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Barack Obama as US President

Barack Obama as US President

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About Barack Obama as US President

Barack Obama won the 2008/09 US Presidential Elections to become the 44th President of USA (the first African American President). He took oath and assumed office at the Obama Inauguration on January 20, 2009. He won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Being the first black president, Obama is considered the biggest ever assassination target in American history and needless to say CIA chiefs have been making Washington the most secure location. Oval Office said Obama wont makeover the interiors of his office.

In June 09, actor John Voight blasted Obama calling him a 'false prophet' and insisted that the President's administration had thus far been a failure.

US Economic Reforms

In December 08, he asked the Top 3 Automobile CEOs to agree to drastic reforms or be sacked.

Middle East developments

Obama monitored the latest Israel-Hamas conflict from Hawaii. His advisor said Obama is seeing Mideast as a major agenda and that he is committed to peace in the region.

On Iraq War

In February 09, Obama told Congress leaders that he will transition Iraq mission into a training, advising and engaging in limited counter-terrorist operations. The combat missions is expected to end in August 2010. On March 2, 2009, the Obama administration has released nine previously secret internal Justice Department memos and opinions defining the legal limits of government power in combating terrorism during the Bush administration.

Relations with Russia

In March 09, reports are out that Obama wrote a secret quid pro quo letter to Russian President Dmitri A. Medvedev three weeks earlier that said he would back off deploying a new missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow would help stop Iran from developing long-range weapons.

Notre Dame University protests

On May 17, 2009, 19 supporters are arrested at the Notre Dame University in South Bend, Ind., as they protested against President Obama's scheduled commencement speech. The protestors are charged for trespassing the campus as they are not students of the University. The protestors object the school's decision to invite Obama given his stands on abortion and embryonic stem-cell research. President Obama will be giving his commencement address at the University. By the end of the day, the number of supporters who tried to stop the President's presence at the University rose to 40. As many as 39 are arrested on trespassing charges.

Reaction to 2009 North Korean rocket launch

Obama reacted sharply at the April 2009 North Korea rocket launch and called for punshing North Korea at the act. Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met on June 16, 2009 at Washington and gave a summit-level affirmation that they are united front against North Korea after the later performed nuclear test and subsequent developments.

Other policies

Obama has overturned militarys Dont Ask, Dont Tell policy on gays allowing them to serve openly in the military. In March 09, reports are out that Obama will order a new system of competitative contracting that would help save tax savers money.

On May 19, 2009, he released the first US regulation of auto emissions in a bid to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gasses and lower dependence on foreign oil.

Obama in Cairo - June 2009

Obama will delivery his speech at the Conference Hall of Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt on June 4, 2009. His speech gains importance as it is considered as Obama's address to the Muslim world. With this visit, Obama will be the second U.S. president to deliver a speech in Cairo University after Theodore Roosevelt in 1910.

Obama in Russia - July 2009

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Obama in Vatican - July 2009

Obama met Pope Benedict XVI for the first time after completing his G8 meeting at quake hit Italian town of L'Aquila.

Obama in Ghana - July 2009

Barack Obama is visiting to Ghana in July 2009 in his first tour to Africa since his taking office as US President.

Obama in August 2009

In August 09, Obama and first lady expressed condoled the death of Edward Kennedy, former Massachusetts Senator.

Obama in November 2009

Obama will welcome Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to the White House on November 22, 2009 on the later's official visit to the US.

Obama in September 2010

Small Business Jobs Act

On September 16, 2010, the United States Senate has approved the Obama administration's aid package for small business, by a final vote of 61-38.

View on Marriage

President Barack Obama has offered advice to single men of America asking them to seek out a woman with good genes and then marry her. He said that he married his wife Michelle Obama to improve his gene pool. "See for you men out there who are not yet married, let me explain. The whole goal is to marry up-to try to improve your gene pool," he said.

In May 2012, Barack Obama voiced his opinion on same-sex marriage and said that he supports it. His support to same-sex marriage has helped his re-election team collect a million dollars within the first 90 minutes of announcing his support. Donations mostly came in from Obama's Hollywood friends and gay supporters. Many Hollywood stars praised Obama for his support to same-sex marriage including celebrities like Ellen De Generes. Hollywood actor George Clooney will host a fundraiser for Hollywood stars on May 14 in New York.

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