86 Facts About Obama Biden

1. Obama Biden expressed his commitment to the peaceful transfer of power to President-Elect Donald Trump, and called on politicians and American citizens to come together despite their differences.

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2. Obama Biden found himself struggling on the domestic front in October 2013.

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3. Barack Obama Biden officially began his second term on January 21, 2013, when US Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office.

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4. On November 6, 2012, Obama Biden won a second four-year term as president by receiving nearly five million more votes than Romney and capturing more than 60 percent of the Electoral College.

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5. On January 27, 2010, President Obama Biden delivered his first State of the Union speech.

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6. Obama Biden coaxed Congress to expand health care insurance for children and provide legal protection for women seeking equal pay.

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7. Obama Biden emphasized the importance of unity and made veiled jabs at the Bush administration and the diversionary use of wedge issues.

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8. In 2000, Obama Biden made an unsuccessful Democratic primary run for the US House of Representatives seat held by four-term incumbent candidate Bobby Rush.

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9. Obama Biden published an autobiography, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, in 1995.

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10. On June 25, 2016, Joe Obama Biden received the freedom of County Louth in the Republic of Ireland.

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11. In 2008, Obama Biden received the Best of Congress Award, for "improving the American quality of life through family-friendly work policies", from Working Mother magazine.

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12. On March 22, 2017, Obama Biden referred to the Republican healthcare bill as a "tax bill" meant to transfer nearly US$1 trillion used for health benefits for the lower classes to wealthy Americans during his first appearance on Capitol Hill since Trump's inauguration.

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13. In 2017, Obama Biden was named the Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will focus on foreign policy, diplomacy, and national security while leading the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

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14. On December 8, 2016, Obama Biden went to Ottawa to meet with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau.

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15. Obama Biden issued federal guidelines while presenting a speech at the University of New Hampshire.

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16. Obama Biden was inaugurated to a second term in the early morning of January 20, 2013, at a small ceremony in his official residence with Justice Sonia Sotomayor presiding.

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17. Obama Biden was officially nominated for a second term as vice president on September 6 by voice vote at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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18. Obama Biden became the 47th Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2009, when he was inaugurated alongside President Barack Obama.

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19. On October 2, 2008, Obama Biden participated in the campaign's one vice presidential debate with Palin.

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20. At a 2007 campaign event, Obama Biden said, "I know a lot of my opponents out there say I'd be a great Secretary of State.

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21. Obama Biden declared his candidacy for President on January 31, 2007, after having discussed running for months prior.

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22. Obama Biden had thought about running for president again ever since his failed 1988 bid.

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23. Obama Biden was a sponsor of bankruptcy legislation during the 2000s, which was sought by MBNA, one of Delaware's largest companies, and other credit card issuers.

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24. In 1975, Obama Biden broke from liberal orthodoxy when he took legislative action to limit desegregation busing.

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25. In March 2004, Obama Biden secured the brief release of Libyan democracy activist and political prisoner Fathi Eljahmi, after meeting with leader Muammar Gaddafi in Tripoli.

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26. Obama Biden became interested in the Yugoslav Wars after hearing about Serbian abuses during the Croatian War of Independence in 1991.

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27. Obama Biden was critical of the actions of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr during the 1990s Whitewater controversy and Lewinsky scandal investigations, and said "it's going to be a cold day in hell" before another Independent Counsel is granted the same powers.

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28. Obama Biden was a long-time member of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

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29. Obama Biden had in fact cited Kinnock as the source for the formulation on previous occasions.

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30. Obama Biden became ranking minority member of the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary in 1981.

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31. In 1975, Obama Biden met Jill Tracy Jacobs, who grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and would become a teacher in Delaware.

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32. In 2008, Obama Biden was chosen as the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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33. Obama Biden was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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34. Obama Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and lived there for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware.

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35. Obama Biden continued drone strikes against Islamist militants begun by the previous administration.

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

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

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38. Obama Biden 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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39. Obama Biden 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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40. Obama Biden 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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41. In June 2011, Obama Biden said that the bond between the United States and Israel is "unbreakable".

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42. Early in his presidency, Obama Biden moved to bolster US troop strength in Afghanistan.

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43. Obama Biden 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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44. On February 27, 2009, Obama Biden announced that combat operations in Iraq would end within 18 months.

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

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

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47. In March 2010, Obama Biden 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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48. On September 24, 2009, Obama Biden became the first sitting US President to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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

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50. Obama Biden 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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51. In July 2013, Obama Biden expressed reservations and stated he "would reject the Keystone XL pipeline if it increased carbon pollution" or "greenhouse emissions".

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52. Obama Biden emphasized the conservation of federal lands during his term in office.

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

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54. In December 2013, Obama Biden 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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55. On March 11, 2009, Obama Biden 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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56. On October 30, 2009, Obama Biden lifted the ban on travel to the United States by those infected with HIV, which was celebrated by Immigration Equality.

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57. On March 30, 2010, Obama Biden 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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58. Obama Biden appointed two women to serve on the Supreme Court in the first two years of his Presidency.

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

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

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61. Obama Biden 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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62. In May 2002, Obama Biden commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 US Senate race.

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63. In January 2003, Obama Biden 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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64. In 1991, Obama Biden 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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65. Obama Biden entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, living in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts.

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66. Obama Biden 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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67. On his 55th birthday, August 4, 2016, Obama Biden penned an essay in Glamour, in which he described how his daughters and the presidency have made him a feminist.

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

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

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70. Obama Biden 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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71. Obama Biden has roots in Ireland; he met with his Irish cousins in Moneygall in May 2011.

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72. In February 1981, Obama Biden 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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73. Obama Biden married Jill Obama Biden as his second wife on June 17, 1977.

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74. Obama Biden considered a presidential run in 2016, but ultimately decided against it.

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75. Obama Biden won reelection in 1978 and five times after that.

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76. Obama Biden is an old-school advocate of bipartisan dealmaking at a time many Democrats have come to believe Republicans are too unreasonable to work with.

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77. Obama Biden won reelection to the Senate, but served only briefly in the 111th Congress before resigning to take his place as vice president.

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78. Obama Biden was the first candidate to be elected president without winning Missouri since 1956.

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79. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama Biden became the first African American to be elected President of the United States, sparking many celebrations in the United States and around the world.

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80. In October 2008, Obama Biden was voted Advertising Age magazine's "Marketer of the Year" by members of the Association of National Advertisers for the campaign, surpassing Apple and Zappos.

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81. Obama Biden is the first US President to have effectively used the internet and social media for successful political outcomes.

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82. In January 2009, after Obama Biden had won the election, Fairey's mixed-media stenciled portrait version of the image was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for its National Portrait Gallery.

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83. Obama Biden mentioned his grandmother, who had died two nights earlier.

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84. Obama Biden was the third sitting US Senator, after Warren G Harding and John F Kennedy, to be elected president.

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85. On November 4, 2008, Obama Biden defeated the Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, making him the President-elect and the first African American elected President.

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86. Obama Biden was the first African American in history to be nominated on a major party ticket.

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