Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States in 2008, and the first African-American President. He won re-election in 2012. He is married to Michelle Obama, a former lawyer, and has two daughters, Sasha and Malia.
President Obama addresses the General Assembly of the United Nations. He calls President Assad of Syria is a “tyrant” and urges the international community to work together to defeat ISIS, and that he is prepared to work with Russia and Iran to resolve the conflict.
By [Russia’s] logic we should support tyrants like Bashar al Assad…because the alternative is surely worse….When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people it’s not a matter of one nation’s internal affairs…There is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like ISIL..We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo.
On the Iran nuclear deal:
For two years, the United States and our partners including Russia, including China…stuck together…That is the strength of the international system when it works the way it should.
Francis is welcomed formally to the U.S. by President Obama. In an English speech he introduces himself as the son of the kind of “immigrant family” on which America was built. He also talks about family values, and climate change:
I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development.
Holy Father, we are grateful for your invaluable support of our new beginning with the Cuban people, which holds out the promise of better relations between our countries, greater cooperation across our hemisphere, and a better life for the Cuban people.
The president and Pope meet for one-on-one talks in the Oval Office, with the Pope receiving a sculpture of an ascending dove made from metal taken from the Statue of Liberty and wood which once grew in the White House garden.
Full video: Pope Francis speaks at the White House
Obama wraps up visit to Kenya with a speech about discrimination against women.
Every country and every culture has traditions that are unique and help make that country what it is, but just because something is part of your past doesn’t make it right; it doesn’t mean it defines your future. Around the world there is a tradition of oppressing women and treating them differently and not giving them the same opportunities, and husbands beating their wives, and children not being sent to school. Those are traditions. Treating women and girls as second-class citizens. Those are bad traditions. They need to change.
Treating women as second-class citizens is a bad tradition: it holds you back. There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilised society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.
Stop treating women as second class citizens,President Obama tells Kenyan community
Graham criticizes Obama for negotiating with Iran and claims that Iranians are liars in an address to Southern Republican Leadership Conference.
I ran the pool room when I was a kid and I met a lot of liars, and I know the Iranians are liars…The Iranians cheat and they lie. They are a radical regime. They want a master religion for the world; the Nazis wanted a master race.
Sen. Lindsey Graham addresses the Southern Republican Leadership Conference
Obama supports bill allowing graduates with heavy education debt to refinance. He notes that elimination of tax loopholes for millionaires will pay for the program and says the choice facing lawmakers is whether to
protect young people from crushing debt or protect tax breaks for millionaires.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky disagrees with the President and says:
This bill doesn’t make college more affordable, reduce the amount of money students will have to borrow, or do anything about the lack of jobs grads face in the Obama economy.
From a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, Obama points to Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg, the Army Ranger recognized at the 2014 State of the Union address, and assures the remnant of America’s ‘Greatest Generation’ their legacy is in good hands. In recognition of today’s diverse military, he tells the crowd gathered in Normandy, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day,
For in a time when it has never been more tempting to pursue narrow self-interest, to slough off common endeavor, this generation of Americans, a new generation, our men and women of war, have chosen to do their part as well.
Obama tells police chiefs and top law enforcement officers that bitter party politics ahead of November’s polls threaten hopes of moving a reform bill, currently stalled in the US House of Representatives.
We have got this narrow window — the closer to the mid-term elections, the harder it is.
Obama gives Republican House Speaker John Boehner credit for backing the idea of immigration reform, but lashes out at a “handful of House Republicans” he says are blocking legislation getting to the floor. The Senate bill includes a path to eventual citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, tighter border monitoring and an overhauled work visa program.
The Obama administration issues updates to its education policy to ensure public schools enroll children regardless of citizenship. They’re based on the 1982 Supreme Court ruling that forbids public schools from discrimination based on immigration status. Attorney General Eric Holder tells reporters:
The Justice Department will do everything it can to make sure schools meet this obligation. We will vigilantly enforce the law.
This action is part of the administration’s efforts to reshape immigration law via executive order.