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In South Africa speech deploring “exploding inequality”

Obama boasts: “I’m surprised how much money I got”

By Barry Grey, 19 July 2018

Obama may be surprised at his recent entry into the American financial oligarchy, but it’s not for lack of effort on his part to “join the club.”

Change that he can believe in: Obama cashes in on Wall Street

By Niles Niemuth, 20 September 2017

Less than a year after leaving office, former President Obama has comfortably entrenched himself within the upper echelons of the top 1 percent.

Obama presidential center in Chicago could cost $1.5 billion

By George Marlowe, 19 May 2017

The Obamas are building their shrine to themselves in a highly impoverished area of the city of Chicago as part of their post-presidential mythmaking efforts.

Hypocrisy and lies: Barack Obama accepts “Profile in Courage” award in Boston

By Kate Randall, 9 May 2017

Although Obama did not mention the ACA or “Trumpcare” in his remarks accepting the award, it is clear that the passage of Obamacare was one of the main reasons he was chosen.

The New York Times worries about the high political cost of Obama’s $400,000 speeches

By David Walsh, 3 May 2017

The Times editorial is brief and unconvincing, bringing forward arguments and issuing an appeal to Obama that the editors themselves hardly seem to believe in.

Obama’s $400,000 speeches: Unabashed. Shameless. Provocative.

By David Walsh, 29 April 2017

The two speaking fees alone put the former candidate of “change” into the top one percent of income earners in the US—in fact, one of them would almost have done the trick.

Wall Street to cut Obama his first six-figure check

By Niles Niemuth, 26 April 2017

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald will reportedly pay the former president $400,000 to speak at a health care conference in September.

After vacation with billionaires

Obama returns to Chicago to promote “civic engagement”

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2017

The former president attended two small events focused on youth in politics, and exposed the unbridgeable divide between the Democratic Party and the vast majority of the population.

Obama lives it up in the lap of luxury

By Niles Niemuth, 18 April 2017

Former president Barack Obama has spent much of the three months since he left office on vacation with his multi-millionaire and billionaire friends.

The Obamas sign reported $65 million book deal

By David Walsh, 2 March 2017

The Financial Times revealed that Penguin Random House had won a record-breaking auction between publishing houses and will buy the two books for more than $65 million.

The Obamas prepare to cash in

By David Walsh, 3 February 2017

The great question a recent study addresses is whether the Obamas will outdo the Clintons in amassing wealth after leaving the White House.

Only days before Trump’s inauguration

Obama expands NSA spying

By George Gallanis, 14 January 2017

Under new rules imposed by the Obama administration, the NSA can share the personal communications data of millions of people with 16 other US intelligence agencies.

Obama’s farewell address: One last round of clichés and lies

By Niles Niemuth, 11 January 2017

In a speech as banal as dishonest, Obama boasted of the supposed progress achieved during his eight years as president while warning that the social inequality he has helped foster poses a threat to democracy.

Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

By Joseph Kishore, 10 January 2017

For Obama and the privileged social layers that surround the Democratic Party, a legacy can be crafted with honeyed phrases and clever marketing. Millions of people, however, will judge the administration by its actions.

Hail to the Chief—wealthy celebrities bid farewell to Obama

By Hiram Lee, 10 January 2017

The Obama administration hosted an all-star farewell party at the White House this weekend, and celebrities from throughout the film and music industries came to pay their respects.

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2017

Virtually no one has been allowed to read the 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, and a concerted effort is underway to make sure that nobody is able to read it in the future.

Obama extends global reach of US Special Operations death squads

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2016

The global mandate of the new formation means US death squads could be sent virtually anywhere, from European cities to South American jungles, including in the United States itself.

Federal judge blocks new Obama administration overtime rules

By Shannon Jones, 28 November 2016

The court ruling upset 70 years of prior precedent that gave the Labor Department the authority to set rules regulating overtime pay.

Trump to build on Obama’s antidemocratic legacy

By Tom Carter, 24 November 2016

The assault on democratic rights under cover of the “war on terror” has provided the incoming Trump administration with a pseudo-legal framework to impose authoritarian methods of rule.

