100 Facts About Obama Barack

1. Obama Barack continued drone strikes against Islamist militants begun by the previous administration.

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2. Obama Barack endorsed Oregon Governor Kate Brown for re-election on October 1, 2018.

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3. Obama Barack met with the Dalai Lama while in New Delhi.

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4. Obama Barack went on an international trip from November 28 to December 2, 2017, and visited China, India and France.

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5. Obama Barack gained 10 spots from the same survey in 2015 from the Brookings Institution that ranked Obama the 18th-greatest American President.

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6. Obama Barack is the fourth US president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the third to become a Nobel laureate while in office.

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7. Obama Barack accepted this award in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009, with "deep gratitude and great humility.

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8. On May 25, 2011, Obama Barack became the first President of the United States to address both houses of the UK Parliament in Westminster Hall, London.

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9. Obama Barack won Best Spoken Word Album Grammy Awards for abridged audiobook versions of Dreams from My Father in February 2006 and for The Audacity of Hope in February 2008.

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10. Obama Barack spoke in front of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 29, 2015, the first sitting US president to do so.

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11. Obama Barack visited Havana, Cuba for two days in March 2016, becoming the first sitting US President to arrive since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

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12. Obama Barack was living in seclusion in a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a suburban area 35 miles from Islamabad.

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13. In 2014, Obama Barack authorized an air campaign aimed primarily at ISIL, but repeatedly promised that the US would not deploy ground troops in Syria.

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14. In 2012, Obama Barack authorized multiple programs run by the CIA and the Pentagon to train anti-Assad rebels.

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15. The next day, on Obama Barack's orders, the US military took part in air strikes to destroy the Libyan government's air defense capabilities to protect civilians and enforce a no-fly-zone, including the use of Tomahawk missiles, B-2 Spirits, and fighter jets.

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16. In 2015, Obama Barack was harshly criticized by Israel for advocating and signing the Iran Nuclear Deal; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had advocated the US congress to oppose it, said the deal was "dangerous" and "bad".

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17. In June 2011, Obama Barack said that the bond between the United States and Israel is "unbreakable".

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18. Obama Barack supports the two-state solution to the Arab–Israeli conflict based on the 1967 borders with land swaps.

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19. In February 2013, Obama Barack said the US military would reduce the troop level in Afghanistan from 68,000 to 34,000 US troops by February 2014.

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20. Obama Barack announced an increase in US troop levels to 17,000 military personnel in February 2009 to "stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan", an area he said had not received the "strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires".

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21. Early in his presidency, Obama Barack moved to bolster US troop strength in Afghanistan.

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22. On October 21, 2011 President Obama Barack announced that all US troops would leave Iraq in time to be "home for the holidays".

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23. Obama Barack said, "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.

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24. On February 27, 2009, Obama Barack announced that combat operations in Iraq would end within 18 months.

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25. In December 2014, Obama Barack announced that he intended to normalize relationships between Cuba and the United States.

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26. In December 2011, Obama Barack instructed agencies to consider LGBT rights when issuing financial aid to foreign countries.

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27. In March 2010, Obama Barack took a public stance against plans by the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to continue building Jewish housing projects in predominantly Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.

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28. On September 24, 2009, Obama Barack became the first sitting US President to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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29. On June 4, 2009, Obama Barack delivered a speech at Cairo University in Egypt calling for "A New Beginning" in relations between the Islamic world and the United States and promoting Middle East peace.

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30. Obama Barack attempted to reach out to Arab leaders by granting his first interview to an Arab satellite TV network, Al Arabiya.

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31. On November 10, 2014, President Obama Barack recommended the Federal Communications Commission reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service in order to preserve net neutrality.

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32. Obama Barack said that the results came because not enough Americans had felt the effects of the economic recovery.

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33. Obama Barack called the November 2, 2010 election, where the Democratic Party lost 63 seats in, and control of, the House of Representatives, "humbling" and a "shellacking".

