May 8th, 2014
10:01 AM ET
3 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
10 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
July 1st, 2013
07:34 AM ET
1 year ago

George W. Bush on Mandela, Snowden and his legacy

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are in Zambia, where they are renovating a health clinic. In an exclusive interview, he tells CNN why he respects Nelson Mandela, what he thinks about Edward Snowden and President Barack Obama, and how he's not going to be around when his legacy is finally decided.

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Filed under: Africa • George W. Bush • NSA
June 30th, 2013
01:15 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama challenges students to follow Mandela legacy

(CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to South Africa on Sunday with a visit to the prison cell where anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela was held and a call to students to help build a new Africa.

Speaking at the University of Cape Town, Obama recounted how American college campaigns against investment in apartheid-era South Africa inspired him to get involved in a public cause for the first time. The school was the site of a famous speech by Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the height of apartheid in 1966, and Obama said the leadership of figures like Kennedy, the now-ailing Mandela and Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi - who began his career as a lawyer in South Africa - "stand as a challenge to your generation."

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Filed under: Africa • President Obama
June 28th, 2013
08:46 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama not ruling out visit to ailing Mandela

(CNN) – President Barack Obama, bound for South Africa on Friday, doesn't appear to be ruling out a visit to Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid icon in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital.

"We'll see what the situation is when we land. I don't need a photo op and the last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela's condition," the president told reporters aboard Air Force One.

"I think the main message we'll want to deliver if not directly to him but to his family is simply a profound gratitude for his leadership though all these years and that the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with him, his family and his country."


Filed under: Africa • President Obama
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