2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony

Obama awards those who “have helped make me who I am”

By David Walsh, 24 November 2016

Tuesday’s ceremony, during which Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on 21 individuals, was a bizarre and unreal event.

Obama rejects pardon for Snowden

By Jerry White, 21 November 2016

In an interview with German media outlets, Obama rejected a presidential pardon for NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Obama seeks to placate concerns over Trump in final tour of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 November 2016

Obama’s promotion of his successor is so obvious that the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung described him as Donald Trump’s “press spokesman.”

Greek protests greet Obama’s last overseas tour as US president

By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2016

Obama aimed to reassure the European ruling classes that Donald Trump's election would not undermine their relations with the United States.

Obama defends Trump at White House press conference

By Patrick Martin, 15 November 2016

The Democratic president emphasized his desire for a “smooth transition” to a government by an ultra-right Republican opposed by a majority of the American people.

Another apologia for Obamacare from the New York Times’ Paul Krugman

By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016

The columnist downplays the impact of skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and co-pays to tout the pro-corporate health care “reform” as a brilliant success.

Philippine President Duterte tells Obama to “go to hell”

By Joseph Santolan, 6 October 2016

The statement was the latest in a string of outbursts by Duterte, who has responded angrily to Western criticisms of his murderous anti-drug crusade.

Obama and the US secret war in Laos

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2016

Obama is the first US president since the Vietnam War to visit Laos, the scene of one of US imperialism’s bloodiest crimes, even as his administration is preparing new wars on a far greater scale.

Rising global tensions surface at G20 summit

By Nick Beams, 5 September 2016

It is a sure sign of the deepening malaise of the global capitalist economy, afflicted by lower growth and falling trade, that “overcapacity” in steel was at the very centre of the G20 economic agenda.

War clouds overhang Obama’s Asian trip

By Peter Symonds, 1 September 2016

Obama will attend international summits in China and Laos amid escalating geo-political rivalries, particularly between Washington and Beijing.

Democratic convention: Obama piles on more lies

By Barry Grey, 28 July 2016

Showing his contempt for the intelligence of the American people, the president concluded by repeating the slogans of his 2008 election campaign, as though America in 2016 was the realization of the empty promises he made back then.

Obama in Dallas: Platitudes and lies on police killings

By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2016

To deliver an honest speech, Obama would have had to admit that the epidemic of police killings as well as the shootings in Dallas are either the direct product of or blowback from his administration’s policies.

Obama campaigns with Hillary Clinton at North Carolina rally

By Tom Hall, 6 July 2016

The speeches by Clinton and the current president continued to press the shopworn portrayal of the Democratic Party as a defender of the “middle class.”

US Senate gives last-minute approval to Puerto Rico debt package

By Rafael Azul, 1 July 2016

The US Senate approved on June 29 a debt measure for Puerto Rico, less than 48 hours before the island was to default on a $2.1 billion debt.

North American summit dominated by Brexit fallout and geopolitical rivalries

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 30 June 2016

Obama took a direct swipe at China, warning that if the three North American countries did not act together, other countries in Asia would write the rules of global trade.

After Orlando massacre

Democrats take the lead in attack on democratic rights

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2016

The plan to use the FBI “watch list” to ban gun purchases is only the initial step towards a more systematic attack on democratic rights.

As Obama endorses Clinton, Sanders signals readiness to back campaign

By Patrick Martin, 10 June 2016

The Vermont senator met with President Obama and other top party leaders in Washington, making clear he will not challenge the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate.

Obama in Hiroshima

By Bill Van Auken, 28 May 2016

The visit to Hiroshima displayed in full the hypocrisy for which the Nobel Prize-winning president is so well known, but in this case magnified through the lens of one of history’s greatest war crimes.

Obama to American youth: Stop complaining, things have never been better!

By Niles Niemuth—SEP candidate for US vice president, 17 May 2016

While media attention has focused on Obama’s swipes at Donald Trump, more significant was his chastisement of young people for supporting the campaign of self-declared socialist Bernie Sanders.

