After three years of dating Barack Obama marries Michelle Robinson at Trinity United Church in Chicago, Illinois. At the wedding, their first dance is to Stevie Wonder’s You and I. Michelle says that in Barack’s vows, he promises her a life that will be interesting. At the time she is 28 and he is 31.
Senator Ted Kennedy introduces his would be colleague to the Democratic National Convention. Democratic analysts say this speech secures his status as a rising star within the party.
Obama discusses writing his memoir, Dreams from My Father, in an interview for O Magazine.
I had the opportunity. When I was elected president of the Harvard Law Review, people were willing to give me money to write. That’s a huge luxury. I thought I had something interesting to say about how our cultures collide as the world shrinks. My family’s story captures some of the tensions and evolution and crosscurrents of race, both in this country and around the globe.
Obama wins support of nine out of ten black and seven out of 10 white Illinois voters,
Obama wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Dreams From My Father (Senator Barack Obama).
The candidate volunteers with home healthcare worker Pauline Beck in Oakland’s Walk a Day in My Shoes program. He cleans and mops the bathroom in John Thornton’s clapboard home, sprinkles sugar on Thornton’s cereal and watermelon and serves the 86-year-old disabled man breakfast. His visit is part of a creative Service Employees International Union campaign to increase focus on worker’s issues.
Obama wins the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.
I’d like to thank the Academy for courageously breaking the mold this time. In doing so, honoring the giants upon whose shoulders I stand, some of whom like Miles Davis, John Coltrane … unquestionably, deserved the award in the past. But this is a new day, that proves that the impossible can be made possible. Yes, We Can!
The Obamas appear on the cover of People giving a view into their hectic home life. Michelle on whether she envisioned her husband running for president:
Whooo-boy! No. To me, life was you get married, you have kids, you buy a home. I thought Barack would be a partner at a law firm or maybe teach or work in the community. We’d watch our kids go to college and go to their weddings and take care of the grandkids and that was it.
Newly elected President Obama is chosen as Time’s Person of the Year over runners-up Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gov. Sarah Palin and Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The magazine writes about the choice:
In one of the craziest elections in American history, he overcame a lack of experience, a funny name, two candidates who are political institutions and the racial divide to become the 44th President of the United States.
President Obama is awarded the Peace Prize for advocating dialogue and cooperation across all dividing lines.
For his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.
Obama accepts McChrystal’s resignation after summoning the general to the White House. McChrystal releases a statement saying he is stepping down out of
a desire to see the mission succeed.
Obama says Americans should be grateful for McChrystal’s time in uniform. Referring to the Rolling Stone profile of the general by Michael Hastings, Obama adds:
The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be set by a commanding general.
Obama names Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren to oversee the creation of a new consumer financial protection bureau.
She is one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class. She will oversee all aspects of the bureau’s creation and play a pivotal role in picking her successor.
The decision to name Warren to this temporary job is widely seen as a compromise aimed at avoiding a potentially bruising Senate confirmation.
President Obama arrives in Jakarta on a brief trip to Indonesia, where he lived for four years as a child.
Obviously, much has been made of the fact that this marks my return to where I lived as a young boy. I will tell you, though, that I barely recognised it as I was driving down the streets. The only thing that was there when I first moved to Jakarta was Serena [a shopping mall]; now it’s one of the shorter buildings on the road.
President Obama says the regime’s actions against pro-democracy protesters have cost it all legitimacy.
The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way. His calls for dialogue and reform have rung hollow while he is imprisoning, torturing and slaughtering his own people, We have consistently said that President Assad must lead a democratic transition or get out of the way. He has not led. For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.
UK Prime Minister Cameron, French president Sarkozy and German chancellor Merkel, as well as the EU also demand Assad immediately resign.
Our three countries believe that President Assad, who is resorting to brutal military force against his own people and who is responsible for the situation, has lost all legitimacy and can no longer claim to lead the country. We call on him to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside in the best interests of Syria and the unity of its people.
Walker greets Obama on the Milwaukee airport tarmac and presents him with a Milwaukee Brewer’s baseball jersey that has Obama’s name and the number 1 written on the back. Obama is visiting the Master Lock Company to highlight the Midwest’s manufacturing sector. Obama:
What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries.
The bottom line is we’re one of the biggest, most dependent on manufacturing of any state in the country. We appreciate the fact that the president’s focusing on manufacturing.
President Obama appoints Christopher Stevens as ambassador to Libya. 1
An Islamist attack on the Red Cross office in Benghazi 2 is followed by a Facebook post that warns “now we are preparing a message for the Americans.” Another Facebook posting a month later highlights Stevens’ daily runs in Tripoli in an apparent threat.
Obama appears on the cover of Essence to discuss his plan for improving the economy, our health, homes and future. And he also states why he’s excited about the next four years.
I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition… I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens.
President Obama participates in a surprise open question-and-answer session on the Web community Reddit, as the subject of one of the site’s regular “Ask Me Anything” threads. Reddit’s site experienced some outages immediately following the announcement, due to increased traffic.
