President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

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Barack Hussein Obama was born in the year 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, which was two years after the territory where he joined the union as the 50th state. He is the only president who was born in Hawaii and also the only president who was born outside the neighboring 48 sovereign polities. Obama was born to a white mother and a black father. Obama and his mother moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where they lived for a year. During this time, the elder Obama completed his undergraduate degree in economics in Hawaii and graduated in June 1962. Obamas president divorced in March 1964. In 1979, he finished his studies and graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College.

Obama’s mother raised him in Hawaii where he spent one year of his childhood in Washinton State and four years in Indonesia. In 1983, Obama finished his studies and graduated from Columbia University in New York and also worked as a community organizer in Chicago. Obama later enrolled in Harvard Law School where he became the first president who was black in the Harvard Law Review and became a civil rights attorney and professor after graduation. Obama also taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. From 1997 to 2004, Obama represented the 13th District for three terms in the Illinois Senate, where he then ran for the U.S Senate. In January 2003, Obama became the chairman of the Illinois senates health and human services committee when Democrats regained a majority after a decade. He received national attention in 2004 where he got unexpected March primary win, his well-received July Democratic National Convection keynote address, as well as his landslide November election to the Senate.

Barack Hussein Obama’s long and winding path to the white house which was split with a mix of obstacles which were both social and political, victories and defeats, comebacks and comeuppances. He was nominated for president in 2008 after his campaign began and after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton. Obama won the elections over Republican John McCain. Obama was then sworn into office on January 20, 2009. Barack was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate after nine months where he accepted the award with the exception that he felt there were others who were far deserving than he was.

In Obama’s first two years in office, Obama signed many landmark bills into law. The main reforms were the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank wall street reform and consumer protection act. Other changes were such as don’t ask and also don’t tell repeal act of 2010. The act of 2009, the American recovery and reinvestment and tax relief, as well as unemployment insurance reauthorization and creation of jobs in the act of 2010, served as economic stimulus amidst the great recession, but the GOP recovered control of the house of representatives in 2011. A lengthy debate over the national debt limit was debated over the national wide debt limit, Barack put a signature on the budget control and the American taxpayer relief acts. Obama increased US troop levels in Afghanistan in foreign policy and reduced nuclear weapons with the United States –Russia new start treaty and ended military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi. He also ordered military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Obama defeated Republican opponent Mitt Romney after he won the re-election where he was sworn in for the second term in 2013. In his second term, Obama promoted inclusiveness for LGBT Americans. During this term, his administration filed briefs that argued the supreme court strike down same sex-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional. He also advocated for gun control in response to the sandy hook elementary actions concerning climate change and immigration.

President Obama’s eight years in office, Democrats controlled congress for the first two years which was divided for the middle four years, and the republicans controlled congress for the last two years. It consisted of the house of the representatives and the Senate. To control the Congress, it was a must to control both the house and the Senate. In the year 2009 to 2011, Democrats controlled both the Senate and the house. From January 2, 2011, to January 3, 2013, Democrats controlled the Senate, and the Republicans controlled the house. Also, Republicans controlled both the Senate and the house as from the year 2011 to 2017

When Obama was the president of USA, he signed an Executive order ordering an audit of government contracts as well as combating waste and abuse. He also created the post of chief performance officer whose job is to make more efficient to save the federal government. Also, on his first full day, he froze white house salaries for the duration of the great recession. Furthermore, he appointed the first Fidel chief information to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency.( Presidency (2009–2017)

Moreover, he committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the acquisition of weapons systems reform act which was an attempt to limit waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems. Also, he created the national commission on fiscal responsibility and reform. Also, through the American recovery and reinvestment act, he saved at least 300,000 education jobs such as a teacher, principals, librarians and counselors that would have otherwise would be lost. The best accomplishment that Obama’s presidency enhanced was that he defended the legacy of the new deal and society from a conservation congress eager to privatize and defund them. Also, Obama during his presidency enhanced affordable health care where he expanded healthcare coverage via public and private initiatives and mandates. It is due to this achievements and many others that Obama’s government was considered the best and hence he was elected to a second term in office.

Barack Obama made history by becoming the first African American to win the US presidency with the promise of hope and change. He entered the white house when America was fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At home, US had faced the worst financial crisis since the great depression of the 1930s. In 14th December, Obama wiped away his tears when addressing the nation after about 20 children and six adults who had died in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut where he promised meaningful action against the offenders. In 5th June 2011, the guardian publisher published leaked documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden on the clandestine of the US national security agency, who had previously had worked. These were considered as the most significant leaks in American political history. Sweden had the evidence that the NSA maintained some mass supervision programmes over the citizens of the country, including accessing information stored by some of the largest technology companies in the country.Furthermore, on 13th January 2015, Obama was opposed to not attending a peace rally in Paris to remember 17 people who died after a wave of attacks that included the Charlie Hebdo offices. ( Barack Obama, 2012)

Barack Obama by standards subsequently set in a presidency which was defined by its speeches and perhaps to be remembered. The great unknown of his presidency was the Arab Spring, which aided to ensure that the wars were inescapable. Initially, he had opposed the invasion of Iraq where he had promised to bring the troops home from there, perhaps prematurely, in 2011.

Barack Obama had an extraordinary capacity to tap people’s aspirations deeply. Throughout his presidency was opposed to domestic political separations that harshly minimized his will to build a persevering legislative program comparable to the new deal, the large society or the Reagan revolution.Barack demonstrated his commitment to constitutional issues by reporting to jury duty. Due to his ownership of a home in Chicago In November 2017, he was called to the Richard J. Daley center in his former hometown after which he left one day without being selected to serve.Barack Obama’s nominees were significantly more diverse than those previous administrators where he gave more appointments to women and minorities hence the best American President.

Barack Hussein Obama left office 2016 and handed over power to president Donald Trump who was inaugurated on January 3, 2017.


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