Barack Obama

Today in History: June 3, Barack Obama claims nomination

On June 3, 1989, Chinese army troops began their sweep of Beijing to crush student-led pro-democracy demonstrations. In 1621, the Dutch West India Co. received its charter for a trade monopoly in parts of the Americas and Africa. In 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer...

Barack Obama reunites with the boy who touched his head in iconic ‘Hair Like Mine’ photo

On 26 May, former US President Barack Obama shared his virtual reunion with Jacob Philadelphia, the boy who famously touched his head in the 2009 photo Hair Like Mine.Jacob Philadelphia was just five years old when he visited the White House with his father, former National Security Council staffer Carlton Philadelphia. While standing in the Oval Office, he asked President Barack Obama, “Is your hair like mine?” The former president leaned down and told the young boy to touch his hair to find out. Obama said, “Well, what do you think?” to which Philadelphia replied, “Yeah, I think that’s pretty...

Barack Obama Catches Up With Boy Who Asked To Touch His Hair In 2009: 'I Couldn't Be More Proud Of Him'

Barack Obama had a sweet reunion with Jacob Philadelphia, a young boy he met years ago when he was in the White House. "Is that Jacob? It's Barack Obama. Do you remember me?" the politician asked the 18-year-old in a video posted on his official website."Yes, and you said your hair would be gray next time," the teenager replied. "And I was not lying," Obama said. In 2009, former National Security Council staffer Carlton Philadelphia brought along Jacob, who was 5 years old at the time, to meet the president. He simply asked Obama, "Is your hair like mine?" The...

Barack Obama Uses Texas Shooting to Memorialize George Floyd

Former President Barack Obama used the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to memorialize the death of George Floyd, even though the two tragedies have almost no relation. Indeed, Wednesday, May 25, marks the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, but instead of just commemorating the day on its own, the former president tied the horrific massacre in Texas, which left 19 children and two teachers dead, to Floyd’s memory.