On Barack Obama, Absent Fathers, And The Jokes That Just Won’t Stop

Despite being published just a few months after I was born, I first read Barack Obama’s Dreams From My Father at 14. It was 2008, and it seemed as though the prospect of electing the nation’s first black president had consumed all of society. It had certainly taken over my family; for some of my loved ones, including my mom, it was their first time voting in a U.S. election.

Though I can’t quite remember who in my family purchased Obama’s autobiography for me, I vividly remember being captivated by his story.

President Obama Grants 111 More Commutations

President Obama appears to be taking full advantage of his victory lap as he’s in the home stretch of his presidency. Earlier this month, he granted commutations to 214 non-violent offenders to offer them a second chance to rejoin society. While he already had a lead and granted the most commutations out of any recent U.S. President, he’s no widened the gap considerably.

Obama granted another 111 commutations this past Tuesday, leading to a grand total of 325 granted in the month go August alone. To date, he’s offered 673 commutations, according to the White House

President Obama Will Visit Baton Rouge

President Barack Obama has fallen under criticism for not rushing to Baton Rouge, La. after the devastating floods that have caused a state of emergency. Some have even gone as far as to draw similarities between Obama being on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and President Bush not acting fast enough during Hurricane Katrina.

It has been announced that President Obama will be visiting Baton Rouge this Tuesday to witness the damage for himself and offer any assistance. While speaking with local officials, he’ll also aim to make sure that locals are aware that “American people will be with them as they rebuild their community and come back stronger than ever.”

Trump Spokesperson Katrina Pierson Lies About Obama “Founding” ISIS On CNN

It is clear that Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, thinks we are all idiots. This was made even clearer in a recent clip from CNN’s news coverage of Trump’s recent comments about President Obama, Hillary Clinton and ISIS.

In the video, his spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, literally butchered the actual history and origins of the War in Afghanistan and ISIS to try and smear President Obama and Clinton. But, the host, Victor Blackwell, was having none of that.

President Obama Awards 12,000 Inmates With Pell Grants

One of the largest flaws with the U.S. prison system is that it’s either doing exactly what it was meant to do or is completely missing the point. Instead of rehabilitating prisoners so that they can pay for their crimes and rejoin society as productive individuals, they’re often stuck in a system that has no plans of letting them go.

To help end – or at least put some speed bumps in – the cycle, President Obama’s administration is making a higher education much more convenient for inmates in U.S. prisons. A new plan was introduced that will provide $30 million in pell grants for up to 12,000 inmates to take college courses. 

Senate Confirms Eric Fanning, First Openly Gay Army Secretary

The Obama Administration is creating historic moments and stories that will be passed down for generations to come.

The newest announcement is that Eric Fanning is now the first openly gay Army secretary of the United States, which the Senate confirmed last Tuesday evening. This news comes about five years after the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” which did not allow gay and lesbian service members to talk about their sexuality publicly.

President Obama Signs Bill Removing “Negro” And “Oriental” From Federal Laws

As society moves forward, terms that were considered appropriate and politically correct grow obsolete. That’s simply a sign of the advancement of culture. While laws made today will most likely reflect contemporary cultural thought, the same can’t be said for the laws of old.

To make sure that laws that were ratified years ago are still applicable and aren’t offensive to any involved parties, President Obama has signed a bill to strike out a list of outdated terms such as “Negro,” “Oriental,” “American Indian” and Eskimo, according to Mediate. 

Obama Tells Howard University Graduates To Be Confident In Their Blackness

President Barack Obama is on the last leg of his presidency much to the collective cheers and tears from people on either side of U.S. politics. So, for the last time, he’s giving a handful of commencement addresses to graduating college students as the sitting president.

One of his last stops was Howard University, where he spoke to students about their future as both individuals and Americans. 

Obama Cuts Funding for Christian-Based Abstinence Sex-Ed Program

President Obama has proposed a budget for 2017, which removes a $10 million annual grant that goes towards funding “abstinence-only” sexual education classes in public schools. By getting rid of this money, Obama ends the financial incentive for states to continue to teach this one-sided sexual education program.