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A motion has been passed by Dublin City Council to award the Freedom of the City to former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle.

The motion was passed last night by the majority of the councillors who feel that the couple are deserving of the honour.

The award is designated for those who have made a contribution to or had an influence on the life of the city, and previous winners include politicians, artists and entertainers.

“I am not proposing that we canonise the Obamas, or declare Barack Obama’s presidency a success," said Labour Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr.

“But I do believe that Dublin City Council should seek to recognise their achievements and their vision for a better, fairer world.”

There will be an official ceremony for the award, although no invite to the Obamas has been issued yet so it is unconfirmed whether or not they will attend.

There was some opposition among city councillors about awarding Barack Obama with the honour, as they felt that some of his presidential actions disqualified him as a candidate.

However the motion passed with 30 votes for and 23 against. 

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In one of his final acts as president, Barrack Obama reduced the sentence of US Army private, Chelsea Manning.

Manning will be freed on May 17 instead of in 2045.

She was sentenced to 35 years in 2010 after she leaked over 700,000 secret governmental and military documents and videos to Wikileaks.

The leak was one of the biggest breaches of classified material in US history.

The transgender female army intelligence analyst has tried to commit suicide twice in the last year, while she has been serving her sentence in a men's military prison. 

Obama also granted a reduction sentences to 209 other people, and a further 64 pardons to others.

Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, said: "Thank you to everyone who campaigned for Chelsea Manning's clemency. Your courage & determination made the impossible possible."

There have been mixed reactions to Manning's reduced sentence, and her transgender identity has been the target of critics and online bullies. 

However, other are showing their support for Obama's decision. 

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Barack Obama surprised his right hand man, Joe Biden, yesterday by honouring him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Obama called Joe "the best vice president America's ever had" and also a "lion of American history."

The emotional ceremony saw Joe shed a few tears, and when Joey sheds tears, so does the whole world.

SO EMOTIONAL.

Here's the best reactions on Twitter:

We're not crying, YOU are.

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Known for her light-hearted approach to life, it’s not often we see Ellen DeGeneres cry.

But the star was left teary eyed in the White House yesterday as she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

The 58-year-old comedian was one of 21 people – which included Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Diana Ross, Michael Jordan and Bruce Springsteen – who were granted the prestigious award in acknowledgement of their contributions to American society.

Praising the host’s decision to publicly reveal her sexuality despite the effect it could have had on her career, the President said: “It’s easy to forget now…just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago.”

He acknowledged the effect that move had on the LGBT community and the general public as it forced people to “challenge [their] assumptions and remind [them they] have more in common than [they] realise”.

“What an incredible burden that was to bare,” he said.  “To risk your career like that.  People don’t do that very often.”

Mr Obama then decided to make a joke to “break the mood” as he felt himself “getting kind of choked up” while speaking of Ellen.

The celebrated television presenter came out as a lesbian in 1997.  Her sitcom, Ellen, was cancelled shortly afterwards, leaving her unemployed and “mired in depression”.

She married Portia de Rossi at their Beverly Hills home in August 2008.

Feat image: AP

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Obama has possibly been the coolest president ever.

From his sense of humour to his extraordinary wife and intelligent daughters, he was certainly a president of the people.

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And one of the things we liked about him the most of his goofy dad moments.

During a trip to Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington this week, Barack delighted us all by giving as the epitome dad moment.

He did an impression of Sasha and Malia on their phones.

The minute he walked into the room he said: "It is so nice to see you guys. I know you may have been waiting here a while.

"Good thing you all had your phones with you. As the father of two teenage daughters, I know the whole time you were just like, 'And then he said. Girl I couldn't believe it'." And then, he mimed a selfie.

G'wan Barack!

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Poor Enda Kenny had a bit of an awkward moment celebrating St. Patrick's Day in The White House yesterday!

Enda went to shake hands with the President, who failed to notice his hand and Enda did his best to cover up by checking out his nails. 

The clip has now gone viral around Ireland and we reckon it won't be long until it's worldwide! 

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Shannon Guess Richardson, who starred in The Vampire Diaries as well as opposite Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side, has been jailed for trying to poison Barack Obama.

The actress is accused of sending letters laced with ricin to both the President of the United States and the then mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, last June.

The letter to Obama read: “You will have to kill me and my family before you get my guns. Anyone wants to come to my house will get shot in the face.”

She has now received a sentence of 18 years in prison.

She has since stated: “I never intended for anybody to be hurt. I’m not a bad person. I don’t have it in me to hurt anyone.”

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The White House has responded to a petition demanding Justin Bieber be deported to his native Canada.

The ruling? It looks like Biebz is safe to stay on American soil…for now.

“Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the White House’s statement read.

It seems that President Obama isn’t getting involved in this one and is leaving it to “others to comment” on the Baby singer’s bad boy behaviour.

Bieber’s arrest in January for drag racing, DUI and resisting arrest in Miami Beach inspired the petition to kick the pop star, who was raised in Ontario in Canada, out of the US.

It received 273,968 signatures — nearly triple the amount needed to guarantee an official response.

The petition read, “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.”

The White House, in its response, did not address the 20-year-old’s legal problems, but it did discuss immigration reform, “Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next 20 years.

“For those of you counting at home, that’s 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Mr. Bieber’s debut album. You better believe it.”

It looks like the singer isn’t letting anything get him down, and tweeted on Sunday, ” Learned a lot this past year thru trial & error but that is life. Excited for what’s next.”

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This video is why you shouldn’t slag the POTUS.

Barack gives Zach as good as he gets, telling him how awful Hangover 3 was as Zach asks him what it’s like to be “the last black president of the United States”.

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Michelle Obama turns fifty years old today and says she feels “fabulous” about it.

There is reportedly a birthday bash being planned in the White House for the first lady tomorrow night; now that is one party we would LOVE to go to. We can imagine lots of dancing with Ellen,  Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Oprah…can we come, pretty please?

When it comes to the topic of plastic surgery, it seems Mrs. Obama would “never say never” explaining to People magazine that “women should have the freedom to do whatever they need to do to feel good about themselves”.

Happy Birthday Michelle!

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