With all the stress of the first Presidential debate on Wednesday night, Barack Obama still did not forget another important occasion on October 3rd - his 20th wedding anniversary.
Ever the modern couple, Barack and Michelle Obama tweeted each other anniversary greetings, with the President including a picture of him and his wife on their wedding day.
Instead of a cosy anniversary dinner, Obama will spend tonight in the cold hall at the University of Denver, where he will take on Republican opponent Mitt Romney at 9 pm US time (2am in the UK).
A few weeks ago, the political right criticized President Barack Obama for having Common, a Chicago-native rapper, to the White House for a poetry reading. Now, the situation's turned on its head, as a Chicago rapper is attacking the President for being too far right in his foreign policy.
"In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, and the United States of America," Lupe told host Shira Lazar. (Scroll down to watch the interview.) He went on to explain the comment:
"I'm trying to fight the terrorism that's actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff that the U.S. government allows to happen, and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it's easy for us because it's just some oil."
The remarks echo the lyrics of Lupe's song, "American Terrorist," from his 2006 release Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. In the song, he likens episodes from American history to terrorist attacks: "We came through the storm / nooses on our necks / and a smallpox blanket to keep us warm / On a 747 on the Pentagon lawn / Wake up, the alarm clock is connected to a bomb / Anthrax lab on a West Virginia farm / Shorty ain't learned to walk already heavily armed..."
And he had criticized Obama in a recent single, "Words I Never Said," for refusing to speak out against Israeli bombings of civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Lupe, born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, is an observant Muslim who originally disdained hip-hop for its use of vulgarity and degradation of women. He still doesn't use drugs, drink alcohol, or behave wantonly. In fact, he's long been a leader in philanthropy in the hip-hop community, including working with a clean water initiative and releasing a charity single for victims of the Haiti earthquake.
He followed up his comments about terrorism by explaining why he doesn't vote, saying that casting a ballot for a politician for him is an endorsement of everything that person does. He won't do that for any presidential candidates because "I don't want you to bomb some village in the middle of nowhere," he said.
We know that President Obama is quite a sports fan, but he has also referenced a few high-profile musicians since coming onto the scene and laying claim to the White House — think Lil Wayne and Jay-Z, for example. And as the time is now here to begin working on his reelection campaign, he, along with his trusted team of audio enthusiasts, have formulated an intriguing Spotify playlist to coincide with the forthcoming run.
Check the extensive 28-track listing below and then head here to enjoy for your listening pleasure.
LISTEN NOW: Obama's Spotify playlist
01 No Doubt – “Different People”
02 Earth Wind & Fire Experience feat. Al McKay Allstars – “Got To Get You Into My Life – (Live)”
03 Booker T. & The MG’s – “Green Onions – Single/LP Version”
04 Wilco – “I Got You”
05 The Impressions – “Keep On Pushing – Single Version”
06 Jennifer Hudson – “Love You I Do”
07 AgesandAges – “No Nostalgia”
08 Ledisi – “Raise Up”
09 Sugarland – “Stand Up”
10 Darius Rucker – “This”
11 Arcade Fire – “We Used to Wait”
12 Florence And The Machine – “You’ve Got The Love”
13 James Taylor – “Your Smiling Face”
14 REO Speedwagon – “Roll With The Changes”
15 Raphael Saadiq – “Keep Marchin’”
16 Noah And The Whale – “Tonight’s The Kind Of Night”
17 Zac Brown Band – “Keep Me In Mind”
18 Aretha Franklin – “The Weight”
19 U2 – “Even Better Than The Real Thing”
20 Dierks Bentley – “Home”
21 Sugarland – “Everyday America”
22 Darius Rucker – “Learn To Live”
23 Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
24 Electric Light Orchestra – “Mr. Blue Sky”
25 Montgomery Gentry – “My Town”
26 Ricky Martin – “The Best Thing About Me Is You Feat. Joss Stone”
27 Ray LaMontagne – “You Are The Best Thing”
28 Bruce Springsteen – “We Take Care Of Our Own”
Source: BeeAfrican | hypetrak.
Would you pay $1 million or more for a car that has a market price of 14,500 just because President Barack Obama once own it?. Tim O'Brien, the current owner of the 2005 Chrysler 300C once leased by now-President Obama, is trying to sell the car for the whopping seven-figure sum with 20,800 miles , source reports.
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President Barack Obama used to have an easier job in the Illinois senate. And instead of needing bulletproof transportation, he spent a few of his years in Illinois driving in a grey 2005 Chrysler sedan.
That car has had three owners, and is now on eBay for auction. If you think gas prices are high, all this car’s going to cost you is $1,000,00.
The woman handling the auction, Lisa Czibor, said to ABC News, “How do you put a price on something like that?” The eBay listing says Obama drove his Chrysler 300C sedan from July 2004 through summer of 2007, putting more than 19,000 miles on the car before trading it in for a 2007 Ford Escape Hybrid.
The seller listing says the sedan comes with “the original paperwork and the title showing that this vehicle was actually used by Barack.” Czibor has a 100 percent positive feedback rating on eBay.
According to the New York Times, Obama had been criticized in 2008 for driving a V-8 Hemi-powered auto that ate gasoline while at the same time complaining about auto companies not building fuel-efficient cars.
Apparently the price is based on historical value. The Christian Science Monitor reports that the Kelley Blue Book value for a 2005 Chrysler 300C maintained in excellent condition with an odometer reading of 20,800 miles is $16,558.
In 2009, a Russian billionaire bought a blue Mercedes said to be owned by Adolf Hitler for $8 million. But Franklin Roosevelt’s Cadillac V-16 convertible presidential limousine sold for a mere $270,000 at a recent auction.
No bids have been placed on the Obama vehicle at this writing. Full payment is required within ten days of purchase. The auction ends February 1.
The state flag will soon fly in Liberia as 21 Michigan Army National Guard soldiers, many from the Lansing area, head to the African nation to train military there. A deployment ceremony was held Thursday afternoon at the Lexington Lansing Hotel for the soldiers and their families. The soldiers are departing today for training at Fort Benning, Ga., and will serve in Liberia for a year.
The soldiers, including 14 from the Lansing area, volunteered to help a country that's recovering from 14 years of civil war, said Michigan National Guard Col. Pablo Estrada, who will be leading the soldiers.
Operation Observant Liberty will "train Liberian forces on how to be an army," Estrada said. That will cover everything from basic infantry tactics to drill and ceremony, according to the Michigan National Guard.
"It's exciting to be in this position where we get a chance to train an army," Estrada said. "... It's not a cakewalk and we know it's not a cakewalk."
This wave of troops is the second to head to the country but the first out of Michigan, said Estrada. The mission was announced in early November.
Liberia and Michigan are linked through the National Guard's State Partnership Program. That is why the Michigan National Guard stepped up to train there, Estrada said.
About 300,000 Liberians died and 1 million were displaced during the civil war that ended in 2003.
Staff Sgt. Latisha Wolf, 31, will head to Liberia as part of her first National Guard deployment. "It's a great way to actually go out and do something and to represent not only Michigan but the United States," the Lansing woman said. "It's going to be good."
Wolf said she'll miss her husband and four stepchildren, but will be able to communicate with them over the Internet.
Sgt. John Peters of Grayling also will serve in Liberia.
He's previously been deployed to Iraq, and is excited about the opportunity to train soldiers.
"I'm nervous, it's going to be a challenge, definitely," said Peters, who will be leaving behind his wife of five months, April.
She said she has mixed emotions about him leaving but is proud he's serving.
The solders are expected to return in January 2013.