President Obama stands beside French President Hollande while paying tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack during a visit to a memorial on Sunday night (November 29) in Paris, France.
The president was seen attending a midnight memorial service at the site of the Bataclan concert venue while in town for climate talks.
Over the weekend, Obama celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by spending time with his two daughters – Malia, 17, and Sasha, 14 – around Washington, D.C. They were all seen attending an event at the White House and also stepping out for a Small Business Saturday appearance.
President Obama presents Barbra Streisand with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday (November 24) in Washington, DC.
The 54-year-old President presented the medal to thirteen living and four posthumous pioneers in science, sports, public service, human rights, politics and arts including Barbra, Steven Spielberg, Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio Estefan.
“[Barbra] has collected just about every honor and award that there is – I couldn’t believe she hadn’t gotten this one,” Obama expressed at the ceremony (via EW). “Off the stage, she has been a passionate advocate for issues like heart disease and women’s equality, I’m getting all verklempt just thinking about it.”
President Barack Obama described the recent launch of attacks on Paris as a “an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share.”
The 54-year-old President revealed that the United States is willing to do “whatever it takes to work with the French people and with nations around the world to bring these terrorists to justice.”
“This is a heart-breaking situation, and obviously those of us here in the United States know what it’s like. We’ve gone through these kinds of episodes ourselves, and whenever these kinds of attacks happen, we’ve always been able to count on the French people to stand with us,” he said.
So far, at least 60 people have been reported dead in the devastating attacks in Paris, France. French President François Hollande has declared the country under a state of emergency.
Our prayers and condolences are with the people of Paris.
Here’s what the 54-year-old politician had to share:
On equality: “This really goes back to when I was a kid, because my mom instilled in me the strong belief that every person is of equal worth,” he explains to the magazine. “At the same time growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside. To Malia [Obama] and Sasha [Obama] and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. The next generation is spurring change not just for future generations, but for my generation, too.”
OnKim Davis: “I am a man of faith and believe deeply in religious freedom, but at the end of the day, nobody is above the rule of law—especially someone who voluntarily takes an oath to uphold that law. That’s something we’ve got to respect.”
The 31-year-old royal sat down with the 54-year-old Commander in Chief for an informal chat about the upcoming Invictus Games, which is an international sporting event for wounded, injured, and sick Servicemen and women, both serving and veterans.
While speaking to the crowd, Barack offered some advice to Kanye about running for president in 2020.
“In case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as he calls it ‘Peezy,’ first off all, you gotta spend a lot of time dealing with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” the President joked, alluding to Kanye‘s reality star wife Kim Kardashian.
“Saying that you have a beautiful, dark, twisted, fantasy, that’s what’s known as off-message in politics…Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States?” he questioned, jokingly alluding to his own Presidential wins.
Check out all the President had to say to Kanye in the video below…
President Barack Obama Addresses Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign
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