Facts about Barack Obama

  1. June 24, 2016 - Obama announces he is designating the area around the Stonewall Inn in New York as the country's first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights.
  2. May 27, 2016 - Becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where he calls for a "world without nuclear weapons."
  3. May 20, 2016 - Signs a bill updating the terms the government uses to describe minorities. This includes now using the terms "Asian-American," "Native American," "Hispanic," and "African-American."
  4. June 9, 2016 - Endorses former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.
  5. March 20, 2016 - Obama arrives in Cuba, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit in 88 years.
  6. July 23, 2015 - Obama travels to his paternal homeland for the first time as president to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
  7. May 12, 2015 - The Barack Obama Foundation announces that President Barack Obama's presidential library will be located in Chicago.
  8. December 17, 2014 - Obama announces plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba and ease economic restrictions on the nation, a policy shift he called the end of an "outdated approach" to U.S.-Cuban relations that, "for decades, has failed to advance our interests." Obama said the U.S. will move towards re-opening its embassy in the communist nation and allow some travel and trade that had been banned under a decades-long embargo instated during the Kennedy administration.
  9. January 20, 2013 - Is sworn in for his second term, in a private ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House
  10. December 19, 2012 - Is named Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" for the second time.
  11. November 6, 2012 - Wins re-election as president of the United States beating Republican challenger and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney.
  12. September 6, 2012 - Accepts the Democratic nomination for president at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  13. June 15, 2012 - Issues an executive order suspending the deportation of certain young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.
  14. May 9, 2012 - Excerpts from an interview with ABC air in which Obama endorses same-sex marriage. He is the first U.S. president to do so. He also says the legal decision should be up to the states.
  15. October 21, 2011 - Announces the withdrawal of virtually all U.S. troops in Iraq by December 31, fulfilling a 2008 campaign pledge to end the war.
  16. May 25, 2011 - Is the first U.S. president to address the U.K. Parliament.
  17. May 5, 2011 - Attends ceremony to honor victims of September 11th at Ground Zero. Lays a wreath, meets with first responders, families and colleagues of the victims. He also visits the "Pride of Midtown" firehouse, Engine 54, Ladder 9, Battalion 9, the unit that lost 15 men, the most of any one firehouse.
  18. May 1, 2011 - In a televised press conference, Obama announces to the world that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been killed in a raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
  19. September 1-2, 2010 - Hosts meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington. Other leaders attending the meeting are Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
  20. August 31, 2010 - President Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office to mark the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq.