Video: Barack Obama Responds To Racist Statements From The Clippers Owner

Written by Nigel D. / 04.27.14

Barack Obama addressed the racist statements made by the owner of the Clippers that recently leaked.

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Video: Barack Obama Speaks On Minorities & Starts The “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative

Written by Nigel D. / 02.28.14

President Obama is taking action to launch My Brother’s Keeper – a new initiative to help every boy and young man of color who is willing to do the hard work to get ahead. For decades, opportunity has lagged behind for boys and young men of color. But across the country, communities are adopting approaches to help put these boys and young men on the path to success. The President wants to build on that work. We can learn from communities that are partnering with local businesses and foundations to connect these boys and young men to mentoring, support networks, and skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way up into the middle class. And the Administration will do its part by helping to identify and promote programs that work.

That starts by using proven tools that expand opportunity at key moments in the lives of these young people. The President believes this includes ensuring access to basic health, nutrition, and to high-quality early education to get these kids reading and ready for school at the youngest age. But that’s not enough. We need to partner with communities and police to reduce violence and make our classrooms and streets safer. And we need to help these young men stay in school and find a good job– so they have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to their communities and build decent lives for themselves and their families.
Full Story: Whitehouse

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Video: Barack Obama Speaks On Marijuana Legalization With CNN

Written by Nigel D. / 01.31.14

President Barack Obama talks to CNN’s Jake Tapper about marijuana legalization in an exclusive interview.

What are your thoughts on the movement for the U.S. to legalize marijuana?

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Barack Obama Speaks With The New Yorker About Visiting A School In Chicago & Marijuana

Written by Nigel D. / 01.20.14

He talked about a visit that he made last year to Hyde Park Academy, a public high school on Chicago’s South Side, where he met with a group of about twenty boys in a program called Becoming a Man. “They’re in this program because they’re fundamentally good kids who could tip in the wrong direction if they didn’t get some guidance and some structure,” Obama recalled. “We went around the room and started telling each other stories. And one of the young men asked me about me growing up, and I explained, You know what? I’m just like you guys. I didn’t have a dad. There were times where I was angry and wasn’t sure why I was angry. I engaged in a bunch of anti-social behavior. I did drugs. I got drunk. Didn’t take school seriously. The only difference between me and you is that I was in a more forgiving environment, and if I made a mistake I wasn’t going to get shot. And, even if I didn’t apply myself in school, I was at a good enough school that just through osmosis I’d have the opportunity to go to college.

When I asked Obama about another area of shifting public opinion—the legalization of marijuana—he seemed even less eager to evolve with any dispatch and get in front of the issue. “As has been well documented, I smoked pot as a kid, and I view it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person up through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.”

Less dangerous, he said, “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer. It’s not something I encourage, and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.” What clearly does trouble him is the radically disproportionate arrests and incarcerations for marijuana among minorities. “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do,” he said. “And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties.” But, he said, “we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.” Accordingly, he said of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington that “it’s important for it to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.”

Full Interview: The New Yorker

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Video: Barack Obama Welcomes The Miami Heat To The White House

Written by Nigel D. / 01.15.14


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Barack Obama honored the Miami Heat at the White House recently, check some footage and pics from the event. Do you think the Heat will repeat this year?

Photos via Instagram

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Video: Barack Obama’s Nelson Mandela Memorial Speech

Written by Nigel D. / 12.10.13

The U.S. President, Barack Obama, traveled to South Africa to pay respect to Nelson Mandela.

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Video: Barack Obama Speaks On A Possible Attack On Syria

Written by Nigel D. / 09.10.13

The latest developments as the nation faces a possible game changer with Syria.

What are your thoughts on this situation? Should the U.S. still attack Syria or take another approach?

Update:

Syria’s foreign minister says the war-torn nation has accepted a Russian proposal to surrender control over its chemical weapons to the international community.

The move comes before President Barack Obama heads to Congress on Tuesday. The commander in chief was said to have fresh hopes that the diplomatic breakthrough would allow Syria’s government to avert U.S. missile strikes.

Full Story: NY Daily News

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