Pres. Barack Obama http://kut.org en Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs http://kut.org/post/meet-two-african-women-ut-ideas-improving-access-some-basic-needs <p>Some young people in Africa are struggling with problems that many Americans take for granted – including serious unemployment and access to basic needs.</p><p>A group of 25 young Africans from 18 different countries have been <a href="http://world.utexas.edu/features/yali" target="_blank">at UT-Austin this summer</a> to bring to life their business plans for addressing some of the challenges in their countries.</p><p>It’s part of President Obama’s <a href="https://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/" target="_blank">Young African Leaders Initiative</a>. The national program is in its fourth year but this is the first time participants have spent time at a university prior to a summit in Washington.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159779558&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:51:33 +0000 Laura Rice 10823 at http://kut.org Meet Two African Women at UT With Ideas for Improving Access to Some Basic Needs Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights http://kut.org/post/listen-why-obamas-austin-fist-bumper-made-call-gay-rights <p>By now, you've <a href="https://twitter.com/dougmillsnyt/status/487313545743179777/photo/1">probably seen the photo</a> from President Barack Obama's <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">recent Austin visit</a>: the president smiling and extending a fist bump to a cashier at Franklin Barbecue.</p><p>If you've followed the story further, then you may be familiar with what prompted the exchange: the cashier, comedian and performer <a href="http://www.thedanielwebb.com/">Daniel Webb</a>, exclaimed "Equal rights for gay people!" when the president approached the counter. When Obama asked Webb if he was gay, he answered, "Only when I have sex."</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/gay-place/2014-07-11/fist-bumps-for-equal-rights/">Originally reported</a> by The Austin Chronicle, <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/obama-fist-bump-franklin-barbecue-gay-rights/">the story</a> has <a href="http://gawker.com/obama-fist-bumps-texas-bbq-cashier-in-response-to-gay-s-1604591349">been written up</a> everywhere <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/obama-gay-sex-joke_n_5584378.html">online</a>.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:04:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Ben Philpott 10783 at http://kut.org Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress http://kut.org/post/texas-obama-sets-stage-answer-do-nothing-congress Six years into his administration, President Obama has apparently not given up on the "hope" that was a major theme of his first run for president.<p>What else but undying optimism could explain the president's hope for the Texas congressional delegation expressed in his visit to their state this week?<p>Speaking of his conversation with Republican Texas Gov. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:38:25 +0000 Frank James, NPR 10774 at http://kut.org In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress President Obama is Back in Austin Today http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Note: This post initially contained the White House&nbsp;livestream&nbsp;of Obama's speech. As the speech has concluded and is not yet archived, we have removed the embed.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">A recap:</strong></p><p>President Obama is flying back to Washington DC after spending the night in Austin. This morning, Obama attended a round table discussion at the home of Democratic activist Aimee Boone Cunningham and then drove the Paramount Theater to deliver a speech – the first time a president has spoken at the Paramount since it opened in 1915.</p><p>The president's speech focused on economic opportunity and the middle class. Obama attacked Congressional Republicans for not agreeing to increase the minimum wage, extend unemployment insurance benefits or pass equal pay laws.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:55:25 +0000 KUT Staff 10767 at http://kut.org President Obama is Back in Austin Today Austin Says 'Thanks Obama!' for All the Traffic http://kut.org/post/austin-says-thanks-obama-all-traffic <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Normally </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">the "Thanks Obama" meme</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is reserved for things beyond the president's control: </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/489998-thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">paper cuts</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/489946-thanks-obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">infomercial disasters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to name a few.</span></p><p>But <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">Pres. Obama's visit to Austin</a> today –&nbsp;and its effect on morning traffic ­–&nbsp;has more than a few Twitter users directing their gridlocked ire at the president. To the surprise of no one stuck in traffic, <a href="https://twitter.com/TrendsAustin/status/487243021809774593">#ThanksObama is trending</a> in Austin this morning.</p><p>Here's a roundup of what's out there:</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:29:25 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10768 at http://kut.org Austin Says 'Thanks Obama!' for All the Traffic After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable http://kut.org/post/after-immigration-meeting-rebuff-perry-accepts-obamas-invite-dallas-roundtable <p class="p1"><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Gov. Perry will meet with President Obama, according to&nbsp;KUT's reporting partner the Texas Tribune.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.25px;">“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president&nbsp;tomorrow,” Perry spokesman Travis Considine&nbsp;<a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/08/perry-seeks-private-border-talk-with-obama/">told the Tribune</a> in an email.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original Post: </strong>President Barack Obama has offered </span><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/rick-perry-rejects-quick-handshake-with-barack-oba/ngbJw/" style="line-height: 1.5;">to meet Gov. Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing influx and detainment of unaccompanied Central American child immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:44:07 +0000 Andrew Weber 10751 at http://kut.org After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit http://kut.org/post/free-tickets-available-president-obamas-speech-during-weeks-austin-visit <p><strong>Update: </strong>President Barack Obama will give a public address during his visit to Austin this week.</p><p>Obama will be at The Paramount Theater on Thursday for a speech on the economy. Tickets are free and available to the public. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning at The Paramount (713 Congress Ave). The White House will only distribute a limited number of tickets.</p><p>Doors will open for the speech on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are required for entry and are not for sale or re-sale. The White House says all attendees will go through airport-like security.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 2, 2014): Austin filmmaker <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001675/">Robert Rodriguez</a> will host a fundraiser for President Obama on Wednesday, July 9, according to a Democratic Party source who wished to speak on background. Tickets for the event will range from $5,000 to the legal limit of $32,400. The proceeds will go to the <a href="http://www.democrats.org/">Democratic National Committee</a>. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:10:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 10722 at http://kut.org Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis http://kut.org/post/obama-speak-about-iraq-crisis-white-house-briefing President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.<p>Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."<p>The president spoke Thursday about the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American military help in the face of advances made by ISIS. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:40:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10639 at http://kut.org Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis Obama Signs Order Easing Student Loan Payments http://kut.org/post/obama-sign-order-easing-student-loan-payments <strong>(This post was updated at 3:24 p.m. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:13:01 +0000 10562 at http://kut.org Obama Signs Order Easing Student Loan Payments Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address http://kut.org/post/obama-emphasizes-importance-alliances-foreign-policy-address President Obama sought to recast if not reboot his overall approach to foreign policy with his graduation address at West Point on Wednesday.<p>In essence answering critics who have complained that his administration has lacked forceful responses to challenges in places such as Syria, Iran, Ukraine and Nigeria, Obama emphasized that "America must always lead on the world stage."<p>But he underscored that not every global problem has a military solution.<p>When the country is under attack, Obama said, the U.S. will not hesitate to act unilaterally. Wed, 28 May 2014 16:08:14 +0000 10505 at http://kut.org Obama Emphasizes Importance Of Alliances In Foreign Policy Address Obama Plans To Leave Residual Force Of 9,800 In Afghanistan http://kut.org/post/obama-plans-leave-residual-force-9800-afghanistan <h6><strong>(This post was last updated at 3:00 p.m. ET.)</strong></h6><p>President Obama announced on Tuesday a plan to leave a residual force of 9,800 service members in Afghanistan beyond 2014. By 2016, most troops will be out of the country.<p>"It's time to turn the page on more than a decade in which so much of our foreign policy was focused on... wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," Obama said in the White House Rose Garden.<p>Obama said that combat will end in America's longest-running war by the end of this year. Tue, 27 May 2014 16:16:59 +0000 10499 at http://kut.org Obama Plans To Leave Residual Force Of 9,800 In Afghanistan Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders http://kut.org/post/obama-seeks-wider-authority-release-drug-offenders Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Obama administration is formulating new rules that would give it, and the president, far more latitude to pardon or reduce the sentences of thousands of drug offenders serving long federal prison sentences.<p>The move comes amid a broad national reconsideration of mandatory minimum sentences approved by Congress in 1986, when America's big cities were in the grip of a crack cocaine-fueled crime wave.<p>"The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications, to restore a degree of justice, fairness, and proport Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:22:12 +0000 Liz Halloran, NPR 10265 at http://kut.org Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies http://kut.org/post/immigration-activists-chain-themselves-mlk-statue-protest-obama-policies <p>Protesters gathered on the UT campus to protest President Obama’s immigration policies during his <a href="http://kutne.ws/1lNONwQ">speech today at the Civil Rights Summit</a>. Some chained themselves to the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and many brandished signs deriding the president for strict deportation strategies in light of the event which highlights equal rights.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We want them to recognize that the fight for civil rights is not over,” said student organizer Maria Reza. “Enough talk – we need action.”</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:41:39 +0000 Lynn Romero 10181 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act http://kut.org/post/obama-celebrates-50-years-civil-rights-act <p>President&nbsp;&nbsp;Obama delivered a speech today at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org">LBJ</a> Presidential Library and Museum&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org">Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;celebrating&nbsp;50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.&nbsp;</p><p>Obama paid tribute to Johnson's tenacity and vision in fostering the passage of the Civil Rights Act — &nbsp;as well as other landmark legislation including the Voting Rights Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Fair Housing Act. He characterized the Texan president as strong-willed -- but flawed, despite his successes -- and said that the fight for equality isn't &nbsp;over.