Topic archives: Barack Obama

Some quick tips for Trump’s communication team, from Obama’s senior writer

June 1, 2018

Pat Cunnane was deputy director of messaging in the Obama administration. We asked him how he'd go about handling the current lot.

Just what does it take to end a US presidency?

April 11, 2018 10

People who think every new Trump scandal will be the one to end him may be in for some bad news.

Razer: Labor thinks it can woo voters by emulating Obama. Seriously.

December 12, 2017 9

The ALP, once ruthlessly efficient, is now just plain old ruthless. And a bit of Obama-style political coaching isn't going to change that.

Rundle: seven years on, Obamacare proves a triumph of progressive politics

October 11, 2017 11

Despite its diversions, the implementation of Obamacare was the right move, politically and policy-wise, which generated a class of people -- in their millions -- with something concrete to lose from its removal.

Smarter than your average Colbert: liberal media’s stupid obsession with Trump’s intelligence

May 18, 2017 20

Certain media outlets have developed an unhealthy obsession with Donald Trump's sanity and intelligence, as well as becoming fixated on technocratic qualifications.

Trump continues Obama’s double standards on leaking secrets

May 17, 2017 4

Donald Trump sharing secret information with his Russian handlers is a leaking tradition that is hardly unique to his administration.

Syria allows Trump the establishment love he craves

April 10, 2017 16

The one constant in Donald Trump's policy confusion is his craving for establishment love.

Trump donates $78k to National Park Service, whose budget he cut by a lot more than that

April 4, 2017

This donation will become a tax deduction for Trump.

Rundle: Trumpcare is deader than its ‘beneficiaries’ would have been, so what now?

March 29, 2017 20

Donald Trump's proposed replacement for Obamacare was a compromise that pleased no one.

Will Obama’s book deal make Trump jealous?

March 1, 2017 2

The publishing rights to books by Barack Obama and wife Michelle have reached the heady figure of US$60 million (nearly A$80 million).

Rundle: trickle-down economics and the flood of disadvantage

February 14, 2017 11

Were the Democrats and the left capable of exploiting it, not only would Donald Trump be in trouble, but so, too, would the whole right nationalist political project, and rather quickly.

Obama was not more moral than Trump, he was just less honest

February 9, 2017 38

Someone should have told us all to turn away if we did not care to see a true account of America’s brutal foreign policy.

What is the ‘dumb’ refugee deal with the US anyway?

February 6, 2017 5

The refugee deal with the United States is probably not going to happen, but where did the deal come from in the first place? Crikey intern Jamal Ben Haddou explains.

What to read this weekend: recommendations from the bunker

January 27, 2017

What we're reading this weekend: doomsday prep for the super rich, that most powerful gays in America, what happens when you rip off journalism, Roger Federer as religious experience and letters to Obama.

Rundle: what Barack Obama meant for America

January 20, 2017 24

Barack Obama was not a left-wing messiah. But he improved the lives of millions of Americans, and that counts for a lot.

What to read this weekend: recommendations from the bunker

January 20, 2017

What we're reading this weekend: Obama's legacy: by the numbers, the street where you don't go, how jokes won the election for Trump, the enigmatic Nick Kyrgios, the coming tech backlash, and the letter from Dr. King.

The lies Ross Cameron desperately wants to believe

The lies Ross Cameron desperately wants to believe

December 19, 2016 7

Ross Cameron says Obama's father was Frank Marshall Davis. Because Ross Cameron seems to have lost his mind.

Did Standing Rock protests stop the Dakota Access Pipeline?

December 6, 2016

After more than two years, have protesters at Standing Rock really ended the Dakota Access Pipeline standoff? Crikey intern Harrison Johnstone draws up a timeline of events.

Rundle: America, and the Donald, is trying to get used to President Trump

November 15, 2016 8

What on earth happens now?

It’s not easy to love Putin, but Clinton is no better

October 13, 2016 11

Yes, believe it or not, Western states and their leaders are, at times, “just as bad” and just as propagandist as Russia.