August 6th, 2014
02:58 PM ET
3 weeks ago

Michelle Obama: 'Women are smarter than men'

Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama was asked on Wednesday why it's important to speak up in her position and her jovial answer to a group of African first spouses highlighted many men have come to realize over time: Women are smarter than men as a whole.

"Women are smarter than men," Obama quipped to a chorus of laughs at the African Leaders Spousal Summit in Washington. "And the men can't complain because you're outnumbered today."

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Filed under: Africa • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
August 6th, 2014
10:16 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Final day of Obama's Africa summit to focus on security and corruption

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will participate in a full day of discussion with African leaders Wednesday, turning the conversation to "overall prosperity" in the third and final day of the African Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.

A White House official told CNN that the President will highlight the "complex security challenges" African countries face and how the United States can support them. The panel discussion is focused on "Peace and Regional Stability," one of three in which Obama will participate at the U.S. State Department Wednesday.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama • White House
Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment
August 5th, 2014
11:03 AM ET
4 weeks ago

Bill Clinton: America has 'barely scratched the surface' on African investment

Washington (CNN) - With the vast majority of African leaders in town for a White House summit on the future of the continent, former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that partnering with African business is a "massive opportunity for American business."

Clinton, who moderated the opening panel at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, said that although the conventional wisdom is that Africa needs the United States far more than America needs Africa, the reality is that the U.S. business community "needs this relationship as much or more as Africa and its business community.”

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Filed under: Africa • Bill Clinton • President Obama
May 8th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
4 months ago

Inside Politics Speed Read: Obama wants to 'save those kids,' but can he?

The horrible story of Nigerian girls being kidnapped for going to school seems to have affected President Obama and the first lady personally as the U.S. government also struggles to find consequential ways to help rescue them.

First lady Michelle Obama joined the social media campaign to raise awareness about the missing Nigerian schoolgirls when she tweeted a photo from the White House with a determined and sad look on her face and a piece of paper in her hand saying, “#BringBackOurGirls.”

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Filed under: Africa • Hillary Clinton • President Obama • State Department • Terrorism
Lawmaker: U.S. surely working to prevent Al-Shabaab attack in U.S.
September 22nd, 2013
01:22 PM ET
11 months ago

Lawmaker: U.S. surely working to prevent Al-Shabaab attack in U.S.

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Peter King, a member of the House intelligence committee who has been briefed on Saturday’s attack in Nairobi, Kenya, argued Sunday the brutal mall killings show a “growing influence of al Qaeda in Africa.”

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week,” the New York Republican also said he assumes the United States government is looking to prevent any attempts in the U.S. by Al-Shabaab, the group claiming responsibility for the attack.
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Filed under: Africa • Peter King
July 2nd, 2013
09:53 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama concludes Africa trip

(CNN) – President Barack Obama concluded his trip to Africa Tuesday after making a final pitch for partnership at a Tanzanian power plant.

Some 70% of Africans lack access to reliable electricity, Obama said, and the United States can help bring more power on line.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Obama shows off his 'Soccket' moves
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
July 2nd, 2013
08:58 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama shows off his 'Soccket' moves

Updated 9:08 a.m ET, 7/2

(CNN) – President Barack Obama couldn't leave Africa without kicking a soccer ball around.

Traveling with President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania on Tuesday, Obama toured the Umbungo Symbion Power Plant, where they saw a demonstration of the power-generating "Soccket" ball.
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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
July 2nd, 2013
08:31 AM ET
1 year ago

Michelle Obama, Laura Bush joke about 'prison' of White House

Updated 11:03 a.m. ET, 7/2

(CNN) – In a rare joint appearance, first lady Michelle Obama and Former first lady Laura Bush were on stage, laughing about shared experiences and giving advice to fellow first ladies–even talking about Michelle's 'bang backlash' that swept the nation.

The two women spoke at the First Ladies Summit in Africa on Tuesday, as President Barack Obama and the first family wrapped up their week-long trip to the fast-developing continent.
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Filed under: Africa • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
July 1st, 2013
12:21 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama begins visit to strategic Tanzania

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (CNN) – Tanzanians, hundreds wearing white shirts and hats bearing President Barack Obama's face, said "karibu," or "welcome," to the U.S. leader as they lined the street - temporarily renamed "Obama Avenue" - leading to the State House on Monday.

Tanzania is the latest democratic country the president is visiting to promote the White House's increased partnership with Africa amid criticism the administration has focused its attention on other areas of the globe and only primarily military interests in Africa.

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
Obama, Bush to attend ceremony in Tanzania
July 1st, 2013
08:16 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama, Bush to attend ceremony in Tanzania

Dar es Salaam (CNN) - President Barack Obama will meet with former President George W. Bush Tuesday morning in Tanzania, where they'll both attend a wreath laying ceremony commemorating the U.S. Embassy attack in Dar es Salaam, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced on Air Force One.

Talking about their upcoming meeting, Obama said Monday it will be a chance to talk about the President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, an aid program started by Bush during his first term.
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Filed under: Africa • George W. Bush • President Obama
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