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Malia Obama's new boyfriend has been identified. According to DailyMail.com, Dawit Eklund is an Ethiopian record producer whose father is a retired State Department employee.

Dawit turns 33 next week, making him nine years older than the former president's 24-year-old daughter.

Malia and Dawit were spotted together Thursday, for the third time in 2 weeks. They walked arm-in-arm as they visited the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Gossip blogs speculated that Dawit was her latest boyfriend after she dumped Rory Farquharson (pictured left).

Malia and Rory met in 2017 when the two were students at Harvard University.

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Malia graduated from Harvard last year and moved to the west coast. Presumably, Rory stayed on the east coast.

Dawit is co-founder of Washington, D.C.-based record label 1432 R, which specializes in Ethiopian music. He is also a registered Democrat, according to DailyMail.com.


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Besides bearing a strong resemblance to Barack Obama, Dawit has a cigarette smoking habit just like the former president.

Dawit attended George Washington University where he studied International Development in Africa.

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Malia Obama was spotted out & about with a male friend who bares a striking resemblance to her father, former president Barack Obama.

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Malia was dressed casually in black leggings and a crop top while out for lunch with a younger version of Obama on Tuesday. The mystery guy even smokes menthol cigarettes like Barack.

The pair stopped by Sqirl in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, and left together in her car.

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According to the website, Squirl specializes in thick slabs of brioche toast, homemade jams, rice bowls, and other organic food.

Malia's relationship with Rory Farquharson is unclear since she moved to Hollywood. Malia and Rory, both 24, met in 2017 when the two were students at Harvard University. She graduated from Harvard last year. Rory reportedly studied law in England.

Rory spent a lot of time with Malia and her parents, Barack and Michelle Obama, during the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Malia's sister, Sasha, 21, is dating the son of actor Clifton Powell.

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The Biden administration announced a 3-month federal gas tax holiday on Wednesday. A move that will save motorists over 18 cents per gallon at the gas pumps.

US gas prices hit a record $5 a gallon earlier this month. Last week, the President announced a proposal for a gas tax holiday which must be approved by Congress.

"By suspending the 18-cent federal gas tax for the next 90 days, we can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief," Joe Biden said Wednesday from the White House.

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He also urged states and local governments to suspend their gas taxes.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended gas tax in March, saving consumers 29 cents per gallon at the pump. The tax holiday will be in effect until mid-July. Gas prices in Georgia hover just above $4 a gallon.

Former President Barack Obama once opposed a federal gas tax holiday, which he referred to as "a gimmick".

"Barack Obama was right. A gas tax holiday was a bad idea in 2008 and it's a bad idea today," Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted in March.

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At first glance Viola Davis' portrayal of former first lady Michelle Obama seemed like a Saturday Night Live skit.

Davis plays Michelle Obama in a Showtime series titled "The First Lady" that debuted on Sunday night.

In one scene from the series, Davis constantly pursed her lips and made exaggerated facial expressions while speaking to the actor who plays former President Barack Obama.

Black Twitter wondered how Michelle felt about Viola's over-the-top acting.

Davis continued her exaggerated facial expressions in another scene that looked like it came straight out of Tyler Perry's "The Oval" TV series.

It isn't clear why the Oscar winner played the part of Michelle the way she did. Or if she was directed to play a comical version of the real Michelle

TMZ reports that Davis was taking her role very seriously. But Twitter didn't think so.

Black Twitter wasn't happy with Viola's acting skills. See the comments below.

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Former President Barack Obama returned to the White House for the first time since leaving office in 2017.

Obama was received enthusiastically by White House friends and guests after he discussed his Affordable Care Act at Biden's health care event on Tuesday.

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Video that surfaced on Twitter shows Obama surrounded by guests while Biden looks on. Vice President Kamala Harris eagerly introduced Obama to guests while Biden looked on.

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At one point, Biden put his hand on Obama's shoulder and shouted something to get his attention. But Obama continued speaking with White House guests.

"This is so sad," the Republican National Committee captioned a video on Twitter.

