Entries in President Obama (56)


Obama Teaches Young Cape Town Rapper How to 'Drop the Mike'

iStockphoto(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) -- President Obama was treated to an impromptu rap performance Sunday as he toured a classroom at Desmond Tutu’s HIV Foundation Youth Center.

“This is a pretty cool place to be,” the president said, before sitting down and asking two boys what they were working on.

A teenage boy in a hat then showed the president a music program he was working on. “Are you a rapper?” Obama asked.

When the boy said he was, the president asked him to perform for him.

The two “loosened up” before the boy, 15-year-old Aviwe Mtongana, aka “Katmeister,” performed his song, entitled “Hell on Earth.”

“Hell you earth, what people gonna do… on TV, you watching Scooby Doo… saying the punch line, he’s not cool,” he sang, through a thick accent. “Now you face the hardest living… Getting out there is not pimping… The real way is through rapping.”

When the song ended, Obama exclaimed “you gotta drop the mic!” as he motioned for him to do just that.

“I like that. Fantastic,” Obama said, as the boy sat back down.

Asked what it was like to rap for the president, Katmeister told reporters it was “cool.”

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Obama's Second Inauguration Draws 20.6 Million Viewers

The White House(NEW YORK) -- Monday's presidential inauguration wasn't the ratings draw that President Obama's first swearing-in ceremony, in 2009, was.

The Nielsen Company says an estimated 20.6 million people watched Obama's inauguration, held in Washington, D.C.  It's a steep decline from the audience for the 2009 inauguration: 37.8 million.

Eighteen networks offered live coverage of the inauguration at some point between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For the week ending Sunday, the NFL playoffs ruled the ratings.  CBS' telecast of the AFC Championship Game between the victorious Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots attracted 47.7 million viewers.

Fox's coverage of the NFC Championship Game, in which the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Atlanta Falcons, was seen by 42 million people on Sunday afternoon.

CBS won the primetime network ratings race for the week, followed by Fox, ABC, Univision, NBC, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of January 14-20, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. AFC Championship: Baltimore vs. New England, CBS, 47.71 million
2. AFC Championship Post-Game, CBS, 25.95 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 22.86 million
4. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 17.93 million
5. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 17.64 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 16.23 million
7. Hawaii Five-0 (Sunday), CBS, 13.03 million
8. Criminal Minds, CBS, 12.64 million
9. 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 12.45 million
10. The Big Bang Theory (Monday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 11.7 million

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


James Franco Recites Poem in Honor of Presidential Inauguration

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Franco put his own stamp on Monday's celebration of the presidential inauguration with a poem he composed for Yahoo! News.

Yahoo! News commissioned work from critically-acclaimed poets in addition to Franco, who is set to release a book of poetry next year.

The actor's contribution is titled "Obama in Asheville," though, he notes in the poem, it was he who was in the North Carolina city at the time he wrote it.  A five-minute video of Franco reciting the poem in a monotone voice in a dimly-lit room is posted on the Yahoo! News website.

As he reads his work, Franco recalls meeting President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, writing, "He knew me from Spider-Man.  I asked him for advice.  I was scheduled to give the commencement speech at UCLA and there were some undergraduate knockers against me.  He had been denied the usual honorary degree by Arizona State because he hadn’t accomplished enough, so I wondered how he dealt with detractors.  He smiled his smile and said, 'Humor.'"

Franco later ponders what it would be like to act in a film about Obama.

He wonders aloud, "All I would need to get down, aside from the outer stuff, and I know that’s important -- is his essential kindness, I’d let the writer put in all the political crap."

The poem concludes, "What would really put the role over would be the goodness at its core.  That’s what will be remembered.  Yes, his race, no one will forget.  But the soul too.  I’d win the Academy Award if I just captured that."

The Twitter-verse hasn't been kind to Franco, with several people on the microblogging site calling his poem the worst they'd ever heard.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Donald Trump Twitter Tirade Continues with Criticism of Brian Williams

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- If you read Donald Trump's Twitter feed after the election was called for President Obama Tuesday night, you know that he was not happy with the results.  A day later, he hadn't calmed down, and he let out his frustration in part by ripping NBC News' Brian Williams.

During his network's election coverage Tuesday night, the NBC Nightly News anchor poked fun at Trump while calling attention to The Celebrity Apprentice star's tweets claiming the country is divided and needs a revolution. 

Williams said Trump had "driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible."

Trump is not one to back down from a good feud, and Wednesday was no exception.  He posted several negative tweets about Williams, beginning with, "@bwilliams knows that I think his newscast has become totally boring so he took a shot at me last night."

Trump continued, "The only thing more boring than @bwilliams newscast is his show Rock Center which is totally dying in the ratings — a disaster!...Brian -- Thanks dummy -- I picked up 70,000 twitter followers yesterday alone. Cable News just passed you in the ratings."

It didn't end there.  Trump also wrote, "Brian Williams was never a smart guy but always passes himself off as such. People will learn the truth! Brian, if I'm 'well past the last exit to relevance' how come you spent so much time reading my tweets last night?"

Trump has deleted a few of his tweets from Tuesday night, including the "revolution" comment as well as an inaccurate remark that Obama lost the popular vote.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Final Presidential Debate Draws 59 Million Viewers

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The third and final presidential debate, which aired Monday night, wasn't quite the ratings draw that the previous two were.

