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David Michod, the director of the new Netflix movie “War Machine,” debuting this weekend, said that his initial reaction to reports that President Trump’s advisers are calling for more troops in Afghanistan was one of “bewilderment.”
“I can’t pretend to be surprised,” he tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “We are now in the 16th year of this conflict. It is not wholly surprising to me that the architects of this mess can’t let it go.” He adds, “We are talking about an institution, the military, for which the metric of success is as binary in victory and defeat. It is hardly surprising that the first cause of action, and the recurring cause of action. is always to try to throw more troops at the problem.”
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- Ted Johnson
Image Source: Getty / Bruce Glikas Barack Obama's last day in the White House was on Jan. 20, and he settled into permanent vacation mode in a matter of hours. Since walking out of our lives, Barack has been popping up all over the world, making stops in the Us Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and NYC. Because of his new and improved globetrotter status, it's been pretty difficult to keep track of where he is, so we've made it easier for you by rounding up all the places Barack has visited since his White House departure. Related18 Times President Obama Was Unequivocally You Image Source: Splash News Online Rancho Mirage, CA: Fresh out of the White House, Barack hit up Oracle founder Larry Ellison's private golf club on Jan. 21. He was spotted lining up his shot and driving around in a golf cart. Us Virgin Islands: A week and a half later, »
- Monica Sisavat
Prince William paid his respects to the 22 people who tragically lost their lives during the Manchester attack on Monday.
The Duke of Cambridge took time to commemorated the victims and observed a moment of silence before the Emirates Fa Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
"The Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath @wembleystadium before today's #FACupFinal for those who have died in Manchester," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
The Twitter account also shared a handwritten letter by the 34-year-old royal, which said, 'We will never fear coming together to celebrate all that unites us. In memory of the friends and family taken from us in Manchester."
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Pete Dillon-Trenchard May 27, 2017
Spoilers lie ahead...
The Monks have taken over the planet, and I forone welcome our new decomposing overlords. Fortunately they’ve given us permission to publish this list of references, similarities and generally interesting things that we found inside The Pyramid At The End Of The World. They’ve also asked that we let you know it is your duty to leave anything that you feel we’ve missed in the comments section...
There’s a president for that
The Doctor’s role as president of the world comes into play again here; it was first established in 2014’s Death In Heaven that Unit »
The 32-year-old royal and Obama were all smiles as they posed together for a photo, shared by the Kensington Palace's social media accounts. Looking dapper as always, Harry donned a midnight blue suit, while Obama kept it classic with a black suit and white button-up shirt.
"Prince Harry hosted former Us President Barack Obama at Kensington Palace today," read the caption on Instagram posted by the Palace. "They discussed a range of shared interests including support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations. They also discussed this week's terrorist attack in Manchester, with President Obama offering his condolences to the victims and support for those »
While his scandal-ridden successor has been in Italy attending his first G7 summit, Barack Obama re-emerged on the world stage this week, travelling to Berlin, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Archbishop of Canterbury, and then playing a round of golf in Scotland. On Saturday, the former U.S. president was in London, where he […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Barack Obama is on a roll! After playing a round of golf and doing some sightseeing in Italy with Michelle, Barack jetted off to London to meet with Prince Harry. On Saturday, the young royal hosted the former president at Kensington Palace, where they discussed a range of shared interests, including mental health, conservation, and support for veterans. Barack also offered his condolences and support to the victims of the horrific Manchester attack that left at least 22 people dead and at least 50 injured. RelatedHere's What Barack Obama Has Been Up to Since He Walked Out of the White House - and Our Lives Barack addressed their reunion on Twitter shortly after, writing, "Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack." The last time these two got together was back in April 2016 when Barack and »
- Monica Sisavat
Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser and advised many Democratic presidential campaigns, died Friday at age 89. His daughter, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, announced the news on Friday night. The elder Brzezinski, a Polish-American diplomat who had advised campaigns from Hubert Humphrey and Barack Obama, had appeared on his daughter’s program to discuss security issues as recently as last November. Mika took to Twitter to honor her father in a series of tweets. My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his… https://t. »
- Brian Flood
Prince Harry hosted former U.S. President Barack Obama Saturday at Kensington Palace, where they discussed the deadly terrorist attack in Manchester. On Monday, a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, at Manchester Arena after Ariana Grande finished a concert. The attack marked the deadliest terrorist incident in the U.K. since the 2005 London bombings. The American leader offered his condolences to the victims and support for those recovering from injuries, Kensington Palace said. "Good to see my friend Prince Harry in London to discuss the work of our foundations & offer condolences to victims of the Manchester attack," the former president »
Look who’s back!
On Saturday, former President Barack Obama met up with Prince Harry at Kensington Palace — where Harry lives in London — for an informal chat. The visit came a little over one year after Obama’s headline-making visit to the Palace where he met with Harry, Princess Kate, Prince William and a bathrobe-wearing Prince George.
The two discussed “a range of shared interests,” a palace spokesperson said in a statement — including “support for veterans, mental health, conservation, empowering young people and the work of their respective foundations.”
Obama, 55, also offered his condolences to the victims and support for »
- Dave Quinn
War Machine is a biting satire about the U.S. war in Afghanistan. It's a voyage into the absurd that encapsulates the insanity of never ending armed conflict. Adapted from the highly acclaimed novel, The Operators by Michael Hastings, War Machine is the tale of four star General Glenn McMahon. The character is based on General Stanley McChrystal, whose arrogance and hubris led to an epic downfall. Director/writer David Michod gets top marks for humor and stark realism. War is hell. The film takes aim in a comedic way, but never loses sight of the brutality.