"Literally no one wants to talk to Joe Biden," the RNC captioned another short video clip that shows the president shrugging and glancing around the room as if searching for someone.

The two videos garnered thousands of comments. Many of the commenters expressed sadness and sorrow for the 79-year-old president.

As the videos went viral, Obama took to his Twitter account to praise his former vice president.

"Always great catching up with @POTUS. Thanks for all you're doing to help even more Americans get access to quality, affordable health care," he tweeted on Wednesday.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla (right) said a fourth booster shot is "necessary" due to "waning effectiveness" of the third shot.

Mr. Bourla, a licensed veterinarian, said a 4th dose is needed during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

"Right now, the way that we have seen, it is necessary, a fourth booster right now," Bourla said.

"The protection that you are getting from the third, it is good enough, actually quite good for hospitalizations and deaths. It's not that good against infections, but doesn't last very long. But we are just submitting those data to the FDA and then we will see what the experts also will say outside Pfizer."

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By coincidence, triple vaccinated former President Barack Obama announced his breakthrough COVID case on Twitter the same day.

Pfizer is reportedly testing a vaccine that would work against COVID variants that haven't been discovered yet.

Pfizer hopes to submit data to the FDA on a vaccine for children under 5 years old by next month, which could make the shots available for infants and toddlers as early as May.

Pfizer reported revenue of $37 billion from sales of its mRNA vaccines in 2021. The pharma corporation expects revenues of $92 billion in 2022.

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Former President Barack Obama revealed he tested positive for breakthrough Covid-19 and his only symptom is a "scratchy throat."

"I just tested positive for COVID. I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise," he tweeted on Sunday. The 60-year-old Democrat seemed to confirm rumors that he and his wife Michelle Obama are living separately.

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"Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative," he wrote. "It's a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven't already, even as cases go down."

Despite being triple vaccinated, Obama said he believes he caught COVID in Washington, DC after traveling there from his native Hawaii.

Former presidents Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton volunteered to take the experimental mRNA vaccines publicly to calm jittery Democrats in December 2020.

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The news of Obama's breakthrough COVID case spread rapidly on social media, and his post was retweeted over 33,000 times with 27,000 comments.

Some of his followers prayed for his speedy recovery. While others wondered why he announced he has a cold.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) eased its mask guidance for cities with low rates of COVID cases.

98% of Americans in 94% of counties do not need to wear face masks. Many red states, including Florida and Georgia, dropped their indoor mask mandates last year.

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Legendary actor Sidney Poitier has died at age 94. His death was confirmed by the office of the Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

TMZ reports the circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed. It isn't clear when, where, or how Poitier died.

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Poitier broke barriers for Black actors in Hollywood. In 1964, he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field.

He is best known for his roles in the films A Raisin in the Sun, To Sir, With Love, In the Heat of the Night and, most notably, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

In Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Poitier played a Black man who meets his white girlfriend's conservative parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey) for the first time over dinner.

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Poitier is one of the most celebrated actors of our time. He is pictured with former President Barack Obama at the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony in the East Room at the White House on March 12, 2002. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor in the U.S.

Poitier was born unexpectedly in Miami, while his parents were visiting for the weekend from the Bahamas. His birth granted him automatic U.S. citizenship.

Sidney grew up in the Bahamas, but moved back to Miami at age 15. He moved to New York at age 16, and joined the North American Negro Theatre. He landed his breakthrough role as a high school student in the film Blackboard Jungle (1955).

In 1958, Poitier and white actor Tony Curtis were chained together as escaped convicts in The Defiant Ones. Both actors received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Poitier also directed various comedy films including Stir Crazy (1980) starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, among other films.

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He leaves behind his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and 6 daughters. Poitier is pictured with his wife, Joanna, and their daughter, Sidney, at a movie premiere in Los Angeles, CA. in 2007.

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Sage Steele was suspended after she made comments critical of ESPN's vaccine mandates as well as remarks about Obama's race.

The vaccinated SportsCenter host was pulled off air on Tuesday after she tested positive for Covid-19.
 
