The Obama family traveled to Belfast, Ireland, for the G8 Summit this week, but it's just one of many stops around the world that Air Force One has made with the first family since President Obama took office in 2009. Often, Barack has wife Michelle at his side, and over the past few years, Sasha and Malia have joined in on international trips. It's not all about work, though, since Michelle and the girls often have time to take in the sights when Michelle and Barack aren't mingling with the world's VIPs. Take a look at some of the most memorable moments from the Obamas' many travels during their time in the White House.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian got a surprise over the weekend with the birth of their baby daughter. This gave Kanye good reason to celebrate Father's Day earlier than expected. However, it was not a surprise to new father Channing Tatum who shared the first pic of his daughter Everly. We have all of the details on how our favorite Hollywood dads celebrated Father's Day.
Today, families around the world will be celebrating their dads for Father's Day, and our first family is one of them. Barack Obama may be the president of the United States, but for Sasha and Malia Obama, he's just Dad. The president has been very open about fatherhood over the years in speeches and interviews, from sharing personal stories about raising his two daughters to urging other dads to be the father he didn't have. So be inspired this Father's Day with some of Obama's funniest and sweetest quotes on being a dad.
Today, President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act at the White House with the help of impressive women including female lawmakers, top advisers, and other community leaders. Signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the act made it illegal for an employer to discriminate against employees based on sex, specifically calling for equal wages among men and women. There's still a disparity between the sexes, though, with women earning about 77 cents for every dollar men earn, and today, Obama said, "It's the 21st century. It's time to close that gap."
It's been an important issue for Obama — the first bill he signed into law was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which lets the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit reset with each affected paycheck. Speaking to today's mostly female audience, he made his stance clear: "When more women are bringing home the bacon, they shouldn't just be getting a little bit of bacon."
If you logged on Twitter today, you may have noticed that #NSA is the top trending topic. Over the past couple of days, the Internet has reacted to news that the National Security Agency is accessing millions of phone records each day from Verizon customers and data from companies many use every day, including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Paltalk. This week, the Washington Post and the Guardian both reported on a top-secret program, known as PRISM, which involves accessing the servers of tech giants, who denied granting access to the government.
In a press conference on Friday, President Obama defended the intelligence activities, which his administration claims only apply to people outside the US, and said: "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls." He continued, "You can't have 100 percent security and then also have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience. You know, we're going to have to make some choices as a society." So we want to know: how do you feel about this choice?
Bradley Cooper paid a visit to Washington DC today for the White House Mental Health Conference. Bradley sported a fresh haircut in the East Room, where he listened to President Obama deliver his opening remarks. In them, the president said, "We all know somebody — a family member, a friend, a neighbor — who has struggled or will struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives," and he explained that the conference would focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental illness and encouraging more people to reach out for assistance.
As the star of last year's Silver Linings Playbook, Bradley helped increase awareness about bipolar disorder. Today, he and mental-health advocate Glenn Close brought some star power to the conference that featured experts and psychologists. The DC trip comes after Bradley's world travels to promote The Hangover Part III, which included a chance to let loose on the beach in Rio. But today Bradley traded his bathing suit for a dapper gray suit. See photos of Bradley at today's conference now.
President Barack Obama visited the New Jersey shore to follow up on the rebuilding efforts since Hurricane Sandy today. After playing a few boardwalk games with Republican Governor Chris Christie, Obama spoke to the crowds at Asbury Park Convention Hall and announced the area's reopening. "You are stronger than the storm. The Jersey Shore is back, and it's open for business." Damages from Sandy have been estimated at $38 billion, affecting nearly 360,000 homes and apartments. Since October, the federal government has put more than $14 billion toward rebuilding the areas that were affected, and in his speech, Obama noted that there's still a lot of work to be done.
This isn't the first time Obama and Christie have made headlines. Immediately following the October storm, they toured the coastline together, and Christie's praise for the president's support sparked controversy due to the timing just before the presidential election.
President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today at Arlington National Ceremony to mark Memorial Day. As Americans welcomed the unofficial start to the Summer with barbecues and relaxation, Obama reminded the country what the holiday is all about. "Let us never forgot to always remember the sacrifice they make in our name," the president said in his speech, which also touched on military families. "Today most Americans are not directly touched by war; as a consequence, not all Americans may always fully grasp the depths of sacrifice, the profound costs that are made in our name," he said. "Our troops, our military families understand this, and they mention to me whether the country fully appreciates what is happening. Let us never forget that our nation is still at war."
Before heading back to Washington, yesterday the president toured the tornado devastation in Moore, OK, where he urged Americans to step up and help. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama kicked off the long weekend on a light-hearted note, visiting DC school kids with actress Kerry Washington. On Friday, the pair shared some dance moves and words of wisdom on their trip back to school.
Time magazine unearthed never-before-seen photos of President Obama at his senior prom, and he looks exactly the same! Then 17-year-old Barry Obama went with a white jacket and Hawaiian trappings for the 1979 prom at his alma mater Punahou School in Honolulu.
The magazine also published a note Obama wrote in friend Kelli's yearbook. In case you're wondering, the word "foxy" was in his vocabulary. Obama wrote: "It has been so nice getting to know you this year. You are extremely sweet and foxy." He continued, "Call me and I'll buy you lunch sometime." I wonder if the offer is still good today?
President Barack Obama addressed the nation today, pledging federal assistance for victims of the tornado in Oklahoma City, OK, which he has declared a major disaster. "Our focus as a nation is on the urgent work of rescue and rebuilding that lies ahead." The president also addressed confusion over how many people perished in the storm. Previous counts of 51 and 91 were revised downward to 24 Tuesday, as officials said some victims were counted twice. "We still don't know the human and economic losses that may have occurred," explained the president, who is in communication with state and federal responders. As more information comes out, read below to find out how you can help or donate.