Obama and the bombing of Hiroshima

By Andre Damon, 13 May 2016

The American president will travel to Hiroshima not to apologize for past crimes, but to prepare new ones.

Obama to Flint: Shut up and drink the water

By Shannon Jones, 5 May 2016

Obama perpetuated the cover-up of the criminal responsibility of government officials at all levels for the disaster, while downplaying the health consequences of lead poisoning.

White House correspondents dinner: A degrading spectacle of conformism

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2016

The political, media and entertainment elite stage this annual celebration of wealth and influence.

US President Obama warns against Britain leaving the European Union

By Robert Stevens, 23 April 2016

Such is the concern of significant sections of the US ruling elite of the economic, political and military implications of a UK break from the EU, that President Obama felt compelled to intervene.

US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in case affecting millions of immigrants

By Eric London, 22 April 2016

Key justices expressed unexpected support for a 26-state challenge to executive orders granting temporary deferral from deportation to a limited category of migrants.

Obama flies to Saudi Arabia amid rising tensions

By Bill Van Auken, 20 April 2016

While friction has arisen over Washington’s dealings with Iran and fallout from 9/11, the monarchical dictatorship remains a linchpin of US policy in the Middle East.

Obama administration to cut off Flint emergency aid

By James Brewer, 29 March 2016

The Obama administration, along with state and local government officials of both parties, played a critical role in creating and covering up the disaster in Flint.

Obama high court pick Merrick Garland: A record of support for police powers

By Tom Carter, 28 March 2016

Garland’s judicial career parallels the rightward trajectory of the American judiciary over the past two decades, and especially since the launch of the “war on terror.”

Obama hails Macri’s attacks on Argentine workers

By Rafael Azul, 24 March 2016

Obama’s trip is aimed at cementing closer military and economic relations with the right-wing Macri government.

Obama in Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

Castro government welcomes Obama, US corporate heads to Cuba

By Alexander Fangmann, 21 March 2016

Leading a delegation of over 1,000 US politicians and business executives, Obama’s visit represents a substantial move to bring Cuba under the direct sway of US imperialism.

Obama’s choice to replace Scalia on Supreme Court had won Republican praise

By John Andrews, 17 March 2016

President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, a federal judge and former US prosecutor, to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of arch-reactionary Antonin Scalia.

Obama backs attack on encrypted communication

By Evan Blake, 14 March 2016

Speaking at the South by Southwest festival, Obama sought to minimize the far-reaching scope of the FBI’s demands that Apple create anti-encryption software.

Trudeau pledges strengthened Canada-US partnership in White House visit

By Roger Jordan, 12 March 2016

A key, although little reported, theme of the Trudeau-Obama summit was strengthening Canada-US military-security cooperation in the Arctic, Middle East and around the world.

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2016

If there is a “quagmire” in the Middle East, it is of Washington’s creation, the product of unending wars for regime change aimed at imposing US hegemony over the region and its vast energy resources.

Obama lectures Russia on Syrian “quagmire”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2016

If there is a “quagmire” in the Middle East, it is of Washington’s creation, the product of unending wars for regime change aimed at imposing US hegemony over the region and its vast energy resources.

Obama urges Illinois legislature to adopt bipartisan plan for austerity

By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2016

With Republican Governor Rauner and state Democrats at an impasse over how to impose deep budget cuts, Obama visited Springfield to encourage a bipartisan agreement.

Obama budget proposes increases in military, security spending

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016

The budget’s proposed increases in domestic spending are empty election-year posturing, but the increases in military and security spending will almost certainly be enacted.

Escalating Michigan crisis overwhelms Obama’s visit to Detroit

By Andre Damon, 21 January 2016

Amid growing evidence of the Michigan government’s complicity in poisoning thousands of children in Flint, Obama boasted that “all kinds of good things are happening.”

Supreme Court to rule on Obama immigration program

By Bill Van Auken, 20 January 2016

The court’s announcement came amid rising anger and fear over the roundup and deportation of Central American refugees.

