The photographer who captured the selfie at the Mandela memorial says the press is creating something that wasn’t there. “Photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.” http://yhoo.it/1gpk0Gk
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Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown as public esteem sinks for all players in the impasse, President Barack Obama among them, according to a new poll. It’s a struggle with no heroes. http://news.yahoo.com/poll-gop-gets-blame-shutdown-072856768—finance.html
Lawmaker refers to Obama as “De Fuhrer”: Like many Republican lawmakers, Brenda Barton is furious that the federal government shutdown has forced the closure of national parks. Barton, an Arizona state representative, took to Facebook to express her fury in a series of status updates. In one, she compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.
U.S. ready to go it alone on Syria after stinging British defeat
Obama weighing military strikes without key ally Britain.
Huskies center Stephanie Dolson gave the president “bunny ears” as he posed for photos with the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team at the White House. Read more …
BERLIN—When Barack Obama last visited Berlin back in 2008, Constanze Fröhlich felt like she was part of history.
“He was about to become the first black president—I wanted to support that,” the 35-year-old university researcher told Yahoo News. “It was really amazing so many people were there.”
Back then, in a surprising outpouring of Teutonic affection for Obama, a euphoric crowd of 200,000 turned up to hear the Democratic presidential contender speak in the German capital.
“People of the world: Look at Berlin, where a wall came down, a continent came together, and history proved that there is no challenge too great for a world that stands as one,” he told the rapturous masses. “This city, of all cities, knows the dream of freedom.”
But five years later, Germany’s love affair with the U.S. president has gone cold.
Obama can still expect Chancellor Angela Merkel to give him a grand reception on his official two-day visit. But his high-profile speech on Wednesday in front of the city’s Brandenburg Gate—almost exactly 50 years after John F. Kennedy’s historic “Ich bin ein Berliner” address—will be given to a vetted audience of only a few thousand.
And it’s doubtful hundreds of thousands would have turned up to listen to Obama had it been open to the public anyway. Average Germans these days appear at best mildly disillusioned and at worst deeply angry with the man who promised hope and change.
“I thought it was great that he became president. But there’s more distance now. He’s been consumed by daily politics,” said Fröhlich. Read more …
One of several photos on ‘Obama Is Checking Your Email’ — a Tumblr dedicated to pictures of the president reading over people’s shoulders. See more …