Every so often, I re-read Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. While some of the injustices may have changed, his poetic brilliance, moral clarity, and tests of conscience still reverberate today. Take a moment to reflect on his righteous call: theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama
! Happy birthday, baby!
Glad to see American Factory’s Oscar nod for Best Documentary. It’s the kind of story we don’t see often enough and it’s exactly what Michelle and I hope to achieve with Higher Ground. Congrats to the incredible filmmakers and entire team!
Our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico can use our support after this week’s earthquakes. They’ve shown their enduring spirit over the past couple years, and it’s up to us to pull together for one another once again. I hope you’ll support their recovery: nbcnewyork.com/news/national-…
Here’s the thing: Even with problems of this magnitude, each of us can still find a way to make change. That’s why I’m proud of young people like Alice Mahar, a environmental activist in Melbourne. Read about her and find ways you can help, too: obama.org/updates/how-yo…
The catastrophic fires in Australia are the latest example of the very real and very urgent consequences of climate change. It’s on us to stay focused and protect the one planet we’ve got for the next generation: nymag.com/intelligencer/…
With David Stern’s passing, I’m reflecting on everything he did to take the NBA global, creating entire new generations of fans pretending to be like Mike or any of their favorite players on driveways and playgrounds around the world.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and hopeful 2020. Happy New Year, everybody!
From hip-hop to country to The Boss, here are my songs of the year. If you’re looking for something to keep you company on a long drive or help you turn up a workout, I hope there’s a track or two in here that does the trick.
If there’s one thing I love about @repjohnlewis
, it’s his incomparable will to fight. I know he’s got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend.
Next up are my favorite movies and TV shows of 2019. Of course, there’s also American Factory, a film from our own production company, Higher Ground, that was recently shortlisted for an Oscar. Here’s the full list:
As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favorites that made the last year a little brighter. We’ll start with books today — movies and music coming soon. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.
From the Obama family to yours, Merry Christmas!
On behalf of my family, Chag Sameach and Happy Hanukkah! As Jews around the world celebrate, let the menorah’s light remind us all of the miracles in our own lives.
2019 was full of moments that show humanity at its best—compassionate, entrepreneurial, determined. And yes, hopeful. Take a look to see for yourself. twitter.com/obamafoundatio…
convened 200 inspiring changemakers from across the Asia Pacific. Take a look at their week in Kuala Lumpur with @BarackObama
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You can get the zen garden next week, but tomorrow is the last day to sign up for health coverage at HealthCare.gov
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It was remarkable to be back in the Asia-Pacific region with my sister this week, joined by hundreds of talented and optimistic @ObamaFoundation
leaders. They’re making their mark on this region—and the whole world—and that's good for all of us.
My sister Maya and I are about to take the stage at @ObamaFoundation
Leaders: Asia-Pacific. We'll be talking about how growing up in this region made us who we are—and the opportunity today's young people have to shape the future. I hope you'll tune in at obama.org/asia-pacific-19
Julia Roberts, Deborah Henry, and I are about to take the stage at #ObamaLeaders
: Asia-Pacific to reflect on our visit to Vietnam with the @girlsalliance
and to share our reflections on leadership. Don’t miss it: obama.org/asia-pacific-1…
I thought it was about time I share my holiday gift list — a few practical items, all $10 or less. The best one? Health care for you or somebody you care about. The deadline to sign up is December 15. Go to HealthCare.gov
and get covered.
In Vietnam I had the chance to sit down with some of our @ObamaFoundation
leaders and alumni from across the Asia Pacific. From combating climate change in Vietnam to evaluating social impact in Indonesia, they're doing extraordinary work and expanding their impact together.
What an incredible day in Vietnam with members of the @girlsalliance
Take a look at our visit to Cần Giuộc high school and then visit gofundme.com/girlsopportuni…
to support projects that empower girls through education in Vietnam and around the world.
Because of Paul Volcker, our financial system is stronger and safer for the American people. I’ll remember Paul for his consummate wisdom, untethered honesty, and a level of dignity that matched his towering stature. I’m proud to have called him not just an adviser, but a friend.
Today, we give thanks for our blessings, give back to those around us, and enjoy some time — and turkey, and maybe a little football — with the ones we love. From the Obama family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.
Before arguing with friends or family around the Thanksgiving table, take a look at the science behind arguing better. And it'll never hurt to try this: "Listen to people, get them to think about their own experience, and highlight your common humanity." vox.com/2016/11/23/137…
Politicians shouldn’t be picking their voters. Voters should be picking their representatives. But unless we act, the status quo will remain in states all across the country. Let's make sure maps are drawn fairly when redistricting happens again in 2021: allontheline.org
Take a look at this piece to understand the very real consequences of gerrymandering. In Asheville, NC, we see what happens when district lines are drawn for maximum partisan advantage: It mean citizens’ voices are diminished. It means more polarization. cnn.com/2019/11/23/opi…
Young leaders like these are powering the promise of the Asia Pacific region. Michelle and I couldn’t be more impressed by their initiative. Can’t wait to join them in Malaysia next month. twitter.com/obamafoundatio…
Proud to see Oluwaseun @AyodejiOsowobi
in this list. She’s an @ObamaFoundation
Leader who’s organizing young people in Nigeria to help end sexual violence, and her work embodies what our foundation is all about: passing the baton to the next generation. time.com/collection/tim…
Stories like this are a reminder of our duty, as a country and as Americans, to support every veteran—not only in words, but in deed. To every veteran out there, thank you. We’re forever in your debt.
This Veterans Day, here’s a moving portrait of the extraordinary resilience of my friend Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger I’ve come to know over the years. It’s an honest tribute to all those wounded warriors and their families who give so much to our country nymag.com/intelligencer/…
No one says it better than @MichelleObama
— the Obama Presidential Center coming to the South Side isn't for us, it's for the community and the next generation of leaders. twitter.com/obamafoundatio…
Proud of all the Americans who showed up to vote yesterday, electing a set of hopeful, forward-thinking leaders primed to protect Medicaid, draw fair voting maps, and reduce gun violence. A great night for our country—one that’ll leave a lasting legacy.
Proud to endorse an outstanding group of Virginia Democrats in Tuesday’s election—candidates who’ll not only advance the causes of equality, justice, and decency, but help ensure that the next decade of voting maps are drawn fairly. That’s good policy—and good for our politics.
Today’s the first day of open enrollment on HealthCare.gov
, and high-quality coverage might be more affordable than you think. Nearly 9 in 10 HealthCare.gov
customers qualify for financial help—so if you or someone you know needs insurance, #GetCovered
Congrats to the World Champion @Nationals
and their fans! A great group that always showed up when it counted and was never afraid to show a little joy: dancing in the dugout, laughing, believing, and always sticking together. A true team with a spirit that’d do us all well.
Watch live: @BarackObama
is about to take the stage at the #ObamaSummit
. Tune in now at obama.org
for his conversation with @YaraShahidi
and young leaders from around the world.
Take a tour with @BarackObama
through the future Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side.
Glad to be back in Chicago for the @ObamaFoundation
Summit. It’s where I first learned to organize—and where I met @MichelleObama
. We all have places that define us, and at the Summit, we’ll be exploring the meaning behind them—tune in tomorrow at obama.org
is a Pulitzer winner, an incredible writer, and a great friend. Her memoir, The Education of an Idealist, grapples with the balance between idealism, pragmatism, advocacy, and governance. It's a must-read for anyone who cares about our role in a changing world.
Michelle and I are heartbroken over the passing of our friend, Elijah Cummings. May his example inspire more Americans to pick up the baton and carry it forward in a manner worthy of his service.
I was proud to work with Justin Trudeau as President. He's a hard-working, effective leader who takes on big issues like climate change. The world needs his progressive leadership now, and I hope our neighbors to the north support him for another term.
In December, Michelle and I will head to Malaysia for the first @ObamaFoundation
Leaders: Asia-Pacific gathering. The region plays an important role in my own story, and today, it’s home to a generation of rising leaders ready to create a better world. We can’t wait to join them.
Yesterday, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge became the first ever to break two hours. Today in Chicago, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record. Staggering achievements on their own, they’re also remarkable examples of humanity’s ability to endure—and keep raising the bar.
! I’m excited to share that in December, I’ll be visiting Vietnam to meet some of the inspiring girls from the @girlsalliance
community and the organizations that work so hard to support their dreams.
I can't wait to share their stories with you.
Congrats to the @WashMystics
on a gutsy, first-ever championship! A great team performance when it counted. If folks aren’t careful, this title thing might become a habit in DC.
Here’s an interesting read—a reminder that behind every opinion lies a human being with real experiences and a story to tell. Sometimes we’ll agree and sometimes we won’t, but if we want our democracy work, listening to each other isn’t optional. nytimes.com/interactive/20…
As President, I leaned on @AmbassadorRice
’s experience, expertise, and willingness to tell me what I needed to hear. In her memoir, Tough Love, you’ll see why. It’s a tribute to American leadership—and a unifying call for us to do our part to protect it. I hope you’ll read it.