READ ALSO: ESPN Anchor Sage Steele: ‘Mandating Vaccines is Sick!’
 
Steele previously criticized ESPN and its parent company Disney, saying she got the Covid-19 vaccine but she didn't want to do it.

"I work for a company that mandates it and I had until September 30th to get it done or I'm out," Steele told Jay Cutler, a former NFL quarterback.

"I respect everyone's decision, I really do, but to mandate it is sick and it's scary to me in many ways. I just, I'm not surprised it got to this point, especially with Disney, I mean a global company like that."

After pulling Steele off air, the network said in a statement to Fox News:

"At ESPN, we embrace different points of view — dialogue and discussion makes this place great. That said, we expect that those points of view be expressed respectfully, in a manner consistent with our values, and in line with our internal policies. We are having direct conversations with Sage, and those conversations will remain private."

Fox News reports that Steele is set to return on-air next week.

Steele, 48, also commented on former President Barack Obama's race.

The mixed-race ESPN host said Obama choosing "Black" on the census was "fascinating" since "his Black dad was nowhere to be found" and he was raised by his white mother and grandmother.
 

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Sage Steele went viral over the weekend for comments she made about Barack Obama's father.

The ESPN anchor made the remarks on Jay Cutler's podcast.

The mixed-race ESPN host said Obama choosing "Black" on the census was "fascinating" since "his Black dad was nowhere to be found" and he was raised by his white mother and grandmother.

Steele, 48, also touched on the controversial statement she made about Disney enforcing the vaccine mandate at ESPN.

Steele previously slammed Disney's "sick" and "scary" vaccine mandate.

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Steele also said she respects Black conservative activist Candace Owens after Cutler called her the "Candace Owens of ESPN".

"I respect the hell out of Candace Owens," Steele said, "because, whether you agree or not, she doesn't give a crap what you think."

Steele said the worst racism she ever experienced was from Black people.

Steele, a single mother-of-three, is paying alimony to ex-husband Jonathan Bailey whom she divorced in 2019.

Watch the full interview below.
 

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These two photographs, taken in NYC on Saturday, Sept. 11, shows the stark differences between the two political parties in America.

Pictured in one photo are (L-R) former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton; former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama; and Joe Biden, the current U.S. President, with his wife, Jill Biden.

All are wearing black masks and appear solemn as they pay tribute to the thousands who died during the terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

In the second image, former President Donald Trump, center, is surrounded by NYPD officers and firefighters as they pay tribute to the fallen heroes on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in NYC. There is not a mask in sight.

The two photos are symbolic of a nation divided by political and power struggles.

In one photo, many see a reminder that there is no hope for the future.

In the second photo, some see Americans celebrating freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Trump didn't attend any ceremonies in NYC, but he visited the 17th police precinct in Midtown and a neighboring fire station.

The former president joked that he didn't need a mask to pose with New York City's finest to mark 20 years since the towers fell.

He signed autographs and thanked the men and women for their bravery and sacrifice.

A few miles away, the Bidens, Clintons and Obamas attended the annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan.

It isn't clear if they met with any of the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others on 9/11.
 
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Barack Obama's supporters are speaking out against him after he hosted his 60th birthday bash at his $14 million mansion during a pandemic.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote a stinging opinion editorial slamming her former friend's birthday bash as an "orgy of the 1%."

Fashion critic André Leon Talley is also among Obama's allies who criticized the former president in the NY Times op-ed.

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Talley compared Obama to infamous French queen Marie-Antoinette who once told starving citizens to eat cake.

"I think the nouveaux riches Obamas are seriously tone-deaf," said Talley.

"We all love Beyonce. But people have so many things to worry about with Covid, voting rights, climate warming. People are afraid of being evicted from their homes. And the Obamas are in Marie-Antoinette, tacky, let-them-eat-cake mode. They need to remember their humble roots."

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Maureen Dowd stopped short of calling Obama a narcissist for hosting a party amid the surging coronavirus Delta variant:

"Barack Obama gave a big, lavish, new-money party at his sprawling mansion on the water because he wanted to seem cool. Being cool is important to him...

