Barack Obama

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As president, I saw Chancellor Merkel lead through crises with her wise pragmatism, good humor, and unrelenting moral compass—and I feel lucky to call her a friend. Grateful for the chance to visit the @NMAAHC today, a reminder that America is a constant work in progress.
Last week, I stopped by the Obama Presidential Center construction site. It’s great to see this dream start to come to life on the South Side and to meet some of the extraordinary people who are helping to build it.
For more than a month, we’ve known this day was coming—but that doesn’t make it any less devastating. Here are my thoughts from when we first saw the draft ruling:…
Across the country, states have already passed bills restricting choice. If you're looking for ways to respond, @PPFA, @USOWomen, and many other groups have been sounding the alarm on this issue for years—and will continue to be on the front lines of this fight.
Today, the Supreme Court not only reversed nearly 50 years of precedent, it relegated the most intensely personal decision someone can make to the whims of politicians and ideologues—attacking the essential freedoms of millions of Americans.
Progress isn’t always a straight line.   Today’s Supreme Court decision is wrong but Congress passing the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act is a modest but real step forward. And the fight will go on, thanks to the activists, survivors, and families who continue to demand action.
50 years ago, committed women and girls from around the country worked with Congress to pass Title IX and equal the playing field. @espn's 37 Words documentary looks into the impact of Title IX and the work still in front of us.
Michelle and I started the @ObamaFoundation's Futures Series to connect the young leaders of tomorrow with the trailblazers of today. It’s great to see the impact that it’s already having on students from the South Side.…
Great news for parents: The COVID-19 vaccine is approved for kids under 5. As appointments ramp up, you’ll be able to find a vaccine at pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, and more. It's safe and effective—this is another big step to protect our loved ones and communities.
On World Refugee Day, we recognize the challenges that refugees face, honor their courage, and celebrate their contributions to our country. If you would like to welcome refugees as your neighbors, join @welcomeus:
Happy Father's Day to all the dads and father-figures celebrating today! Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud of being Malia and Sasha's dad...and the family's designated photographer.
Today, I hope you’ll take some time to celebrate and learn more about Juneteenth. Here are some ways to recognize this important day.…
We remember that even in the darkest hours, there is cause to hope for tomorrow’s light. Let us all recommit ourselves today to honoring those who fought over generations to steer our country closer to our highest ideals.
Juneteenth is a time to commemorate the anniversary of the delayed news of freedom reaching the enslaved Black folks in Galveston, Texas. Today, we remember that struggle for freedom as we reflect on how far we’ve come as a country—and on the work that remains undone.
With four championships in eight years, the @warriors leave no doubt of their place as one of the NBA’s greatest dynasties. Congrats to Finals MVP Steph, Draymond, Klay, Coach Kerr and the rest of Dub Nation for such sustained excellence.
Congrats to @USMonastirBB for winning the 2022 Basketball Africa League Finals. You've inspired countless young people across Africa and around the world with your grit and determination this season. It's exciting to see the game we all love expand throughout the continent.
We need to build democracy for the future—and what gives me hope is the promise and potential of the next generation of leaders coming up. In Copenhagen last week, I had the chance to meet some of those young folks working with the @ObamaFoundation.
If we're going to protect our democracy, we need to keep up the fight for fair maps. @DemRedistrict is at the forefront of that effort—and we need to help them build on the progress they've already made protecting our free and fair elections:……
For the 10th anniversary of DACA, I met with these inspiring young people who shared their stories, the impact that DACA had on their lives, and the work that remains to support them.
For all they have done for our nation, and all they will continue to do, DACA recipients and their families deserve better. On the 10th anniversary of DACA, let's redouble our efforts to build a commonsense immigration system that offers these Americans a pathway to citizenship.
I'm inspired by the @ObamaFoundation leaders I met today. These young people understand that the future of democracy hangs in the balance—and they’re ready to do the work.
