Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II ( (listen) bə-RAHK hoo-SAYN oh-BAH-mə; born August 4, 1961) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004. (Wikipedia)

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  • Jul 27, 2004: Barack Obama gives the Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, launching his career on the national stage.
  • Aug 6, 2004: U.S. Senate election, 2004: Alan Keyes, a resident of Maryland, indicates he will seek the Republican nomination for the Illinois seat, to run against Barack Obama.
  • Feb 10, 2007: United States presidential election, 2008: Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) officially announces his candidacy for president during a speech at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
  • Feb 11, 2007: Prime Minister John Howard causes a diplomatic stir when he publicly criticises U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama for his plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq.
  • Feb 11, 2007: U. S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) following a political rally in Ames, Iowa, regretted saying the lives of military personnel had been "wasted."
  • Feb 12, 2007: Australian Prime Minister John Howard criticizes U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) for his stance on Iraq, saying that al-Qaeda in Iraq should be praying for Obama to win the election. The opposition Australian Labor Party says that Howard's statement imperiled the relationship Australia might have with the United States under a Democratic administration.
  • Sep 13, 2007: Alexis Debat, a consultant for ABC News and writer at The National Interest, alleged expert on terrorism, is forced to resign after revealed that he made two bogus interviews, one with Barack Obama and another with Alan Greenspan.
  • Jan 3, 2008: Senators Christopher Dodd and Joseph Biden withdraw their candidacy.
  • Jan 3, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Democratic caucus.
  • Jan 19, 2008: Nevada Democratic caucus: New York Senator Hillary Clinton wins 51% of state delegates, but Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the state's national delegates 13 to 12.
  • Jan 26, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the South Carolina Democratic primary.
  • Jan 31, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hold the first two-person debate.
  • Feb 9, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins Democratic Party caucuses in Nebraska, Washington and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the primary in Louisiana.
  • Feb 10, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Maine caucus.
  • Feb 12, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia Democratic primaries. Obama now leads Sen. Hillary Clinton in the delegate count for the first time since early in the campaign. ) )
  • Feb 19, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Democratic Party Wisconsin primary and the Hawaii caucus.
  • Mar 4, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Vermont Democratic primary.
  • Mar 8, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Wyoming Democratic caucus.
  • Mar 11, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins the Mississippi Democratic primary.
  • Mar 13, 2008: Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008: Geraldine Ferraro resigns from the Clinton campaign after making comments that "if Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position."
  • Mar 17, 2008: Barack Obama gives a major speech addressing race and racial divisions in Philadelphia.
  • Apr 8, 2008: Barack Obama, a member of the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, questioned whether the conditions set by U.S. commanders for withdrawal would lead to a war that could last until 2028 or 2038. He called the invasion of Iraq a "massive strategic blunder" that allowed Al-Qaeda and Iran to spread their influence into Iraq, and said the United States should pressure Iraqi officials to settle the war by threatening to leave. Senator Barack Obama remarked, "if the definition of success is so high: no traces of Al Qaida and no possibility of reconstitution, a highly-effective Iraqi government, a democratic multi-ethnic, multi-sectarian functioning democracy with no Iranian influence, at least not of the kind that we don't like, then that portends the possibility of us staying for 20 or 30 years. If, on the other hand, our criteria is a messy, sloppy status quo but there's not huge outbreaks of violence, there's still corruption, but the country is struggling along, but it's not a threat to its neighbors and it's not an Al Qaida base, that seems to me an achievable goal within a measurable timeframe."
  • Apr 8, 2008: Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of multinational forces in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker answered questions from key member of the United States Senate. All three leading presidential candidates—Democratic Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and Republican Sen. John McCain – questioned Petraeus and Crocker.
  • May 3, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: The Guam caucuses result in a near-perfect tie, with Barack Obama ahead by only 7 ballots in 4,521.
  • May 6, 2008: United States voters go to the polls in the North Carolina and Indiana Democratic Party primaries. Illinois Senator Barack Obama wins North Carolina by 14 per cent while New York Senator Hillary Clinton narrowly wins in Indiana.
  • May 14, 2008: United States presidential election, 2008: John Edwards, a former contender to be the Democratic Party nominee, endorses the bid of Barack Obama.
  • May 20, 2008: Senator Barack Obama of Illinois is projected to win the Oregon Democratic primary, 2008.
  • Jun 3, 2008: New York Senator Hillary Clinton wins the South Dakota Democratic primary, 2008.
  • Jun 4, 2008: Tony Rezko, a Chicago property developer and former fundraiser for Barack Obama, is convicted on 16 charges of corruption.
  • Jun 6, 2008: The America's Climate Security Act of 2007, a greenhouse gas emissions reduction bill, stalls in the U.S. Senate after a 48-36 vote fails to invoke cloture on a Republican filibuster. Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama were among six senators absent from the vote who expressed support for the bill.
  • Jun 7, 2008: Hillary Clinton suspends her presidential campaign and endorses Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States in the 2008 election.
  • Jun 17, 2008: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama opens the U.S. general election campaign with a narrow lead over Republican John McCain.
  • Jul 1, 2008 - Jul 31, 2008: Nas teams up with MoveOn.org and Color of Change to obtain signatures to end the accusations of Barack Obama.
  • Aug 23, 2008: U.S. presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama picks Senator Joe Biden as his vice-presidential running mate.
  • Aug 25, 2008: August 28 - The Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado nominates Barack Obama for President of the United States, and Joe Biden for Vice President.
  • Aug 27, 2008: Senator Barack Obama is formally selected by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party. Senator Joe Biden is formally selected as the vice presidential Democratic nominee in the same manner by acclamation.
  • Aug 28, 2008: Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party at the INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado, becoming the first African American to be nominated by a major party for election as President of the United States.
  • Sep 24, 2008: President Bush invites Senator McCain, Senator Barack Obama the Democratic Party and leaders of the United States Congress to a meeting at the White House tomorrow to discuss the crisis.
  • Sep 25, 2008: The Texas Supreme Court denies a petition by the Bob Barr US Presidential campaign seeking removal of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain from that state's ballot due to both candidates missing the filing deadline.
  • Sep 25, 2008: An effigy of Barack Obama is found hanging from a tree at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon.
  • Sep 26, 2008: Senators John McCain and Barack Obama take part in the first of the United States presidential election debates.
  • Oct 19, 2008: Retired General and former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorses Barack Obama for President of the United States.
  • Oct 27, 2008: Two Neo-Nazi white supremacists are arrested for plotting to assassinate US presidential candidate Barack Obama.
  • Nov 4, 2008: Democratic U.S. Senator Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States, becoming the first African-American President.
  • Nov 5, 2008: The Kenya people celebrated the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States. The following day November 6 is declared a public holiday in Kenya. His father, Barack Obama, Sr. was raised and buried in Nyang'oma Kogelo village in western Kenya.
  • Nov 5, 2008: President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev announces that his country will place short-range conventional warhead missiles in Kaliningrad in order to counter United States missile defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic, however, he expressed hope that Russia–United States relations would be mended with the presidency of Barack Obama.
  • Nov 10, 2008: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi repeats a comment that United States President-elect Barack Obama is "young, handsome and also tanned," refusing to apologize for remarks he insisted are "flattering".
  • Nov 16, 2008: United States President-elect Barack Obama resigns his Senate seat.
  • Nov 21, 2008: According to unofficial sources, Hillary Rodham Clinton has agreed to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State and Timothy F. Geithner as the next Secretary of the Treasury under the presidency of Barack Obama.
  • Nov 24, 2008: United States President-elect Barack Obama announces his Treasury team, which includes Timothy F. Geithner as Secretary, Lawrence Summers as president of the National Economic Council, and Christina Romer as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Obama is also expected to announce Peter R. Orszag as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Nov 25, 2008: Reports indicate that President-elect Barack Obama has decided to keep Robert Gates as the United States Secretary of Defense and tap Marine General James L. Jones as National Security Advisor.
  • Nov 26, 2008: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama announces that he will create a new "economic recovery board," headed by Paul Volcker, designed to provide "fresh perspective" on the current economic issues
  • Dec 1, 2008: United States President-elect Barack Obama announces his national security team to his transition advisory board, among them being Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who was nominated Secretary of State.
  • Dec 6, 2008: United States President-elect Barack Obama nominates General Eric Shinseki to be the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
  • Dec 9, 2008: Democratic Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at his Chicago home, amidst allegations of corruption and pay-to-play regarding the replacement for United States President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate.
  • Dec 30, 2008: Embattled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich names Roland Burris to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the United States Senate.
  • Jan 4, 2009: United States President-elect Barack Obama nominates Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to be the Democratic National Committee's next chairperson.
  • Jan 5, 2009: United States President-elect Barack Obama nominates Leon Panetta to be the Central Intelligence Agency's next Director.
  • Jan 6, 2009: United States President-elect Barack Obama offers CNN medical correspondent and neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta the position of Surgeon General.
  • Jan 8, 2009: The United States Congress certifies the results of the 2008 presidential election, confirming Barack Obama as President-elect.
  • Jan 15, 2009: President George W. Bush bids farewell to the United States in a 15-minute televised address, during which he touted his record and warned his successor, Barack Obama, to maintain an aggressive stance against terrorism.
  • Jan 18, 2009: As part of the inaugural celebration of US President Barack Obama, an inaugural concert entitled "We Are One" is held at the Lincoln Memorial. Performers include Mary J. Blige, Garth Brooks, Renée Fleming, Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Beyoncé Knowles, Bettye Lavette, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2 and Stevie Wonder. Several of the songs performed had been used by Obama's presidential campaign.
  • Jan 20, 2009: Artists including Mariah Carey, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Sting, Faith Hill, Mary J. Blige, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder and Will.I.Am performed at the Inaugural Ball for President Barack Obama
  • Jan 20, 2009: Poet Elizabeth Alexander reads "Praise Song for the Day" at presidential inauguration of President Barack Obama
  • Jan 20, 2009: Inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States.
  • Jan 21, 2009: United States President Barack Obama halts the trials of detainees at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base's detention camp.
  • Jan 21, 2009: China Central Television omits sensitive portions of U.S. President Obama's inaugural address.
  • Jan 22, 2009: United States President Barack Obama will close Guantánamo Bay Naval Base's detention camp within one year and bans torture.
  • Jan 31, 2009: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro criticizes United States President Barack Obama for supporting "Israeli genocide" against the Palestinian people.
  • Feb 1, 2009 - Feb 28, 2009: To celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama, Amazing Spider-Man #583 presented an all-new story teaming up President Obama and Spider-Man in "Spidey Meets the President!" The title featured five variant covers.
  • Feb 6, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama creates the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
  • Feb 17, 2009: United States President Barack Obama authorizes the deployment of 12,000 more soldiers into the Afghanistan War.
  • Feb 17, 2009: U.S. President Obama signs the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in Denver, Colorado.
  • Feb 19, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa.
  • Feb 19, 2009: Two Tupolev Tu-95 bombers are intercepted by two Canadian CF-18's near Canada's airspace hours before United States President Barack Obama arrives in Ottawa, Ontario.
  • Feb 24, 2009: United States President Barack Obama addresses a joint session of Congress.
  • Feb 24, 2009: U.S. President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso pledge to cooperate in stimulating economic demand and combating protectionism.
  • Feb 25, 2009: United States President Barack Obama nominates former Washington Governor Gary Locke to serve as the next Secretary of Commerce.
  • Feb 26, 2009: United States President Barack Obama will withdraw most soldiers from the Iraq War by August 2010.
  • Feb 27, 2009: United States President Barack Obama announces he will withdraw most soldiers from the Iraq War by August 2010.
  • Mar 2, 2009: United States President Barack Obama nominates Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Mar 3, 2009: United States President Barack Obama and United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown meet at the White House.
  • Mar 8, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama announces that Operation Enduring Freedom's forces are "not winning" the war in Afghanistan.
  • Mar 9, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama lifts George W. Bush's restrictions on embryonic stem cell research.
  • Mar 17, 2009: United States President Barack Obama meets Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Northern Irish First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at the White House.
  • Mar 26, 2009: United States President Barack Obama announces a new military strategy for the War in North-West Pakistan and the War in Afghanistan.
  • Apr 5, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama announces his plan for worldwide nuclear disarmament.
  • Apr 19, 2009: United States President Barack Obama announces that Central Intelligence Agency personnel who employed enhanced interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects will not be prosecuted.
  • Apr 29, 2009: President of the United States Barack Obama delivers his 3rd primetime news conference on his 100th day in office
  • May 13, 2009: United States President Barack Obama proclaims May 2009 as Jewish American Heritage Month.
  • May 14, 2009: The 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies were honored at the White House by President Barack Obama.
  • May 15, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama will resume military tribunals for detainees at Guantánamo Bay.
  • May 18, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama urges Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept a Palestinian state.
  • May 23, 2009: United States President Barack Obama nominates former astronaut Charles F. Bolden, Jr. as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  • May 26, 2009: U.S. President Obama calls for her immediate and unconditional release from incarceration.
  • May 26, 2009: President Barack Obama nominates Federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the United States Supreme Court.
  • May 27, 2009: United States President Barack Obama nominates Hispanic Roman Catholic theologian Miguel H. Diaz as Ambassador to the Holy See.
  • May 28, 2009: United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirms President Barack Obama's demand that Israel halt settlement in the West Bank.
  • Jun 3, 2009: Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden criticizes United States President Barack Obama on an audio cassette.
  • Jun 4, 2009: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, addresses the Muslim world in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Jun 13, 2009: United States President Barack Obama extends some benefits to the same-sex partners of federal government workers.
  • Jun 15, 2009: Lee Myung-bak, South Korea's president, meets U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington to talk about North Korea.
  • Jun 21, 2009: United States President Barack Obama tells a television news crew his country is "fully prepared" for a possible missile test by North Korea over the Pacific Ocean.
  • Jul 3, 2009: Syria invites United States President Barack Obama to the Damascus summit.
  • Jul 6, 2009: United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agree on cutting their nuclear warheads and cooperate on military action in Afghanistan.
  • Jul 7, 2009: United States President Barack Obama addresses graduates in Moscow, Russia.
  • Jul 11, 2009: United States President Barack Obama addresses the Ghanaian parliament.
  • Jul 30, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama arranged a meeting with police officer Sgt. James Crowley and African American public intellectual Henry Louis Gates at the White House in a bid to quell a dispute over racial profiling that arose from an altercation between the two of them.
  • Aug 6, 2009: Speaking at the ceremony, Mayor of Hiroshima Tadatoshi Akiba supports a call by United States President Barack Obama for the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  • Aug 12, 2009: Former President Mary Robinson received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama at a ceremony in the White House in Washington, D.C., with Obama declaring her to have "not only shown a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world".
  • Aug 21, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama condemns Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's homecoming in Libya.
  • Aug 25, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Ben Bernanke for his second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • Sep 9, 2009: US Representative Joe Wilson (R-SC) interrupts President Barack Obama's health care speech to the Congress with an audible shout of "You lie!"
  • Sep 17, 2009: The Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Jan Fischer, says that President Barack Obama told him that the United States is abandoning plans for a missile shield based in Poland and the Czech Republic.
  • Sep 22, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama calls for the resumption of the Middle East peace process in meetings with the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Sep 23, 2009: Former President of Cuba Fidel Castro praises current President of the United States Barack Obama for his speech before the United Nations General Assembly for admitting it had been slow to act on climate change but urges that the American capitalist system is incompatible with a clean planet.
