President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

Barack Obama has delivered his farewell address, ten days before he leaves office after serving two consecutive terms as the 44th President of the United States.

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Speaking in Chicago, Obama finished where he began in the 2008 election campaign, exhorting his supporters “to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes we can.”

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Prepared transcript of President Barack Obama’s farewell address.

It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. It was in neighborhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss. This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.

After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea – our bold experiment in self-government. [Read more…]


Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Meet In First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have met in the first presidential debate of the 2016 United States election campaign.

Debate

The debate took place at Hofstra University in New York.

The full audio, video and transcript of the debate appear below. [Read more…]


Full List Of United States Senators – 2016

This table shows the full list of United States senators, as of August 2016.

The 50 states have two senators each, for a total of 100. Senators serve 6-year terms, with one-third facing the electorate every two years.

The table below shows the number of senators in each class and their party affiliation. Class 3 was elected in 2010 and faces election this year, on the same day as the presidential election. Class 2 was elected in 2014 and faces election in 2020. Class 1 was elected in 2012 and faces election in 2018.

U.S. Senate Numbers 2016
Class Republicans Democrats Independents TOTAL
Class 1 – Election 2018
8
23
2
33
Class 2 – Election 2020
22
11
33
Class 3 – Election 2016
24
10
34
TOTAL
54
44
2
100

The Republicans currently control the Senate, with 54 members. The Democrats have 44 and there are two independents (including Bernie Sanders) who caucus with them. The Democrats need to win 5 extra seats at this year’s election to win control.

If Hillary Clinton becomes president, the Democrats can take control of the Senate with 4 gains and the casting vote of Vice-President Kaine, in his capacity as President of the Senate. [Read more…]


Hillary Clinton Claims Democratic Nomination; Trump Signals Personal Attack Next Week

Following her success in today’s Democratic Party primaries, Hillary Clinton has claimed victory in her quest to claim the party’s presidential nomination.

Clinton won the Californian, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries. Her opponent, Bernie Sanders, won North Dakota and Montana.

US media organisations yesterday claimed Clinton had passed the required number of delegates to win the nomination. There was some concern that she might not win California but these have proved unfounded.

Clinton spoke to her supporters tonight and claimed her historic victory as the first woman to win the nomination of a major party. She also becomes the only spouse of a nominee or president to win nomination. [Read more…]


President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech At The Democratic Party Convention

Barack Obama has accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president and delivered a rallying call to the party faithful in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Obama argued he had rescued the economy from disaster and the recovery would be put in doubt by a Romney presidency. [Read more…]


A MOMENT OF HISTORY IN AMERICA AS OBAMA CLAIMS THE PRESIDENCY

‘Yes, We Can’

President-elect Barack Obama has delivered an historic victory speech before a crowd of joyful, tearful supporters in Chicago.

The moment of history was clearly not lost on anyone as the first African-American to be elected President of the United States claimed the grand political prize of the world’s major superpower.

Barack Obama Claims Victory in Chicago, November 4-5, 2008

 

Obama’s speech echoed words and phrases of leaders from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King as he sketched a portrait of an American democracy which has risen above the bigotry of the past to put a black man in the Oval Office of the White House. [Read more…]


New York Times Endorses Obama For President

New York Times Endorses Barack Obama for PresidentThe New York Times has given its 2008 presidential election endorsement to Senator Barack Obama.

The Times described Obama as a candidate who “has met challenge after challenge, growing as a leader and putting real flesh on his early promises of hope and change”, in contrast to Senator John McCain who “has retreated farther and farther to the fringe of American politics, running a campaig on partisan division, class warfare and even hints of racism”.

This is the text of the New York Times editorial.

Barack Obama for President

Hyperbole is the currency of presidential campaigns, but this year the nation’s future truly hangs in the balance.

The United States is battered and drifting after eight years of President Bush’s failed leadership. He is saddling his successor with two wars, a scarred global image and a government systematically stripped of its ability to protect and help its citizens — whether they are fleeing a hurricane’s floodwaters, searching for affordable health care or struggling to hold on to their homes, jobs, savings and pensions in the midst of a financial crisis that was foretold and preventable.

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