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Obama is 'a very good man', says Trump post White House meet

Washington D.C. (United States), Nov. 11 : United States President Barack Obama met the President-elect Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, as both men put their bitter differences aside in a time-honoured ritual epitomizing the peaceful transfer of political power.

Three days after mocking Trump as unfit to control the codes needed to launch nuclear weapons, Obama told his successor that he wanted him to succeed and would do everything he could to ensure a smooth transition, reports CNN.

Calling Obama a "very good man" Trump, said that he would be seeking his advice in future.

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Is Trump following Obama's footsteps?

New York [USA], Nov. 8 : Comparing incumbent US President Barack Obama with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may look bizarre to any American. However, the duo indeed has something in common from a political perspective.

Trump has been reckless with his words in many of his speeches, leading many to believe that racism is at the core of his campaign while Obama being the first elected black President in the US history stands quite opposite to Trump's assertion so far.

But what Trump has said is on the same issues and frames that Obama raised in 2008 and 2012. The Republican nominee has, however, changed the story lines, writes the New York Times.

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FBI should not operate on 'innuendo' in Clinton email probe, says Obama

Washington D.C. [US], Nov. 3 : US President Barack Obama has implicitly criticised Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey over the new inquiry into presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email use.

Obama said the investigations should not operate on the basis of innuendo or incomplete information.

The FBI is now investigating new emails that may be linked to its probe into Clinton's private email server.

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Obama suggests voters holding Clinton to a double standard

Washington, Nov 2 : President Barack Obama has suggested that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton faces a double standard as the first female presidential nominee of a major party against an outlandish opponent whose rhetoric and behaviour were being normalised.

"I saw her as my Secretary of State. I saw her in the Situation Room making arguments to go after (Osama) bin Laden even though it was risky, tirelessly circling the globe as Secretary of State, respected around the world," Obama said on Tuesday during a rally in Columbus, Ohio.

"Her efforts are not always flashy and they're not always appreciated here at home, but she made me a better president and she didn't ask for credit."

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Obamas dance to 'Thriller' at White House Halloween

Washington, Nov 1 : President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama danced to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at their last White House Halloween trick-or-treat event.

"You guys all look scary, or cool, or whatever you're trying to be," Obama told the assembled trick-or-treaters on Monday night.

The Obamas decorated the South Lawn of the White House and welcomed more than 4,000 people for trick-or-treating, mostly from 15 Washington-area elementary schools and military families, USA Today reported.

Treats came in the form of Hershey Kisses, Halloween cookies, Miamp;Ms, Fruit Bars, Kettle Corn, Bo and Sunny baseball cards and other assorted candies. Tricks were forbidden by the Secret Service.

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Obama outshines 11 previous US presidents, commutes sentences of record 872

New York [USA], Oct. 28 : United State President Barack Obama created a record on Thursday after commuting the sentences of 98 inmates, most of whom were convicted on nonviolent drug charges and 42 of them were facing life imprisonment.

The White House announced that this brings the total number of sentences commuted by Obama during his presidency to 872 individuals, 688 in 2016 alone and more than the previous 11 presidents combined, reports the CNN.

"These are individuals- many of whom made mistakes at a young age - who have diligently worked to rehabilitate themselves while incarcerated," White House Counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in the blog post.

The commutations are part of a White House push to bring existing sentences in line with current standards.

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Obama to campaign almost everyday in final week

Washington, Oct 28 : President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton almost everyday in the final week leading to the November 8 election, a White House aide said.

Obama will also ramp up his efforts to boost Democrats in down-ballot races through additional travel, robocalls, radio spots and endorsements, the aide said on Thursday.

He will court the millennial vote through late-night shows and online outlets. He's scheduled to appear on "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" on October 31, ABC News reported

The aide said the president plans to focus on positive messaging, making his case for Clinton and looking forward to uniting the country after the divisive election.

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Obama tears into Trump over 'rigged' election claim, asks him to quit 'whining'

Washington D.C., Oct. 19 : President Barack Obama on Tuesday branded Donald Trump's claims of a rigged election as destructive to American democracy, asserting that the Republican presidential nominee was whining about an invented conspiracy.

