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.

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

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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

White House

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

Obama Names Joseph Clancy Secret Service Director

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President Barack Obama appointed Joseph P. Clancy to lead the Secret Service after he headed the agency on an interim basis for the last four months. Obama picked Clancy to permanently replace former Director Julia Pierson on Wednesday against the wishes of a Department of Homeland Security panel that suggested a leader from outside the agency.... more

Secret Service Surprised Thick Bushes Didn't Stop White House Intruder

White House

WASHINGTON -- Secret Service officers chasing a Texas Army veteran across the White House lawn in September figured they had him cornered when he encountered the thick bushes on the property. To their surprise, the bushes were no match for the fence-jumper, who dashed into the executive mansion through a pair of unlocked doors, knocking aside a... more

Armed Contractor With Criminal Record Was on Elevator With Obama

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WASHINGTON -- The embarrassing disclosures about lapses in presidential security just keep coming for the Secret Service. Despite more than three hours of questioning by House lawmakers on Tuesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson neglected to mention another security breach that occurred just days before a knife-carrying Army veteran clim... more

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