  • Sep 25, 2009: Iran reveals to the United Nations nuclear watchdog the existence of a second uranium enrichment plant, facing accusations of secret building projects from Gordon Brown, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • Sep 26, 2009: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejects U.S. President Barack Obama's accusation about Iran's nuclear program.
  • Sep 26, 2009: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki writes to President of the United States Barack Obama to express his concern and disappointment over threats it has received from that country concerning a travel ban on Kenyan officials it blames for hindering reforms.
  • Sep 27, 2009: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi tells a rally in Milan about his encounters with President of the United States Barack Obama, saying: "What's his name? Some tanned guy... Ah, Barack Obama!", also commenting on his wife Michelle: "You won't believe it, but two of them went to the beach because the wife is also tanned".
  • Oct 4, 2009: Nicolas Sarkozy has reportedly told David Cameron that it was "stupid" of him to pull the Conservative Party out of the European People's Party, with other world leaders such as Angela Merkel and Barack Obama also expressing their surprise at the move.
  • Oct 5, 2009: United States President Barack Obama delays a meeting with the Dalai Lama until after a visit to China.
  • Oct 10, 2009: United States President Barack Obama announces he will end the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy against homosexuals serving in the U.S. military.
  • Oct 13, 2009: Members of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize jury speak out in defense of selecting U.S. President Barack Obama for the award.
  • Oct 15, 2009: Three of the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee initially argued against awarding U.S. President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Oct 21, 2009: Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk agrees to station SM-3 missile interceptors from United States President Barack Obama's reformulated missile defense system on the territory of this NATO ally.
  • Oct 28, 2009: The Matthew Shepard Act, providing legal protection against hate crimes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, is signed into law in the United States by President Barack Obama.
  • Nov 15, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. President to meet with Burma's military government, calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners.
  • Nov 16, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Shanghai, China, and holds a town-hall-style meeting with students.
  • Nov 17, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama continues his first trip to China and meets with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao.
  • Nov 21, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama's job approval rating slips below 50 percent in a daily tracking survey by Gallup poll.
  • Dec 1, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he will send 30,000 extra American troops to Afghanistan within the next six months and start withdrawal in 19 months.
  • Dec 10, 2009: U.S. President Barack Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway.
  • Dec 28, 2009: President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez quotes Mary and Karl Marx in a New Year message broadcast by state media, describing an end to the "illusion" of Barack Obama and predicting a global ecological disaster.
  • Jan 2, 2010 - Dec 2, 2010: United States President Barack Obama issues a memorandum ordering federal departments and agencies to extend spousal benefits to same-sex couples to the extent permitted by the Defense of Marriage Act.
  • Jan 4, 2010: A representation of President of the United States Barack Obama is found hanging by a noose with the epitaph "Plains, Georgia. Home of Jimmy Carter, our 39th President".
  • Jan 22, 2010: European banking stocks drop sharply following U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to restrict activities of the biggest American banks.
  • Jan 22, 2010: A White House spokesman says U.S. President Barack Obama is "troubled" by the cyber attacks and wants "some answers".
  • Jan 22, 2010 - Dec 22, 2010: The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 is signed into law by the President of the United States Barack Obama. following its passage by the United States Congress, President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law.
  • Jan 24, 2010: A spokesman for U.S. President Barack Obama expresses the administration's support for a second term for the incumbent Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, and says lawmakers would send a bad message by "playing politics in any way" with Bernanke's confirmation.
  • Feb 1, 2010: US President Barack Obama will propose a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2011 that foresees the deficit hitting a record $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year but falling to about $700 billion by 2013.
  • Feb 1, 2010: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, announces that he will cancel NASA's plans to return to the Moon by 2020, due to budget constraints.
  • Feb 2, 2010: China says that relations will be undermined if U.S. President Barack Obama meets the Dalai Lama.
  • Feb 18, 2010: United States President Barack Obama meets with the Dalai Lama amid opposition from China.
  • Feb 19, 2010: Bill McKibben and 350.org reacted to President Barack Obama and Copenhagen Accord.
  • Feb 25, 2010: The Congressional Black Caucus appeals to American President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional leaders for tougher efforts to reduce racial disparities in the U.S. health system, saying there are four critical areas not addressed by Obama's plan.
  • Mar 12, 2010: Taoiseach Brian Cowen departs for the United States ahead of his Saint Patrick's Day engagements with President Barack Obama.
  • Mar 13, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama proposes sweeping changes to education law which would rework the No Child Left Behind program.
  • Mar 15, 2010: United States Senator Christopher Dodd submits a draft of a bill that would reform financial regulation, mostly in accord with the proposals of President Barack Obama's administration.
  • Mar 17, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama meets Taoiseach Brian Cowen at the White House in Washington, D.C., United States.
  • Mar 17, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the United States will pursue aggressive sanctions to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon that could potentially spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
  • Mar 21, 2010: Tens of thousands of people gather on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., United States to support President Barack Obama in his bid to overhaul the country's immigration laws.
  • Mar 23, 2010: United States President Barack Obama signs the health care reform bill into law.
  • Mar 25, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama requests that Cuba's leaders release all political prisoners, describing human rights there as "deeply disturbing".
  • Mar 28, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama, in his first visit to Afghanistan as commander in chief, meets with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and speaks to American troops deployed there.
  • Apr 2, 2010: Record rains cause flooding across New England, with Rhode Island hit the hardest. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials say as many as 200,000 people in Rhode Island could be affected. President Barack Obama talks to Governor Don Carcieri about the damage.
  • Apr 8, 2010: United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sign a new arms reduction treaty that will cut both countries' arsenals by a third.
  • Apr 11, 2010: Iran announces its decision to file a formal complaint with the United Nations against the United States, citing Barack Obama's threat to use a "nuclear attack" against it as a "threat to global peace and security".
  • Apr 12, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama opens the summit of 47 countries, the purpose of which is to discuss nuclear security, in particular how to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of potential terrorists.
  • Apr 12, 2010: Najib Tun Razak met with US President, Barack Obama for the first time during the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC.
  • Apr 13, 2010: Hu Jintao, President of the People's Republic of China, meets with President Barack Obama to discuss Iran's nuclear program.
  • Apr 13, 2010: The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, makes an unannounced visit to Haiti. It is her first official trip overseas without US President Barack Obama since he took office last year.
  • Apr 16, 2010: President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad writes a letter to President of the United States Barack Obama urging cooperation between the two countries.
  • Apr 17, 2010: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad calls for the establishment of an independent body to oversee nuclear disarmament.
  • Apr 20, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama speaks of the "unbreakable bonds" and "special relationship" between his country and Israel on the 62nd anniversary of Israel's birth.
  • Apr 21, 2010: GetEQUAL activists shout at President of the United States Barack Obama while he is speaking, expressing their annoyance over the slow progress of repealing the ban on open homosexuality in the country's armed forces.
  • Apr 22, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama calls on Wall Street to join him in his efforts to reform the financial sector in a visit to Manhattan.
  • May 10, 2010: President Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the youngest Justice and third woman for the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • May 11, 2010: United States Coast Guard commander, Admiral Thad Allen, is appointed by President Obama to lead the federal response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
  • May 13, 2010: The U.S. state of Hawaii enacts a law permitting officials to ignore multiple attempts by the same person to view the birth certificate of President of the United States Barack Obama.
  • May 16, 2010: United States President Barack Obama is to ask the US Congress for an extra $200m in military aid to help Israel get a short-range rocket defence system called Iron Dome in place against mortar and rocket attacks from Gaza or Southern Lebanon.
  • May 26, 2010: Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva questions why American President Barack Obama ignored Iran's nuclear agreement with Brazil and Turkey and presented new sanctions to the United Nations Security Council, saying this is "not the attitude that someone who won the Nobel Peace Prize has" and describing himself as "disappointed".
  • May 28, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama fends off criticism that he has been too slow to respond.
