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Barack Hussein Obama II ("US: "/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) was the "44th "President of the United States, and the "first "African American to hold the office. Born in "Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of "Columbia University and "Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the "Harvard Law Review. He was a "community organizer in Chicago before earning his "law degree. He worked as a "civil rights attorney and taught "constitutional law at "University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He "served three terms representing the 13th District in the "Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, "running unsuccessfully for the "United States House of Representatives in 2000.

In 2004, Obama received national attention during his "campaign to represent Illinois in the "United States Senate with his victory in the March "Democratic Party "primary, his "keynote address at the "Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after "a close primary campaign against "Hillary Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the "Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated "Republican nominee "John McCain in the "general election, and was "inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the "2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law "economic stimulus legislation in response to the "Great Recession in the form of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the "Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term included the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare"; the "Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. In foreign policy, Obama "ended U.S. military involvement in the "Iraq War, increased U.S. troop levels in "Afghanistan, signed the "New START arms control treaty with Russia, ordered "U.S. military involvement in Libya in opposition to "Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the "death of Osama bin Laden. In January 2011, "the Republicans regained control of the House of Representatives as the Democratic Party lost a total of 63 seats; and, after a lengthy debate over federal spending and whether or not to raise the nation's "debt limit, Obama signed the "Budget Control Act of 2011 and the "American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

Obama was "reelected president in November 2012, defeating Republican nominee "Mitt Romney, and was "sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013. During his second term, Obama has promoted domestic policies related to gun control in response to the "Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, and has called for greater inclusiveness for "LGBT Americans, while his administration has filed briefs which urged the "Supreme Court to strike down the "Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 and California's "Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. In foreign policy, Obama ordered "U.S. military intervention in Iraq in response to "gains made by the "Islamic State after the "2011 withdrawal from Iraq, continued the process of "ending U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, and "normalized "U.S. relations with Cuba.

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""A white rectangular book cover, with the title "CITIZEN'S BRIEFING BOOK" in a blue serif font near the top; "To President Barack Obama / From The American People" near the middle; and the presidential seal in gold near the bottom.

"Citizen's Briefing Book is a compilation book of recommendations made to "President "Barack Obama by visitors to the "Change.gov website, given to the President after his January 20, 2009 "inauguration. Internet users were able to post recommendations of changes they would like to see made in the United States, and they were also able to vote on other users' recommendations, as well as participate in a comment process.

The "Minnesota-based company called Reside helped develop the functionality, using technology from Salesforce.com. Co-chair of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, "Valerie Jarrett, stated that the Citizen's Briefing Book was a way for the Obama transition process to remain open and transparent. Popular recommendations included "ending the prohibition on marijuana use in the United States and the legalization of "online poker. Citizen's Briefing Book received positive comments from writers for the "Christian Science Monitor and "Business Week, and criticism from writers for "Chicago Tribune and "Indianapolis Business Journal.

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"Presidency: "Timeline (2009) • "Timeline (2010) • "First 100 days • "Foreign policy • "Political positions • "Public image • "Judicial appointments • "Presidential transition • "Cabinet confirmations • "Supreme Court candidates • "Speech to Congress (2009) • "Inauguration • "Unofficial inauguration events • "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial • "Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum

"2008 campaign: "2008 presidential election • "2008 presidential election timeline • "2008 Campaign endorsements • "2008 presidential primary campaign • "Victory speech (2008) • "Jeremiah Wright controversy • "Bill Ayers controversy • "Endorsement by Oprah Winfrey • "Republican and conservative support • "Newspaper endorsements • "Inauguration invitations • "2008 Democratic National Convention • ""A More Perfect Union" • "2008 campaign staff members • "Endorsements from state, local and territory officials • "Results of the 2008 Democratic Party presidential primaries • "Opinion polling for 2008 election • "Comparison of candidates • "Congressional endorsements • "International reaction • "Opinion polling for 2008 Democratic Party candidates • "South Carolina Democratic primary, 2008 • "United States presidential election in Iowa, 2008

Career: "Electoral history of Barack Obama • "Early life and career • "U.S. Senate career • "Illinois Senate career • "Illinois Senate elections • "Bills sponsored in U.S. Senate • "2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address • "United States Senate election in Illinois, 2004 • "Illinois's 1st congressional district election, 2000

"Family: "Michelle Obama • "Marian Shields Robinson • "Bo • "Sunny • "Ann Dunham • "Barack Obama, Sr. • "Lolo Soetoro • "Madelyn Dunham • "Maya Soetoro-Ng • "Stanley Armour Dunham • "Zeituni Onyango • "Craig Robinson • "Capers Funnye

Books and Other Publications: "The Audacity of Hope"Dreams from My Father"The Speech: Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union""Barack Obama – Der schwarze Kennedy"The Obama Nation"The Case Against Barack ObamaUnited States Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps


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