Barack Obama44th President, United States
Birth DetailsAugust 4, 1961 | Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Bachelor of Political Science, Columbia University; Doctor of Jurisprudence, Harvard University
Barack Obama’s Journey so far ...
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- Barack Hussein Obama II passed out from the Punahou School in Honolulu in 1979. In 1983, he got a degree in political science from New York's Columbia University
- After completing his law from Harvard University, Obama's first job was as a teacher of constitutional law at the University of Chicago
- In 2006, Obama thought of contesting the 2008 US presidential polls, and in early 2007 he announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination
- In June 2008, Obama became the Democratic Presidential candidate defeating New York senator Hillary Clinton. In November that year, Obama defeated Republican opponent John McCain for the presidency. He was the first person of the African-American community to become the US president
- Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States and won a second term in 2012 after defeating Republican candidate Mitt Romney
- One of Obama's biggest achievements was the elimination of the Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011. The terrorist was hiding in a safe house in Pakistan's Abbottabad when he was killed by the US forces
- During his tenure as the President of the United States, he was known for landmark decisions like the Iran Nuclear deal, improving relations with Cuba, Affordable Healthcare Act also known as Obamacare, and the Climate Action Plan
- In 2014, he, along with wife Michelle, launched the Obama Foundation which operates a variety of programs like scholarships for students and empowering the girl child
- After his presidential tenure, Obama bought a nine-bedroom flat in Washington. He now does high-paid speaking assignments, with his fees going up to $400,000 per speech
- In 2017, Obama and his wife Michelle signed a record book deal with Penguin Random House to publish their memoirs
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- In 2009, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee
- He published his first book, an autobiography titled, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, in 1995
- In 2006, Obama published his second book, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream, which became one of America's best sellers. In this book, Obama wrote about his vision for America, which became campaign slogans for his presidential race. His famous slogan, "Yes we can" became an instant hit
Last Updated: 15/02/2021
Barack Obama News
- US president Joe Biden is saying things Amazon doesn’t want to hearBiden is not the first president to speak in support of unions, but he may be the first to speak so publicly — and so directly — in their favor (certainly since Harry Truman). The words themselves are ordinary, but the context, an American president speaking in support of the most high profile organizing drive in the country, makes them extraordinary.
- View: Indian elites still remain nervous when it comes to engaging the USWithin just about a month of taking office, the Biden administration’s outreach to India has been robust and substantive. And yet there is a strange tendency in sections of the Indian strategic establishment to continue to doubt the strength of this relationship.
- H-1B visa overhaul will struggle if immigration bill is broken upTech leaders like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai want Congress to expand and update the H-1B visa system since demand for skilled workers in computer and information technology far outstrips the annual cap of 65,000. But that reform, once backed by lawmakers in both parties, now faces bipartisan skepticism, according to lawmakers.
- At pivotal moment in Afghanistan war, Joe Biden weighs a dilemma``This would be a highly risky, and even dangerous, approach that could foment more conflict than it resolves and create the sort of threats that imperil U.S. security. It would most likely result in a new chapter of civil war, not unlike the one that erupted in the 1990s and led to 9/11,'' it said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States that prompted a U.S. invasion of Afghanistan a month later.
- Donald Trump predicts Tiger Woods' return; Obama says never count Tiger outWoods received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Trump in 2019 just weeks after winning the Masters for his 15th major title and the first since the 2008 US Open.
- Former US President and a rock star: Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen team up for a podcastTwo episodes of the audio series 'Renegades: Born in the USA' are now available online.
- View: India needs climate bonding with US without burdening itselfEnvironment-related cooperation would enable India to make stronger cases for its other concerns on trade, technology access and financing.
- Biden, Harris congratulate NASA for Perseverance rover's historic landing on MarsAfter a nearly seven month journey through space, Perseverance -- the largest and the most advanced rover NASA has ever sent to another world -- successfully touched down on the surface of Mars on Friday.