Obama White House declares state of emergency over Flint water crisis

By Thomas Gaist, 18 January 2016

In the face of an immense public health catastrophe, the American federal government has mustered the meager sum of some five million in federal funds.

Obama’s final State of the Union: Lies, evasions and threats

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2016

Neither the US president nor his bipartisan congressional audience were capable of dealing honestly or seriously with the social crisis in America.

Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016

A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.

Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief

By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2016

Obama professes to mourn for children killed by gun violence while presiding over a never-ending escalation of military violence around the world.

Obama announces executive measures for gun control

By Tom Eley, 6 January 2016

Not even Obama claims that his proposals, which amount to a further expansion of the already vast police-intelligence apparatus, will resolve the scourge of gun violence in the US.

Obama responds to terror scare over San Bernardino attack

By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2015

The propaganda campaign over San Bernardino aims to shift US politics even further to the right and overcome popular opposition to expanded military operations in the Middle East.

Obama’s “60 Minutes” interview and the crisis of US policy in Syria

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015

Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A tense visit by Chinese president to the White House

By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2015

Obama and Xi both paid lip service to the need for greater cooperation, but the lack of agreement on key issues highlights the danger of confrontation and conflict.

Obama’s hypocrisy over Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who brought a clock to school

By David Walsh, 21 September 2015

The handcuffing and arrest of 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a digital clock to school in Irving, Texas, a Dallas suburb, was a repugnant act that smelled of racism and xenophobia.

New York Times paints Obama as “champion” of working people

By Andre Damon, 1 September 2015

The Times’ claim that President Obama has spent his administration “working to empower the economically marginal” is a political fabrication of the first order.

Obama hails Ethiopian regime as US proxy in “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 28 July 2015

The US president is seeking to escalate the conflict in the Horn of Africa as a means of securing US hegemony.

Obama promotes militarism and murder

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2015

In a speech Tuesday to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the US president boasted of the success of US drone missile and assassination programs, listing a series of victims.

US labor force participation rate hits lowest level in nearly four decades

By Andre Damon, 3 July 2015

The latest US jobs report, despite being greeted by the political establishment as another sign of a "recovery," points to continued economic stagnation.

Obama proposes rules to expand overtime pay for salaried workers

By Andre Damon, 1 July 2015

Despite being touted as a major new policy initiative by the White House, the proposed change to overtime rules would affect just 3.5 percent of US workers.

Obama’s eulogy in Charleston, South Carolina

By Andre Damon, 29 June 2015

President Obama’s eulogy for the victims of this month’s shooting in Charleston was remarkable for its religious obscurantism and inability to seriously address any of the issues that led to the horrendous mass murder.

The social roots of racism in America

By Andre Damon, 23 June 2015

The political establishment has seized upon the tragedy in Charleston to promote the conception that race is the fundamental category in American society.

Obama, Republicans join forces to salvage trade bill

By Patrick Martin, 17 June 2015

The campaign of the White House and congressional Republicans in support of the TPP shatters the conventional picture of official Washington, supposedly divided into intransigent partisan camps.

G7 summit convenes amid US threats against Russia

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2015

In the lead-up to the meeting in Bavaria, US officials called for extended economic sanctions and stepped-up military pressure against Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.

Seymour Hersh exposes official lies about Bin Laden killing

By Niles Williamson, 12 May 2015

An article by the Pulitzer Prize winner, published Sunday in the London Review of Books, exposes the entire official narrative of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden as a concoction of lies.

White House Correspondent’s Dinner: Wealth, influence, hypocrisy

By Kate Randall, 27 April 2015

Obama's remarks, well received by the media, exemplified the hypocrisy of official Washington.

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015

President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.

The fraud of Obama’s “Student Aid Bill of Rights”

By Nancy Hanover, 23 March 2015

Obama’s proposal for student loan aid is both a publicity stunt to appease popular concern over ever-rising student loan debt and a plan to tighten enforcement on repayment.