  • May 28, 2010: Joe Biden, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama give the United States men's national soccer team a presidential send-off to South Africa from the White House ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
  • Jun 9, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama meets President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas at the White House in Washington, D.C., United States and promises Palestinians $400 million in US assistance for the West Bank and Gaza.
  • Jun 12, 2010: UK Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama discuss America's oil spill problem over a telephone call.
  • Jun 16, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama announces that BP will finance a $20 billion fund to compensate people whose livelihoods have been damaged by the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the company's chairman apologized for the worst spill in U.S. history.
  • Jun 23, 2010: General Stanley A. McChrystal, America's top military commander in Afghanistan, submits his resignation after being summoned home by an "angry" Barack Obama due to his expression of critical opinions about senior American politicians and diplomats in a Rolling Stone magazine profile. Afghan President Hamid Karzai supports McChrystal, while the Taliban say the incident is "another sign of the start of the political defeat" for America's Afghan policies.
  • Jun 28, 2010: World leaders at the G20 summit agree to cut their budget deficits in half by 2013, while US President Obama urges continued spending to support economic growth.
  • Jun 29, 2010: King Abdullah and Barack Obama meet in the United States to discuss Palestine, U.S. objections to Iran's nuclear program and the U.S. war on Afghanistan.
  • Jul 2, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama signs into law the CISAD Act, which bans US banks from doing business with foreign banks that provide services to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
  • Jul 3, 2010: United States Republican Party chairman Michael Steele is heavily criticised by members of his own party and by members of the Democratic Party for saying America's war in Afghanistan is "a war of Obama's choosing".
  • Jul 5, 2010: Israeli diplomats call off a strike to accommodate Benjamin Netanyahu's visit with US President Barack Obama.
  • Jul 6, 2010: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Washington, D.C. for talks with President of the United States Barack Obama.
  • Jul 8, 2010: The Palestinian Authority calls on U.S. President Barack Obama to end tax breaks on American donations to Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
  • Jul 13, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama nominates Jacob Lew to replace Peter Orszag as the chief of the Office of Management and Budget.
  • Jul 13, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama unveils his country's first national strategy to cut HIV/AIDS infections and improve care for those with the disease.
  • Jul 20, 2010: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron meets with US President Barack Obama to discuss the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Afghanistan and the global economy.
  • Jul 21, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama signs finance reforms into law, overhauling the country's Wall Street Financial District.
  • Aug 7, 2010: Fidel Castro delivers a short speech to the Cuban Parliament to warn about the risk of a nuclear war between the United States and Iran, accusing Barack Obama of provoking conflict with Iran and North Korea and urging him to prevent such a conflict.
  • Aug 7, 2010: A poll of six countries, taken by the Brookings Institution, an American think tank, indicates that the popularity of the President of the United States Barack Obama has dropped significantly in the Arab World since "A New Beginning".
  • Aug 10, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama signs a $26 billion bill to help struggling states to meet budgets.
  • Aug 13, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama signs a bill increasing security along his country's border with Mexico.
  • Aug 14, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama states that America's "commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable" as he declares his support for plans to build a mosque in New York City.
  • Aug 18, 2010: The American Ballet Theatre is given permission by its country's President, Barack Obama, to perform in Cuba; it would be the first time in 50 years. American tourists are still banned by their government from travelling to Cuba.
  • Aug 18, 2010: The United States deploys troops along its border with Mexico by the order of President Barack Obama.
  • Aug 23, 2010: Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia rules against a decision by President Barack Obama allowing the expansion of embryonic stem cell research claiming it breaks US law.
  • Aug 24, 2010: The United States Department of Justice states that it will appeal a decision by United States federal judge Royce C. Lamberth to block an executive order by President Barack Obama to expand embryonic stem cell research.
  • Aug 29, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama pledges to restore the Gulf Coast on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in a speech in New Orleans.
  • Aug 30, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama freezes the assets of three North Korean organisations and one individual in response to the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. North Korea has denied it is responsible.
  • Aug 31, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama delivers a televised Oval Office address to the United States commemorating the end of United States armed forces being directly involved in fighting in Iraq.
  • Sep 1, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama meets with a range of Middle East leaders in pursuit of peace between Israel and Palestine, including Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas, King of Jordan Abdullah II and President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak.
  • Sep 9, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama selects Austan Goolsbee to replace Christina Romer as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  • Sep 9, 2010: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of Indonesia, and Asif Ali Zardari, the President of Pakistan, call on President of the United States, Barack Obama, to stop International Burn a Koran Day being organised by the Dove World Outreach Center.
  • Sep 10, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama urges Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to extend a partial construction freeze on the West Bank.
  • Sep 21, 2010: Lawrence Summers announces that he will leave as head of the United States National Economic Council, responsible for advising President Barack Obama on economic policy.
  • Sep 23, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama meets with the Premier of China Wen Jiabao, with the value of the renminbi the top issue for discussion.
  • Sep 27, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama signs a small business lending bill into law.
  • Oct 1, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama calls a press conference in the White House to make a "personnel announcement" reported to be related to the departure of his aide Rahm Emanuel.
  • Oct 5, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama announces plans via Secretary of Energy Steven Chu that additional solar panels will be installed at the White House, while the founder of Sungevity plans to install solar panels at the private official residence of President of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed for the "Global Work Party" event planned by 350.
  • Oct 6, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama awards a Medal of Honor posthumously to Robert James Miller of the US Army Green Berets for "conspicuous gallantry ... at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" while fighting in the War in Afghanistan on January 25, 2008.
  • Oct 14, 2010: President Barack Obama promises that "don't ask, don't tell" will "end on his watch".
  • Nov 6, 2010: US President Barack Obama arrives in India on the first leg of an Asian tour aimed at boosting United States exports.
  • Nov 8, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama backs a permanent seat for India on the UN Security Council.
  • Nov 10, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech in Indonesia during which he says more needs to be done to repair the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world.
  • Nov 12, 2010: U.S. President Barack Obama's administration announces plans to nominate Joseph Smith to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Smith has been the banks commissioner in North Carolina since 2002.
  • Nov 16, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor, the highest United States military decoration to Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta at the White House.
  • Nov 29, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama calls for a wage freeze for two million United States government workers.
  • Dec 3, 2010: Spokesperson Julian Assange calls for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff Tom Flanagan to be charged with "incitement to commit murder" after Flanagan urged Barack Obama to "put out a contract" and "assassinate" Assange. Assange speaks of the precautions he has to take against such threats of death, with American politician Mike Huckabee also calling for executions to be carried out.
  • Dec 3, 2010: President Barack Obama makes a surprise visit to United States armed forces based in Afghanistan.
  • Dec 6, 2010: The President of the United States Barack Obama says that a deal has been reached with the Republican Party to extend the Bush era tax cuts.
  • Dec 13, 2010: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia Judge Henry E. Hudson rules against Barack Obama's health care reform requirement to purchase health insurance.
  • Dec 18, 2010: The United States Senate repeals "Don't Ask Don't Tell" by a vote of 65-35. The bill will now be sent to President Barack Obama to be signed.
  • Dec 22, 2010: President of the United States Barack Obama signs into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, which will bring an end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of discriminating against the presence of openly gay people in the country's military. More than 13,000 people were sacked by the United States under this policy.
  • Jan 2, 2011: US President Barack Obama signs the 9/11 health bill into law to cover the cost of medical care for rescue workers and others sickened by toxic fumes and dust after the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
  • Jan 12, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama addresses the nation about the 2011 Tucson shooting following a visit to Representative Gabrielle Giffords in hospital.
  • Jan 14, 2011: The Obama administration in the United States eases travel and other restrictions on Cuba.
  • Jan 19, 2011: President Hu Jintao of China is welcomed at an official ceremony at the White House by U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Jan 20, 2011: New trials are reported to be starting soon at Guantánamo Bay after the United States Congress blocks President of the United States Barack Obama's attempts to close the prison; The Pentagon refuses to comment.
