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Nelson Mandela  and President Barack Obama.

Ailing Mandela Opens Eyes, Smiles on Hearing of Obama’s South Africa Trip

By Keir Simmons and
Charlayne Hunter-Gault,
NBC News

Nelson Mandela  and President Barack Obama.

Nelson Mandela and President Barack Obama.

Nelson Mandela “opened his eyes” and smiled after being told of President Barack Obama’s imminent visit to South Africa, his daughter said Tuesday, adding to speculation that the two men might meet.
The 94-year-old remains in a critical condition, South Africa’s government said Tuesday as relatives gathered at his home for a family meeting that local media reports described as “urgent.”
The anti-apartheid campaigner and democracy icon has been in hospital with a lung infection since June 8. His condition was downgraded over the weekend from “serious but stable” to “critical.”
Obama was due to leave Wednesday for Senegal, his first stop in a tour of Africa, before heading to South Africa on Friday.
Officials have said it is up to Mandela’s family to decide if the former leader is well enough to meet the president, and no meeting is scheduled.
Zindzi Mandela said Tuesday that she had said to her father: “Obama is coming.”
“He opened his eyes and gave me a smile,” she said.
She was speaking after relatives and chief members of Mandela’s clan gathered for a meeting at his rural home in Qunu, Eastern Cape province, on Tuesday morning.
Among those who arrived at the homestead were his grandson Mandla Mandela and other family members, Thanduxolo Mandela, Ndaba Mandela, and Ndileka Mandela.
A South Africa Press Association correspondent said the meeting followed an “urgent call” reportedly made by the former president’s children and quoted Napilisi Mandela, an elder in the Mandela family, as saying the meeting was being called “to discuss delicate matters.”

Obama to congress “stay here and get it done”, His Health Plan Ruled Constitutional

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Republican members of congress stood in shock and awe when they heard President Barack Obama bluntly tell them, “You stay here. Let’s get it done. The President insisted that elimination of selected tax breaks for billionaires, millionaires and jet-setters must be included in any deficit reduction plan.
He held  open the possibility of keeping Congress in Washington unless there is significant progress   on a deal to cut deficits, raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit and avert a threatened financial crisis.
He said a plan must be in place by Aug. 2, a date he called “a hard deadline.”
House Speaker John Boehner said, “The president is sorely mistaken if he believes a bill to raise the debt ceiling and raise taxes would pass the House. The votes simply aren’t there – and they aren’t going to be there, because the American people know tax hikes destroy jobs.”
Obamacare ruled constitutional
President Obama’s health plan won a significant battle in a ruling by the Cincinnati-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. The 2-1 panel decision marks what is likely to be the first in a series of appeals court rulings in upcoming months. Ultimate resolution of the politically charged dispute is likely to come from the U.S. Supreme Court sometime next year.
Prior rulings were issued by district court judges, on the first rung of the U.S. judiciary, and in all of those, GOP-appointed judges had struck down the mandate that Americans buy insurance by 2014 and Democratic appointees had found it constitutional.
In last week’s case, Judge Boyce Martin, named by President Carter, a Democrat, and Judge Jeffrey Sutton, an appointee of Republican President George W. Bush, joined together for the panel majority to declare the individual-mandate provision a valid use of congressional power

President Obama Addressed the British Parliament

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War. He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”. He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.

President Obama is the first American president to give an address to the British Parliament in Westminster Hall. It is a distinction denied to previous U.S. heads of state and has been used by only three foreign leaders since the Second World War.
He kicked off his speech with a joke: that following in the footsteps of the Queen, Pope and Nelson Mandela was either “a very high bar or the beginning of a joke”.
He addressed a variety of topics such as Afghanistan, the death of Bin Laden and human rights. He reflected on the shared history between the two countries and how they could work together to confront their common challenges.


Obama Speaks on African American Unemployment, Need for Jobs

President Barack Obama met with members of the National Policy Alliance (NPA) Feb. 9.

President  Barack Obama met with members of the National Policy Alliance (NPA) February 9 to discuss his vision for America to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building global competitors while balancing our nation’s budget and reforming our government.
The President and the participants at the meeting agreed that the federal government should adopt policies that will make our budget leaner and smarter while accelerating economic growth and by the recession while protecting the core services that support communities and African American families hardest hit by the current recession.
The President reaffirmed that he did not want to return to the kind of economy Read more