39 Facts About United States President Barack Obama

1. On November 6, 2012, United States President Barack Obama 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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2. In 2000, United States President Barack Obama 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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3. On February 10, 2007, United States President Barack Obama formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

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4. In 1996, United States President Barack Obama officially launched his own political career, winning election to the Illinois State Senate as a Democrat from the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park.

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5. In 1979 United States President Barack Obama graduated from Punahou School, an elite college preparatory academy in Honolulu.

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6. On Friday, United States President Barack Obama posted a comprehensive list of his favorites books, movies, and music of 2018, continuing an annual tradition he started two years ago.

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7. In 2014, United States President 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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8. In 2012, United States President Barack Obama authorized multiple programs run by the CIA and the Pentagon to train anti-Assad rebels.

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9. The next day, on United States President 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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10. In June 2011, United States President Barack Obama said that the bond between the United States and Israel is "unbreakable".

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11. In February 2013, United States President 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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12. Early in his presidency, United States President Barack Obama moved to bolster US troop strength in Afghanistan.

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13. On February 27, 2009, United States President Barack Obama announced that combat operations in Iraq would end within 18 months.

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

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15. In December 2011, United States President Barack Obama instructed agencies to consider LGBT rights when issuing financial aid to foreign countries.

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16. In March 2010, United States President 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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17. On September 24, 2009, United States President Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to preside over a meeting of the United Nations Security Council.

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18. On June 4, 2009, United States President 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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19. On January 5, 2016, United States President Barack Obama announced new executive actions extending background check requirements to more gun sellers.

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20. In June 2014, United States President 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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21. In March 2009, United States President Barack Obama lifted a ban on using federal funds for stem cell research.

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22. On February 24, 2015, United States President Barack Obama vetoed a bill that would authorize the pipeline.

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23. In July 2013, United States President 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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24. In December 2013, United States President 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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25. On March 11, 2009, United States President 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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26. On December 22, 2010, United States President 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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27. On October 30, 2009, United States President 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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28. On March 30, 2010, United States President 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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29. In March 2009, United States President 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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30. On November 6, 2012, United States President Barack Obama won 332 electoral votes, exceeding the 270 required for him to be reelected as president.

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31. On June 19, 2008, United States President 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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32. On February 10, 2007, United States President 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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33. In May 2002, United States President Barack Obama commissioned a poll to assess his prospects in a 2004 US Senate race.

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34. In January 2003, United States President 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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35. In 1991, United States President 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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36. On his 55th birthday, August 4, 2016, United States President 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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37. In June 1989, United States President 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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38. In February 1981, United States President 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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39. Recalling his early childhood, United States President 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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