caption Barack Obama advised his daughter Malia to read some of these books before she enrolled at Harvard. source Getty Images/Pool Former President Barack Obama is making his first trip to Africa since he left the White House last year. So, his annual summer reading list, which he posted on Facebook, is focusing on African literature. “Kenya, of course, is the Obama ancestral home,” he wrote in the July 13 post. “I visited for the first time when I was in my twenties and I was profoundly influenced by my experiences – a journey I wrote about in my first book, Dreams from My Father.” Along with these six new recommendations, we also included the 11 books that Obama praised in a conversation in 2017 with Michiko Kakutani, the chief book critic for the New York Times. Here’s what the former president said you ought to read this summer: ‘Things Fall Apart,’ by Chinua Achebe source Amazon Obama says: “A … [Read more...] about 17 books Barack Obama thinks everyone should read this summer
To the annoyance of many Democrats, former President Barack Obama has largely floated above the political fray instead of actively leading the anti-Trump brigade. He's told associates that he doesn't want to aggravate political polarization and wants to preserve his credibility by speaking out only selectively and on key occasions. If that's the case, now is such a time. He doesn't need to sound the alarm about President Donald Trump's bad policies and vicious behavior. Others are doing that. Instead, it's the right moment for Obama to lay down a marker for Democrats, subtly warning against moving to extremes in response to Trump. Liberals, he thinks, need to "mix idealism with practicality," according to an article last month in New York magazine. Actually, in this political season, mainstream Democrats have done well in contested primaries. A New York congressional contest last month in which a young socialist defeated a Democratic House leader has been widely and wrongly … [Read more...] about Where’s Barack Obama?
Former US President Barack Obama. File photo: Jessica Gow / NTB scanpix Former US President Barack Obama is to visit Norway in the autumn, where he will speak at Oslo Business Forum. Obama will give a speech at the Future of Technology and Sustainability conference on September 26th, Oslo Business Forum announced on its website. "We are honoured to welcome President Barack Obama to Norway," Oslo Business Forum founder and CEO Christoffer Omberg said in the press release. “He complements the programme in a brilliant way, given the fact that he led the United States during a period when the world underwent a digital transformation. Companies have seen tremendous growth and we have seen how the sharing economy has taken the world by storm,” Omberg added. Other international speakers at the the conference include MIT professor Andrew McAfee, CNN programme director Richard Quest and Oxford University lecturer Dr. Chris Kutarna. Norwegian business representatives will … [Read more...] about Barack Obama to visit Norway in September
A former adviser to President Barack Obama, Rick Wade, has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C as vice president of strategic alliances and outreach. His new duties will include developing and implementing programs and initiatives to help the nation’s largest business advocacy group create new business relationships and partnerships across diverse audiences in America. Additionally, Wade will provide counsel on policy issues and lead special projects at the chamber. “Rick’s wealth of knowledge enables him to give a megaphone to the voice of business across the country and to share the positive impacts of the free enterprise system. We’re excited to welcome him to our talented team,” stated Suzanne Clark, a senior executive vice president at the chamber. Before joining the chamber, Wade was the founder and principal of The Wade Group, a global business consulting firm with offices in Columbia, South … [Read more...] about Former Adviser to President Barack Obama Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a VP
Former President Barack Obama has visited a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Andrew Chen, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, posted a photo on Twitter of Obama posing Friday with a large group of people, including several venture capitalists at the firm based in Menlo Park, California. The firm on Saturday declined to comment on the reason for the visit. Obama, while still president in 2016, was asked by Bloomberg about his post-presidency plans and mentioned Silicon Valley and pulling together his interests in science and organization. The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama didn't immediately respond to an emailed request for comment Saturday. Obama also headlined a Democratic fundraiser Friday in nearby Atherton. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama visits venture capital firm on California trip