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Honors and Accolades
The first African-American president of the United States.
Elected the first African-American president of the prestigious Harvard Law Review. (1956)
Best-selling author of several books including The Audacity of Hope and Dreams from My Father.
Winner of two Grammys for Best Spoken Word Album. His won his first award in 2006 for an audiobook version of Dreams from My Father, and his second in 2008 for his audiobook reading of The Audacity of Hope.
Barack Obama's famous "Yes We Can" speech was set to music. The video received an Emmy Award.
Named "Person of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008.
Did You Know?
The name Obama means "blessed" in Kenya.
President Obama is the first African-American President of the United States.
President Obama was sworn in using Abraham Lincoln's Inaugural Bible
President Obama was known as "Barry O'Bomber" in high school because of his basketball jumpshot.
When President Obama was elected as a senator from Illinois, he was only the third African-American elected to the United States Senate since the end of the Civil War.
President Obama is left-handed.
First daughters Malia and Natasha are known to the Secret Service by their codenames, Rosebud and Radiance.
There's a First Grandmother in the White House. Marian Robinson, Mrs. Obama's mother, moved to Washington with the First Family.
Barack Obama is the first Hawaiian elected president.
• Commissioned a study to develop alternatives to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2010)
• Signed an Executive Order for the President’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)
• Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)
• Tasked all federal agencies to develop new strategies to address HIV/AIDS (2010)
• Signed Fair Sentencing Act (2010) * Note: The Administration continues to deescalate marijuana interdiction and raids; increased dramatically the amount of cocaine one must possess to be sentenced to jail; eliminated mandatory sentencing for first-time drug abusers and simple possession
Military and Veterans
• Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)
• Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)
• Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses (2010) * Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.
• Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel) (2010)
• Launched “Educate to Innovate,” a public/private partnership making $236 million available for science, mathematics, and technology education programs (2009)
• Proposed capping the maximum amount students must pay on student loans (as percentage of their income) (2010)
• Proposed reducing student loan obligations for individuals going to work in community and public service jobs (2010)
• The federal government will offer direct student loans, cutting out the cost of private banks (“middle man”) who increase the costs in order to make a profit (2010)
• Increased investment in technologies for schools/education (2010)
• Tasked federal labs to prioritize research on and deployment of H1N1 vaccines (2009)
• Asked multiple congressional committees to bring forward a healthcare reform bill; held dozens of public hearings and town halls on the issue (2009) (2010)
• Established a new council on National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health to be chaired by Surgeon General and charged with promoting healthy lifestyles and integrative healthcare (2010)
• When accusations to the contrary arose, an Executive Order was signed to reaffirm that federal funds are not to be used for abortion services (2010)
• Historic healthcare reform bill signed – $940 billion over 10 years (2010) * Note: 32 million additional Americans will receive healthcare coverage and costs will be lowered for most Americans, but many of the goals are phased in over four years.