lady spoke about how she grew…




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American Voices: Report: Artist Who Drew Iconic Obama ‘Hope’ Poster Has Lost Hope In Him

In an interview with Esquire, street artist Shepard Fairey said that seven years after designing the iconic red-and-blue poster of Obama with the word “Hope,” he has personally lost faith in the president, who he thinks is “not even close” to living up to how he was represented on the poster. What do you think?





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Ted Nugent Says ‘Enemy’ Obama Is Causing Veteran Suicides

Ted Nugent is blaming the “enemy” for veteran suicides: President Barack Obama.

“Here’s your job, Republican Party,” Nugent said over the weekend in comments posted online by Right Wing Watch. “Twenty to 25 of those guys kill themselves every day, and they haven’t told you why and they haven’t told anybody else why but they told me why: because the commander-in-chief is the enemy.”

Nugent was speaking at the Republican Party of Maricopa County, Arizona’s Lincoln Day Dinner, where he had been introduced by controversial sheriff Joe Arpaio, the website reported.

His remarks come as a new report finds that increasing rates of veteran suicides are not being caused by deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nugent made similar comments nearly two years ago to conservative radio host Alex Jones.

At the time, Nugent said veterans were taking their own lives “because they are in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander-in-chief, violates the Constitution that he has made an oath to, while their hero warrior blood brothers are being blown to smithereens and blown up while executing their oath to the same Constitution that the president, the vice president and the attorney general violate.”

The classic rocker has a history of controversial statements, with the president as a frequent target of his ire. Last year, he apologized after calling Obama “a subhuman mongrel.” Nugent has also called Obama “an evil, dangerous man who hates America” and said in 2012 that he would “either be dead or in jail” in a year if the president was reelected.

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Watch Barack Obama and ‘The Wire’ Creator Talk Criminal Justice Reform

President Barack Obama sat down with The Wire creator David Simon for a thought-provoking conversation about criminal justice reform, our nation’s “bank-breaking” habit of incarcerating drug-related offenses and the challenges facing police. Obama, who says The Wire is “one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in…
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Univision Threatened By Fired Host … YOU LIED — Michelle Obama Never Complained!

Univision illegally fired a popular host and falsely painted him as a racist … all because he was standing up for Latinos and fighting to get them unionized … this according to the host’s angry lawyer. As previously reported, Rodner Figueroa, who…

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Fictional TV Presidents Are More Popular Than President Barack Obama, Poll Finds

WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) – Whether it’s the earnest Josiah Bartlet from “The West Wing” or the manipulative Frank Underwood in “House of Cards,” Americans prefer television presidents to their real-life POTUS, President Barack “No Drama” Obama.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll taken this month found 54 percent of Americans held an unfavorable opinion of Obama, known for his cool and cautious presidential style, while 46 percent were favorable.

In contrast, asked to imagine that David Palmer of “24” was president, 89 percent of those who had seen the real-time Fox counterterrorism drama said they held a favorable rating of the decisive president played by Dennis Haysbert.

Martin Sheen’s Jed Bartlet of “The West Wing” – beloved by Democrats, including many who work in Obama’s White House – was rated favorably by 82 percent of its NBC viewers.

In the dark universe of “Battlestar Galactica” on SyFy, president Laura Roslin, played by Mary McDonnell, drew a 78 percent favorable rating among fans of her quest to find earth and escape the Cylons, a race of humanoid killer robots.

With Americans sharply divided along partisan lines, it is unlikely that any real-life president could achieve sky-high favorability ratings, said Tevi Troy, a presidential historian and author of “What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted,” a study of popular culture in the White House.

“Pretty much half the country is going to be predisposed against you just because that’s the way we line up with Republicans and Democrats,” Troy said.

Unlike fictional presidents, with their camera-ready looks and perfect timing, real-life presidents sometimes fumble.

Republican Ronald Reagan, who was an actor before turning to politics and eventually becoming president, was an exception, Troy said.

“His media people would say how great it was that he always hit his marks,” said Troy, who was a top domestic policy adviser in Republican George W. Bush’s administration.

Morally challenged fictional presidents also topped Obama’s favorability ratings in the Reuters-Ipsos poll.

Of those who watch ABC’s steamy drama “Scandal,” 60 percent had a favorable view of Fitzgerald “Fitz” Grant, the philandering, scotch-swilling president played by Tony Goldwyn.

Frank Underwood also beat Obama.

In “House of Cards,” Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, kills a passed-out congressman by leaving him in a running car in a garage, and pushes a journalist into the path of a subway train.

Imagining Spacey’s scheming character as president, 57 percent of respondents who have seen the Netflix political thriller said they held a favorable opinion of him.

Even Obama likes Underwood. “This guy’s getting a lot of stuff done,” Obama quipped during a December 2013 White House photo-op with Reed Hastings, Netflix’s chief executive.

“I wish things were that ruthlessly efficient,” Obama said.

There was one result from the online poll, conducted from March 5 to 19, that could give some solace to Obama: He is more popular with Americans than Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Seventy-six percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of Putin, according to the poll, while 24 percent were favorable.