  • Jan 21, 2011: Paul Volcker steps down as the head of U.S. President Barack Obama's advisory panel, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Volcker, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was the guiding force behind recent legislation pressing investment banks to spin off their proprietary trading and branded hedge funds.
  • Jan 26, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the annual State of the Union address calling on the United States Congress to improve the nation's "crumbling" infrastructure, saying it will create jobs and help the nation compete in the global economy.
  • Jan 27, 2011: The Supreme Court in the U.S. state of Illinois rules that Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to President of the United States Barack Obama, is eligible to run for Mayor of Chicago.
  • Jan 30, 2011: Demonstrations against the government, in which more than 150 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured, continue.
  • Jan 31, 2011: Roger Vinson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida rules that the Health insurance mandate of President Barack Obama's health care reforms are unconstitutional. (New York s)
  • Feb 1, 2011: Egyptian President Mubarak says he will not run again after his current term ends, protesters do not capitulate
  • Feb 2, 2011: The protestors increase their demands for the end of the Mubarak regime and are not impressed by Hosni Mubarak's promise to resign at the end of his current term.
  • Feb 14, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama puts forward a budget for 2012 proposing heavy spending cuts but still predicting substantial budget deficits.
  • Feb 15, 2011: St. Louis Cardinals legend Stan Musial is honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Also receiving the award is President George Bush, John H. Adams, Maya Angelou, Warren Buffett, Jasper Johns, Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein, Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Thomas Emmett Little, Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia Mendez, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, NBA star Bill Russell, Jean Kennedy Smith and John Sweeney. Little, who is murdered last year in Afghanistan, is represented by his wife.
  • Feb 17, 2011: Buckingham Palace confirms that the President of the United States Barack Obama will make a state visit to the United Kingdom in May.
  • Feb 18, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama is announced to visit Brazil, Chile and El Salvador from March 19 to 23.
  • Feb 25, 2011: Barack Obama announces American sanctions against Gaddafi's Libya
  • Mar 2, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama signs a bill preventing a shutdown of the United States government for another two weeks.
  • Mar 2, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama says that he is "saddened and outraged" and says that the United States will ensure that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
  • Mar 3, 2011: The President of Mexico Felipe Calderon travels to Washington DC to meet with the President of the United States Barack Obama, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and other leading political figures.
  • Mar 3, 2011: The United States Air Force starts preparation of evacuation flights to get Egyptian refugees out of Libya following an order from the President of United States Barack Obama.
  • Mar 7, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama lifts a two year freeze on the Combatant Status Review Tribunal at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. ,
  • Mar 7, 2011: reports that President Barack Obama will nominate the United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as the next United States ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
  • Mar 8, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron agree that the "common objective in Libya" is the end of violence and the departure of Colonel Gaddafi.
  • Mar 14, 2011: The Obama administration holds the first of five meetings that eventually lead to Operation Neptune Spear, which caused the Death of Osama bin Laden.
  • Mar 16, 2011: Hillary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State, states that she will not serve a second term in President Obama's Cabinet if he is reelected in 2012 and will retire from public life.
  • Mar 17, 2011: Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits President of the United States Barack Obama at the White House for the annual Saint Patrick's Day festivities. Obama announces he is to visit Ireland in May and is excited at the prospect of visiting the home of his great, great, great, great, great, grandfather in Moneygall.
  • Mar 19, 2011: The Libyan opposition stronghold of Benghazi is bombed by pro-Gaddafi forces despite the declaration of a no-fly zone by the United Nations.
  • Mar 20, 2011: U.S. president Barack Obama visits a favela and delivers a speech in Rio de Janeiro as part of his five-day Latin American journey.
  • Mar 31, 2011: Austrian police arrest a man suspected of robbing banks while wearing a Barack Obama mask in Fornach.
  • Apr 4, 2011: Barack Obama is to run for a second term as President of the United States next year, his campaign announces. ,
  • Apr 7, 2011: The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals dismisses an appeal from a man wanting to see the President of the United States Barack Obama's birth certificate.
  • Apr 14, 2011: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of France publish an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune outlining their strategy on the 2011 Libyan civil war.
  • Apr 15, 2011: At a fundraiser, Barack Obama is caught on an open mic confronting Paul Ryan's record of creating the debt which he is now claiming to be trying to fix, among numerous other things.
  • Apr 26, 2011: U.S. president Barack Obama is criticised by supporters of imprisoned Welsh-born U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning for interfering in any future trial after Obama is caught on camera accusing Manning of breaking the law.
  • Apr 27, 2011: Daniel Ellsberg, the man who released the Pentagon Papers, says U.S. president Barack Obama has "given a virtual directed verdict" of guilty in the case of imprisoned Welsh-born U.S. serviceman Bradley Manning after Obama is caught on camera accusing Manning of breaking the law.
  • Apr 27, 2011: In response to persistent accusations by potential Republican primary candidate Donald Trump and others, President of the United States Barack Obama releases his long-form birth certificate, certifying his birth in the state of Hawaii.
  • Apr 28, 2011: India chooses two European fighters for a key $11 billion military contract, ignoring lobbying from United States president Barack Obama, with United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer saying he is "deeply disappointed". Roemer resigns from his post.
  • Apr 28, 2011: U.S. president Barack Obama nominates General David Petraeus, current head of the war on Afghanistan, as his new CIA chief, and names outgoing CIA chief Leon Panetta as head of The Pentagon.
  • May 1, 2011: Bill Clinton also expresses his delight at developments.
  • May 4, 2011: Barack Obama decides not to release photos of Osama bin Laden following his death but Reuters releases photos taken at the Abbotabad compound. ,
  • May 6, 2011: Al-Qaeda issues a statement confirming bin Laden's death and threatens revenge.
  • May 6, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama declares a state of emergency for Louisiana due to concerns about floods.
  • May 8, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama claims that "there had to be some sort of support network for bin Laden inside of Pakistan" on 60 Minutes.
  • May 14, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama uses his weekly address to vow to seek oil in Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • May 20, 2011: President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu admit they do not share the same ideals on the path to Middle Eastern Peace
  • May 23, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses an audience at College Green in Dublin, speaking of strong ties between the United States and Ireland.
  • May 24, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama meets Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and senior royals at the start of a three-day state visit to the United Kingdom.
  • May 24, 2011: President Obama praises the United Kingdom's special ties with the United States, specifically citing their continued support post 9/11, and continued military support
  • May 25, 2011: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, addresses the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
  • May 26, 2011: The United States Congress votes to approve a four year extension of powers in the USA PATRIOT Act and President of the United States Barack Obama signs it into law. ,
  • Jun 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2011: Lupe Fiasco stirs controversy, calling United States President Barack Obama "the biggest terrorist in America".
  • Jun 3, 2011: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, announces the sale of the US government's stake in Chrysler to Italian automaker Fiat at a visit to a plant at Toledo, Ohio.
  • Jun 7, 2011: At a news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama says the United States and its allies may impose additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, after Iran says that no offer could halt its enrichment of uranium.
  • Jun 15, 2011: A group of U.S. lawmakers files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama over U.S. military operations in Libya.
  • Jun 16, 2011: U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner of New York resigns his office amidst pressure from Democratic leadership and President Barack Obama after admitting to sending lewd photos via Twitter.
  • Jun 22, 2011: President Obama announced his plans to withdraw 10,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and a total of 33,000 by the middle of 2012
  • Jun 22, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces that 33,000 US troops will be withdrawn from the War in Afghanistan by the northern summer of 2012.
  • Jun 23, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama states that gay and lesbian couples "deserve the same legal rights as every other couple in this country" at a function for LGBT people in New York City.
  • Jun 23, 2011: France announces plans to withdraw troops from Afghanistan in a similar timeframe to that announced for United States forces by President Barack Obama yesterday.
