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Barack Obama Decries Lack of U.S. Leadership on Climate Change

Barack Obama Decries Lack of U.S. Leadership on Climate Change

By The Canadian Press

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the convention centre in Montreal, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chaisson)

MONTREAL – Former U.S. president Barack Obama has again decried what he calls the lack of American leadership on climate change.

In a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade on Tuesday, Obama did not mention U.S. President Donald Trump by name but clearly targeted his successor’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement.

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Currie: If the Chopper Was Good Enough for Obama…

By Roger Currie

One of the most familiar photos that we see of Barack Obama and other American presidents is the shot of them boarding the Marine One helicopter on the White House lawn. The chopper takes the boss to Andrews Air Force base where the journey continues on Air Force One. Did you know that 15 of those former presidential helicopters now belong to the Royal Canadian Air Force?

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Winnipeg Comedian to Perform at Obama Inauguration

Winnipeg Comedian to Perform at Obama Inauguration

Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett
Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett performing as Elvis Presley (HANDOUT)

A Winnipeg comedian and radio personality is headed to Washington, DC to perform at a U.S. Presidential Inauguration ball.

Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett hosts the morning show on NCI-FM. Also the station’s program director, Barrett is a stand-up comedian and Elvis Presley impersonator.

“The booking came as a complete surprise to me,” Barrett said. “My agent phoned and asked if I was sitting down as he had the booking of a lifetime.”

The performance is set for the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian Institute on January 21. Being one of several official balls in the city, Barrett hopes it’s one of the few President Barack Obama attends with his wife, Michelle.

“The committee that inquired about my availability watched my promo video and they chose specific jokes and bits, political in nature, for me to tell. As for what song I should perform as Elvis, some of my Elvis friends suggested, “American Trilogy,” “America the Beautiful,” although given how the economy is they suggested I stay away from “In The Ghetto.”

Barrett is a proud Ojibwe from the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario.

Obama Wins Four More Years

Obama Wins Four More Years

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrate with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill after his victory speech on election night in Chicago, November 6, 2012. (KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS)

Local Experts Weigh In on U.S. Election Results

(REUTERS FILE)

As U.S. election results start coming in tonight, a group of experts in Canadian and American politics will be watching them live at the University of Manitoba.

Several big screens will be set up showing various networks. The event will also feature expert commentary, analysis, and participants will have the chance to “vote” on a variety of issues.

The invitation-only reception at St. John’s College is hosted by the U.S. Consulate Winnipeg to celebrate the 2012 United States Presidential Election.

— Staff

Osama bin Laden Killed by U.S. Forces

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is dead.

U.S. President Barack Obama made the announcement late Sunday night, after TV networks broke into programming to share the news first, based on congressional sources.

“Justice has been done,” Obama said during his roughly ten-minute speech from the White House.

The terrorist ring leader was killed Sunday during a brief firefight with U.S. Navy SEALs in Abbotabad, Pakistan, and located inside a compound.

The president noted that no Americans were harmed in the operation, and care was taken to avoid civilian casualties.

The United States is now in possession of bin Laden’s body.

Oddly enough, on this day (May 1) in 1945, Hitler died.

See Twitter’s reaction below:

Obama’s Meeting with Gates and Crowley

Obama’s Meeting with Gates and Crowley

President Barack Obama will meet with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Police Sergeant James Crowley later today for beers at the White House to discuss that whole ‘racial profiling’ incident. Do you think their meeting will go something like this?

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Submitted photo by Winnipeg cartoonist Dan Phelps

National Fist Bump Day? You Better Believe It!

National Fist Bump Day? You Better Believe It!

By Brian Schultz

Obama Fist BumpOn June 3, 2008, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle took part in what soon became a national phenomenon — fist bumping. Dubbed as “the fist bump heard ’round the world,” putting the bump on a national stage soon became the ‘cool’ thing to do.

No one knows if it was actually Obama who started the craze, or perhaps comedian Howie Mandel, with his fear of shaking hands due to germs.

Whatever the case, Wednesday, June 3 of this year marks National Fist Bump Day. No one knows what kind of activities are planned, if any, but the day will most likely include a lot of folks bumping knuckles.

Image credit: Craig Lassig / EPA

Radio-Canada Slammed for Racist Obama Jokes

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CBC’s Radio-Canada was in the wrong when it aired an assassination joke in regards to U.S. President Barack Obama, an industry panel ruled on Monday.

The New Year’s Eve “Bye Bye” comedy French-language program generated over 200 complaints due to its racist remarks. “We’re not racists. It will be good to have a Negro in the White House. It will be practical. Black on white, it will be easier to shoot him,” one of the show’s hosts remarked.

Along with those tasteless comments, the show also featured an interview with a black actor portraying Obama. The host said, “The blacks, you all look alike,” and then warned viewers to hide their purses.

The CBSC (Canadian Broadcasting Standards Council) found that the sketches went too far and breached regulations, but said a reprimand would not be given, only an apology. What do you do when the federal broadcaster goofs? It’s not like they will fine themselves.

— With files from Reuters

Obama in Canada — “Daily Show” Pokes Fun

By Brian Schultz

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Canada last Thursday was successful, but very short. “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart poked fun at Obama’s trip up north during Tuesday night’s episode.

Watch the video below.