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34. On January 5, 2016, Obama Barack announced new executive actions extending background check requirements to more gun sellers.

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35. In March 2009, Obama Barack lifted a ban on using federal funds for stem cell research.

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36. Obama Barack called for Congress to pass legislation reforming health care in the United States, a key campaign promise and a top legislative goal.

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37. Obama Barack used his power under the Antiquities Act to create 25 new national monuments during his presidency and expand four others, protecting a total of 553,000,000 acres of federal lands and waters, more than any other US president.

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38. Obama Barack has emphasized the conservation of federal lands during his term in office.

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39. On February 24, 2015, Obama Barack vetoed a bill that would authorize the pipeline.

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40. In July 2013, Obama Barack expressed reservations and stated he "would reject the Keystone XL pipeline if it increased carbon pollution" or "greenhouse emissions".

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41. Obama Barack urged Congress to ratify a 12-nation free trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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42. In December 2013, Obama Barack declared that growing income inequality is a "defining challenge of our time" and called on Congress to bolster the safety net and raise wages.

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43. Obama Barack signed into law the Car Allowance Rebate System, known colloquially as "Cash for Clunkers", that temporarily boosted the economy.

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44. Obama Barack intervened in the troubled automotive industry in March 2009, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler to continue operations while reorganizing.

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45. On March 11, 2009, Obama Barack created the White House Council on Women and Girls, which formed part of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, having been established by Executive Order 13506 with a broad mandate to advise him on issues relating to the welfare of American women and girls.

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46. On December 22, 2010, Obama Barack signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which fulfilled a key promise made in the 2008 presidential campaign to end the Don't ask, don't tell policy of 1993 that had prevented gay and lesbian people from serving openly in the United States Armed Forces.

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47. On October 30, 2009, Obama Barack lifted the ban on travel to the United States by those infected with HIV, which was celebrated by Immigration Equality.

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48. Obama Barack ended plans for a return of human spaceflight to the moon and development of the Ares I rocket, Ares V rocket and Constellation program, in favor of funding Earth science projects, a new rocket type, and research and development for an eventual manned mission to Mars, and ongoing missions to the International Space Station.

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49. On March 30, 2010, Obama Barack signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, a reconciliation bill that ended the process of the federal government giving subsidies to private banks to give out federally insured loans, increased the Pell Grant scholarship award, and made changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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50. Obama Barack nominated Sonia Sotomayor on May 26, 2009 to replace retiring Associate Justice David Souter; she was confirmed on August 6, 2009, becoming the first Supreme Court Justice of Hispanic descent.

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51. Obama Barack appointed two women to serve on the Supreme Court in the first two years of his Presidency.

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52. In March 2009, Obama Barack reversed a Bush-era policy that had limited funding of embryonic stem cell research and pledged to develop "strict guidelines" on the research.

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53. Obama Barack revoked President George W Bush's restoration of President Ronald Reagan's Mexico City Policy prohibiting federal aid to international family planning organizations that perform or provide counseling about abortion.

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54. Obama Barack ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, but Congress prevented the closure by refusing to appropriate the required funds and preventing moving any Guantanamo detainee into the US or to other countries.

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55. President Obama Barack addressed supporters and volunteers at Chicago's McCormick Place after his reelection and said: "Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual.

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56. On November 6, 2012, Obama Barack won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be reelected as president.

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57. Obama Barack delivered his victory speech before hundreds of thousands of supporters in Chicago's Grant Park.

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58. Obama Barack became the first African American to be elected president.

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59. On June 19, 2008, Obama Barack became the first major-party presidential candidate to turn down public financing in the general election since the system was created in 1976.

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60. Obama Barack selected Biden from a field speculated to include former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.

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61. Obama Barack emphasized issues of rapidly ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and reforming the health care system, in a campaign that projected themes of hope and change.

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62. On February 10, 2007, Obama Barack announced his candidacy for President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.

