President Obama

Cuba
9:16 am
Fri December 26, 2014

While Poll Supports New U.S.-Cuba Relations, Political Hurdles Remain

Cars in Havana, Cuba.
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About 60 percent of Americans agree with the President’s decision on Cuba, according to a new poll this week from CNN and Opinion Research Corporation.

Almost as many said the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, which only Congress can overturn, should be lifted. And two-thirds want U.S. tourist travel to the island restored as well.

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Immigration
12:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

President Obama's Executive Action Leaves Many Disappointed

About 50 people attended a watch party in downtown Miami held by the Florida Immigrant Coalition for President Barack Obama's announcement of his deportation relief executive actions on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.
Credit Pattrik Simmons

At 19 years old, Jose Machado has already been living without his mother for several years. She was deported back to Nicaragua, where he was born, for driving without a license.

“The state was not aware that we were here without any parents. They were not aware about our living conditions. So I presented myself to the authorities, the process began, and I ended up in a Jewish foster home,” Machado said.

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Immigration
5:46 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Miami Archbishop, Immigrant Rights Leaders Urge Obama To Stop Deportations

Archbishop Thomas Wenski releases a dove in downtown Miami as part of an appeal to stop deportations of undocumented immigrants.
Credit C.M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

South Florida is seeing a larger influx of undocumented immigrants, especially Central Americans fleeing violence in their home countries. As a result, Miami’s Roman Catholic Archbishop Thomas Wenski joined leaders from the Florida Immigrant Coalition Thursday morning at the downtown Freedom Tower. 

He urged President Obama to keep his pledge and stop deporting law-abiding undocumented immigrants in this country – at least until Congress acts on immigration reform.

“To alleviate the sufferings of untold millions," Wenski said, "we call on the President to provide relief.”

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Election
4:31 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
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Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 7:59 pm

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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The President In Miami
2:51 am
Mon March 10, 2014

How A Presidential Visit Affected Coral Reef High School

President Obama was accompanied by his wife to meet select students before he came out and spoke in the gymnasium.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

Students and teachers at Coral Reef High School can't pinpoint when they first heard the news that President Obama was coming to speak. He and the First Lady visited the south Miami-Dade school on Friday to ask students to apply for free federal student aid before they graduate.

Rumors had been floating around the high school since the previous week because of some strange things they saw. 

"Students started observing secret service around the building, so they started making comments, asking teachers," says chemistry teacher Stefano Pagani. 

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FAFSA For Florida
2:48 am
Mon March 10, 2014

President Obama Urges Miami Students To Apply For Federal Aid

President Obama says he and his wife are successful because of the education they received after high school.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

President Obama told Coral Reef High School students Friday that last year, Florida left one-hundred million dollars in federal pell grants untouched.

"A hundred million dollars that could've helped Florida students help pay for college was just left on the table," says the president. 

He says it was the result of Florida's graduating seniors last year who failed to fill out the free federal financial aid form, which was about half.

This was news to Coral Reef chemistry teacher Stefano Pagani.

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State of South Florida
7:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Obama's Immigration Remarks In State Of The Union Not Enough, Locals Say

Immigration reform leaders gathered at La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to watch the State of the Union.
Credit Laguardia Cross / 1Miami

 

More than a dozen people crowded the Salvadorean restaurant La Pupusa Factory in Little Havana to hear President Obama's remarks on immigration reform during his State of the Union address Tuesday.

They were part of a community forum with a focus on immigration reform and equal rights. After the address, there was mostly disappointment among the crowd.

"There was barely a mention of immigration reform. ... There was nothing that he said that pointed in that direction and we are all very disappointed about it," said Camilo Mejilla, one of the organizers. 

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Arts
6:30 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco Reads Tonight In Miami

Richard Blanco says this handshake gave him a lot of confidence on inauguration day.
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When Richard Blanco got the call that he'd been chosen to write a poem for President Obama's second inauguration, at first he thought it was a prank. He still has no idea how he ended up on the President's radar.

"I would dream actually that the President has actually read my work and was so moved by it," says Blanco, laughing, "that he said, 'I want this guy to read a poem at the inaugural.'"

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Climate Change State of the Union
3:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

The State Of The Union Of Climate Change: How Will Obama Address Global Warming?

Climate change watchdogs want to know how Obama will weigh in on the issue of global warming.
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On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama will give the first State of the Union address of his second term. Among the many issues that impact South Floridians -- jobs, immigration reform, Medicare -- climate change is one of the hot-button topics expected to make the agenda. 

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Politics And Poetry
5:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet, Lived 'The Quintessential American Experience'

President Obama chose FIU graduate Richard Blanco as the 2013 Inaugural Poet.
Credit Photo by Michael Upright

Richard Blanco is home now, back in Miami after a six-year journey that launched the award-winning poet and FIU double-graduate into what was supposed to be the “real America.”

“The great prodigal return,” he calls it, the irony evident in his voice – not only about the places he’s been, but about the place he’s come back to. The journey has shaped much of Blanco’s recent poetry, and his evolving sense of identity as a writer, as the son of Cuban immigrants and as an American.

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