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:29:55 +0000 KUT Staff 10195 at http://kut.org Obama Celebrates 50 Years of the Civil Rights Act Watch President Obama's Address at the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-obamas-address-civil-rights-summit <object width="540" height="304"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="304" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin.</p><p>The summit, <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">gathering four U.S Presidents</a> and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Laura Rice 10190 at http://kut.org President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles http://kut.org/post/president-obamas-coming-austin-how-hear-his-address-avoid-traffic-troubles <p>President Barack Obama will be in Austin today to give the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/president-obama-will-speak-thursday-april-10-2014" target="_blank">keynote address</a> at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library. The event is marking the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/lbj-school-marks-50th-anniversary-president-johnson-s-landma" target="_blank">50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act</a>.</p><p><strong>How to Hear Obama's Address:</strong></p><p>While it is not possible to get into the auditorium to see the President’s address unless you already have a ticket – there is an opportunity to see some of the other summit panels.</p><p>A standby line will begin forming at 1:30 p.m. on the east side of Sid Richardson Hall – next to the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/contact/map" target="_blank">LBJ Library</a>. Open seats for the panels starting at 2, 3 and 4 o’clock will be filled with people from the standby line.</p><p>KUT 90.5 will air Obama’s address at the Civil Rights Summit live starting around 11:30 a.m. This is made possible with a partnership with the <a href="http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/" target="_blank">Longhorn Network</a>. UT will also stream the address online at KUT.org. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:07:49 +0000 Laura Rice & Larissa Liska 10187 at http://kut.org President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles Obama Eulogizes Soldiers Killed at Fort Hood http://kut.org/post/obama-eulogizes-soldiers-killed-fort-hood <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the second time in five years, President Obama arrived at Fort Hood to mourn alongside those grieving the loss of their family members in a shooting on post. T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">hree men were killed and sixteen were injured in the shooting on April 2.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Fort Hood families know death is a part of war: 576 soldiers Fort Hood have died serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.</span></p><p>“As an army we accept this a dangerous profession, and all who wear this wonderful uniform and pledge to defend our nation and its way of life, understand they may be called to make that ultimate sacrifice," says<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;John M </span>McCue<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Secretary of the Army.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“But inside these gates, behind these walls, we expect a much different order of things.” Thu, 10 Apr 2014 01:34:16 +0000 Kate McGee 10178 at http://kut.org Obama Eulogizes Soldiers Killed at Fort Hood Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four U.S. Presidents headline a <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">three-day summit</a> in Austin this week, kicking off a celebration of the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64text.htm">1964 Civil Rights Act</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life before the act can sometimes seem foreign to those of us who came after the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rganizers say that alone is a great reason to hold a summit.</span></p><p>"Of course it's appropriate to look back. I mean, I myself am a child of the segregated South. So I grew up in that world and I know in ways that our students really don't, what things were like before this legislation,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;School of Public Affairs Dean Robert&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutchings says.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143592759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:09:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10145 at http://kut.org Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit Fort Hood Update: Obamas to Attend Memorial Service Wednesday http://kut.org/post/fort-hood-update-obamas-attend-memorial-service-wednesday <p>President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend a memorial service Wednesday to honor the three soldiers killed in last week’s <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-dead-after-shooting-fort-hood" target="_blank">shooting at Fort Hood</a>.</p><p>Obama visited Fort Hood in November 2009 under similar circumstances following the shooting by Maj. Nidal Hasan that left 13 dead and 32 wounded. Hasan was convicted in August 2012 of those killings and was sentenced to death.</p><p>The Obamas were already planning to travel to Texas this week. On Thursday, the President will speak at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:25:39 +0000 Maria Roque & Laura Rice 10137 at http://kut.org Fort Hood Update: Obamas to Attend Memorial Service Wednesday Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues http://kut.org/post/obama-meets-internet-ceos-discuss-privacy-issues Leaders of high-tech companies, including Google and Facebook, descended on the White House Friday for a meeting with President Obama on the subject of privacy. The meeting itself was private. But aides say Obama wanted to hear from the CEOs about their concerns with the government's high-tech surveillance.<p>High-tech CEOs are not the obvious messengers to be delivering a privacy lecture to the government. After all, they make their money by scanning customers' emails and tracking their movements, all with the goal of serving up more targeted ads. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:28:52 +0000 Scott Horsley 10017 at http://kut.org Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues