Now we’re talking! Congrats to Team USA for moving on, and thanks for continuing to make us all proud. #USA twitter.com/USWNT/status/1…
On Juneteenth, we celebrate our capacity to make real the promise of our founding, that thing inside each of us that says America is not yet finished, that compels all of us to fight for justice and equality until this country we love more closely aligns with our highest ideals.
Outside the Oval Office, I kept a painting of a small crowd huddled around a pocketwatch, waiting for the moment the Emancipation Proclamation took effect. On Juneteenth, we celebrate the anniversary of that news - freedom - reaching slaves in Texas. And something more:
This is worth a read: a thought-provoking reminder that education reform isn’t a cure-all. As a supporter of education reform, I agree that fixing educational inequality requires doing more to address the broader, systemic sources of economic inequality. theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…
Yes we can, Greta. I’m hopeful because of you and all the young people who are fighting to protect the planet. Keep at it. twitter.com/gretathunberg/…
Happy Father’s Day to Charles, one of our @ObamaFoundation
Fellows, and all the dads at Fathers’ Uplift. Today, we’re celebrating fathers like these who provide a powerful example—not only for their kids, but for the rest of us, too.
These young people want to take action and make a change. Through the #CommunityLeadership
Corps in Chicago and Hartford, we’re going to help them see it through:
is something to smile about. It was great to celebrate with them back in 2015 and I'm excited to root them on in their drive to earn their fourth star. Best of luck to these champions for equality, on and off the field. #OneNationOneTeam
Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi.
Last week, it was Virginia Beach. But day after day and year after year, too many families and communities are shattered by senseless gun violence. We can't get numb to this. On National Gun Violence Awareness Day, pledge to speak out, #WearOrange
— and vote — to protect lives.
Courage is contagious. Watch some of the courageous students who won our first-ever Civic Action Recognition Awards, hosted with @ChiPubSchools
. They’re showing us that you’re never too young to lead: obama.org/cps-awards
You've got a lot to be proud of, Jiwandeep. Thanks for everything you do to make this country a little more equal. Turban looks great, by the way. Happy Pride Month, everybody! twitter.com/jiwandeepkohli…
What a life. American history has always been driven by visionaries like Leah Chase—and all the men and women who worked and ate at Dooky Chase’s over the years—folks who serve up progress one bowl of gumbo at a time. nytimes.com/2019/06/02/us/…
A story worth sharing: Twelve years ago, Brian joined my first presidential campaign. Two years ago, he was diagnosed with ALS and launched @iamalsorg
to find a cure. Brian and Sandra wake up every day believing that we can win this fight—and that makes me hopeful, too.
Exciting to see the faces of Colombia's future at an @ObamaFoundation
roundtable with young leaders in Bogotá. Their creativity, their compassion, and their drive to improve their country are promising signs of what's to come.
On Memorial Day, we remember all those who gave everything for something greater than themselves. It's up to us to not simply reflect on their sacrifice but to honor it with service of our own—and by living out the values they fought for.
Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young people. Thanks for letting me drop in and thanks to the Nationals Youth Academy for the outstanding work you do to support youth in DC. twitter.com/natsacademy/st…
Congratulations on the inauguration of @chicagosmayor
Lori Lightfoot, Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin, @chicityclerk
Anna Valencia, and the new City Council.
Watch President @BarackObama
's message to Chicagoans on this historic day.
Here’s a great story: While we’ve still got a lot of work to do to make college affordable for everyone, that didn’t stop Robert F. Smith from seizing an opportunity to make a difference. He’s erasing the student loan debt for this year’s @Morehouse
Happy Mother's Day to the most caring, brilliant, funny, and grounded woman I know—a perfect role model not just for our daughters, but so many others. Love you, @MichelleObama
As part of the @ObamaFoundation
, moms like Dr. Mwansa Ketty Lubeya are answering the call for change—and raising the next generation of leaders while they’re at it. twitter.com/obamafoundatio…
Congratulations, Meghan and Harry! Barack and I are so thrilled for both of you and can't wait to meet him. #RoyalBaby twitter.com/RoyalFamily/st…
, everybody! I'm proud of every student out there who's taking the next step in their education. It's the best thing you can do for yourself and your future. twitter.com/michelleobama/…
Condolences to the family of John Singleton. His seminal work, Boyz n the Hood, remains one of the most searing, loving portrayals of the challenges facing inner-city youth. He opened doors for filmmakers of color to tell powerful stories that have been too often ignored.
Congratulations to the new class of @ObamaFoundation
Fellows! Their work in every region of the globe is already making the world better, and I hope this experience helps them make an even bigger impact. Obama.org/fellowship
For thirty-six years, Richard Lugar proved that pragmatism and decency work—not only in Washington but all over the world. Michelle and I send our warmest sympathies to his family and all those who had the privilege of knowing this American statesman.
Dominique’s story is a reminder to us that where you’re from shouldn’t define what you can achieve. I’m proud of her and all students striving for a better future. twitter.com/obamafoundatio…
This generation of climate activists is tired of inaction, and they've caught the attention of leaders all over the world. So while this challenge is only getting more urgent, they show us the kind of action it'll take to meet this moment.
And in the U.S., 13-year old @AlexandriaV2005
of New York, 13-year old @havenruthie
of Denver, and 16-year old @israhirsi
of Minneapolis are some of the young people leading the fight at home. I hope more of us will follow their example. nationalgeographic.com/environment/20…
I met 23-year-old @Luisamneubauer
in Berlin earlier this month. Luisa, the organizer behind the student movement in Germany, says, “It’s our future and we’re not going to stop fighting for it.” latimes.com/world/la-fg-ge…
They're people like 16-year-old @GretaThunberg
, whose protests at Swedish parliament sparked a movement. Inspired by Greta's action, Fridays for Future brought together more than a million strikers on every continent last month to demand action on climate. ted.com/talks/greta_th…
Young people all over the world are leading the way in the fight to protect our planet because they know their future depends on it. This Earth Day, I want to celebrate the courageous, committed young leaders who are stepping up to save the one planet we've got.
To all who celebrate today, happy Easter from our family to yours! On this day of rebirth and renewal, let’s recommit to love and serve our brothers and sisters, especially those in need, in every way we can. Have a great day, everybody.
The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity. On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.
Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.
Congratulations, Tiger! To come back and win the Masters after all the highs and lows is a testament to excellence, grit, and determination.
Another good story worth sharing: From one "kid from Akron" to a new generation of Akron kids, some remarkable early achievements at @IPROMISESchool
. Great work, @KingJames
—and even better work by those students. Proud to be a witness to their success: nyti.ms/2Gjptkp
From a big NBA fan, congrats to future Hall of Famers Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki—not just all-time greats but class acts, too.
In just a few minutes, I’m taking the stage at the @ObamaFoundation
Town Hall Europe for a conversation about how to best support civic leaders carrying out good work across the continent. I hope you’ll tune in live at obama.org
A voice everybody should hear. twitter.com/ncaawbb/status…
Here’s a story about people doing good that's worth sharing: @BradPaisley
and his wife @Kimwilliamspais
saw food insecurity in Nashville and decided to do something about it. They just broke ground on a free grocery store to help families in need: apnews.com/2f5bdd226a674f…
Great to see Chicago’s historic mayoral race between two highly qualified candidates. Congrats to our next mayor, Lori Lightfoot—and Toni Preckwinkle campaigned hard and did us proud. I know that with our city’s heart and Lori’s leadership, Chicago’s best days are still ahead.
Valerie is one of my oldest friends and advisors – she was by my side when I first decided to run for office and for every major moment of the presidency. @ValerieJarrett
's voice has often inspired me and I know “Finding My Voice” will inspire others to lift their voices, too.
Last night I had the chance to meet with first-term Democrats in Congress—it's a young, diverse class, stocked with a bunch of my campaign and administration alums who’ve taken the torch. This group is going to be driving progress for a long time to come.
Just in the nick of time: My brackets have never been my one shining moment, but here we go again. You can check out my #MarchMadness
picks here: go.obama.org/2019-bracket
And here are some ways to help cyclone victims in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe: pbs.org/newshour/world…
The floods in the Midwest and in southern Africa are heartbreaking. Suffering and loss on two sides of the world calls for solidarity and strength from all of us. Ask what you can do to help our fellow Americans and families in need. Here are some ideas: pbs.org/newshour/natio…
In 2011, I visited the tiny town of Moneygall and got to walk around in the house where my great-great-great grandfather Falmouth Kearney lived his early life. I'll always be grateful for the warmth and generosity of the Irish people. Happy St. Patrick's Day! -Barack O’Bama
Michelle and I send our condolences to the people of New Zealand. We grieve with you and the Muslim community. All of us must stand against hatred in all its forms.
and I are rooting hard for Team USA as the Special Olympics World Games get underway this week. Our Special Olympians are terrific examples of America’s heart and drive.