5 Surprising Things The U.S. President CANNOT Do

With the inauguration of President Trump dominating headlines across the world, many have expressed various opinions and views on the consequences of his tenure.

However, there are a few things he simply cannot do and we decided to mention just 5.

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They Aren’t Allowed To Drive

Some people may try and lead you to believe that the fate of our world rests on who becomes President. The power of the Presidency is not unlimited. In fact, despite being in a very powerful position, the President’s abilities are surprisingly limited. Here are 5 things the President of the US can’t actually do.

Cannot Use An iPhone

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel in 2015, President Obama explained that he still uses a blackberry because the President is not allowed to use any phone that contains a recording device.

READ; It has been claimed that the CIA believes the Russian government intervened to help Donald Trump win the Presidential election

Make Gay Marriage Illegal Again

In June 2015, The Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a constitutional right. In order for that to change, there would need to be a challenge in lower courts brought up to the Supreme Court once again to make another ruling with different members.

Declare War

The power to declare war actually rests solely with Congress. It is not shared with The President, though the sitting President must sign the official Declaration of War.

Legalize Or Criminalize Any Controversial Medical Procedure Including Abortion

Choices for allowing or banning things like abortion and medically assisted suicide rests with the individual States, not the Oval Office.

Check Out 15 Of The Most Heartwarming Pictures Of Barack Obama As President (Photos)

There are only a few days left before president-elect Donald Trump is formally inaugurated as president of the United States.

On Saturday, Barack Obama threw his final, and most splendid of all White House parties.

Actors, directors and musicians partied with the president into the early hours of the morning during the farewell.

Never-Before-Seen Video Of US President Obama’s Visit To Kenya Emerges

In order to say a proper goodbye to America’s first black president, here are some of the most touching photos from Obama’s eight years:


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President Obama listens to a student during his visit to the Dr Martin Luther King Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 15 October 2009.

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Obama pretends to be caught in Spiderman’s web as he greets three-year-old Nicholas Tamarin in the lead up to Halloween, 26 October 2012.

VIDEO: Watch As President Obama Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ To Daughter, Malia

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama read Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to children at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, 28 March 2016.

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President Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hug on stage during the third day of the Democratic National Convention, 27 July 2016.

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President Obama meets Prince George, 22 April 2016.

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Picture: Pete Souza/The White House/Flickr

 

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President Obama playing with children at the US Embassy in Manila, the Philippines, 28 April 2014.

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President Obama talking to World War II veteran Kenneth (Rock) Merritt, 6 June 2014.

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President Obama embraces US Vice President Joe Biden on stage following his victory speech on election night, 6 November 2012.

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President Obama and Vice President Biden visit the oldest living female US veteran, who is 108 years old, Ms Coffey on 25th July 2014.

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Obama playing basketball with a young boy, 13 August 2012.

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Picture: Pete Souza/The White House/Flickr

 

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dancing with 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin, whose work as a volunteer gave her the opportunity to visit the White House, February 2016.

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The Obamas share a moment in a lift at an Inaugural Ball in Washington DC, 20 January 2009.

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Picture: Pete Souza/The White House/Flickr

 

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President Obama dances with students and teachers at Dillingham Middle School, in Alaska, 2 September 2015.

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Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes’ daughter Ella, lifted in her elephant costume for Halloween, 30 October 2015.

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President Obama playing with Bo, the family Portuguese Water Dog, 12 May 2009.

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DISGRACE: Obama Cancels Meeting With Philippines President For Abusing His Mother

After being called an obscenity by the President of the Philippines, President Obama has cancelled a meeting with the leader that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Washingtonpost.com reports.

President Rodrigo Duterte had threatened to curse out Obama if he raised the issue of extrajudicial killings by Philippine authorities in a sweeping crackdown on drug trafficking. Speaking to reporters, Duterte, who took office in June, said the Philippines is a “sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony,” according to the Associated Press.

He added: “I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. ‘Putang ina,’ I will swear at you in that forum.” That is the Tagalog phrase for “son of a bitch” or “son of a whore”.

But on Tuesday, in a statement read by his spokesman, Duterte expressed regret that his comments “came across as a personal attack” on the US President. The statement said a meeting “between the US and the Philippines had been arranged for a later date.

Obama said earlier Monday that he had been told of Duterte’s obscene comment, but he shrugged it off as another in a line of “colourful statements” from Duterte.

“Clearly, he’s a colorful guy,” Obama said during a news conference after the G20 Summit in China. The President added that he had asked his staffers to speak with their Philippine counterparts to “make sure if I’m having a meeting, it’s productive and we’re getting something done.” Obama called the Philippines a close “friend and ally” of the United States.

