101 Facts About Senator Barack Obama

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

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

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3. Senator Barack Obama 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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4. Senator Barack Obama 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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5. Senator Barack Obama accepted this award in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 2009, with "deep gratitude and great humility.

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

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7. Senator Barack Obama 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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8. Senator Barack Obama 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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9. Senator Barack Obama was living in seclusion in a large compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a suburban area 35 miles from Islamabad.

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10. In 2014, Senator Barack Obama 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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11. In 2012, Senator Barack Obama authorized multiple programs run by the CIA and the Pentagon to train anti-Assad rebels.

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12. The next day, on Senator Barack 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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13. In 2015, Senator Barack Obama 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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14. Senator Barack Obama said that both movements seek to bring justice and equal rights to historically persecuted peoples.

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

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

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17. In February 2013, Senator Barack 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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18. Senator Barack Obama 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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19. Early in his presidency, Senator Barack Obama moved to bolster US troop strength in Afghanistan.

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

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21. Senator Barack Obama 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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22. On February 27, 2009, Senator Barack Obama announced that combat operations in Iraq would end within 18 months.

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

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

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25. In March 2010, Senator Barack Obama 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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26. On September 24, 2009, Senator Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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27. On June 4, 2009, Senator Barack Obama 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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28. Senator Barack Obama attempted to reach out to Arab leaders by granting his first interview to an Arab satellite TV network, Al Arabiya.

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

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

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31. Senator Barack Obama 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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32. On January 5, 2016, Senator Barack Obama announced new executive actions extending background check requirements to more gun sellers.

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33. In June 2014, Senator Barack Obama made indications that his administration would consider a shift towards an energy policy more closely tuned to the manufacturing industry and its impact on the domestic economy.

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

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35. Senator Barack Obama 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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36. Senator Barack Obama 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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37. Senator Barack Obama has emphasized the conservation of federal lands during his term in office.

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

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

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

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41. In December 2013, Senator Barack Obama 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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42. Senator Barack Obama signed into law the Car Allowance Rebate System, known colloquially as "Cash for Clunkers", that temporarily boosted the economy.

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43. Senator Barack Obama 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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44. On March 11, 2009, Senator Barack 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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45. On December 22, 2010, Senator Barack 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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46. On October 30, 2009, Senator Barack 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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47. Senator Barack Obama 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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48. On March 30, 2010, Senator Barack 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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49. Senator Barack Obama's was confirmed on August 5, 2010, bringing the number of women sitting simultaneously on the Court to three justices for the first time in American history.

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

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

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

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58. On June 19, 2008, Senator Barack Obama 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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59. Senator Barack Obama 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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60. On February 10, 2007, Senator Barack 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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61. Senator Barack Obama 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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62. Senator Barack Obama 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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63. Senator Barack Obama 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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64. Senator Barack Obama's expected opponent in the general election, Republican primary winner Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race in June 2004.

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65. Senator Barack Obama 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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66. Senator Barack Obama created a campaign committee, began raising funds, and lined up political media consultant David Axelrod by August 2002.

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

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68. In January 2003, Senator Barack Obama 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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69. Senator Barack Obama 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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70. Senator Barack Obama sponsored a law that increased tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare.

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71. Senator Barack Obama 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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72. In 1991, Senator Barack 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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73. Senator Barack Obama 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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74. Senator Barack Obama entered Harvard Law School in the fall of 1988, living in nearby Somerville, Massachusetts.

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

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

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

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78. Senator Barack Obama 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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79. Senator Barack Obama described his mother, raised by non-religious parents, as being detached from religion, yet "in many ways the most spiritually awakened person that I have ever known.

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

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

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

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

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

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85. Senator Barack Obama plays basketball, a sport he participated in as a member of his high school's varsity team, and he is left-handed.

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

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88. Senator Barack Obama 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, Senator Barack 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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90. Senator Barack Obama 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. Senator Barack Obama 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. Recalling his early childhood, Senator Barack Obama said, "That my father looked nothing like the people around me—that he was black as pitch, my mother white as milk—barely registered in my mind.

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93. Senator Barack Obama's parents met in 1960 in a Russian language class at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where his father was a foreign student on a scholarship.

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

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95. Senator Barack Obama is the only president who was born in Hawaii and the only president who was born outside of the contiguous 48 states.

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

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

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98. Senator Barack Obama 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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99. Senator Barack Obama was elected over Republican John McCain and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009.

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100. Senator Barack Obama 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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101. Senator Barack Obama 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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