Barack Obama

President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Meet At The White House

Obama gets personal on Twitter. Will Cameron follow suit?

18 May 2015 18:10

With an increasing number of Twitter accounts for politicians and celebrities run by staff rather than the subjects themselves, the PR-y tweets can often make for a dull read. So… Continue reading

3 Comments
Protestors participate in a vigil for Freddie Gray down the street from the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station, April 21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

We’re all Freddie Gray now: is racial tension America’s civic religion?

28 April 2015 12:35

‘You’re trending on Twitter,’ said the Spectator books editor Sam Leith, who knows his social media. Am I? How exciting! What have I done? Sam explained: a young black man… Continue reading

26 Comments
A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

4 Comments
(Photo: Getty)

Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach?

26 March 2015 10:29

Tonight Ed Miliband and David Cameron will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in two separate interviews, after Cameron declined to do a head-to-head interview with the Labour leader. Now, Mr S hears… Continue reading

5 Comments
Pro-Russian separatists on a road near Uglegorsk (Photo: Dominique Faget/Getty)

We are one town away from a proxy war between Russia and the US

22 February 2015 11:06

We are alarmingly close to the most serious confrontation between Russia and the United States since the end of the Cold War. A proxy war between Moscow and Washington on… Continue reading

255 Comments
assad4web

Assad is hoping Isis will make his regime look moderate. This is no accident

10 February 2015 11:48

Jeremy Bowen’s half-hour long interview with Bashar al-Assad is being heavily trailed by the BBC this morning.  And while it has little that is new it does provide an interesting… Continue reading

128 Comments
Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress in the House chamber at the Capitol on February 12, 2013 in Washington. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Obama prepares for battle in his sixth State of the Union address

21 January 2015 11:05

If you think British politics is broken, just look across the Atlantic to see how dysfunctional things can really become. Since the Republicans seized control of the Senate in November,… Continue reading

17 Comments
love

Does Harriet Harman love or loathe Obama? It’s becoming hard to tell…

20 January 2015 13:44

‘Most people will feel that Obama does not really know what is going on in this country,’ said a snappy Harriet Harman last night. The Labour deputy leader was sent… Continue reading

27 Comments
IMG_5287.JPG

Cameron and Obama: Friends4eva

16 January 2015 18:46

David Cameron and Barack Obama have just finished giving a rather cutesy and extremely verbose press conference following the reinvigorating of their bromance/serious talks on the economy and counter-terrorism. The… Continue reading

63 Comments
137710-620x403

Dear David and Barack, Britain and America didn’t defeat the Nazis alone

15 January 2015 12:25

It’s easily done, I know, when you’re trying to convey the beauty of a two-way relationship, to remember that others may have been involved in the events that brought you… Continue reading

68 Comments
Image: Getty

Peers demand PM lobbies President over haggis ban

15 January 2015 12:23

Patriotic peers have demanded that David Cameron raise the US haggis import ban with President Obama at the White House today. As Steerpike noted yesterday, the 1971 ban on the… Continue reading

11 Comments
US-POLITICS-OBAMA-DEPARTURE

Restoring diplomatic ties with Cuba? What’s with all this eruption of sanity in Washington?

17 December 2014 16:38

The conventional wisdom, at least in Britain, seems to be that Barack Obama’s presidency has been a desperate disappointment. That is partly a reflection of the extravagant – impossibly so… Continue reading

48 Comments
Barack Obama. Getty Images.

Another American citizen has been murdered — and it’s nothing to do with Islam

17 November 2014 12:37

I suppose this is the inevitable end-point of the ‘nothing to do with Islam’ meme. Another American citizen has had his head chopped off by a gang of men aspiring… Continue reading

165 Comments
(Photo: JM Lopez/AFP/Getty)

The US steps up its involvement in the war for Iraq

8 November 2014 17:40

If you want to know how serious the situation in Iraq with Islamic State is, just look at what the Americans are doing. President Obama, who made his political name… Continue reading

50 Comments
Spectator Cover Art

Lame duck unleashed – Bulgarian in London asks ‘what next’ on US immigration

5 November 2014 12:52

London Careening through the city in a minicab last night, en route to a pub in Bloomsbury that had promised to screen US election results, the mustachioed driver confirmed my accent… Continue reading

13 Comments
Mitt Romney addresses the crowd during a rally for Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (Photo: David Ryder/Getty)

Obama was the Republicans’ greatest weapon last night. What will they do without him?

5 November 2014 12:45

Anchorage, Alaska You don’t mean a thing if your state’s not a swing, goes the saying in American elections. But if it is a swing, then a whirlwind of money,… Continue reading

11 Comments
camphone

In the court of King Dave, can Cameron phone home?

5 November 2014 9:40

An absolute gem in the Telegraph’s morning memo today by Stephen Bush, who claims that the Prime Minister has more than a passing interest in today’s government announcement that mobile… Continue reading

36 Comments
From left: US General John Allen, Kuwaiti foreign ministry under secretary Khaled al-Jarallah and Qatari foreign minister assistant Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, in Kuwait City on October 27, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq

30 October 2014 11:07

Revelations keep pouring in about the uneasy relationship between Western aid givers and ISIS operators: from bribes given by humanitarian convoys to secure access in war-torn Syria, to food and… Continue reading

35 Comments
(Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty)

Whoever wins Scotland’s referendum, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

18 September 2014 11:40

As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good morning, asking if I have voted and would I like… Continue reading

297 Comments
Refugees Fleeing ISIS Offensive Pour Into Kurdistan

Support grows for British air strikes against Isis

4 September 2014 9:08

If there is a strategy buried under the ‘no strategy’ response by the US and the UK to Isis, it seems to be that David Cameron and Barack Obama have… Continue reading

96 Comments
Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

America’s racial tensions are on show for the world to see in Ferguson

19 August 2014 9:41

Washington, D.C. Week two of the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri and peace is nowhere in sight. The problems began on Saturday 9th August when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American,… Continue reading

91 Comments
Image: Getty

Obama: ‘We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar’

14 August 2014 19:03

When President Obama finally turned up to his press conference on Iraq and the situation in Missouri, he made quite clear that he does not intend to increase US involvement in the… Continue reading

58 Comments
A Yazidi family on the run from ISIS, pictured earlier this week.  (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Nato has a choice: stop ISIS or witness another genocide

8 August 2014 17:09

What we are witnessing in Northern Iraq today is the unwinding of lives. Where once they were blurred, intertwined and interdependent, now they are monochrome, distinct, raw. The process is bloody and cruel. The Yazidi… Continue reading

160 Comments
speccover

The three golden rules of intervention

8 August 2014 9:05

Barack Obama has authorised the use of targeted airstrikes in Iraq against forces of the Islamic State, which are hell-bent on massacring Yazidi and Christian minorities, and threatening American assets… Continue reading

29 Comments
(Photo: Getty)

Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is by any standards a stunning development. The President, whom hawks… Continue reading

189 Comments