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Sep
21

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Jan
17

You Were The Change

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09
Jul
16

The President’s NATO Day

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 9, 2016: US President Barack Obama and Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani (L-R front) attend a NATO summit. Mykola Lazarenko/Press Office of the President of Ukraine/TASS (Photo by Mykola LazarenkoTASS via Getty Images)

(LtoR) US President Barack Obama, his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg pose for press during a NATO Summit session on Afghanistan in Warsaw, Poland on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama, President Ashraf Ghani, Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a NATO Summit session on Afghanistan in Warsaw, Poland

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US President Barack Obama (R) talks with Britain's Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon (L) during a NATO summit session on Afghanistan at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama talks with Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (R) and US President Barack Obama take part in a working session on Afghanistan during the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting for the first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron chat during a working session working session of the North Atlantic Council during the NATO Summit in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital Warsaw hosts a two-day top-level NATO meeting for the first time since Poland joined the alliance in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: In this handout photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet for talks during the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers are gathering for a two-day summit that will end later today. (Photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama meet for talks

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: In this handout photo provided by the German Government Press Office (BPA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Barack Obama along with their interpreters and advisers meet for talks during the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers are gathering for a two-day summit that will end later today. (Photo by Guido Bergmann/Bundesregierung via Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama smiles during a press conference during the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media at the conclusion of the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers had gathered for a two-day summit that ended today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds a press conference after the NATO Summit at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland

US President Barack Obama attends a press conference during the second day of the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / AFP PHOTO / WOJTEK RADWANSKI (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in front of the NATO logo at the conclusion of the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers had gathered for a two-day summit that ended today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media at the conclusion of the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers had gathered for a two-day summit that ended today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

<> on July 7, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland.

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: U.S. President Barack Obama holds a press conference after the NATO Summit at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland on July 09, 2016. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama attends a press conference during the second day of the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama smiles during a press conference during the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016. The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 9, 2016: France's President Francois Hollande (L), Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko (3rd L), Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (4th L), UK Prime Minister David Cameron (2nd R), US President Barack Obama (4th R), Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (5th R) during a meeting as part of a NATO summit. Mikhail Palinchak/Press Office of the President of Ukraine/TASS (Photo by Mikhail PalinchakTASS via Getty Images)

France’s President Francois Hollande, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama, and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel during a meeting as part of a NATO summit

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Barack Obama prepare to shake hands as Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on following talks at the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers had gathered for a two-day summit that ended today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

WARSAW, POLAND - JULY 09: (From L to R) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Franch President Francois Hollande arrive to pose for photographers following talks at the Warsaw NATO Summit on July 9, 2016 in Warsaw, Poland. NATO member heads of state, foreign ministers and defense ministers had gathered for a two-day summit that ended today. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

06
Jul
16

The President’s Day

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford at the White House. President Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still “precarious” security situation in the war-ravaged country

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (R), delivers a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Afghanistan with Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2016. Obama announced that 8,400 US troops will remain in Afghanistan into 2017 in light of the still "precarious" security situation in the war-ravaged country. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 06: U.S. President Barack Obama departs with Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L) after delivering a statement from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on the deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan July 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama said more U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan than he originally planned, leaving 8,400 U.S. troops rather than the intended 5,000. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

30
May
16

Early Bird Chat: Honoring A Beautiful Soul

29
Feb
16

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama and Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, left, bow their hears in prayer before the president presents Byers with the Medal of Honor to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Navy Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony at the White House in Washington February 29, 2016. Byers was honored for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama presents Navy Senior Chief Edward Byers Jr. with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the White House. A member of Navy SEAL Team 6, Byers received the Medal of Honor for his role in rescuing an American hostage from the Taliban in Afghanistan in December 2012

President Barack Obama, center, stands with Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, left, before presenting him with the Medal of Honor to during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, before the presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama talks to Medal of Honor recipient Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, February 29, 2016. Navy Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Barack Obama speaks before the presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers receives the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Navy. Senior Chief Byers received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian being held hostage in Afghanistan on December 8-9, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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12
Nov
15

President Obama Honors Army Captain Florent Groberg

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President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret.) during a ceremony at the White House. Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor for attempting to push a suicide bomber away from harming his patrol while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during combat operations in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. He was severely injured from his courageous actions

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President Barack Obama and Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg, walk to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, for ceremony honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

U.S. President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg (L) in the East Room of the White House in Washington November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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President Barack Obama stands with Medal of Honor recipient retired U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, honoring Groberg for his actions during combat operations in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC November 12, 2015. Groberg was badly wounded thwarting a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on what he has called the worst day of his life. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

24
Mar
15

A Tweet Or Two

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So much projection and jealousy. Eh, Ben Carson?

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Can anyone spell h-y-p-o-c-r-i-t-e?

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Millions of middle fingers going up

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24
Mar
15

The President’s Day

President Obama meets with Afghan President Ghani in the Oval Office. This marks the first meeting between the two presidents at the White House following the 2014 presidential election, which produced the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan’s history

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U.S. President Obama speaks at a joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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Boston Globe: US To Slow Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned. ‘‘Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place,’’ Obama said in explaining his decision at a press conference after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s first visit to the White House since his election six months ago.

Obama added that the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year. Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil. The original plan was to cut the U.S. force to 5,500 by the end of this year. ‘‘This visit is an opportunity to begin a new chapter between our two nations,’’ Obama said after meeting with Ghani in the Oval Office.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice listen during the press conference

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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry greets Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah prior to joint news conference at the White House in Washington

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U.S. President Obama reacts to comment by Afghanistan President Ghani during joint news conference at the White House in Washington

U.S. President Obama and Afghanistan President Ghani depart a joint news conference at the White House in Washington




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