Barack Obama

Obama, Bush to Speak at Dallas Memorial

Jul 12, 2016
Texas Tribune

President Barack Obama and his predecessor, former President George W. Bush, on Tuesday will lead the nation in a memorial service mourning the deaths of five Dallas police officers at the hands of a sniper who used a Black Lives Matter protest to launch an ambush on law enforcement.

The current and former presidents will speak at the Dallas event, joined by numerous state and local officials.

President Obama spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep.

Steve Inskeep: You've been told, I think, that we are doing a documentary. We went across a good part of the country to places where you have given speeches over the years to just talk with people about how their lives have changed.

When President Obama lifted the ban on U.S. weapons sales to Vietnam, he invoked one of his favorite themes — relics of the Cold War.

"This change will ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War," Obama said Monday in the capital, Hanoi.

He sounded a lot like the president who made a groundbreaking visit to Cuba in March:

This year's South by Southwest festivals in Austin, Texas, will have more than the usual dose of Washington, D.C.

President Obama will be talking with the editor in chief of The Texas Tribune in an conversation that will open SXSW Interactive, while first lady Michelle Obama will deliver the keynote address for SXSW Music.

President Obama wants to finally make good on one of his signature campaign promises: closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Republican-controlled Congress is unlikely to go along, but the debate has raised another question: If the prison closes, what would happen to the naval base itself?

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned about handing over the entire base in a debate this month on CNN.

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