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 | Aug 26, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years into his presidency, Barack Obama confronts a world far different from what he envisioned when he first took office. U.S. influence is declining in the Middle East as violence and instability rock Arab countries. An ambitious attempt to reset U.S. relations with Russia faltered and failed. Even in Obama-friendly E... more
Associated Press | Aug 17, 2013
VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. - American presidents love golf - 15 of the last 18 have played - and Barack Obama is an eager member of that club. He's played golf on four of six days since arriving on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard last Saturday. The White House never releases his scores and generally does not allow news coverage of his ... more
Associated Press | Jun 05, 2013
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, marking a significant shakeup to the White House foreign policy team. A White House official confirmed the personnel changes Wednesday morning ahead of a planned announcement by ... more
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