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Obama: Trump "unfit" to be president

August 2, 2016
President Obama offered a strong rebuke to the Republican candidate hoping to succeed him as president, just days after Donald Trump criticized the family of a Muslim-America soldier who died in Iraq. "I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president," Obama said. "He keeps on proving it."
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Obama to Play Central Role at Democratic Convention

July 27, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama has one final campaign to run, and with his address Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention he’ll face an improbable challenge: convince his supporters who are ambivalent about Hillary Clinton to turn out to vote for her in November.
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Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Speech

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July 30, 2004
Twelve years ago this week, a Democratic Senate candidate named Barack Obama burst onto the national scene when he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. On Washington Week, The Washington Post's David Broder, Time's Michael Duffy and the Boston Globe's Nina Easton discussed Obama's fiery speech. "A star is born," Duffy said on July 30, 2004. At the DNC four years later, Obama was nominated by his party as its presidential candidate, and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry would eventually become secretary of State under Obama. This year, with just six months left in office, Obama will pass the baton to his one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president.
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Obama blasts GOP vision of a violent and chaotic America, saying it doesn’t ‘jibe with the facts’

July 23, 2016
Juliet Eilperin, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
President Obama on Friday offered his first response to the Republican National Convention, blasting the vision painted by Donald Trump and other Republicans of a country "on the verge of collapse" as a fiction that does not match reality.
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U.S. Finds Itself on Shakier Ground as Erdogan Confronts Mutiny

July 16, 2016
David Sanger | The New York Times
With all the crises in the Middle East, the Obama administration took solace in the fact that there was one reliable, democratically elected strongman — a stalwart member of NATO — that Washington could depend on: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.
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Obama Calls for "Open Hearts" After Shootings

July 13, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama appealed to Americans to open their hearts to what he called “truths” about America’s racial divisions and hatreds during a memorial service Tuesday honoring five police officers gunned down in Dallas last week.
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Obama Says Police Have Hard Time in Communities With Lots of Guns

July 11, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama said the availability of guns in the U.S. is fueling tensions between police officers and the communities they serve, even suggesting it contributed to the fatal shooting of an African-American man last week by law enforcement during a traffic stop in Minnesota.
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Obama, Congress Fine-Tune Information Act

July 1, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
At age 50, the Freedom of Information Act received a bit of a facelift Thursday, courtesy of Congress and President Obama.
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