Recorded literally on his way back from the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the President uses his Weekly Address to recap the progress made during the intensive discussions with world leaders.
From an historic agreement to reform the global financial system, to groundbreaking commitments on reducing subsidies to fossil fuels worldwide, to unity in standing against threats to world peace, engagement produced tangible results in several areas. September 26, 2009.
During his trip abroad this week, President Obama stepped back into Europe’s dark past…
…while looking to the future of peace in the Middle East and improving U.S./Arab relations. Chip Reid reports.
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Chris Rock stalked onto the stage at Harlem’s Apollo Theater late on a Friday night earlier this month and opened his fifth HBO comedy special by explaining why it had been so long since the fourth. He wanted to wait, he told the audience, until the moment was just right. Rock has become the country’s smartest, most essential comic by salting his punch lines with blunt social evangelism. And in a prior special, 1999′s “Bigger and Blacker,” he went on a riff about how the black community desperately needed a new generation of leaders, like Dr. Martin Luther King in his day—a not-uncontroversial stance, given that many of the old leaders were still very much alive. Now here was Rock, less than two months from a historic election, in the cathedral of African-American culture, arriving like a prophet to testify about Barack Obama. Everyone leaned forward: this is what we came for. To laugh, sure, but mostly to hear Rock on Barack. (HBO will air the special, “Kill the Messenger,” on Sept. 27.) Continue reading
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Amid the crush of media at the Democratic National Convention will be two relative newcomers to the election scene: TV One and BET, a pair of cable networks that court an African American audience. As all media outlets, the pair must meet the usual programming and logistical demands of convention coverage, but they also face a question that is virtually unique to them: What is the line between pride and advocacy? Continue reading
The capital of black America is bursting with pride as the Democratic Party prepares to make history and put forward its first black nominee for president of the United States. Continue reading
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Barack Obama named Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware as his vice presidential running mate early Saturday, balancing his ticket with a seasoned congressional veteran well-versed in foreign policy and defense issues. Continue reading
Asked by a voter about accusations of flip-flopping, Democrat Barack Obama dismissed the notion Tuesday that he has shifted stances on Iraq, guns and the death penalty to break with his party’s liberal wing and court a wider swath of voters. Continue reading