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.

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

Poll: Foreign Policy No Longer Obama Strong Suit

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WASHINGTON -- Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' dimming opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore. Associated Press-GfK polling found a spring and summer of discontent with the president's handling of world events. Obama's consistently low marks across crises such as the fighting in Ukraine and the conflict between Isra... more

Obama Seeks to Recast Postwar Foreign Policy

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WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. emerges from more than a decade of war, President Barack Obama is seeking to recast American foreign policy as an endeavor aimed at building international consensus and avoiding unilateral overreach. Obama was to outline his approach Wednesday during a commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Ne... more

Fort Hood Victim to Attend State of the Union

On Tuesday, retired Army Sgt. Alonzo Lunsford will walk into the U.S. House for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address wearing his dress blues. Lunsford, one of the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, said he wants the nation to see a survivor. "I want all Americans to see the true meaning of patriotism and resolve," said Luns... more

Obama Puts a Rosy Spin on Rough Presidential Year

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WASHINGTON - Putting a rosy spin on a difficult year, President Barack Obama acknowledged frustrating "ups and downs" on Friday but exulted that the improving economy is creating new jobs and claimed crucial progress for his troubled health care overhaul. He predicted 2014 would be "a breakthrough year for America." In his annual year-end news ... more

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