Michelle Obama ends Hillary Clinton’s 17-year run as America’s most admired woman

Michelle Obama ends Hillary Clinton's 17-year run as America's most admired womanUS Former First Lady Hillary Clinton has ended her reign as the woman Americans admire most.

Deposing Clinton’s most admired woman position, another former First Lady, Michelle Obama, has been credited the new title according to a Gallup poll published on Thursday.

Former president Barack Obama was named the man Americans admire most for the 11th year in a row, Gallup poll reveal.

President Donald Trump finished second in the poll for the fourth year in a row. Gallup has conducted the annual poll every year since 1946 with the exception of 1976.

Fifteen percent of the 1,025 Americans polled said the woman they admire most is Michelle Obama, who is currently on a tour promoting her book “Becoming.”

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey was second with five percent followed by Hillary Clinton and First Lady Melania Trump with four percent.

Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and a former US senator and secretary of state, has topped the list 22 times including the past 17 years in a row. Nineteen percent of those polled said Barack Obama was the man they admired most. Trump was second with 13 percent followed by former president George W. Bush and Pope Francis, who were tied with two percent. Gallup said the survey conducted December 3-12 had a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

Obama warns of ‘strange and uncertain times’ in Nelson Mandela tribute

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times'Former US President Barack Obama took the opportunity on Tuesday during a tribute to Nelson Mandela to warn of “strange and uncertain times”, a day after Donald Trump refused to challenge Vladimir Putin over interference in US elections.

Delivering a speech in Johannesburg marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth, Mr Obama made no direct reference to his successor but warned that the “politics of fear and resentment” were spreading across the world.

Mr Obama criticised climate-change deniers, race-based migration policies, unbridled capitalism and “strongman politics” — all issues likely to be seen as veiled attacks on President Trump.

 

“Given the strange and uncertain times we are in, each day’s news cycles brings more head-spinning and disturbing headlines, I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and get some perspective,” Mr Obama said at the start of his speech.

Mr Obama spoke to a crowd of more than 10,000 people at a cricket stadium in Johannesburg in the centrepiece event of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela’s birth.

“It is in part because of the failures of governments and powerful elites… that we now see much of the world threatening to return to an older, more dangerous, more brutal way of doing business,” Mr Obama said.

“You have to believe in facts, without facts there is no basis from cooperation,” he said.

“I can’t find common ground when someone says climate change is not happening.”

Tuesday’s speech came on the eve of “Mandela Day” — his birthday, which is marked around the world every year on July 18.

Great inspirations

Mr Obama has made relatively few public appearances since leaving the White House in 2017, but he has often credited Mr Mandela for being one of the great inspirations in his life.

Mr Mandela, who died in 2013, remains a global icon for his long struggle against white-minority apartheid rule and for his message of peace and reconciliation after being freed following 27 years in prison.

Mr Obama met Mr Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mr Mandela “makes me want to be a better man” and hailing him as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”.

The “Mandela 100” anniversary has triggered a bout of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader, as well as a debate over his legacy and South Africa’s fate since he stepped down in 1999.

African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mr Mandela’s widow Graca Machel were among the guests from Mr Obama’s speech.

Barack Obama meets Kenyatta and Odinga in Kenya

Barack Obama meets Kenyatta and Odinga in KenyaThe 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has arrived in Kenya for the first time since leaving office in 2017.

Mr Obama is visiting Kenya for the fifth time, as a private citizen and will be attended a meeting at State House in Nairobi with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, his Deputy William Ruto and his half-sister Dr Auma Obama.

Since his arrival on Saturday, he has also held talks with opposition leader Raila Odinga who recently agreed to work with Kenyatta after a prolonged and highly contested election period in 2017.Barack Obama meets Kenyatta and Odinga in KenyaHe is scheduled to inaugurate the Sauti Kuu Foundation’s project which comprises a sport , resource and vocational training centre in Kogelo, Siaya county on Monday and later fly to South Africa, where he will deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Johannesburg.

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