In April of 2010, President Barack Obama was making a beeline out of Iraq; with the war in Afghanistan devolving after years of quagmire. Insert the hardline, true believer, military man to the bone, General Glen McMahon (Brad Pitt). The Special Forces leader in Iraq, and an expert in counter insurgency tactics, McMahon is »
Barack Obama's not just on vacation -- he's on the most Epic vacay, and it's starting to feel like he's rubbing it in your face. Prez 44 was celebrating and grinning Friday all over Scotland's St Andrews Golf Club ... birthplace of the sport he's apparently trying to turn pro in now. Based on his face, we'd say Barack was killing it on the Old Course. He's made a point of hitting the links almost everywhere »
- TMZ Staff
And the shade continues.
Former White House photographer Pete Souza took to Instagram on Thursday to deliver a smart response to President Donald Trump’s perceived “shove” of a Nato leader. This time: Barack Obama laughing and grinning with fellow Nato leaders in 2012.
“Laughter at the 2012 Nato Summit,” Souza wrote. “No jostling involved.”
This isn’t the first time Souza has trolled Trump. In April, he posted a series of photos detailing Obama’s first 100 days in office, in contrast to Trump’s 100 days.
Trump came under fire on Thursday for appearing to shove Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Makovic aside »
- Alexia Fernandez
A five-year-old girl had some serious questions for her mother.
In an adorable series of Instagram videos that her mother posted online, Taylor peppered her mom with questions about politics, beginning with, “Where did Barack Obama go?”
Her mother wrote in the caption, “This all started because she wanted to know, Where did Barack Obama go? And where is the president’s house. She is still mad.”
“Why do we have another president?” Taylor kept asking. “So, why did he go? Where did he go? So, why do we have the president we have now at the same spot was »
- Alexia Fernandez
Wearing a gorgeous Bebe Aguirre floral two-piece and belting out fan favorite “Pocketful of Sunshine” at one of her bucket list concert venues, it wouldn’t be surprising if Natasha Bedingfield was secretly pinching herself at the Hollywood Bowl earlier this month.
Since she began pursuing her music dreams, the 35-year-old singer has performed for the Pope and former President Barack Obama, earned a Grammy nomination, toured with Justin Timberlake and New Kids on the Block and collaborated with everyone from Lifehouse and Rascal Flatts to Nick Carter and Nicki Minaj.
But the glitzy life is a world away from her childhood in the U.K., where the singer reveals her New Zealand-born parents, John and Molly, struggled to make ends meet, feeding their family on less than $6 a day and relying heavily on supermarket scraps.
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President Donald Trump and his family met with Pope Francis at The Vatican on Wednesday, and Twitter is having a field day. People are comparing photos from Potus’ recent meeting with photos of the pope with other world leaders. Can you spot the one in which the pontiff isn’t smiling? Pope Francis with different heads of state during their visits at the Vatican. Something seems…different ???? pic.twitter.com/JiyVTs014G — Cassie Dagostino (@casatino) May 24, 2017 As Pope Francis poses with Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, respectively, he smiles. Whereas with Trump, he does not, »
- Ashley Eady
Barack Obama and Justin Bieber have something in common ... they can't walk down a street in Italy without getting mobbed. 44 got the celeb treatment Italiano style Tuesday as he strolled the narrow streets of Bologna. People lined up to get a glimpse. He's been over there on vacay with Michelle, taking in the sights and hitting the links. Seems even in the land of pasta and wine they've heard of Barack's baby whispering skills and »
- TMZ Staff
Michelle Obama is living her best post-White House life!
The former first lady was all smiles as she was seen walking through Piazza del Campo with her gal pals in Siena, Tuscany, Italy on Monday. Obama, 53, was glowing, rocking a stylish white, off-the-shoulder Club Monaco top, wide-leg army green trousers and beige slide sandals. She accessorized her look with an oxblood red Simon Miller bag, round oversized sunglasses, gold hoop earrings, a simple chain necklace and an Elizabeth and James cuff.
Michelle and Barack Obama have been enjoying a series of getaways since leaving the White House in January. The former first couple – who have been married for 24 years – had some fun in the British Virgin Islands and took a vacation on music mogul David Geffen's yacht near French Polynesia, where Barack »
Barack Obama can't get enough of Tuscany -- or at least its killer golf courses, 'cause he's back driving the fairways. Obama hit the links Tuesday at the Castiglion del Bosco Resort in Siena, Italy -- and looked focused on his form. Decent follow-through, too. You'll recall ... the former Prez also got his golf on over the weekend. While Michelle's been taking in Italy's sights, shops and restaurants ... Bo's all about honing his game on this vacay. »
- TMZ Staff
Former White House photographer Pete Souza has a new president in his portfolio—Frank Underwood.
Souza, who gained acclaim (and a book deal) for his eight years’ of intimate photos of President Obama and his family, was on assignment this week with House of Cards, shooting “A Day in the Life of Frank Underwood” in Washington, D.C.
Souza trailed after actors Kevin Spacey and Michael Kelly as the pair, in character as President Underwood and White House chief of staff Doug Stamper, rode a presidential-looking limo—and also a most un-presidential Metro subway train—to some of the capital city’s iconic hot spots. »
- Sandra Sobieraj Westfall
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