President Obama

In Reversal, Obama Admin to Block Oil Drilling in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration says it will not allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter, declaring that the administration’s next five-year offshore drilling plan “protects the Atlantic for future generations.” The announcement reverses a proposal made last year in which the administration floated a…

President Obama Talks Race, Fatherhood With Ballerina Misty Copeland

President Barack Obama, with his daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, speaks before he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, Nov. 25, 2015, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Susan Walsh/AP Photo (ABC News) — President Obama held a frank discussion on race and body image, and shared his insight as a father and…

President Obama Says Nancy Reagan ‘Will Be Missed’

In this file photo, President Obama signs the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act in Washington, June 2, 2009, with former first lady Nancy Reagan. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images (ABC News) — President Obama praised Nancy Reagan for her grace and kindness one day after the former first lady passed away, saying “she will be missed.” “I had the opportunity to meet…

Obama Sends Plan to Congress to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison

(ABC News/WOLO)After sending a plan to Congress to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility this morning, President Obama stressed that the prison “undermines” the country’s national security and must be closed. “This is about closing a chapter in our history. It reflects the lessons we’ve learned since 9/11,” Obama announced as he detailed his proposal from the Roosevelt Room at…

President Obama to Pay Respects to Justice Scalia at Supreme Court

AP Photo (ABC News) — President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will pay their respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court on Friday. “The president and the first lady on Friday will travel to the Supreme Court to pay their respects to Justice Scalia as he lies in repose there at the Supreme Court,”…

Obama: New Jobs Report Inconvenient for GOP ‘Doom and Despair Tour’ in New Hampshire

(ABC News) — President Obama said the “durable” U.S. economy has continued to grow this year despite what Republican presidential candidates have been claiming on the campaign trail. “I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody,” Obama said. Employers added 151,000 new jobs…

Obama Strikes Heisman Pose With Alabama’s Derrick Henry

(ABC News) — President Obama struck the Heisman pose with this season’s Heisman trophy winner, Derrick Henry, a star running back from the University of Alabama. Following the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton today, the president greeted each person seated at the head table, when he worked his way to Henry on the end. Henry, 21, was on…

Obama Makes Inaugural Visit to US Mosque in Defense of Religious Freedom

(ABC News)  — President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time as president today, taking a stand for the constitutional right of religious freedom while also confronting the debate over Syrian refugees that has generated controversy during the Republican presidential campaign. The president will travel to Baltimore, where he will privately meet with American Muslim community leaders…