To explore the related Reuters/Ipsos polling: http://bit.ly/1xmXXdB

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Michelle Obama — Sunday Worship at the Church of SoulCycle (VIDEO)

First Lady Michelle Obama has been indoctrinated into a cult — the one where you have to wear yoga pants and sweat all over a stationary bicycle.  Yes … we got video proof of Mrs. O’s commitment to SoulCycle … as she left a spin class Sunday.…

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Kanye West Says Obama Called His Home, Despite POTUS’ Claims [VIDEO]

President Barack Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week, where, among other things, he said he’d never called Kanye West’s home, despite the rapper’s claims. TMZ spoke with the G.O.O.D. Music founder at LAX airport to hear his thoughts on the POTUS’ statement.

“I love Obama. He called our house before. He knows that,” said West, smiling very matter-of-factly. In the same breath, he asked the paparazzi to stop trying to put he and the President against each other.

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Rodner Figueroa Pens Apology Letter To Michelle Obama, Accuses Univision Of Humiliating Him

Less than 24 hours after being fired over his “Planet of the Apes” remark toward Michelle Obama, former Univision host Rodner Figueroa has penned an open letter apologizing to the first lady and firing back at Univision for how they handled the situation.

In the lengthy letter, Figueroa addresses Obama directly and offers a formal apology while explaining that the comment was taken out of context. The former “Sal Y Pimienta” host also said his dismissal was a direct result of a complaint by the first lady’s office to the network and that Univision publicly humiliated him.

“I want to clarify that I’m not racist and in no way was my comment directed at you, but rather the work of the [make up] artist, which left much to be desired,” the letter says.

Rodner said in the letter that he comes from a biracial family, was among the first openly gay television personalities on Hispanic television and voted twice for President Barack Obama.

The apology comes after a segment by the fashionista on Univision’s entertainment show “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” in which Figueroa was analyzing images of make-up artist Paolo Ballestero transforming himself into different female celebrities, including the first lady.

While reviewing the image of Ballestero as Obama with a side-by-side image of the first lady herself, the host said: “Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of “Planet of the Apes,” the film.”

This post originally appeared on HuffPost Voces and was translated by Carolina Moreno. It was adapted for an English-speaking audience.
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Obama Invokes Stonewall, Draws Comparisons Between Civil Rights And LGBT Equality In #Selma50 Speech

Speaking before a crowd of thousands on Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge marking the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” and the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery today, President Obama noted the progress made in the fight for racial and LGBT equality and the similarities between those two civil rights movements.
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President Obama Discusses Race In Upcoming People Magazine Interview

In an upcoming interview with People magazinePresident Obama discusses his own brushes with racism, reminding everyone that race does indeed affect many throughout the nation, even one that serves as the President of the United States.

Sharing their own personal experiences,  First Lady Michelle Obama recounted a time when Obama was mistaken as a waiter and asked to fetch coffee during a black-tie event.

She added “Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs.”

The interview will be available on stands Friday, December 19.

 

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Obama Doesn’t Like Katy Perry — He LOVES Her

We have an important clarification to make: President Barack Obama doesn’t like Katy Perry.

He LOVES her.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery was the pool reporter during an event Thursday in which the president sung the praises of Perry, who would perform that evening at a White House event for the Special Olympics.

“I like Katy Perry,” Bendery’s initial pool report quoted the president as saying. “She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she’s such a wonderful person.”

Committed to getting the story right, Jen gave the audio another listen and found the president actually has stronger feelings for the “California Gurls” singer-songwriter:

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There was a lot of love to go around at the event. Jen also caught this unforgettable moment and shared it via Twitter:


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Obama Channels King Joffrey In The 'Westeros Wing'

During his typically self-deprecating White House Correspondent’s Dinner speech on Saturday, President Barack Obama joked that his planned use of executive actions would put him on par with King Joffrey.

“This year I have promised to use more executive actions to get things done without Congress,” Obama said. “My critics call this the imperial presidency. The truth is, every day I show up at my office and do my job. We have a picture of this I think?”

The screen then flashed to a photo of Obama sitting in the Oval Office on the Iron Throne from HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” A crossbow sits on the table in front of him in an apparent nod to the show’s much-loathed villain, King Joffrey:


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President Barack Obama began his 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech Saturday night by taking a few stabs at CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.

Obama said that although he was happy to be at the party, he was still a bit jet lagged from his recent trip to Malaysia.

“The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days,” he said, slamming the network for its non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. “I think they’re still searching for their table.”

Next up was MSNBC. Obama called out the network for its fallen ratings in recent months.

“MSNBC is here,” he began. “They’re a little overwhelmed. They’ve never seen an audience this big before.”

But perhaps the network Obama devoted most of his jokes to was Fox News.

The president took a shot at Fox News for its outrage and criticism of him after his appearance on “Between Two Ferns” in March.

“To be fair, I am not the first person on television between two potted plants,” Obama said, pointing to a photo of “Fox & Friends'” Elisabeth Hasselbeck seated between her co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade.

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