President Obama’s Presidency in Review

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President Obama’s Presidency in Review

Daniel Carvalheiro-Santos, Staff Writer

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The 44th President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, will be a president remembered throughout all of history. He will not only be remembered as the first African-American president, but the Nation will also recall his administration’s advances in healthcare, trade, and national security. Just as his predecessors, President Obama is not without his faults, yet he has nonetheless helped progress the American economy and politics.

Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Little did his parents, Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr., know that their son would become the first African-American President of the United States of America and would win a Nobel Peace Prize for promoting nuclear nonproliferation and new climate change regulations. Obama first started his career after graduating from Harvard Law School, working for several law firms in Chicago, where he had moved after graduating high school. After getting married to Michele Robinson and starting a family, Barack Obama decided to run for the Illinois Senate. His initial 1996 campaign was a success, and Obama continued serving until 2004 when he had another election to manage. In 2004, Barack Obama ran for the position of US Senator. Like every campaign Obama had previously participated in, the 2004 campaign for senator was a success.

After gaining some popularity in Congress, Barack Obama had an idea that would effectively change the United States of America forever: he was going to run for the presidency of the United States of America. In 2007, he announced his candidacy, and he quickly became a household name. After defeating Senator Hillary Clinton in the primaries, Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination for President. On November 4, 2008, Obama defeated his Republican opponent, John McCain, becoming the 44th President of the United States of America.

In Barack Obama’s first hundred days, he ordered troops to start preparing to leave Iraq and the closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp (Congress refused to close the camp). President Obama got straight to work electing two new Supreme Court judges, both of whom were women.  Yet as Obama added up victories, he now had a bigger problem on his hands. America was in the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. President Obama, his cabinet, and his advisors stirred up a plan to get Americans back to work and get the economy back to where it should be.  This era would soon become known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In his first term as President, Obama also put into effect new climate change regulations, started fighting for healthcare reform, pulled most American soldiers from Iraq, and took out America’s most notorious enemy: Osama Bin Laden.

After being elected to a second term in office, President Obama wanted to finish the job he had started. During his campaign for president in 2012, he became the first American president to accept and support the legalization of same-sex marriage. After the legalization of same-sex marriage, thousands of people rallied around President Obama. The hallmark of his second term was the Iran Nuclear Negotiations and Deal. Although many Republicans and others opposed the deal, the deal brought the foreign relations between the United States and Iran to the most stable it had ever been. President Barack Obama also improved relations with communist Cuba, becoming the first US President to visit the country since President Calvin Coolidge.

In conclusion, President Obama will forever be remembered for his many accomplishments while President. Despite the many setbacks from Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama was able to push through in his desire to carve the way to a better America.  He leaves behind a legacy of change and the knowledge that “Yes, he can” make a difference and “Yes”, he did.
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