I want to begin with today's wonderful news. I'm told that in the Jewish tradition, one of the great mitzvahs is pidyon shvuyim. (Applause.) My Hebrew is not perfect, but I get points for trying. But it describes the redemption, the freeing, of captives.
Obama Moves to Restore Diplomatic Relations with Cuba
Governments around the world are applauding the U.S. and Cuba after their diplomatic breakthrough. President Obama said Wednesday that it was time to end an experiment in diplomatic and economic isolation that dates back to the Eisenhower administration.
Obama Says He's Been Mistaken for Valet Because He's Black
He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. Obama tells People magazine that every black professional male his age has had someone hand over their keys while waiting outside a restaurant. That happened to him, he said.
With little fanfare to mark a rare bipartisan achievement, President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed a massive, $1.1 trillion spending bill that keeps the government operating over the next nine months.
Obamas Join Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson at 'Christmas in Washington'
The first family attended the taping of the "Christmas in Washington" concert featuring host Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and performers Aloe Blacc, Hunter Hayes, Rita Ora, Christina Perri and Darius Rucker.
There's another young man I met. His name is Nelson Rieu -- and Nelson is here today. Wave, Nelson. There's Nelson. (Applause.) Now, the reason I want to tell Nelson's story is because, unlike Ashley, Nelson wasn't born here on base, he wasn't born in Jersey.
Obama on Ray Rice Scandal: NFL was 'Behind the Curve'
In an interview with ESPN Radio, the president said "certain behaviors have been tolerated historically" by the league but he hopes the domestic abuse controversy will serve as a "wake-up call" for the league.
The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked the biggest civil rights protests in a generation. Has America's first black president done enough to address them? AJ+ looks back on President Obama's stance on race and asks: What will be his lasting legacy?
Root TV: I'm Black, Undocumented & Torn About Obama's New Immigration Plans
In the Root TV segment above, Jonathan Jayes-Green spoke with The Root’s Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele about how Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration will affect his life, and why it is imperative that we connect the dots between the distrust that both black citizens and undocumented immigrants have for law-enforcement.
Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews w...
We are only ten short days away from Stephen Colbert's very last episode of The Colbert Report and the comedian is making every second count. Broadcasting from D.C. on Monday night, Colbert found himself usurped by none other than President Obama.