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63. Obama Barack became Chairman of the Senate's subcommittee on European Affairs.

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64. Obama Barack sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children's Health Insurance Program, providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.

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65. Obama Barack introduced two initiatives that bore his name: Lugar–Obama, which expanded the Nunn–Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction concept to conventional weapons; and the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which authorized the establishment of USAspending.

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66. Obama Barack announced on November 13, 2008, that he would resign his Senate seat on November 16, 2008, before the start of the lame-duck session, to focus on his transition period for the presidency.

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67. Obama Barack was sworn in as a senator on January 3, 2005, becoming the only Senate member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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68. Obama Barack addressed another anti-war rally in March 2003 and told the crowd that "it's not too late" to stop the war.

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69. Obama Barack created a campaign committee, began raising funds, and lined up political media consultant David Axelrod by August 2002.

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70. In May 2002, Obama Barack commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 US Senate race.

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71. In January 2003, Obama Barack became chairman of the Illinois Senate's Health and Human Services Committee when Democrats, after a decade in the minority, regained a majority.

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72. Obama Barack was reelected to the Illinois Senate in 1998, defeating Republican Yesse Yehudah in the general election, and was re-elected again in 2002.

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73. Obama Barack served on the board of directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge from 1995 to 2002, as founding president and chairman of the board of directors from 1995 to 1999.

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74. In 1991, Obama Barack accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School to work on his first book.

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75. Obama Barack was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, president of the journal in his second year, and research assistant to the constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe while at Harvard for two years.

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76. Obama Barack entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, living in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts.

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77. Obama Barack worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute.

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78. Obama Barack helped set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants' rights organization in Altgeld Gardens.

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79. Obama Barack worked there as a community organizer from June 1985 to May 1988.

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80. Obama Barack met Trinity United Church of Christ pastor Rev Jeremiah Wright in October 1987 and became a member of Trinity in 1992.

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81. Obama Barack wrote in The Audacity of Hope that he "was not raised in a religious household".

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82. On his 55th birthday, August 4, 2016, Obama Barack penned an essay in Glamour, in which he described how his daughters and the presidency have made him a feminist.

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83. In June 1989, Obama Barack met Michelle Robinson when he was employed as a summer associate at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin.

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84. Obama Barack proposed to her twice, but both Jager and her parents turned him down.

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85. Obama Barack lived with anthropologist Sheila Miyoshi Jager while he was a community organizer in Chicago in the 1980s.

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86. Obama Barack is a supporter of the Chicago White Sox, and he threw out the first pitch at the 2005 ALCS when he was still a senator.

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87. Obama Barack has roots in Ireland; he met with his Irish cousins in Moneygall in May 2011.

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88. Obama Barack graduated with a BA degree in 1983 and worked for about a year at the Business International Corporation, where he was a financial researcher and writer, then as a project coordinator for the New York Public Interest Research Group on the City College of New York campus for three months in 1985.

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89. In February 1981, Obama Barack made his first public speech, calling for Occidental to participate in the disinvestment from South Africa in response to that nation's policy of apartheid.

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90. Obama Barack lived with his mother and half-sister, Maya Soetoro, in Hawaii for three years from 1972 to 1975 while his mother was a graduate student in anthropology at the University of Hawaii.

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91. Obama Barack attended Punahou School—a private college preparatory school—with the aid of a scholarship from fifth grade until he graduated from high school in 1979.

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92. Obama Barack was born to a white mother and a black father.

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93. Obama Barack was born on August 4, 1961, at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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94. Obama Barack left office in January 2017 and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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95. Obama Barack advocated for gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, indicating support for a ban on assault weapons, and issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning climate change and immigration.

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96. Obama Barack was elected over Republican John McCain and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

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97. Obama Barack received national attention in 2004 with his March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate.

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98. Obama Barack represented the 13th district for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the US Senate.

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99. Obama Barack was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state.

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100. Obama Barack previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois.

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