  • Jul 4, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama is falsely declared dead by the Twitter account of the U.S. broadcaster Fox News in a series of messages stating, "@BarackObama has just passed. The President is dead" and "BREAKING NEWS: @BarackObama assassinated, 2 gunshot wounds have proved too much". Hackers are blamed though the messages remain online several hours later.
  • Jul 13, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama reportedly walks out of negotiations with Republican Party leaders on tackling debt and deficits as Moody's Investor Services warns of a potential loss of a AAA credit rating.
  • Jul 14, 2011: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, gives Congressional leader 24 to 36 hours to reach an agreement on debt reduction as credit agency Standard & Poor's places the US on a downgrade watch. , , ,
  • Jul 15, 2011: U.S. president Barack Obama makes a phone call to the International Space Station (ISS) and jokes with astronauts about pizza.
  • Jul 19, 2011: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, endorses in principle a bipartisan proposal developed in the United States Senate to cut debt.
  • Jul 22, 2011: Debt negotiations between President of the United States Barack Obama and Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner collapse.
  • Jul 24, 2011: Timothy Geithner, the United States Secretary of the Treasury, says that President Barack Obama will not invoke the United States Constitution to raise the debt ceiling unilaterally. The idea has been under consideration due to the 14th amendment requiring that "the validity of the public debt of the United States [...] shall not be questioned."
  • Jul 25, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama cancels fundraising dinners due to the ongoing debt crisis.
  • Jul 31, 2011: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, and Congressional leaders reach a deal on extending the debt ceiling. ,
  • Aug 2, 2011: President Obama signs U.S. debt bill, ending default threat
  • Aug 12, 2011: The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit strikes down the health insurance mandate of President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Aug 18, 2011: President Obama and European leaders call for the resignation of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, new American sanctions against Syrian government {{cite news|last1=Wilson|first1=Scott|last2=Warrick|first2=Joby|title=Assad must go, Obama says
  • Aug 21, 2011: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, calls on Muammar Gaddafi to "relinquish power once and for all."
  • Aug 23, 2011: President Obama provides temporary relief for illegal immigrants who are students, veterans, the elderly, crime victims and those with family, including same-sex partners, as part of immigration reform in the United States.
  • Aug 26, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama urges Americans in the path of the hurricane to take appropriate precautions for a "historic storm".
  • Aug 26, 2011: The Associated Press reports that U.S. President Barack Obama's uncle, Onyango Obama, 67, is stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Framingham, Massachusetts.
  • Sep 5, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama kicks off his re-election campaign with an appearance at the AFL-CIO Labor Day parade in the city of Detroit, Michigan.
  • Sep 8, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama delivers a speech to a joint session of both houses of Congress, putting forward a new job-creation plan entailing major spending initiatives and tax cuts.
  • Sep 10, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency in the state of Texas, amid wildfires that have already destroyed at least 1,300 homes.
  • Sep 19, 2011: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, outlines a plan to cut US deficits by $3 trillion over 10 years, with half of the reductions coming from tax increases.
  • Oct 11, 2011: President of the United States Barack Obama's "jobs bill" stalls in the Senate.
  • Oct 14, 2011: U.S. President Barack Obama authorizes the deployment of up to 100 American soldiers to Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to assist in operations against the Lord's Resistance Army insurgency.
  • Oct 21, 2011: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, announces a plan to withdraw all of the remaining American military forces from Iraq by the end of 2011.
  • Nov 1, 2011: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, makes Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, a National Monument.
  • Nov 8, 2011: Journalists report comments by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Cannes, in which Sarkozy called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "liar".
  • Nov 16, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama arrives in Australia for a visit to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the ANZUS treaty; the United States and Australia announce an agreement to expand military cooperation between them, including the stationing of up to 2,500 U.S. Marines near Darwin.
  • Nov 17, 2011: An Idaho man, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, is charged with the attempted assassination of U.S. President Barack Obama, after two bullets are found embedded in the exterior of the White House. The President and First Lady were not present at the time of the alleged attack.
  • Dec 12, 2011: United States President Barack Obama has asked Iran for the RQ-170 Sentinel that was captured near Kashmar on December 4.
  • Dec 31, 2011: The President of the United States Barack Obama signs a law providing for new sanctions against Iran.
  • Dec 31, 2011: United States President Barack Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act into law allowing the indefinite imprisonment of any United States citizen under suspect of terrorism without need of trial.
  • Jan 5, 2012: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces a new defense strategy, cutting spending dramatically.
  • Jan 17, 2012: At White House, President Barack Obama dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the "greatest comeback team in the history of baseball" thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November's World Series. Leading off at the event was first lady Michelle Obama, celebrating her 48th birthday. Two key figures of the championship season were absent. Manager Tony La Russa retired after the series, while star Albert Pujols signed a $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason.
  • Jan 24, 2012: United States President Barack Obama presents his 2012 State of the Union Address to the United States Congress.
  • Jan 30, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions about the State of the Union posed by citizens in the first-ever completely virtual interview from the White House but fails to answer the most popular questions which were related to the controversial topic of marijuana legalization.
  • Feb 10, 2012: An Uzbek man Ulugbek Kodirov pleads guilty to plotting with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to assassinate President of the United States Barack Obama in a hearing in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • Feb 13, 2012: In a ceremony at the White House, John Ashbery was awarded the National Humanities Medal and Rita Dove was awarded the National Medal of Arts. The honors were bestowed to 15 artists in all by President Barack Obama.
  • Feb 13, 2012: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, presents 16 people with the National Medal of Arts at the White House including actor Al Pacino, country music singer Mel Tillis and former United States Poet Laureate Rita Dove.
  • Feb 14, 2012: The Vice-President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping meets with the President of the United States Barack Obama during a visit to the United States.
  • Feb 26, 2012: Thousands of Chinese postings inundate U.S. president Barack Obama's Google+ page after restrictions are lifted in China.
  • Mar 5, 2012: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama meet at the White House.
  • Mar 14, 2012: The President of the United States Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron meet at the White House in Washington D.C. to discuss Afghanistan, Syria, the global economy and Iran.
  • Mar 23, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates current President of Dartmouth College Jim Yong Kim to be head of the World Bank.
  • Mar 25, 2012: At least 48 people are reported killed across Syria as US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Erdoğan hold talks about a process for transitioning to a "legitimate government".
  • Mar 25, 2012: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, begins a three day visit to South Korea amidst rising tension in North Asia about proposed missile tests by North Korea.
  • Apr 3, 2012: The President of the United States Barack Obama officially secures the nomination of the Democratic Party with wins in the Democratic Party primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC.
  • Apr 15, 2012: The U.S. Secret Service announces it has put 11 agents on leave while it investigates alleged "inappropriate conduct" in Cartagena before the 6th Summit of the Americas there attended by U.S. President Barack Obama. It emerges that five soldiers are also facing investigation.
  • Apr 18, 2012: Cuba claims U.S. President Barack Obama was forced to use his "imperial veto" to stop the summit calling for an end to the U.S. embargo against it.
  • Apr 30, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama refuses to comment on Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese dissident said to be at the U.S. embassy after fleeing house arrest.
  • May 9, 2012: United States President Barack Obama officially states that he supports the right for same-sex partners to marry.
  • May 21, 2012: US President Barack Obama speaks at a NATO summit concerning the future of war-ravaged Afghanistan.
  • May 22, 2012: Voters in the US states of Arkansas and Kentucky go to the polls, with Mitt Romney winning the Republican primaries, and President Barack Obama winning but performing relatively poorly against token opposition in the Democratic primaries.
  • May 29, 2012: U.S. president Barack Obama gives out the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 13 recipients, including Israeli president Shimon Peres, astronaut John Glenn and musician Bob Dylan, at the White House.
  • May 30, 2012: President of the United States Barack Obama angers the people of Poland by referring to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz as "Polish". Prominent Poles demand an apology for the "outrageous" gaffe.
