Barack Obama

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Barack Hussein Obama II (US Listeni/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ˈbɑːmə/ bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə;[1][2] born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African American to serve as president, as well as the first born outside the contiguous United States. He previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008, and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004.

Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state. He grew up mostly in Hawaii, but also spent one year of his childhood in Washington State and four years in Indonesia. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988 Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation he became a civil rights attorney and professor, teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. Obama received national attention in 2004, with his unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president, a year after his campaign began, and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. He became president-elect after defeating Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated on January 20. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

During his first two years in office, Obama signed more landmark legislation than any Democratic president since LBJ's Great Society. Main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare"; the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession, but the GOP regained control of the House of Representatives in 2011. After a lengthy debate over the national debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. In foreign policy, Obama increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, reduced nuclear weapons with the U.S.-Russian New START treaty, and ended military involvement in the Iraq War. He ordered military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

After winning re-election over Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. During his second term, Obama promoted greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, with his administration filing briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional (United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges). Obama also advocated gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning climate change and immigration. In foreign policy, Obama ordered military intervention in Iraq in response to gains made by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, promoted discussions that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.

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Michelle Obama
 
bornJanuary 17, 1964
Joe Biden
 
bornNovember 20, 1942
Resides inWilmington, Delaware
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
 
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and nicknamed Obamacare, is a United States federal statute enacted by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
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Barack Obama Is Now The Only President In History To Never Have A Year Of 3% GDP Growth
  –  January 27, 2017
Following today's extremely disappointing US GDP growth data, we have the final nail in the coffin of President Obama's economic reign. Not only is the average annual growth rate of just 1.48% during Obama's business cycle the weakest of any expansion ...
Barack Obama's last letter to him
  –  January 27, 2017
"Look, when President Obama was there two weeks ago making a speech, a very nice speech". I warned at that time that we were vulnerable, frantic, and looking for whomever would be a polar opposite to Bush. In short, I think you'll hear from the Democrats.
Barack Obama’s Post-Presidency Memoir Could Fetch Record $20M Advance
  –  January 27, 2017
A post-presidency memoir by Barack Obama could be one for the record books. The 44th Leader of the Free World could bring in a $20 million advance, which is more than any president before him. Such an offer would place Obama ahead of George W. Bush’s $7 ...
Ellen DeGeneres, other LGBTQ stars thank Barack Obama
  –  January 27, 2017
There's a new president in town, but Ellen DeGeneres wanted to thank the outgoing POTUS one last time with a touching tribute from her famous LGBT friends. "Ellen compiles a message from the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Jesse Tyler ...
Donald Trump reveals Barack Obama's last letter to him
  –  January 27, 2017
President Donald Trump posted this picture on Twitter today, saying, "As your President, I have no higher duty than to protect the lives of the American people". Trump's interview with Muir was his first as president since being sworn into office.
Flashback: Barack Obama Made Canada Pay for Border Bridge
  –  January 27, 2017
Democrats and their allies in the liberal media have been freaking out after President Donald Trump pledged to build a border wall that will be paid for by Mexico. Not only does the left decry the idea of building a border wall to keep out illegal ...
Rod Blagojevich daughter upset that President Barack Obama didn't pardon her dad
  –  January 27, 2017
Amy Blagojevich, former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 20-year-old daughter, posted a letter to Barack Obama on Thursday, criticizing the former president for not commuting her father’s sentence. According to the Chicago Tribune, Amy Blagojevich hasn’t held ...
Former President Barack Obama And Michelle’s First Kiss And Other Amazing Photo’s
  –  January 27, 2017
Amazing Photos Of Former President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama. Former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year. Here are some incredible pictures of the couple throughout ...
Barack Obama set to rake in $26 million for post-presidency memoir
  –  January 27, 2017
FORMER President Barack Obama could rake in more than $26 million in advance for his post-presidential memoir. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Esther Newberg, co-head of ICM Partners’ publishing unit, claims that an Obama memoir would “go for more ...
Barack Obama Is On Vacation But Malia Obama Is Putting In Work! | TMZ TV
  –  January 27, 2017
Malia Obama was spotted Tuesday in snowy Park City where the Sundance Film Festival is going down. She’s reportedly signed on for an internship with Harvey Weinstein’s film company while she takes a year off between high school and college. TMZ has ...
Barack Obama used his final day in the White House to help transgender immigrants
  –  January 27, 2017
Following his inauguration, Mr Trump took over the official webpage and swiftly removed sections on climate change, women’s rights and LGBT issues. The website has been re-launched and now has six sections: America First Energy Plan, America First ...
Barack Obama, The First Beast (Part 1)
  –  January 27, 2017
Hello everyone, it’s been crazy trying to finish this article, I’ve had so much to do and haven’t been able to fully concentrate on it, I honestly don’t know if it has been some sort of spiritual battle or what, but it has been months to put this ...
Barack Obama Really Did “Spread The Wealth Around”
  –  January 27, 2017
We addressed the wealth gap often during the course of Barack Obama‘s eight years in office, but there’s new data out underscoring just how spectacularly the former president failed to live up to his promises to middle and lower class Americans.
Donald Trump defends Barack Obama over Chelsea Manning’s comments
  –  January 27, 2017
Former US military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has questioned Barack Obama’s legacy after the former Democratic president commuted her sentence last week, and is calling for “an unapologetic progressive leader” to fight for minorities’ rights.
Barack Obama Is Likely To Get $20M Advance To Write His Memoir
  –  January 26, 2017
Regardless your political affiliation, there’s an undeniable fascination with former President Barack Obama and per Esther Newberg, co-head of ICM Partners’ publishing unit, this is one reason he is likely to get more than any president has with at ...
Hill Harper on his friendships with Prince and Barack Obama
  –  January 26, 2017
Hill Harper answered a few questions about his new HLN docuseries, “How It Really Happened,” premiering Friday at 8 p.m. and covering headline-grabbing scandals including the OJ Simpson case and the deaths of Prince, Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith.
Barack Obama memoir could garner $20M advance
  –  January 26, 2017
Esther Newberg, co-head of ICM Partners’ publishing unit, believes that if former president Barack Obama puts out his memoir, he could get a $20 million advance. “There’s no doubt Obama’s memoir will go for more than any president’s has ever gone ...
Donald Trump on Barack Obama's 'Beautiful' Letter: 'He Wants Me to Do a Great Job'
  –  January 26, 2017
Passing on the baton. President Donald Trump opened up about the letter that Barack Obama gave him during his first TV interview as commander in chief, which aired on Wednesday, January 25. Watch the video above. Obama, 55, left the note in the Oval Office ...
President Trump slams Chelsea Manning for insulting Barack Obama with same lines Trump himself used against former president
  –  January 26, 2017
Evidently the only person who’s allowed to insult the old president is the new president. President Trump condemned whistleblower Chelsea Manning Thursday for criticizing former President Barack Obama with an insult Trump himself has used against the ...
Barack Obama lands in familiar Rancho Mirage as Donald Trump enters White House
  –  January 21, 2017
As new commander in chief Donald Trump settles into the White House, former resident and President Barack Obama has touched down in Southern California’s Coachella Valley. Obama and his wife, Michelle, on Friday arrived at Thunderbird Heights in Rancho ...
Barack Obama Tweets As A Private Citizen For First Time
  –  January 20, 2017
The office of the president has changed hands, and so has the official @POTUS Twitter account. Obama may have worried his old account was a little rusty. Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick ...

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