Barack Obama

Obama calls Secret Service agents 'knuckleheads'

Obama calls Secret Service agents 'knuckleheads'

President Barack Obama has described a US Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia as the misconduct of a "couple of knuckleheads" and said the vast majority of agents perform their work admirably.

Obama vs Romney: gloves off

The withdrawal of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum from the nomination race leaves Mitt Romney as his party's clear frontrunner and sets up a potentially intriguing battle for the White House in November.

Key's speech gets nod from Obama

Key's speech gets nod from Obama

United States' President Barack Obama has referenced comments made by Prime Minister John Key in his closing address to leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit in South Korea.

Obama's transgender ex-nanny living in fear on streets

Obama's transgender ex-nanny living in fear on streets

Once, long ago, Evie looked after "Barry" Obama, the kid who would grow up to become the world's most powerful man.

Praise from Jagger for Obama's blues

Praise from Jagger for Obama's blues

The reviews are in, and Mick Jagger sizes up US President Barack Obama's singing of the blues this week as nothing short of "courageous."

Obama apologises for Koran burning on US base

US President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning of copies of the Koran on a US base in Afghanistan as the White House seeks to quell spiraling furore among Afghans while also staving off Republican criticism at home.

Obama shift seeks to defuse birth-control fight

Obama shift seeks to defuse birth-control fight

President Barack Obama, in an abrupt policy shift aimed at quelling an election-year firestorm, has announced that religious employers would not be required to offer free birth control to workers and the onus would instead be put on insurers.

White House stands by contraceptives rule

US President Barack Obama is determined to implement a controversial new rule on contraceptives in a way that ensures women have access to birth control while also seeking to allay concerns of opponents of the measure, the White House says.

Obama unveils leaner US military

Obama unveils leaner US military

US President Barack Obama, rolling out a new defence strategy to shrink the country's armed forces at a time of tight budgets at home, has pledged to maintain the United States as the world's dominant military power.

Accused White House shooter ordered held

A U.S. judge has found sufficient evidence that an Idaho man allegedly opened fire on the White House on a late November evening in a bid to assassinate President Barack Obama, ordering that he be held pending an indictment and questioning whether he may have a "Messianic complex".

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