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35 Facts About Obama
3. In 2012, Obama authorized multiple programs run by the CIA and the Pentagon to train anti-Assad rebels.
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4. The next day, on Obama'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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6. In June 2011, Obama said that the bond between the United States and Israel is "unbreakable".
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7. In February 2013, Obama 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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9. On October 21, 2011 President Obama announced that all US troops would leave Iraq in time to be "home for the holidays".
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14. On September 24, 2009, Obama became the first sitting US President to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.
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16. On November 10, 2014, President Obama recommended the Federal Communications Commission reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service in order to preserve net neutrality.
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22. On March 11, 2009, Obama 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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23. On December 22, 2010, Obama 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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24. On October 30, 2009, Obama lifted the ban on travel to the United States by those infected with HIV, which was celebrated by Immigration Equality.
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25. On March 30, 2010, Obama 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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27. President Obama 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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29. On February 10, 2007, Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States in front of the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois.
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30. In May 2002, Obama commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 US Senate race.
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32. In 1991, Obama 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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35. In February 1981, Obama 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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