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The Blue & Gray Press | April 24, 2018

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Barack Obama

Dr. Stephen Farnsworth on modern presidency

April 12, 2018 |


Staff Writer 

This spring, presidential scholar and University of Mary Washington professor Dr. Stephen Farnsworth published a book titled  “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.” Read More

Obama calls for Student Aid Bill of Rights

March 19, 2015 |


President Barack Obama announced a Student Aid Bill of Rights last Tuesday, March 10 in an effort to “help borrowers responsibly manage their debt, improve federal student loan servicing and protect taxpayers’ investments,” as stated in a White House press release.Read More

Op-Ed: Obama’s proposals will lift the middle class and propel the economy

January 29, 2015 |


As president of the University of Mary Washington Young Democrats, I was overjoyed to hear our president outline a progressive vision for the year ahead in his recent State of the Union address.

With only two years … Read More

President puts forth proposal for free community college

January 22, 2015 |


During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented his idea to help alleviate the burden of student debt.

Obama’s plan revolves around providing two years of community college tuition to those who earn it. … Read More

President Obama proposes free college and preschool plans

January 21, 2015 |


“Education is the basis of law and order.” This is a quote that first appeared in the 1962 film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” and it has taken 53 years to sink in.

President Barack Obama’s … Read More

Minimum wage hike could send employment spiraling

February 20, 2013 |

Like a moth to a flame, so goes President Barack Obama to another idealistic agenda. At his State of the Union address on Feb. 12, the president announced his intention to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour. Read More

2012 Presidential Candidates End Election on High Note

November 8, 2012 |

President Barack Obama celebrated his 2012 election victory over opponent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in Chicago, Ill., using his reelection speech as an opportunity to repair the damage brought on by the hard-fought campaign.Read More

Michelle Obama Discusses Voting, Jobs in Speech

September 19, 2012 |


Michelle Obama visited the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, Sept. 13 speaking to an animated crowd that consisted of 2,400 students, faculty and Fredericksburg residents. The First Lady discussed education, women’s rights and the importance of … Read More

Michelle Obama Discusses Education, Voting at UMW

September 17, 2012 |

Michelle Obama visited the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, Sept. 13 and spoke on education, women’s rights and the decisions President Barack Obama’s administration hopes to implement for the next generation of leaders.Read More

UMW Student Interviewed by the Guardian About Tar Sands Activism

November 3, 2011 |

University of Mary Washington junior Abbie Rogers was recently interviewed by U.K. news outlet the Guardian, following her arrest in late August outside of the White House at a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The proposed pipeline will … Read More

Obama Lobbies for Youth Vote in 2012 Campaign

November 3, 2011 |

University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley said on Monday, Oct. 31, that staff of the White House who spoke to the school about Obama’s previous cancelled appearance said they would like to come back to Fredericksburg before next November’s … Read More

President Obama Not Visiting UMW

October 12, 2011 |

Despite the initial reports from the Associated Press (AP) over the weekend, President Barack Obama will not be visiting Fredericksburg on Oct. 19 as part of his bus tour.

UMW President Rick Hurley said that Obama’s officials notified him of … Read More

Opposing Viewpoints: Obama A Shoo-In For Reelection After Successes

April 6, 2011 |

President Obama has officially announced his reelection bid for the 2012 presidential election. His low approval ratings suggest discontent on both sides of the political spectrum, but what more could you expect in the partisan environment we live in?

Obama’s … Read More

Public Figures Should Give Public Apologies for Their Indiscretions

September 16, 2009 |

Apologizing is one of the first things we learn to do as children. When we mess up, we’re told to say we’re sorry and do what we can to rectify the situation.

In recent months, politicians and celebrities alike have … Read More

Hample, Obama, Brown: UMW's Year in Review

April 22, 2009 |

Image of Sen. Obama at UMW
It’s been a remarkable year for Mary Washington, and the Bullet has strived to inform and entertain you through every step of the way.

The end of the 2007-2008 school year marked an end of transition: UMW was starting its second century of existence with its first female university president. That summer, a controversial new wrought-iron fence was installed on William Street. We were ready to move forward.
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