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The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and is the first African American to hold the office.
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Presidents and Their Children
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First families have shared the public spotlight with each president of the United States.
Deconstructing History: White House
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It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
Presidential Fun Facts
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The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
Inaugural Address: Barack H. Obama
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An excerpt from Barack H. Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Path to the Podium: Barack Obama
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Follow Barack Obama's political journey from his early years to the White House.
Speeches & Audio (14)
Obama Addresses 2004 Democratic Convention
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On July 27, 2004, Barack Obama, then a little-known Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. His speech, in which he describes his personal story of the American Dream, catapults him into the national spotlight.
Barack Obama Elected President
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On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama is elected the 44th president and becomes the first African-American chief executive of the United States. In his victory speech, President Obama remarks that "change has come to America."
Obama's Inaugural Address
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On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and the nation's first African-American president. In his inaugural address, he reminds Americans that he is taking office "in the midst of crisis" but offers hope in meeting the challenge.
Obama Signs Recovery Act
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On February 17, 2009, in Denver, Colorado, President Barack Obama discusses the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act before he signs it into law. The $787 billion stimulus package was designed to create or save jobs in the wake of mass layoffs brought about by the Great Recession.
Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court
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On May 26, 2009, President Barack Obama announces his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. When Sotomayor was sworn in on August 8, she became the first Hispanic justice to serve on the Supreme Court.
Obama on the Death of Ted Kennedy
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On August 25, 2009, after a 46-year career in the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy died of brain cancer. The next day, President Barack Obama honors "one of the nation's greatest senators."
Obama Signs Health Insurance Reform Bill
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On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama refers to the century-long struggle that has led to the new bill he will sign into law to overhaul the health insurance industry.
Obama on the BP Oil Spill
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On April 20, 2010, an explosion ripped through BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana, causing the worst oil spill in U.S. history. On June 15, President Barack Obama informs the nation about the current state of the disaster as experts struggle to stop the spewing oil. It would be another month before the leak was finally capped.
Obama Releases His Birth Certificate
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People seeking to undermine Barack Obama's legitimacy as president circulated a rumor that he was not born in the United States. On April 27, 2011, Obama releases his long-form birth certificate and asks that the American people and press put an end to the "silliness" and focus on more important matters.
Obama on the Egyptian Uprising
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On January 25, 2011, Egyptians took to the streets in an uprising against President Hosni Mubarak. On the third day of the uprising, President Barack Obama addresses the American people after speaking to Mubarak about his country’s future.
Obama on Rebellion in Libya
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On February 23, 2011, in an address to the nation, President Barack Obama pledges that the United States will support the democratic rights of Libyan citizens in rebellion against Muammar el-Qaddafi's regime.
Obama Approves Military Action in Libya
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On March 19, 2011, President Barack Obama announced authorization for U.S. armed forces to begin an aerial campaign in Libya to protect citizens protesting the government of Moammar el Qaddafi.
Obama on Resignation of Hosni Mubarak
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On February 11, 2001, following 18 days of protests by the Egyptian people, President Hosni Mubarak announced that he would step down as leader of the country. President Barack Obama addresses the nation on this historic day.
Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden
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In a dramatic late-night broadcast on May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama announces that the U.S. military and CIA operatives have located and killed the Al Qaeda leader in a nighttime raid on a compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding.
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