Portrait: Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America

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US President Barack Obama taking his Oath of Office © defenseimagery.mil - Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

US President Barack Obama taking his Oath of Office © defenseimagery.mil – Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from January 20, 2009 to January 20, 2017. The first African American to assume the presidency, he was previously the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008. Before that, he served in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 until 2004. For the moment, he is the last US president who is obliged to the values of the West: democracy, freedom, respect for the right and dignity of man, irrespective of origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or political attitude, and in compliance with national and international law.

Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state. Raised largely in Hawaii, Obama also spent one year of his childhood in Washington State and four years in Indonesia. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago. In 1988 Obama enrolled in Harvard Law School, where he was the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. After graduation, he became a civil rights attorney and professor and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, when he ran for the U.S. Senate. Obama received national attention in 2004 with his unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convention keynote address, and his landslide November election to the Senate. In 2008, Obama was nominated for president a year after his campaign began and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. He was elected over Republican John McCain (The New York Times, 25 August 2018: John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81, The Guardian, 26 August 2018: John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81, Huffington Post, 25 August 2018: Barack Obama Reacts To John McCain’s Death: He Was Faithful To ‘Something Higher’, CNBC, 27 August 2018: John McCain, in final message before death, says ‘do not despair of our present difficulties’, The Washington Post, 31 August 2018: John McCain’s remarkable mother: At 106, Roberta McCain has outlived her son, The Washington Post, 1 September 2018: McCain memorial: ‘What better way to honor John McCain than follow his example’, The Guardian, 1 September 2018: John McCain funeral: Obama’s eulogy denounces ‘insult and bombast’ in politics, YouTube.com – John McCain funeral: George W. Bush FULL eulogy, YouTube.com – Meghan McCain knocks ‘cheap rhetoric’ in eulogy for her father, YouTube.com – John McCain funeral: Barack Obama FULL eulogy and Miami Herald, 27 August 2018: The true patriot) and was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Nine months later, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, accepting the award with the caveat that he felt there were others “far more deserving of this honor than I.”

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden © flickr.com - Pete Souza President Barack Obama © whitehouse.gov - Pete Souza Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House © flickr.com - Pete Souza Obama meets with the Cabinet of the United States 2009 © whitehouse.gov - Pete Souza Obama family portrait 2011 © whitehouse.gov - Pete Souza Barack Obama and Bill Clinton © flickr.com - Pete Souza US President Barack Obama taking his Oath of Office © defenseimagery.mil - Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo
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Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House © flickr.com - Pete Souza
During his first two years in office, Obama signed many landmark bills into law. The main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as “Obamacare”, shortened as the “Affordable Care Act”), the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 served as economic stimulus amidst the Great Recession. After a lengthy debate over the national debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control and the American Taxpayer Relief Acts. In foreign policy, Obama increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, reduced nuclear weapons with the United States–Russia New START treaty, and ended military involvement in the Iraq War. He ordered military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi; Gaddafi was killed by NATO-assisted forces, and he also ordered the military operation that resulted in the deaths of Osama bin Laden and suspected Yemeni Al-Qaeda operative Anwar al-Awlaki.

After winning re-election by defeating Republican opponent Mitt Romney, Obama was sworn in for a second term in 2013. During his second term, Obama promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans. His administration filed briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional (United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges). Obama advocated for gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and issued wide-ranging executive actions concerning climate change and immigration. In foreign policy, Obama ordered military intervention in Iraq in response to gains made by ISIL after the 2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, promoted discussions that led to the 2015 Paris Agreement on global climate change, initiated sanctions against Russia following the invasion in Ukraine and again after Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba. Obama left office in January 2017 with a 60% approval rating and currently resides in Washington, D.C. Since leaving office, his presidency has been favorably ranked by historians and the general public – President Obama’s Mic Drop at White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Read more on Barack and Michelle Obama (The Guardian, 26 March 2019: Michelle Obama’s memoir sells more than 10m copies, DW, 4 April 2019: Barack Obama gets rock star reception in Germany and DW, 4 April 2019: Obama meets ‘my friend Angela’ in Berlin), The Obama Foundation, Barack Obama Presidential Library, The New York Times, 4 August 2021: Obama Significantly Scales Back 60th Birthday Party as Virus Cases Rebound, BBC, 4 August 2021: Barack Obama scales back 60th birthday party as Covid cases rise, The Guardian, 4 August 2021: Barack Obama scales back 60th birthday party over Covid concerns, U.S. News, 4 August 2021: Barack Obama Scales Back 60th Birthday Party Amid Delta Variant Spread, The New York Times, 28 September 2021: Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago, The Hill, 6 March 2023: Michelle Obama hits Trump over his inauguration: ‘There weren’t that many people there’, CNN, 7 March 2023: Michelle Obama opens up about her ‘uncontrollable sobbing’ on day of Trump’s inauguration, The Washington Post, 7 March 2023: Michelle Obama says she cried for 30 minutes after Trump’s inauguration, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023: Barack and Michelle Obama create buzz at daughter Sasha’s USC graduation, Pete Souza and Wikipedia Barack Obama (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.












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