Read more in my speech about how we can renew democracy by promoting more inclusive markets, political participation, community building, and less polarizing technology platforms.…
And we will also have to be willing to look squarely at the shortcomings of our own democracies—not the ideal, but the reality. Only then will we be able to tell a better story of what democracy can be, and must be, in this rapidly changing world.
The point is, if we want democracy to flourish, we will have to fight for it. We will have to nurture it. We will have to demonstrate its value, again and again, in improving the lives of ordinary people.
In my own country, the forces that unleashed mob violence on our Capitol are still churning out misinformation and conspiracy theories. For those of us who fervently believe in the ideals of democracy, the question is: How do we respond?
Just as disturbing, within democracies, populist appeals grounded in fear, bigotry, and resentment have elevated leaders who, once they’re in office, have sought to systematically undermine democratic institutions and entrench themselves in power.
On every continent, emboldened autocrats are ramping up oppression, they’re targeting minority groups, they’re often flouting international law.
Yesterday, I spoke at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit to discuss the challenges to democracy around the world, and the work we can do right now with the next generation of leaders to chart a better course.
HAPPENING SOON: At 9am CT, President @BarackObama will be joined on stage by #ObamaLeaders from across Europe, as he delivers the closing remarks at @AoDemocracies' Copenhagen Democracy Summit. Watch live:…
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Happy birthday, Sasha! I have loved watching you grow into the intelligent, beautiful, and caring young woman you've become. And no matter how old you get—you'll always be my baby girl. Look at those cheeks!
Tomorrow, I'll be speaking at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit. At a time like this, what gives me hope is the promise and potential of the next generation of leaders—who understand that democracy hangs in the balance and are ready to do what they can to save it. Take a look:
It was great meeting with our reigning @WNBA champs, the @chicagosky! I am incredibly proud of these athletes, who represent the best of our city—on and off the court.
.@bchesky and I recently spoke with some young people about how the Voyager Scholarship will help students pursue careers in public service. Learn more and apply by June 14:…
This #WearOrange Day, we are honoring Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicagoan who was shot and killed in 2013. Hadiya’s friends and family (pictured here) decided to commemorate her life by wearing orange and in doing so started a national movement about gun violence awareness.
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Today, I’m joining those around the world in celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is with gratitude for your leadership and the kindness you’ve shown me and my family that I say, may the light of your crown continue to reign supreme.
In the aftermath of Uvalde’s preventable tragedy, many of us are asking why Congress seems unable to act. This article provides a useful primer on how the Senate filibuster makes progress on this and other issues difficult, and why it needs to be changed.…
On Memorial Day, we honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and pray for their families—who still love and grieve for them. May God bless our fallen heroes and all who serve.
Jacob Philadelphia was five years old when he visited the Oval Office and asked if his hair was like mine. That photo became one of our favorites – a reminder of the power of seeing yourself in your leaders. Today, he's graduating from high school! Check out our recent reunion.
Inspired by these young leaders, @MBK_Alliance launched a Reimagining Policing Pledge for mayors and cities ready to take action. If you’re wondering how you can help make things a little better today, here are some ways to get involved:…
In the aftermath of his murder, a new generation of activists rose up to channel their anguish into organized action, launching a movement to raise awareness of systemic racism and the need for criminal justice and police reform.
As we grieve the children of Uvalde today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since the murder of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. His killing stays with us all to this day, especially those who loved him.
Senator Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT): "The 14 kids dead in an elementary school in Texas right now. What are we doing? What are we doing? Just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down African American patrons we have another Sandy Hook on our hands."
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Steve Kerr on today's tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.
It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy—a quieter but no less tragic one—for families to wait another day.
We’re also angry for them. Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook—and ten days after Buffalo—our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.
Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde, who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear.
Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.
Getting vaccinated and boosted remains one of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and the ones we love. If you haven't already, find a shot at a vaccination location near you at
We've now lost one million Americans to COVID-19. It's an unfathomable loss – these folks were our parents and grandparents, our sisters and brothers.…
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