It’s hard to stop thinking about the over-the-top fete the former president held at his Martha’s Vineyard manse for his 60th birthday. It is such a perfect taxonomy of the Obama arc."

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Former President Barack Obama proves there are two sets of rules for Americans -- one for the Haves and the other for the Have Nots.

Celebrities and other elites attended Obama's 60th birthday bash without face masks on Martha's Vineyard over the weekend.
 
READ ALSO: Obama scales back 60th birthday bash amid surging Delta variant cases
 
The #ObamaVariant trended overnight online after guests leaked photos and videos from Obama's three day bash.

Obama, who turned 60 on August 4, promised to "scale back" his massive 500 guest list after critics slammed his birthday plans.

Your auntie would post the photos from the party, but Obama's people are snatching down photos and videos from the Internet.

Meanwhile, liberals are praising Obama for holding his party as the Delta variant surged across America.

New York Times reporter Annie Karni was dragged on Twitter for describing Obama's soiree as a "sophisticated vaccinated crowd".

Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted:

"A NYT reporter on CNN justifying Obama's huge maskless birthday bash because he only invited 'a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd' is about as emblematic of liberal discourse as it gets. What happened to all the concerns about vaccinated people passing Delta to the unvaccinated? Yes, it's a pandemic and a crisis, but let the sophisticated people have their fun!"

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Barack Obama is scaling back his 60th birthday bash amid surging Coronavirus Delta variant cases around the country.

The former U.S. President sparked outrage over plans for his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people and 200 workers at his beachfront Martha's Vineyard estate.

READ ALSO: Michelle Obama: ‘I wanted to push Barack out of a window’

Original plans called for a guest list of over 500 celebrities, politicians, professional athletes.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

But politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the private bash.

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Many pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Attendance is now limited to 200 hundred family and close friends, according to a press release from his office.

Obama spokesperson Hannah Hankins said in a statement:

"This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place. Due to the new spread of the delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends."

Obama turned 60 on Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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Barack Obama sparked outrage over his huge 60th birthday bash with a guest list of 500 people at his beachfront Martha's Vineyard mansion amid a surge in Delta variant cases.

The former U.S. President hired 200 workers for the huge bash next weekend to celebrate turning 60 on Aug. 4.

AXIOS reports that all attendees must be tested for COVID and be fully vaccinated, but face masks are not required.

Politicians, public figures, and social media users expressed outrage over news of the bash. But the White House dismissed the criticism.

READ ALSO: Barack Obama Urges Black Americans to Get Vaccines Because ‘Wealthy and Powerful’ Are Taking It

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Others pointed out the hypocrisy of elites like Obama operating under a different set of rules than average Americans.

Mark R. Jacobsen, an Assistant Dean at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University tweeted:

"Sorry Mr President @BarackObama – my kid would like a big birthday bash too – but this is tone deaf and we need some more leadership from influencers like you."

Greg Pollowitz, Twitchy.com editor, said: "Obama must cancel his birthday party." Pollowitz cited a recent Covid-19 outbreak in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, as the reason.

Mediate Senior Columnist John Ziegler tweeted:

"Elite Liberals: The two greatest threats we face are the COVID pandemic and global warming!! Also Elite Liberals: Let’s have a huge party on super-expensive beach front property we own, even though we claim to believe it will be soon overrun by the rising ocean!!"

Twitter also dragged Obama's advisor Valerie Jarrett who asked the public for donations for Obama's Presidential Center in Chicago.

"My dear friend @BarackObama is turning 60 tomorrow. For his birthday gift, I'm asking you to chip in $6 or $60 to help us bring the Obama Presidential Center to life in Chicago. Donate at http://obama.org/60-for-60/ #HappyBdayObama."

Candace Owens tweeted in response:

"LOL.
He is throwing a party with 700 people on a private beach in Martha's Vineyard but please peasants, remember to give whatever is left in your savings accounts to his causes and remember— we're all in this together!"