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.
Associated Press | Apr 18, 2013
CORINTH, Miss. -- A man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed "various parties within the government" were trying to ruin his reputation. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Ten... more
Associated Press | Apr 17, 2013
WASHINGTON - Letters sent to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin are related and both are postmarked Memphis, Tenn., the FBI said Wednesday. A senator said police have a suspect in mind. Several other reports of suspicious mail to government officials were being checked. In an intelligence b... more
Associated Press | Feb 16, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Faced with a lonely weekend of rattling around the White House without his wife and daughters, President Barack Obama arranged a golf outing with some buddies. In Florida. Immediately after a speech Friday in his hometown of Chicago on building a stronger middle class, Obama flew into the airport in West Palm Beach and wa... more
Associated Press | Feb 12, 2013
HONOLULU - The Obama administration is moving to elevate the status of the general who leads soldiers in the Pacific to four stars. U.S. Army Pacific has been led by a three-star general for years. The Pentagon said Monday that President Barack Obama is nominating Third Army commander Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks to become the new Army Pacific comm... more
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune | Jan 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Denis McDonough's tenure as White House chief of staff began with a hug, a handshake and high praise from President Obama before an audience of hundreds and a phalanx of TV cameras. If McDonough does his job well, the public may rarely see or hear from the Stillwater native again. Making official a move that had been rumored for ... more