Hours later, Ned Price, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said that the meeting with Duterte on Tuesday afternoon had been cancelled and that Obama would instead meet with South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

More than 2,000 suspected drug dealers have been killed since Duterte took office, and Obama earlier said that when speaking with Duterte, he would not shy away from the topic of “international norms” when it comes to due-process rights.

-Washingtonpost

Obama, Biden Officially Endorse Hillary Clinton

 

President Barack Obama on Thursday officially endorsed Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Party presidential nominee.

His endorsement came after meeting Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has been battling Clinton for the nomination.

Speaking in a video tweeted out by Clinton, Obama said she may be the most-qualified person “ever” for the role of president.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also endorsed Clinton on Thur0sday.

“I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States,” she told MSNBC, “and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place close to the White House.”

President Obama and Clinton are set to start campaigning together soon.

“I want those of you who’ve been with me from the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that ‘I’m with her’. I am fired up and cannot wait to get out there and campaign for Hillary,” Obama said in the video.

“Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders may have been rivals during this primary, but they’re both patriots who love this country and they share a vision for the America that we all believe in.”

Barack Obama is now in the game. In a slickly produced video endorsement, the president has thrown his support behind Hillary Clinton’s bid to keep the White House in Democratic hands.

Obama and Clinton will make their first joint appearance together in Wisconsin next week. Before that, she’s visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania.

-The Star

DANDORA: Notorious Thug “Obama” Shot Dead

A beretta pistol. | image source: wikipedia.org

A notorious thug known as Obama was shot dead in the Mowlem area of Dandora on Tuesday night.

Police recovered a beretta from the suspect who was said to be on a robbery mission with two of his associates when he was shot.

His two associates managed to escape and according to the Buruburu CID chief Henry Kiambat,  said the recovered pistol had four bullets.

Kiambati said Obama, who was a known armed robber in Eastlands, had been on the police’s radar and was shot dead after a six-month manhunt.

-The STAR

Hollande, Obama vow to reinforce counter-terrorism efforts

President Francois Hollande and his US counterpart Barack Obama vowed to reinforce their counter-terrorism cooperation following the attacks in Paris, according to a White House statement.

“The President reiterated the United States’ steadfast, unwavering support for the people of France, our oldest ally and friend, and reaffirmed the offer of any necessary support to the French investigation,” the statement said, after the pair had spoken on the phone.

“The two leaders pledged to work together, and with nations around the world, to defeat the scourge of terrorism.”

“Barack Obama wanted to express his support to the French people in the face of this terrible tragedy,” said a source close to the French presidency.

“They reaffirmed their commitment to working closely in the fight against terrorism.”

Photo Credits : AFP

Obama draws pledges of 40,000 troops for UN peacekeeping

More than 50 countries pledged 40,000 troops for United Nations peacekeeping at a US-led summit called to shore up missions under strain from the rise in global crises.

China scaled up its contribution, taking the lead in setting up an 8,000-strong standby police force while Colombia made a first-time offer of as many as 5,000 troops.

The pledges represent a major boost to UN peacekeeping, which relies on voluntary contributions from UN member states to run its 16 missions worldwide.

US President Barack Obama told leaders that peace operations were “experiencing unprecedented strains” and are being deployed in “more difficult and deadlier conflicts.”

“We know that peace operations are not the solution to every problem,” Obama told the summit held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

“But they do remain one of the world’s most important tools to address armed conflict,” he said.

The new contributions include helicopters, engineering units, field hospitals and bomb-detonating expertise that are desperately needed to bolster UN peace missions.

Obama opened the summit by announcing a tally of 30,000 new troops for peace missions, but after leaders took turns at the podium to announce contributions, the total reached 40,000.

A key player in peacekeeping in Africa, Rwanda offered two attack helicopters, two field hospitals, an all-female police unit and 1,600 new troops.

Indonesia boosted its participation with training and 2,700 new troops while India pledged 850 additional soldiers.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced 70 troops for the UN-African Union mission in Somalia and up to 300 troops for South Sudan, where the UN mission is grappling with one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Pledges rolled in from smaller nations such as Armenia and Fiji and bigger players like Brazil, Turkey, Germany and Australia.

More than 125,000 troops and police from 124 countries serve in UN peace missions.

– China steps up –

The United States had hoped to draw more pledges from European countries that have gradually pulled their troops out of peacekeeping and contributed to the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan.

In the end, the European pledges remained modest, but officials stressed the importance of highly-trained troops from Britain, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy to peacekeeping.

In contrast, China — which has strong economic interests in Africa — offered more engineering soldiers, transport and medical staff and pledged to train 2,000 peacekeepers from other countries to carry out de-mining operations.

President Xi Jinping said China would provide $100 million to the African Union to support a new African standby force and send the first peacekeeping helicopter squad to Africa.

Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Pakistan and Rwanda are currently the top five troop-contributing nations to peace missions.

In his address, Obama stressed that strengthening peacekeeping would serve “our common security” and pledged to double the number of US officer staff serving under the blue flag.

There are just 78 Americans serving in UN peace missions but Washington remains by far the largest financial backer, providing 28 percent of the UN peacekeeping budget of $8.3 billion.

Boosting troop contributions will help the United Nations tackle a wave of sexual abuse allegations that have hit its missions, notably in the Central African Republic.

The new commitments will give Secretary General Ban Ki-moon the leeway to remove units whose soldiers face accusations and replace them without weakening a mission.

French President Francois Hollande, who pledged to step up training of African forces, referred to the sexual abuse scandal in his address to the summit, saying countries “must not allow the UN flag to be tarnished.”

France is investigating allegations that 14 soldiers from its Sangaris military force sexually abused children in the Central African Republic in return for food, from December 2013 until June 2014.

While the French troops were not serving in a UN peacekeeping mission, the Sangaris operation was authorized by a UN Security Council resolution.

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Obama’s Visit To Kenya & Ethiopia Cost American Taxpayers KES 8 Billion

US President Barack Obama receives a bouquet of flowers from Joan Wamaitha upon arrival at the JKIA. | image source: the-star.co.ke

The recent trip by US president Barack Obama to Kenya and Ethiopia is expected to have cost American taxpayers up to KES 8 billion, according to security experts and the National Taxpayers Union Foundation.

Air Force One, the President’s plane, costs KES 21 million ($210,000 for each hour that it is in the air, according to the most recent estimate from Fiscal Year 2015, verified by NTUF.

“The President’s trip to Africa has taken him to Nairobi, Kenya from Andrews Air Force Base, and on to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia then back to D.C. for a total flight time of 29 hours, at a cost of $5,983,773 (KES 609 million)”, NTUF said in its estimates of the costs incurred by Air Force One alone.

There were also heavy expenses to secure the US president immediately he entered the Kenyan airspace last Friday up to his departure from Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Besides Air Force One, Obama had at his disposal in Kenya his two Marine One helicopters, two Cadillac limousines nicknamed The Beast. An additional 50 to 60 limousines were flown in for American personnel.

Obama was traveling with 20 Congressmen as well as US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

– See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/obama-visit-kenya-cost-sh8-billion

President Uhuru To be Awarded “The Beast” As Present For Hosting President Obama

US President Barack Obama official car, The Beast. | image source: the-star.co.ke

Not “The Beast” that you are thinking of but if the Nderitu Njoka-led Maendeleo ya Wanaume Organisation have their way, very soon President Uhuru Kenyatta will be the proud owner, if it can be said so, of a billy goat the organisation has named “The Beast” in tributte to US President Barack Obama’s official limousine.

The organisation announced on Tuesday at a press conference held in a Nyeri hotel that they plan to present the goat as a token to President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto, who will receive a billy goat named “Beetle”, to appreciate them for hosting the US President.

The other billy goat was named “Beetle” in reference to the Volkswagen Beetle vehicle that Auma Obama, President Obama’s sister, used to pick his brother from the airport when he first arrived in Kenya in 1987.

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Maendeleo Ya Wanaume Organisation chairman Nderitu Njoka (left) and treasurer Daniel Wando with the two he-goats which he said the organisation will give President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. | image source: the-star.co.ke

Njoka however does not expect the two leaders to keep the goats, which are said to cost a whooping KES 60 000, as he said that he plans to give them a knife which they will use to slaughter the goats.

The organisation chairman has been fattening the goats by feeding them on sweet potato vines and perhaps sensing that it was headed for the slaughterhouse, “Beetle” is said to have escape from Njoka’s grasp only for it recaptured moments later and put under “tight security” together with “Beast”.

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Njoka said that the organisation settling on awarding President Uhuru and DP Ruto the billy goats because according to them, a billy goat is a precious gift in the African set up which is awarded respectable people after implementing a commendable task.

“We shall start a journey to take them (the goats) to State House on a day to be announced later. We are appealing to all men who want us to join in this journey to come along,” Njoka said before urging fellow men to donate more domestic animals like bulls, chicken and rabbits which he said will also be taken to Nairobi.

“I hope the presidential guards will open the doors for us since we want the President and the Deputy President to enjoy a delicious meal after the hard work,” Njoka said.

Njoka also lauded the President’s crackdown on second-generation alcohol and faulted President Obama for his emphasis on women and girls empowerment. He said that leaving men out will lead to increased crime in the world.

“Obama did not mention the issue of drugs and substance abuse which has destroyed the lives of most youth,” Njoka said.

– The STAR