President Barack Obama

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President Barrack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States. He was elected in November of 2009, and was reelected for a second term in 2012. He serves as Commander in Chief of the United States military, and holds executive authority over its armed forces.

President Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. After working as a civil rights attorney in Chicago, he served as a member of the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He went on to to serve as a U.S. senator until he was elected to the presidency.

Upon election, President Obama declared that operations in Iraq would end, and he announced a complete withdrawal in August of 2010. He increased the number of troops stationed in Afghanistan by 30,000 in 2009, but by 2013 declared his intentions to withdrawal from the region. During his presidency, Obama has engaged in a number of small conflicts such as destroying anti-air installations in Libya and sending military aid to Mali to combat the Islamist insurgency. His term also saw the elimination of Osama Bin Laden, the al-Qaida leader who orchestrated the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

Mideast Problems Command Obama's Attention on Summit Sidelines

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker talks with President Barack Obama as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walks past at the G-7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015. Markus Schreiber/AP

ELMAU, Germany -- President Barack Obama huddled with allies Monday on the sidelines of an international summit to address pressing Mideast problems while trying to convince European leaders to maintain sanctions against Russia in the face of fresh violence in Ukraine. Obama participated in the final day of the Group of Seven summit under the s... more

Obama Frames Global Warming as National Security Threat

President Barack Obama speaks at US Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate poverty and political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces. "Make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country," the president says in excerpts of a c... more

Obama to Visit Utah Base in First Trip to State as President

President Barack Obama

SALT LAKE CITY  — President Barack Obama is scheduled to make his first visit to Utah as president this week, the White House announced Monday. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the president will travel to Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah on Friday to speak about the economy. The trip will mark the 49th state Obama has visited since... more

Letter Sent to White House Tests Tentatively for Cyanide

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WASHINGTON -- An envelope addressed to the White House has tentatively tested positive for cyanide after two rounds of analysis, the Secret Service said Tuesday. Additional testing will be necessary to confirm the finding. The letter was received Monday at a facility that screens mail for the White House and is located away from the grounds of... more

Fence-Jumper Makes It Into the White House

A Secret Service police officer holds a weapon as he stands near an entrance to the White House complex during an evacuation Friday after President Obama departed Washington for Camp David aboard Marine One. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON -- A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier. The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whos... more

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