Barack Obama

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  • Barack Hussein Obama II was born

    Barack Hussein Obama II was born
    Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 4, 1961, to Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. Ann Dunham (1942-1995) was of European descent, while Barack Obama Sr. (1936-1982) was of full African descent. Source For All Events: Author, Unknown. “Barack Obama.” Biography.com, A&E Networks Television, 23 June 2020, www.biography.com/us-president/barack-obama. Image: https://www.history.com/topics/us-presidents/barack-obama
  • Obama's Rise to Power

    Obama's Rise to Power
    Obama began his rise to power in 1996, elected to the Illinois Senate for the first time. He was re-elected in 1998, lost in 2000, but was re-elected once again in 2002. Image: https://thewatchtowers.org/senator-obama-sponsored-stand-your-ground-bill-in-illinois/
  • Obama's Rise to Power

    Obama's Rise to Power
    Barack Obama beat Republican John McCain to become the first African-American president of the United States in 2008. He was also re-elected in 2012. Image source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/09/the-washington-posts-front-page-from-every-presidential-election-since-1880/
  • Obama saved the United States from the Great Recession

    When Barack Obama took office in January of 2009, the economy was doing great. According to the Center for American Progress article, “Obama’s Legacy on the Economy Is Anything But a Mess” by Christian E. Weller and Brendan Duke, “When President Obama took office in January 2009, 77 percent of people... Source: Perry, Tod. “28 Of Barack Obama's Greatest Achievements As President Of The United States.” GOOD, GOOD, 20 Feb. 2020, www.good.is/articles/obamas-achievements-in-office .
  • Obama saved the United States from the Great Recession

    Obama saved the United States from the Great Recession
    ...77% of people between ages 25 and 54 had a job. This share dropped to 74.8 percent in the aftermath of the Great Recession by December 2009, before climbing to 78.2 percent in January 2017, when President Obama left office.” Also, the US News article, “Obama’s Lasting Economic Achievements” by Jared Bernstein, says that Obama also made “the longest streak of job growth on record” at 79 months. Image: www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/18/trump-economy-versus-obama-economy/
  • Obama provided 20 million uninsured Americans health insurance through the signing of the Affordable Care Act.

    Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, also known as ACA or Obamacare, on March 23, 2010. The main three goals of the law are to: “Make affordable health insurance available to more people. The law provides consumers with subsidies (“premium tax credits”) that lower costs for households with incomes between 100% and 400% of the federal poverty level;... Source: Same as "Obama saved the US from the Great Recession" event
  • Obama provided 20 million uninsured Americans health insurance through the signing of the Affordable Care Act.

    Obama provided 20 million uninsured Americans health insurance through the signing of the Affordable Care Act.
    ...poverty level; Expand the Medicaid program to cover all adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level. (Not all states have expanded their Medicaid programs.); Support innovative medical care delivery methods designed to lower the costs of health care generally.” This was huge because before this, healthcare in America. Image: www.cnbc.com/2019/12/29/how-the-affordable-care-act-transformed-the-us-health-care-system.html
  • Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq and ordered the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

    The incident on September 11, 2001, marked that beginning of a long war. On September 20, 2001, President Bush announced the War on Terror, stating, “Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”... Source: History.com. “A Timeline of the U.S.-Led War on Terror.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 1 Feb. 2019, www.history.com/topics/21st-century/war-on-terror-timeline .
  • Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq and ordered the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

    Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq and ordered the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.
    ...defeated.” The first airstrikes at Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, and the war officially began. This continued to 2003, where the US started to invade Iraq. In 2010, President Barack Obama declared the end of US Combat operations in Iraq after many terrorist attacks throughout the world in the past years... Image: Eoyang, Mieke, and Sanaa Khan. “Five Years Since the Bin Laden Raid – Third Way.” – Third Way, 14 Apr. 2016, www.thirdway.org/memo/five-years-since-the-bin-laden-raid .
  • Barack Obama ended the war in Iraq and ordered the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

    ...years. On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed during a raid in a Pakistan compound. Finally, on December 28, 2014, the War of Afghanistan officially ended. Barack Obama was credited to using new technologies that aided his success in the war. Jon Alterman, a Middle East specialist at the CSIS, said, “The whole concept of war has changed under Obama.”
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    Barack Obama's Childhood

    A few weeks after Barack Obama was born, in late August 1961, he moved with his mother to Seattle for a year. His father was busy earning his undergraduate degree in economics in Hawaii and later his M.A. in economics at Harvard. In March of 1964, Obama’s parents divorced. Obama was only 2 years old at the time. Obama never saw his father again until Christmas of 1971, which was also his last, as Obama Sr. died in a car accident 11 years later.
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    Barack Obama's Childhood

    Back in 1963, Ann Dunham first met Lolo Soetoro in Hawaii. They married later in 1965 when Obama was still 3 years old. 2 years later, Lolo had to return to Indonesia. Young Obama and his mother followed 16 months later, in 1967. He went to school in Jakarta for four years, becoming fluent in Indonesian and learning English at home with his mother.
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    Barack Obama's Childhood

    Obama returned to Hawaii in 1971 at the age of 10 to live with his grandparents. His mother and her half-sister came later in 1972 for three years to finish their education, then left back to Indonesia to begin fieldwork in anthropology. Obama decided to stay in Hawaii. Ann Dunham stayed in Indonesia for most of the next 20 years, divorcing Lolo in 1980 and dying in 1995 from ovarian and uterine cancer.
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    Obama's Teenhood/Young Adult Life

    Barack Obama grew up in his teenage years with his grandparents in Hawaii. He went to a college preparatory school, Punahou School, and graduated in 1979. Obama later admitted that during his teenage years, he used alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine to get away from his reality. After he graduated in 1979, he moved to Los Angeles, California, for a full scholarship to Occidental College.
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    Obama's Life Before Rising to Power

    Barack Obama earned his B.A. degree in political science in 1983. He then worked for the Business International Corporation for about a year as a writer and researcher. The summer of 1989 was when he first met his future wife, Michelle Robinson. Obama worked as a summer associate for Sidley Austin. From then, they became engaged two years later and married on October 3, 1992.
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    Obama's Life Before Rising to Power

    Two years after graduating from Columbia, he moved to Chicago to work for a church-based organization from 1985-1988. He enrolled later that year at Harvard Law School and graduated with a J.D. degree in magna cum laude in 1991, then moving back to Chicago. In 1991, Obama began working for the University of Chicago Law School. He went from the position of Visiting Law and Government Fellow for the first two years to lecturer for 4 years and senior lecturer up until 2004.
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    Obama's Rise to Power

    In 2004, Obama decided to resign from his position in the Illinois Senate and ran for a position in the US Senate. After an unexpected primary election landslide, he advanced to the general election to face off against Jack Ryan. Ryan withdrew from the race in June of 2004, and Barack Obama was sworn in as a senator on January 3, 2005.
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    Obama's Rise to Power

    On February 10, 2007, Obama announced that he was going to run for president. In June of 2008, Obama became the sole Democratic Nominee after Hillary Clinton ended her campaign. He then selected Delaware Senator Joe Biden in August as his vice-presidential running mate. On November 16, 2008, Obama resigned from his position to continue his campaign for the presidency.