The most recent debate between President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., drew 59.2 million viewers across several networks, according to Variety.

By comparison, the first debate was seen by 67.2 million viewers and the second debate attracted 65.6 million.

For the week ending Sunday, the top-rated primetime program was NBC's broadcast of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals football game.  It enjoyed an audience of 17.5 million viewers.

CBS won the network ratings race for last week, followed by ABC, NBC, Fox, Univision, the CW, Telemundo and ION Television.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of Oct. 15-22, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. NFL Football: Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati, NBC, 17.47 million
2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 15.86 million
3. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 15.73 million
4. Person of Interest, CBS, 13.93 million
5. Dancing with the Stars, ABC, 13.64 million
6. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 13.6 million
7. The Voice, NBC, 13.01 million
8. Dancing with the Stars Results Show, ABC, 12.92 million
9. Modern Family, ABC, 12.28 million
10. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick, NBC, 12.039 million

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Obama to Appear on "The Tonight Show" Wednesday

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- President Obama will visit The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night. 

The visit will mark Obama's fifth appearance on The Tonight Show, his third since becoming president.

In a statement, NBC said the president will take to the couch next to Jay Leno to "discuss the home stretch of the campaign."

Obama was a guest on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman last month, and he made an appearance last week on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria Urge Women to Vote for Obama

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington want to talk to you about women and Mitt Romney.

In a new political ad by Political Action, the three actresses speak about Romney’s stance on women’s health issues, including Planned Parenthood funding and abortion. They also encourage women to vote for Obama.


“If you think that this election won’t affect you and your life, think again,” Johansson says in the video.

Longoria and Johansson have been active in Obama’s campaign. Desperate Housewives star Longoria is co-chairwoman of the president’s re-election campaign and both women made speeches at the Democratic National Convention last month.

Shortly after the ad was uploaded to YouTube Monday, Romney’s team released an ad about women’s health issues as well.

“You know, those ads say Mitt Romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme, so I looked into it,” a woman identified as Sarah Minto says in the video. "It turns out Romney doesn’t oppose contraception at all. In fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest or to save a mother’s life.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Katy Perry Nails it for Obama

@KatyPerry/Twitter(LOS ANGELES) -- Inside the Nokia theater Sunday night, 6,000 people packed in for a star-studded concert to raise money for President Obama’s campaign. Most of those who attended the “30 Days to Victory” event, however, were likely too far away to see the smallest display of support that appeared on stage.

Singer Katy Perry took the stage to perform “Let’s Stay Together,” which Obama famously crooned at a fundraiser in January. Only those closest to the stage would have seen her fingernails, which were painted red, white and blue and adorned with the Democratic donkey logo as well as the president’s face. If you weren’t one of those exclusive few, Perry also tweeted a photo of her nail art to her 27 million Twitter followers, along with the message, “Appropriate nails.”

Earlier in the evening she tweeted, “Today I am so honored to play for the President!”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Julianne Moore and Others Featured in New Pro-Obama Video

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Julianne Moore, who won an Emmy over a week ago for her portrayal of 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a TV movie, certainly will not be supporting the GOP's presidential nominee this fall.

Moore stars in a new celebrity-filled video, posted online by the "Women for Obama" campaign, in which she explains why she is backing President Obama over his Republican rival, Mitt Romney.

An accompanying message on written by Moore reads, "Here's something I can't imagine: Having to tell my daughter that she may not have the same opportunities as her brother because this country elected Mitt Romney as president.  But that's what's on the line in this election."

The video paints Obama as a president who is more supportive of women's rights than Romney would be if the latter were to be elected.

The clip also features Eva Longoria, Olivia Wilde, Julianna Margulies, Jennifer Lopez, Jane Lynch, Ashley Judd, Kerry Washington, Padma Lakshmi and singers Beyoncé and Sheryl Crow.

This isn't the first star-studded video centering on the election season to be released this week.  Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrities who appear in a new video from the non-partisan campaign Vote 4 Stuff, urging people to vote this November.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Samuel L. Jackson to Star in New Obama Ad?

ABC/Eric McCandless(NEW YORK) -- Samuel L. Jackson and the super PAC that funds comedian Sarah Silverman’s “Great Schlep” are reportedly in talks to cut a new ad, which could feature the “Pulp Fiction” actor telling voters to “Wake the f**k up, vote for Obama.”

The spot has been pitched and would be written by the author Adam Mansbach, whose salty children’s book, “Go the F**k to Sleep,” became a viral hit when Jackson’s reading of it was posted on YouTube.

The New York Post reported Friday morning that the script was in and the shoot was imminent, but Ben Wyskida of the Jewish Council and Education and Research told ABC News Friday night that while Jackson had expressed interest in doing the ad, there is no deal just yet.

First up, Wyskida said, was a new video featuring Silverman, who in 2008 famously asked young (mostly Jewish) voters to go down to Florida -- in The Great Schlep -- to guilt their grandparents into voting for then-candidate Barack Obama.

This election season, Silverman, backed by super PAC bucks, released a video asking casino magnate and Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to switch sides and send President Obama the $100 million he had purportedly pledged to the Romney cause. He did not.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio