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Aretha Franklin came to Washington to sing -- and for history - Hot Springs Sentinel

She sang for diplomats, welcomed emperors and brought one president -- Barack Obama -- to tears. Franklin accepted many honors and performed for charities and civil rights groups in Washington. She even got in one heated argument at the White House ...

Opinion: When economists become demagogues - MarketWatch

From the profession, President Barack Obama recruited leftist ideologues. They concluded, for example, that boosting the minimum wage would increase the demand for semiskilled workers and raising the demand for health-care services would lower prices.

Obama Just Told Us About Five More Books He Read This Summer, and Truth Is a Big Theme - Fortune

Barack Obama is back with a second round of summer reading recommendations for 2018. In July, the former president released a list inspired by his first trip to Africa since the end of his presidency. Coming in the days after President Trump ...

Drawing Of Offaly Ancestor On Obama's Office Wall - Midlands103

There is a drawing of President Obama's Offaly ancestor in his office, according to his chief speechwriter. Cody Keenan is in Moneygall today, to unveil a statue of the 44th President of the United States and his wife Michelle, to commemorate the visit ...

Westover, Ondaatje and Jones among Obama's summer reads - The Bookseller

Barack Obama has revealed that Tara Westover's Educated, Michael Ondaatje's Warlight and An American Marriage by Tayari Jones are among his favourite summer reads of 2018. In a post shared on Facebook yesterday (19th August), the former US ...

Obama pays tribute to Kofi Annan - GhanaWeb

A former President of the United States of America (USA), Barack Obama has paid a tribute to the late Ghanaian diplomat, Kofi Annan, describing him as someone who “never stopped his pursuit of a better world.” In a post on his Facebook, Mr Obama said: ...

Here's the terrible secret about why Democrats did a complete 180 on illegal immigration and border security - Fox News

Twelve years ago, during a Senate floor debate in October 2006, freshman U.S. Senator Barack Obama supported construction of a physical barrier along the southwest border. “The bill before us will certainly do some good,” he said, before speaking ...

Statue To Commemorate Obama's Visit To Be Unveiled - Midlands103

A new statue is to be unveiled later today to commemorate Barack Obama's visit to Offaly. Chief speechwriter Cody Keenan will officially show-off the piece, at the Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall featuring the 44th President of the United States and ...

Truth the biggest loser in land expropriation debate - News24

I thought of Obama's words last week as it became clear that "objective truth" was taking a backseat in the increasingly polarised "debate" about land expropriation. Just like Obama's tanned successor, a number of South Africans are simply making up ...

Barack Obama and Bill Gates agree that this book is an absolute must-read - MarketWatch

Microsoft MSFT, -0.06% founder-turned-philanthropist Bill Gates calls it “one of the best books I've ever read,” saying it offers a breakthrough way to see how life is getting better and where it still needs to improve. Count Barack Obama a big fan, as ...

Barack Obama Shares Five of the Best Books He Read This Summer - TIME

Looking for something to read as the summer winds to a close? Former President Barack Obama has a few suggestions. “One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a vacation with family or ...

C-SPAN Caller Unleashes Racist Rant About Barack Obama On Air - HuffPost

Following the program, Paul Waldman, a guest on the program, tweeted that a caller shouted for Obama's death and called the former president the N-word. Waldman, a Washington Post opinion writer and American Prospect senior writer, was discussing ...

Israel's Threat Against Iran: How Netanyahu and Barak Stoked a War Scare to Pressure the US - Haaretz

The pair sought a specific and reliable American commitment to stop Iran from reaching nuclear weapons capability, which was more than what President Barack Obama had pledged until then. Despite the close ties between Israel and the United States ...

A Case Study in Obama-Trump Double Standards - American Spectator

Last week I wrote about a New York Times column titled, “Trump's Sabotage of Obamacare Is Illegal,” that was essentially an impeachment manual for the Democrats to follow if they win a majority in the House this fall. President Trump is, we are told, ...

Aretha's DC performances blend with history - The Detroit News

She sang for diplomats, welcomed emperors and brought one president — Barack Obama — to tears. Franklin accepted many honors and performed for charities and civil rights groups in Washington. She even got in one heated argument at the White House ...

Russians are now patrolling the Golan heights — and you can thank Barack Obama - New York Post

Assad now looks likely to hold on, but as an Iranian puppet, with Putin gleefully playing Mideast power broker. Israel has no choice but to deal with Moscow to keep Tehran away. The Nobel folks should look at rescinding former President Barack Obama's ...

Former US Attorney on Spygate: 'Greatest federal law enforcement scandal in history' - Washington Times

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during Comey's installation as FBI director, Monday, Oct. 28,2013, at FBI Headquarters in Washington. The president said he picked Comey to lead the FBI after interviewing many other ...

'This summer I've been absorbed by new novels': Barack Obama shares reading list - TheGrio (blog)

When he's not working toward changing the world or visiting his family's homeland of Kenya, former President Barack Obama is apparently getting in a good read. The country's first Black president took to Facebook Sunday to share what he's been reading ...

Barack Obama Shares His Summer Reading List - The Inquisitr

Former President Barack Obama posted a list of the books he's been reading this summer to Facebook. Obama, a Harvard Law graduate and author of several books, has been reading an eclectic mix of fiction, memoirs, and biographies during his down time ...

Republicans, don't sidestep the National Archives on Kavanaugh's papers - Washington Post

WHEN PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court eight months before the 2016 election, Republicans insisted that the Senate must wait until a new president was sworn in before lawmakers could reasonably ...

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to be elected to that office and the first president born outside the contiguous United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.

President Barack Obama.jpg
44th President of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 13th district
In office
January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II
(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
Children Malia Obama
Sasha Obama
Parents Ann Dunham
Barack Obama Sr.
Relatives Maya Soetoro (half-sister)
Residence White House
Alma mater
Awards Nobel Peace Prize
Signature
Website

Barack Hussein Obama II ( /bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ˈbɑːmə/ bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to be elected to that office and the first president born outside the contiguous United States. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.

In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law economic stimulus legislation in response to the Great Recession in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare"; the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. In January 2011, the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats; and, after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation's debt limit, Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Obama was re-elected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee Mitt Romney, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013. During his second term, Obama has promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has called for greater inclusiveness for LGBT Americans, while his administration has filed briefs that urged the Supreme Court to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (United States v. Windsor) and state level same-sex marriage bans (Obergefell v. Hodges) as unconstitutional. In foreign policy, Obama ordered U.S. 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, brokered a nuclear deal with Iran, and normalized U.S. relations with Cuba.