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Obama describes his bond to Jay Z

Jay Z and Barack Obama. (AP/Reuters)

Jay Z made history Thursday by becoming the first hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The man who helped present the award was another trailblazer, the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. The two have much in common, as Obama mentioned in his speech.

Perhaps the most immediate thing they have in common, though, was that neither man was actually at the event. Obama gave his speech in a prerecorded video, and Jay Z tweeted about it later. E! reported the rapper was not able to attend the awards gala in New York City.

In the video, Obama named and congratulated all the inductees before turning to Jay Z (given name Shawn Carter), whom he called “a true America original.”

“I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other,” Obama said. “Nobody who met us when we were younger men would have expected us to be where we are today.”

The former president continued, highlighting some of the personal difficulties both men faced and, in their own ways, overcame.

“We know what it’s like not to have a father around,” he said. “We know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did. So we try to prop open the door of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”

Obama inducts JAY Z into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Obama sprinkled in a bit of his signature wit as well, saying, “Jay and I are also fools for our daughters, although he’s going to have me beat once those two twins show up,” referring to twins Jay Z and his wife Beyoncé have on the way (or have already had, if you believe the Internet rumors).

Speaking of Beyoncé, Obama tossed in a knowing reference to her and Michelle Obama, saying, “Let’s face it….

Barack Obama Facts – 66 Interesting Facts About Barack Obama

Barack Obama facts

Barack Obama facts – 66 Interesting facts about Barack Obama. Obama will be most remembered for his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, provisions of which went into effect from 2010 to 2020. It was a major refurbish of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. He will also be remembered for his initiative to break the ice in relations between the US and Cuba.

Barack Obama Facts

Barak Obama was the 44th President of United States

He was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu.

His mother Ann Dunham was born on an Army Base in Kansas during World War II

His Grandfather was enlisted in the US army which under the leadership of General George Patton marched across Europe

His grandmother Madelyn went to work on a bomber assembly line.

The family settled in Hawaii after the end of World War II

Barack Obama Sr, his father was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya

Obama’s father earned a scholarship and went on to pursue his college education in Hawaii.

Obama Sr. met fellow student Ann Dunham in the college and married her on February 2, 1961, Barack was born six months later

His parents officially separated in March 1964.

Facts about Barack Obama

Soon after, his father returned to Kenya

His mother remarried in 1965 to Lolo Soetoro, a University of Hawaii student from Indonesia

Obama has a half sister Maya Soetoro Ng, was born in 1970.

Anarchy in Indonesia and fearing her son’s safety, Barak was sent to his maternal grandparents in Hawaii

His mother and half-sister later joined them.

Barack means blessed in Swahili and it was also his Kenyan father’s name

His childhood name was Barry

Obama enrolled at the Punahou Academy and graduated with academic honors in 1979

Tall and lanky he was diehard basketball player

Obama became conscious of racism and the hardships he endured as an African American which he poignantly recounts in his memoirs.

10 facts about Barack Obama

He intensely missed his father who he had a chance to see only once, when Obama Sr visited Hawaii for a short time

Obama Sr was involved in a car accident in which he lost both his legs in 1981

He was involved in yet another accident in 1982 when he was travelling in Nairobi and this time it proved fatal. Obama was only 21 then.

He is the third African American…

Hank Williams Jr. Is Coming Back to Monday Night Football

The rowdy friends are coming back.

Hank Williams Jr. will return to the opening of Monday Night Football with his song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” and its catchphrase “Are you ready for some football?” ESPN had dropped the song six years ago after Wiliams made intemperate remarks about President Barack Obama.

The song had played for more than two decades on Monday Night Football and was closely identified with the show, and with football, for a generation of fans. But in 2011, in an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Channel, Williams faulted Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner, a Republican, for playing golf together. It would be like “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” he said, referring to Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

He also said that Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden were “the Three Stooges.”

Three days later, ESPN dropped the song, though Williams claimed the decision was his.

Now Williams says he is glad to be back. “I’m feeling at home and it’s a real good thing,” he told The Tennessean. “I hope there will be some happy people on Monday night again.” The new video with Williams for the show was taped in…

The Latest: Obama offers Prince Harry condolences on attack

The Latest on the concert bombing in Manchester, England (all times local):

7 p.m.

Former U.S. President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to victims of the Manchester bombing during a meeting with Prince Harry.

The prince’s Kensington Palace office tweeted a picture of Harry and Obama at the palace Saturday. It said the former president expressed condolences “and support for those recovering from injuries.”