"You start whining before the game's even over?" Obama said during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden, adding that Trump's claim is "not based on facts", CNN reported.

Following two bland debates and a significant drop in poll numbers, Trump and his team have continued to fuel claims that the US election system is "rigged,"

Trump has urged his supporters to monitor polling sites for potentially ineligible voters attempting to cast ballots.

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Talks on with India, Pakistan on importance of reducing tensions: U.S.

Washington D.C., Oct. 4 : Maintaining a diplomatic streak as tensions keep escalating between India and Pakistan, the United States has called on both nations to maintain calm and restraint, adding that their government is having regular conversations with the hostile neighbours on the importance of reducing the tensions in the region.

Addressing a press conference, Elizabeth Trudeau Director of the Press Office for the U.S. State Department emphasised on the importance of communication between India and Pakistan to reduce tensions.

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Peres one of few people who changed history: Obama

Washington, Sep 28 : US President Barack Obama has termed former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday morning, as one of the few people who changed the course of human history.

Peres, 93, died at a hospital in Tel Aviv following a major stroke two weeks ago, Xinhua news agency reported.

"There are few people who we share this world with who change the course of human history, not just through their role in human events, but because they expand our moral imagination and force us to expect more of ourselves. My friend Shimon was one of those people," Obama said in a statement issued by the White House.

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Obama used pseudonym in e-mails with Clinton, new FBI documents say

Washington, Sep 25 : US President Barack Obama reportedly used a pseudonym in some of the e-mails he exchanged with Hillary Clinton when she served as his Secretary of State from 2009-2013, according to new documents released by the FBI.

The FBI on Friday released its second batch of documents -- comprising 189 pages -- from its two-year investigation into Clinton's use of a private e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State, EFE news reported.

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Obama opens African-American museum in Washington DC

Washington, Sep 25 : The first black President of the US has formally opened the first US national museum about the African-American history in Washington DC.

Barack Obama said the $540m (£415m) museum represented a "common journey towards freedom".

The building, designed by British architect David Adjaye, sits on Washington's National Mall, the BBC reported.

Obama was joined by his predecessor George W. Bush, who signed the bill in 2003 to allow construction to proceed.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Obama urged African-Americans to "come here and see the power of your own agency".

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Obama bats for Clinton, says will consider it "personal insult" if black voters don't vote

Washington [USA], Sept. 18 : United States President Barack Obama delivered an emotional plea to the African-American community to stop Donald Trump and said that he would consider it a "personal insult" to his legacy if the black voters didn't turn out to vote apparently for Hillary Clinton.

Obama warned that while his name would not be on the ballot in November, all of the progress that the country has made over the last eight years was on the line, reports the CNN.

"If I hear anybody saying their vote does not matter, that it doesn't matter who we elect. Read up on your history, it matters. We've got to get people to vote," Obama said while addressing the Congressional Black Caucus gala for the last time as the President last night.

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Obama to consider easing Myanmar sanctions as Aung San Suu Kyi visits

Washington [USA], Sept. 14 : United States President Barack Obama will today host Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office, where he is likely to ascertain whether the time is right to remove further economic sanction on Myanmar leaders to help boost economic development in the country.

In November last year, when Suu Kyi won Myanmar's landmark election and claimed majority in the Parliament, ending half a century of dominance by the military, Washington removed certain government-run businesses and some banks from the blacklist in an attempt to jump-start trade, reports the CNN.

A latest round of sanctions relief could ease restrictions on Myanmar's military, which still controls important government functions like its borders and armed forces.

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Obama is 'founder of IS', says Trump

Washington, Aug 11 : Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that President Barack Obama is "the founder" of the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

During a campaign rally in Sunrise, Florida, Trump on Wednesday criticised Obama's counter-terrorism strategy and said he was "the founder of IS" and that his rival in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton, is the "co-founder" of this terrorist group, EFE news reported.

"IS is honouring President Obama. He is the founder of IS. And I would say the co-founder is crooked Hillary Clinton," said Trump while rally-goers cheered 'Lock her up!' directed at Clinton.

Trump criticised that Obama has refused using the term "radical Islamic terrorism" to refer to the attacks in Orlando, Florida and San Bernardino, California.

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