Selma and the legacy of the US civil rights movement

By Fred Mazelis and Joseph Kishore, 9 March 2015

Obama’s commemoration of “Bloody Sunday” was a political farce aimed at sanctifying a corrupt apparatus with the blood of those who made great sacrifices as part of the civil rights movement.

US Supreme Court hears challenge to Obamacare subsidies

By Kate Randall, 6 March 2015

A ruling for the plaintiffs could invalidate subsidies for up to 7.5 million people purchasing coverage on the federal Obamacare exchange.

Obama budget cuts target high school counselors

By Nancy Hanover, 21 February 2015

The Obama administration is promoting a low-paid untrained corps of “near-peers” while continuing to propose cuts in federal funding.

National Security Strategy document affirms US drive for world domination

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2015

The document elaborates the American ruling class’ view that the US is “the world’s leading global power with interests in every part of an increasingly interconnected world.”

The coming fight over wages in the US

By Jerry White, 19 January 2015

Several leading newspapers and think tanks have pointed to the long-term stagnation of wages as the catalyst for a potentially explosive movement over wages by the working class.

At Michigan auto factory, Obama says more “sacrifice” needed for economic turnaround

By Jerry White, 8 January 2015

President Obama pointed to the auto industry—where labor costs have been slashed by nearly a third over the last decade—as the model for building America’s “middle class.”

Obama backs beleaguered Mexican president

By Bill Van Auken, 7 January 2015

Facing mounting calls for his resignation over the massacre of Mexican students, Peña Nieto discussed security, economic integration and immigration in a trip to Washington yesterday.

US Department of Education reveals new criteria for financial aid to colleges

By Evan Blake, 29 December 2014

The new college ratings system represents the extension of Obama’s Race to the Top into the sphere of higher education.

Obama’s paramilitary police: The “war on terror” comes home

By Andre Damon, 3 December 2014

The ongoing militarization of local police forces is a major component of the assault on democratic rights in the United States.

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2014

As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes.

Obama announces right-wing immigration “reform” in national address

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2014

In a contemptible speech, the chief representative of the corporate and financial aristocracy carried forth on the need for immigrants to “play by the rules” and be held “accountable.”

Obama at APEC: US steps up economic offensive against China

By Nick Beams, 14 November 2014

US trade policy is based on a drive to secure domination of the world economy, using both military and economic means.

Obama-Xi talks underscore US war threat in Asia

By Patrick Kelly, 13 November 2014

New military “confidence-building mechanisms” resolve none of the issues underlying Washington’s confrontation of China.

ASEAN summit opens in Myanmar

By Joseph Santolan, 13 November 2014

The summit’s first day was marked by an avoidance of the question of the South China Sea.

Obama doubles US troop strength in Iraq

By Patrick Martin, 8 November 2014

Obama made the announcement three days after an election in which there was virtually no discussion of the war in Syria and Iraq.

Obama in Detroit

By Andre Damon, 3 November 2014

The empty and cynical character of the election was epitomized by President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance Saturday in Detroit.

Proposals to further restrict access to White House follow security breach

By Barry Grey, 24 September 2014

Relatives say the White House intruder, Iraq war veteran Omar Jose Gonzalez, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and needs to be treated rather than dealt with as a criminal.

Obama stimulus plan to include major corporate tax cuts

By Jerry White, 6 January 2009

US president-elect Barack Obama announced on Monday that he favors an economic “stimulus” plan of about $775 billion, a large proportion of which will consist in corporate tax cuts.

Buyer beware! Obama named “Marketer of the Year”

By Tom Eley, 6 December 2008

About three weeks before he won the general election, President-elect Barack Obama was delivered a different sort of distinction—from the advertising world. Obama was named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008.” The annual award is voted upon by hundreds of advertising executives and marketers at the annual Association of National Advertisers conference, entitled “Masters of Marketing.”

Obama’s attorney general pick and the illusion of change

20 November 2008

The reported choice of Eric Holder as attorney general is another indication that, far from fleshing out the vague promises of “change” that dominated the election campaign, the transition to the Obama presidency is laying the foundations for the continuation of many of the criminal and reactionary policies of the past eight years.