It said the two men also discussed support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations.

Obama visited Scotland on Friday, playing golf at the renowned Old Course at St. Andrews and attending a charity dinner in Edinburgh.


5:10 p.m.

Police say nothing suspicious has been found at London’s Old Vic Theatre after a security alert prompted the evacuation of cast and audience in the middle of a performance.

Theatergoers earlier tweeted that a matinee performance of “Woyzeck” — starring “Star Wars” actor John Boyega — was halted by theater staff and audience and cast were told to leave.

The police force said specialist officers searched the building and found nothing suspicious.

Britain is under heightened security after Monday’s bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.


3:50 p.m.

Soccer fans are arriving for the FA Cup final with armed police on the streets outside at Wembley Stadium in London as Britain stages its biggest sporting event since the Manchester suicide bombing.

The 22 people killed in Manchester on Monday night will be remembered in the London stadium Saturday before Arsenal and Chelsea contest the soccer showpiece. Prince William will lead the tributes, laying a wreath alongside Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on the field before the kickoff.

Arsenal fan Liz Johnson says she was a “sad after what happened in Manchester but I grew up in Ireland, so bombs did go off there and life does go on. We will be thinking about…

Is It Possible To Break Free From Your Political Bubble?

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US President Barack Obama blows a bubble using a bubble wand created with a 3D printer as he tours the 2016 White House Science Fair in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, DC, April 13, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

One of the dominant themes emerging from the last election cycle is how divided a nation we really are. Americans aren’t alone, given voter breakdown of Brexit and this weekend’s decision on choosing a new French leader—that nation’s electoral map is indicative of the American landscape as well, with liberal voters concentrated in urban centers.

What has not been clear is how to resolve this problem. Engaging with those who hold different opinions seems impossible, at least online. Add to this trolls that assume dozens of identities to blanket social media posts with incendiary rhetoric. Just last week one of my posts on Obama’s return was plastered with a slew of racist commentary and photos.

Is one “side” more open to conversation than the other? Is this even possible when many dialogues are really only heated monologues lobbed like grenades with no patience to contemplate the artillery being fired back? If helpful conversation is not possible, how much worse will it get?

Like many liberals, I recognize the bubble I exist in simply by scanning my feed and noticing the percentage of news I agree with. I log onto Breitbart regularly to sift through news in attempts of wrapping my head around what’s being presented. Yet I never engage in discussion boards, the comments completely foreign to my experiences as an American citizen.

So I took notice when The KIND Foundation, the creators of Kind bars, launched the Pop Your Bubble campaign. It’s a simple extension that suggests ten people on Facebook with opposing ideologies. You can choose to follow them, if you’re so inclined, with the hopes of skewing your feed in another direction.

I’m always wary of companies launching campaigns, so I’m not going to vouch for the actors in the video, or whether or not they’re really actors. Kind has long relied on “every person” marketing, which I’m not criticizing; the company’s messages have always been unifying and culturally progressive, which feeds into my bubble. Since I don’t eat their bars—I wish they would be as wary about sugar as the people eating their candy bars—I have no investment in their product.


What Obama Said on His First Day Back in Public Life

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Former US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at a forum with young leaders to discuss community organizing at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois on April 24, 2017. (JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Obama returned to public life today, indicating some topics he’ll focus on during his post-presidency. His remarks were made at the University of Chicago during a forum with young leaders to discuss community organizing.

Obama’s words were heavily anticipated because of the rancor surrounding the November election, yet the former President avoided any mention of his predecessor. He joked at the opening of his remarks, “So what’s been going on while I’ve been gone?”

The former President also said, setting the stage for his comments, “I’m spending a lot of time thinking about what is the most important thing I can do for my next job?” Then he gave some clues.

Community Organizing

One of Obama’s first job was as a community organizer in New York City as a student organizer, and he seems ready to go full circle after occupying the nation’s highest office.

“It was a little over 30 years ago that I came to Chicago. I was…

OMG it’s all happening: Joe Biden has a favorite meme about his bromance with Obama

ATTENTION, INTERNET: Joe Biden has a favorite Obama bromance meme.

With literally thousands to choose from, the former vice president and America’s actual sweetheart Joe Biden has made an official selection of his favorite meme with his BFF(AE), America’s other actual sweetheart Barack Obama.

Biden’s daughter Ashley told Moneyish that she introduced her dad to the Internet’s storm of memes about he and Obama’s friendship and that, upon the discovery, he “sat there for an hour and laughed.” (This could not…