YouTube partners with ABC News to livestream three presidential and one vice-presidential debates for free. The YouTube livestream also features commentary from Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, YouTuber Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal.
President Obama addressed the tragedy during remarks at the White House Friday afternoon “our hearts are broken” for the families of the victims in the deadly mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. The president, paused repeatedly, struggling to get through his remarks. His eyes welled up as he discussed the victims.
The majority of those who died today were children — beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.
The president, hinting at possible legislation, pledged “meaningful action” to prevent more killings in the future.1
Obama is chosen as Time’s Person of the Year for a second time, due to his achievements in changing the face of America. The magazine notes that Obama is the first President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to win more than 50 percent of the vote in two straight elections. Runners-up are Pakistani female education activist Malala Yousafzai, Apple chief executive Tim Cook, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and atomic physicist Fabiola Gionetti. A spokesman for Time::
In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.
Upon hearing that Chafee plans to affiliate with Democrats for his 2014 gubernatorial re-election run, Obama issues a statement through the Democratic National Committee.
I’m delighted to hear that Governor Chafee is joining the Democratic Party. For nearly 30 years, Linc Chafee has served his beloved Rhode Island as an independent thinker and leader who’s unafraid to reach across party lines to get things done. I enjoyed working with Linc when he was a Republican in the United States Senate, and I look forward to continuing that collaboration on the issues that matter not just to the Democratic Party, but to every American.
White House Press Secretary Carney tells reporters at the daily press briefing.
The president welcomes Governor Chafee to the party. Governor Chafee’s been a longtime supporter of President Obama, and – not as a party member, but as a supporter of the president and his policies both – but I don’t have any other response.
President Obama calls to thank Tuff for her courage. Obama:
Thank you for the courage you displayed while talking to a gunman.
Mike Ditka regrets not running against Obama in the 2004 senate race. The former Bears’ coach, who describes himself as right of ultra-conservative, says not entering the race is the:
Biggest mistake I’ve ever made. Not that I would have won, but I probably would have and he wouldn’t be in the White House.
Weinstein pleads Obama to help secure his freedom in a video released by al-Qaeda.
Mr. Obama, you are a family man, and so you understand the deep mental anxiety and anguish that I have been experiencing for these past more than two years. I am therefore appealing to you on a humanitarian basis, if nothing else, and asking that you take the necessary actions to expedite my release and my return to my family and to my country, to our country.
Obama appears on Galifianakis’ web series Between Two Ferns. Obama discusses the appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show:
I wasn’t familiar with this thing, but when I was at the dinner table with the girls and I said, ‘Well today I did something with Zach, it’s called Two Ferns I think?’ Malia was so excited! She had seen all the previous episodes, so I figured it was going to reach our target audience, which is a lot of young people and it turns out we’ve had close to 15 million hits.
North Korea’s state run news agency says Obama is a ‘wicked black monkey’. In a statement calling South Korean President Park Geun Hye an “old prostitute coquetting with outside forces.” They say the ferry sinking is a conspiracy orchestrated by her and that she:
Made waste water-like reckless remarks slandering the DPRK’s line on simultaneously developing two fronts after inviting her American master reminiscent of a wicked black monkey to visit South Korea on April 25.
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.
Obama mocks CNN’s around-the-clock coverage of the missing flight at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner:
I am happy to be here even though I am a little jetlagged from my trip to Malaysia – the lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days. I think they’re still searching for their table.
The president praises the new steps taken by businesses and communities combating climate change in the aisle between women’s wear and patio lighting at a Silicon Valley Walmart.
The commitments we’re announcing today prove that there are cost-effective ways to tackle climate change and create jobs at the same time.
The president congratulates Michael Sam for being the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL, and the Saint Louis Rams for drafting him. He tells the All-American defensive end:
From the playing field to the corporate boardroom, LGBT Americans prove everyday that you should be judged by what you do and not who you are.
The President and Vice President welcome America’s “TOP COPS” to the White House to honor their remarkable service and sacrifice. Fellow officers nominate peers for notable service during the previous year and the National Association of Police Organizations choose the TOP COP annually. The President explains all of the honorees – officers, detectives, patrolmen, special agents, and troopers – share one thing in common:
When the moment came – when the shooting started, or a bomb went off, or a hostage was taken, or a child screamed for help – they did not hesitate. They went into action. They ran toward the danger – not away from it. And they risked their lives to save the lives of others.
The President orders sanctions against five people for threatening stability and stoking sectarian violence in the Central African Republic. He signs an executive order that opens the door for the U.S. to sanction additional individuals in the future. He also declares the situation in the country a national emergency. White House spokesman Jay Carney says:
The sanctions send a message that the U.S. won’t tolerate impunity for those responsible for violence.