- Joe Biden wants to quadruple refugee admissions set by Donald TrumpThe Trump administration defended the cuts as protecting American jobs during the pandemic and said it sought to have refugees settle closer to their home countries while working on solving the crises that caused them to flee.
- China will 'eat our lunch,' Biden warns after clashing with Xi on most frontsOn Thursday, Biden told a bipartisan group of U.S. senators at a meeting on the need to upgrade U.S. infrastructure the United States must raise its game in the face of the Chinese challenge.
- India-US defence and security ties stronger than ever before: Ambassador SandhuIndia's ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said that India's designation as a 'Major Defense Partner' and accordance of Strategic Trade Authorization-1 Status by the US and the signing of the four foundational agreements with Washington will enhance military-to-military cooperation between the two countries.
- Michelle Obama teaming up with puppets for a kids' food show on NetflixThe new show, called 'Waffles + Mochi', launches March 16.
- Democrats clear path for approval of Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid packageBy a party line vote of 219-209, the House of Representatives passed the budget plan, after the Senate approved it in a pre-dawn vote. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate for the first time.
- Biden expands quick bid to undo Trump's immigration policiesDetails were thin, but the moves aim to reverse many of former President Donald Trump's policies to deter immigration, both legal and illegal.
- America’s next great economic experiment: What if we run it hot?Biden’s proposal — or even more limited versions of it that appear to have a better shot of winning congressional approval — would pump enough money into the economy to, in effect, intentionally overheat it. Or at minimum it would push the limits of how fast the U.S. economy can rev.
- John Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight
- Joe Biden to reopen 'Obamacare' markets for COVID-19 reliefBiden is expected to sign an executive order Thursday, said two people familiar with the plan, whose details were still being finalized. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending order ahead of a formal announcement.
- Joe Biden oath second only to Reagan and Obama with TV viewersThe Nielsen company said that 33.8 million people watched Biden's inauguration over 17 television networks between 10 am and 4 pm last Wednesday. Reagan's festivities in 1981 drew 41.8 million viewers, and Obama's 2009 inaugural reached 37.8 million, Nielsen said.
- Even as he calls for 'Made in America,' President Joe Biden prefers Swiss-made RolexNor did the fact that the timepiece was made in Switzerland escape attention, as it marked one of the new president's first breaks with his predecessors, who chose watches a bit more quotidian and even manufactured domestically
- How Space became the next ‘Great Power’ contest between the US and China“There’s been a dawning realization that our space systems are quite vulnerable,” said Greg Grant, a Pentagon official in the Obama administration who helped devise its response to China. “The Biden administration will see more funding — not less — going into space defense and dealing with these threats.”
- Larry King, the delivery boy who became one of America’s most famous TV interviewersFrom presidents to infamous, anyone with a story to tell was welcomed by King.
- At 78 and the oldest president, Joe Biden takes his seat in the Oval in a changing worldBiden has lived through 14 presidencies before beginning his own, nearly one-third of all presidents. No previous White House occupant had lived through so many administrations before taking office.
- Why Kamala Harris is a star of the New York City mayor’s racePolitical candidates often claim ties to major party figures in an effort to energize their bases, and that may be especially true with regard to Harris, the first woman and person of color to serve as the country’s vice president.
- Donal Trump’s pardon process was a mix of mercy and favoritismOn the one hand, he did support some bipartisan reforms to reduce the prison population. On the other, the pardon process showed Trump’s ad hoc, somewhat capricious approach to justice, one that often required special access and was motivated by optics and political expediency during an election where he set out to target more Black voters, some activists said.
- Donald Trump shuns 'ex-presidents club' - and the feeling is mutualMembers of the ex-presidents club pose together for pictures. They smile and pat each other on the back while milling around historic events, or sit somberly side by side at VIP funerals. They take on special projects together. They rarely criticize one another and tend to offer even fewer harsh words about their White House successors.
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