What’s more adorable than two squirming teenagers on the screen of a basketball arena's kiss-cam? How about seeing Mr. and Mrs. Obama!
The president and first lady took a day off from the campaign trail to catch one of the U.S. vs. Brazil pre-Olympics basketball games when they were picked up by the all-seeing kiss cam during the second quarter. Apparently though, the couple missed the chance to smooch the first time around!
In a landmark move today, President Barack Obama took a definitive stand on the issue of same-sex marriage - endorsing the rights of gay and lesbian couples to get hitched.
"At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," Obama said in an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts.
It looks like the troops are coming home!
In a White House press conference today, President Barack Obama announced that he is pulling all US troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, as conditioned by the Status of Forces Agreement with the country.
"Today, I can say our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays," he said. "After nearly 9 years, America’s war in Iraq will be over."
With the announcement, the president fulfilled his most significant campaign promise.
It's official - the military can no longer prevent gays and lesbians from serving openly, with the end of the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. After years of debate and months of preparation, the ban was repealed on September 20.
Introduced in 1993 by the Clinton administration, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," prevented many personnel from being honest about their sexuality for fear of punishment or expulsion. More than 13,500 gay and lesbian service members have been discharged from the Armed Forces since the bill was signed into law.
Dakota Meyer, a Marine who defied his orders and returned through enemy fire in order to rescue 36 fellow American and Afghan troops, received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on Thursday. He is the first living Marine to be recognized with the nation's highest military honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.