  • Jun 1, 2012: reports that U.S. President Barack Obama accelerated the pace of the American cyberwarfare campaign after the 2010 Stuxnet.
  • Jun 11, 2012: Al-Shabaab offers a reward of 10 camels for information about the whereabouts of Barack Obama and chickens for information on Hillary Clinton in response to the U.S. announcement of rewards of $3-7 million for various militant commanders.
  • Jun 14, 2012: A new survey finds that global support for U.S. president Barack Obama has declined since 2009.
  • Jun 15, 2012: U.S. president Barack Obama announces that the U.S. will stop deporting some illegal immigrants.
  • Jun 18, 2012: United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discuss the uprising in Syria, Iran, and trade at the summit.
  • Jun 20, 2012: President Barack Obama invokes executive privilege on documents associated with Fast and Furious following a request by the House Oversight Committee.
  • Jul 13, 2012: A federal judge in Alabama sentences Ulugbek Kodirov, an Uzbek national, to 15 years in prison for plotting to kill Barack Obama.
  • Jul 18, 2012: President of the United States Barack Obama condemns the bombing calling it "a barbaric terrorist attack and Israel has tragically once more been a target of terrorism." "The United States reaffirms our unshakeable commitment to Israel’s security, and our deep friendship and solidarity with the Israeli people."
  • Jul 22, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama visits the town of Aurora, Colorado, to console the families of victims of the recent shooting that left 12 dead and dozens injured.
  • Jul 31, 2012: United States President Barack Obama announces additional sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program.
  • Aug 2, 2012: A United States government source reveals that Barack Obama signed a secret order in early 2012 permitting the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide the rebels in Syria with support in order to overthrow the al-Assad regime.
  • Sep 12, 2012: Sam Bacile, supposed writer and director of the privately produced film that motivated the attacks, has gone into hiding, while a second person, apparently separately, claims production of the artefact.
  • Sep 14, 2012: The bodies of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Officer Sean Smith, and former SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, killed in the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, are returned to the United States, for their eventual funerals, at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in a solemn military ceremony attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
  • Oct 23, 2012: Four third-party U.S. presidential election candidates—representing the Libertarian, Green, Constitution, and Justice parties, who were excluded from the high-profile televised encounters between Mitt Romney or Barack Obama—attend their own presidential debate hosted in Chicago by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, which hopes for a more transparent and open electoral system. Romney (with the Republican Party) and Obama (with the Democratic Party) refuse invitations to attend the debate, televised on international news channels but on no major U.S. network.
  • Nov 1, 2012: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorses U.S. President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney, citing the need to deal with climate change in the wake of Hurricane Sandy as a reason for his choice.
  • Nov 6, 2012: Barack Obama is projected to defeat his Republican opponent Mitt Romney in the electoral college vote and win re-election as President of the United States, after having won the crucial swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Florida remains too close to call.
  • Nov 7, 2012: The results from the state of Florida and its 29 electoral votes remain too close to call in projecting a winner in the presidential election, despite the fact President Barack Obama is still the projected winner nationwide.
  • Nov 8, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama announces his intention to visit Burma later this month, which would make him the first U.S. President to visit the country.
  • Nov 9, 2012: CIA Director David Petraeus submits his resignation to President Barack Obama, citing an extramarital affair he had. ( via USA Today)
  • Nov 10, 2012: President of the United States Barack Obama officially wins the state of Florida and its 29 electoral votes in the presidential election, putting the final count to 332 electoral votes for Obama—more than the 270 needed to ensure election—to Mitt Romney's 206 electoral votes.
  • Nov 15, 2012: The Myanmar government pardons 452 prisoners under an amnesty in a goodwill gesture before a visit by US President Barack Obama. State media said some of the people released were foreigners, though it remained unknown if any dissidents are among them at all. Human Rights Watch accuses the government of using strategically timed prisoner releases to appease the international community.
  • Nov 17, 2012: Suspected insurgents detonate a motorcycle bomb in Mueang Yala District, southern Thailand, killing one person and wounding 20, one day ahead of the USA President Barack Obama’s visit to the country.
  • Nov 18, 2012: At the same time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also told a meeting of the Israeli Cabinet that, if necessary, he would be prepared to authorize a substantially broader operation, though he did not indicate whether the 75,000 Israeli soldiers put on reserve would be used in a future ground operation or not. Egypt, whose leaders have been working with the U.S., Hamas leaders, the Arab League (which has convened an emergency meeting), Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been trying to secure a (lasting) cease-fire, to avoid a repeat of the 2008 war. During his Asia trip, U.S. President Barack Obama reiterated that Israel had a right to use any means possible to keep its citizens safe from external attacks.
  • Nov 19, 2012: Barack Obama becomes the first sitting US President to visit Burma, meeting both Burmese President Thein Sein and National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Nov 27, 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein are ranked first on ’s 2012 Top 100 Global Thinkers list ahead of Moncef Marzouki, Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Also, Malala Yousafzai is ranked sixth behind Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, but ahead of Barack Obama.
  • Nov 29, 2012: The new species of darter fish are classified and named as Etheostoma obama after U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Nov 30, 2012: magazine editors announce their list of 38 contenders nominated as the 2012 Person of the Year, including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Sheldon Adelson, Malala Yousafzai, Sandra Fluke, Felix Baumgartner, Curiosity rover, Bashar Assad, Mohamed Morsi, PSY, Pussy Riot, Higgs boson, Michael Phelps, and others. The winner of the people's choice will be announced on 14 December.
  • Dec 11, 2012: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, recognises Syria's rebel opposition as the "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people.
  • Dec 19, 2012: U.S. news magazine selects U.S. President Barack Obama as its 2012 Person of the Year, following on from his 2008 award, and those of his predecessors George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1998, George H. W. Bush in 1990, Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1983, Jimmy Carter in 1976, Richard Nixon in 1971 and 1972 and Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and 1967.
  • Dec 21, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
  • Dec 28, 2012: US President Barack Obama says he is "modestly optimistic" that a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff is possible, after a last-ditch White House meeting.
  • Dec 30, 2012: U.S. President Barack Obama puts pressure on Republicans to accept a deal aimed at avoiding a tax and spending "fiscal cliff", as the end-of-year deadline looms.
  • Jan 1, 2013 - Jan 31, 2013: On January 20, 2013, Lupe Fiasco was removed from the stage by security after making anti-Obama comments in Washington D.C., during Obama's second presidential inauguration.
  • Jan 2, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama signs the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, intended to prevent the "fiscal cliff".
  • Jan 4, 2013: The United States Congress officially declares President Barack Obama the winner of the 2012 presidential election.
  • Jan 7, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates PIAB Chairman Chuck Hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense and HSC Advisor John O. Brennan to be the next Director of the CIA.
  • Jan 10, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be the next Secretary of the Treasury.
  • Jan 11, 2013 - Dec 11, 2013: 12 October – The 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur. US Secretary of State John Kerry (represent US President Barack Obama), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the host Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak are also present at the summit. 1MET, a series of boot camps organised with StartupMalaysia to guide and help young entrepreneurs is launched during the summit.
  • Jan 20, 2013: The second inauguration of Barack Obama as the President of the United States takes place in the Blue Room of the White House.
  • Feb 6, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates CEO of REI Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the Interior.
  • Feb 20, 2013: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, announces the Brain Activity Map Project – a decade-long collaborative effort to map the structures and functions of the human brain, with the aim of yielding new treatments for a range of neural diseases.
  • Feb 22, 2013: Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, meets with the President of the United States Barack Obama at the White House to discuss trade, economic, and security issues including North Korea and the Senkaku Islands dispute with China.
  • Mar 7, 2013: In the United States, Senator Rand Paul ends a 13-hour filibuster to block voting on the nomination of John O. Brennan as the Director of the CIA, questioning President Barack Obama and his administration's use of drones, and the stated legal justification for hypothetical lethal use within the United States targeting against noncombatants. Attorney General Eric Holder states that combat drones would not be used to target and kill, without due process, Americans not engaged in combat on American soil.