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.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, President Obama reports that 80 US troops have deployed to Chad as a drone launch-and-recovery team. The president says they will remain as long as their support in resolving the kidnapping situation is needed. Other US resources in the area include a Global Hawk drone and the MC-12 Liberty reconnaissance plane.
President Barack Obama announces the release of Bowe Bergdahl. In exchange for Bergdahl’s release after five years of captivity, five detainees at Guantanamo Bay will be released to Qatar.
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.
Putin, Poroshenko and Obama talk cease-fire at the 70th anniversary commemoration of D-Day. This is the first meeting between Obama and Putin since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014, and they agree to further peace talks between Poroshenko and a Putin emissary. The agreement is not without demands from the Russian leader; Putin tells reporters at Normandy:
The Ukrainian leadership must show its goodwill and wisdom. They have to immediately stop the operation and announce a cease-fire. There is no other way to create the conditions for negotiations.
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.
Brewer sends Barack Obama angry letter demanding that the influx of illegal’s from Texas be stopped immediately. Homeland Security flies immigrants to Arizona from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, including more than 48,000 children, because the Border Patrol in South Texas is overwhelmed. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement say the immigrants are mostly families fleeing extreme poverty and violence. Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder says,
if President Obama would put in half the effort to securing out borders that they have put into this operation we would not be in this situation.
Responding to a shooting at a high school in Oregon, in which a gunman killed a student and injured a teacher, Obama comments on his frustration at the inability of the government to pass stricter gun laws.
You know, the United States does not have a monopoly on crazy people. It’s not the only country that has psychosis. And yet, we kill each other in these mass shootings at rates that are exponentially higher than any place else. Well, what’s the difference? The difference is, is that these guys can stack up a bunch of ammunition in their houses.
The Medal of Honor is given to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter by President Obama at The White House. Carpenter was injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010 while he was protecting a fellow Marine during an enemy attack. Carpenter was severely wounded and lost his right eye. Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to 39 members of the armed service over the past six years.
The President creates a task force comprised of various agencies to investigate the issue of the rapidly decreasing bee population. The Environmental Protection Agency and United States Department of Agriculture will lead the effort to determine why honey bees, monarch butterflies and other pollinators are rapidly decreasing in number and investigate ways to boost conservation of these species.
Pollinators contribute more than $24 billion to the United States economy, of which honey bees account for more than $15 billion through their vital role in keeping fruits, nuts, and vegetables in our diets.
Citing alleged abuse of executive power, House Speaker John Boehner announces he will file a lawsuit against Obama. The suit needs formal approval by a group of House leaders. Once that step is complete, the suit is expected to be filed in a few weeks. The plaintiff will be the House of Representatives.
This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country. My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws. What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.
Obama tells George Stephanopoulos that House Speaker Boehner’s plans to file a lawsuit against him is “a stunt.”
You know, the suit is a stunt. But what I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?
Republicans say the President breaches his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process. They say Obama uses executive actions as a way to bypass the divided Congress. The Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President.
In his weekly radio address, President Obams says he will continue to act on his own as long as Republicans continue to block his economic agenda. Obama says that he has taken actions to attract jobs, raise wages and assist people with paying students loans. He says if trying to help people upsets the Republicans in Congress then they should join him so they can work together.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says President Obama is “trampling upon” the constitutional authority granted to Congress. Rep. Bob Goodlatte tells Fox News Sunday that Obama has:
[A pattern of] not enforcing laws, or changing laws that have been passed, taking power from the Legislative Branch.
However, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier defends the president and argues that he has not crossed any constitutional or legal lines:
The president simply said I’m going to do what I can within the confines of the law to make this work. Absolutely, he’s implementing the law … he’s not rewriting it.
The White House will ask Congress for $2 billion to help cut back the number of unaccompanied illegal minors entering the US from Central America. The emergency legislation will help to improve security, allow for more immigration judges and assist in expedited removal of those who enter the country illegally. More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the southwest border since October, 2013. The majority are from Central American countries like Honduras and Guatemala. Obama warns:
Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it.
Obama plans to nominate former Proctor & Gamble executive, Robert McDonald, as the next Veterans Affairs secretary. McDonald’s nomination is being praised by his peers in the private sector and military. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders said in a statement that he is looking forward to meeting with McDonald next week to get his views on issues he views as important:
The VA needs significantly improved transparency and accountability and it needs an increased number of doctors, nurses and other medical staff so that all eligible veterans get high-quality health care in a timely manner.
President Obama says he will go ahead alone with changes to the immigration system. This announcement is a response to Speaker John Boehner telling him that the House will not vote on the overhaul this year. Obama says:
America cannot wait forever for them to act.
He also says he’s launching a new effort to:
Fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress.
A senior White House official says Obama will first direct the Homeland Security and Justice departments to “move available and appropriate enforcement resources from our interior to the border.” Additionally, the president has directed a team to “identify additional actions and send recommendations to him by the end of the summer on steps he can take without Congress, but within his existing authorities, to fix as much of our broken immigration system as we can.”