  • Mar 18, 2013: US President Barack Obama nominates Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez to be the next United States Secretary of Labor.
  • Mar 20, 2013: President of the United States Barack Obama begins a four-day visit to the Middle East, visiting Palestine and Israel.
  • Mar 21, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama, in a formal visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, states that "Palestinians deserve a state of their own".
  • Mar 22, 2013: President of the United States Barack Obama visits Jordan and meets with King Abdullah II. He warns of extremist threat in Syria.
  • Mar 22, 2013: President of the United States Barack Obama announces that Israel and Turkey have reached an agreement to normalize relations between both countries.
  • Mar 23, 2013: US President Barack Obama concludes his visit to the Middle East with a trip to the famous ruins of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
  • Apr 11, 2013: The United States military places a Sea-based X-band Radar in a position where it can detect any possible missile launches by North Korea, while President Barack Obama vows to protect both the U.S. and its allies.
  • Apr 11, 2013: Father Emil Kapaun is awarded a Medal of Honor posthumously by U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Apr 17, 2013: Further suspicious letters are found addressed to President Barack Obama and to members of the United States Senate.
  • Apr 18, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama visits the city of Boston in the wake of the recent marathon bombings.
  • Apr 23, 2013: The United States stock market undergoes a flash crash (similar to 2010) of 1 percent when the Twitter feed from the Associated Press news agency is hacked and erroneously states that several explosions have injured President Barack Obama.
  • Apr 25, 2013: The George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, is dedicated in the presence of President of the United States Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush and all living former presidents. The complex will be opened to the public on May 1.
  • May 23, 2013: Code Pink's Medea Benjamin condemns Barack Obama's use of drones and the Guantanamo hunger strikes during Obama's speech outlining U.S. drone policy.
  • May 30, 2013: U.S. president Barack Obama appoints James Comey, a former member of the Bush administration, as the new director of the FBI.
  • May 31, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama lifts a trade embargo of communications equipment and software to non-government Iranians.
  • Jun 6, 2013: It is reported that an increasing number of hunger-striking Guantánamo inmates are being force fed by military medical teams since Barack Obama's recent speech promised again to close the prison camp.
  • Jun 7, 2013: reveals the NSA's monitoring of American citizens includes credit-card transactions and customer records from the three major phone networks.
  • Jun 7, 2013: U.S. president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping begin a two-day meeting of Sino-American relations.
  • Jun 8, 2013: US president Barack Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping finish up their two day summit by discussing cyber espionage.
  • Jun 8, 2013: Larry Page of Google and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook deny having any knowledge of PRISM as Barack Obama confirms the existence of the program used to spy on U.S. citizens, in part through their websites.
  • Jun 16, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama chooses a Washington, D.C. lawyer, Clifford Sloan, with experience in all three branches of government to be the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for closing the military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
  • Jun 17, 2013: Confidence in President Barack Obama drops below 50%, its lowest level in 19 months as Americans worry over broad government surveillance and other controversies.
  • Jun 22, 2013: U.S. president Barack Obama is accused of anti-Catholicism at home and in Northern Ireland for his remarks on Protestant and Catholic segregation of schools while visiting for the G8 summit earlier this week.
  • Jun 29, 2013: Riot police clash with protesters in Soweto, South Africa, shortly before a visit by United States President Barack Obama.
  • Aug 7, 2013: President Barack Obama affirms that the US will attend the upcoming G-20 meeting, despite differences with the Russian government and the cancellation of bilateral talks between Obama and President Putin.
  • Aug 15, 2013: President Barack Obama cancels joint military exercises between the United States and Egypt.
  • Aug 31, 2013: American President Barack Obama says that he is ready to order a limited strike, but will seek approval from Congress.
  • Sep 10, 2013: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, gives a televised address to the nation, saying that he has asked the United States Congress to postpone a vote on the use of force while he pursues a diplomatic solution.
  • Sep 17, 2013: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed he had contacted U.S. President Barack Obama via letters. Both countries cut all diplomatic relations after the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1980.
  • Sep 19, 2013: President Barack Obama reveals he talked with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have directly communicated since the Iranian revolution.
  • Oct 1, 2013: The government of Venezuela expels three United States diplomats after accusing them of "economic sabotage".
  • Oct 9, 2013: U.S. President Barack Obama nominates Janet Yellen to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve after Ben Bernanke leaves that office.
  • Oct 17, 2013: President of the United States Barack Obama signs a bipartisan deal approved by Congress to end the Government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis.
  • Nov 14, 2013: Following the heightened scrutiny from the April 2012 controversy, two U.S. Secret Service agents are relieved of duty from Barack Obama's security detail after charges of sexual harassment towards a female subordinate.
  • Dec 10, 2013: Barack Obama and Raul Castro exchange handshakes despite a United States embargo against Cuba.
  • Dec 19, 2013: A recommendation against practices by the National Security Agency is presented to United States President Barack Obama.
  • Jan 2, 2014: The morning's edition of BBC Radio 4's Today is guest edited by musician PJ Harvey, with items includes a Thought for the Day from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and a segment in which John Pilger criticises US President Barack Obama for not closing the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The content prompts Labour MP Tim Austin to brand it as the programme's worst ever edition.
  • Jan 8, 2014: A book released by former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates criticizes President Barack Obama for his handling of the War in Afghanistan.
  • Jan 17, 2014: President Barack Obama announces a sprawling reform that would begin the process of change in the National Security Agency.
  • Jan 21, 2014 - Dec 21, 2014: United States President Barack Obama signed an executive order expanding employment protections for federal workers and contractors to include gender identity. This order also bans sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination for companies receiving federal contracts.
  • Jan 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014: At 4:50 pm, the Air Force One carrying US President, Barack Obama arrived at Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) Subang Air Bases.
  • Jan 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014: A state royal banquet in honour of visiting US President Barack Obama was held at the Istana Negara, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur and was attended by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Haminah, Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.
  • Jan 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014: US President, Barack Obama participates in an arrival ceremony with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah and the Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak in Parliament Square, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Jan 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014: 28 April – US President, Barack Obama visits Malaysia for the first time since Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1966.
  • Jan 26, 2014 - Dec 26, 2014: Pos Malaysia started selling the commemorative stamps and first day cover in conjunction with the US President, Barack Obama visits Malaysia.
  • Jan 29, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama signs the myRA at a visit to U.S. Steel's Irvin Works in metropolitan Pittsburgh.
  • Feb 12, 2014: French President François Hollande is hosted by US President Barack Obama at a White House state dinner, during a visit by Hollande to the US aimed at renewing the partnership between the two countries.
  • Feb 13, 2014: President Barack Obama is set on visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines after previously cancelling his trip in 2013.
  • Feb 21, 2014: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, meets with the Dalai Lama despite warnings from China to cancel the meeting.
  • Mar 1, 2014: US President Barack Obama warns Russia, saying that any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be "deeply destabilizing," and that "the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine."
  • Mar 6, 2014: President Barack Obama signs an executive order placing sanctions and visa bans on people that contributed to the current crisis in Crimea.
  • Mar 17, 2014: President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the United States will sanction Russian officials that contributed to the current Crimean crisis.
  • Mar 20, 2014: The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announces the possibility of further sanctions from the European Union against Russia for the invasion and annexation of Crimea.
  • Mar 26, 2014: Three U.S. Secret Service agents are sent home due to a "drunken incident" ahead of U.S. president Barack Obama's arrival in the Netherlands.
  • Mar 27, 2014: President of the United States Barack Obama meets Pope Francis for the first time since Francis' inauguration.
  • Apr 10, 2014: United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius resigns from the Obama Administration. OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is expected to be nominated to replace Sebelius.
  • Apr 11, 2014: President of the United States Barack Obama nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell to be the next United States Secretary of Health and Human Services to replace the resigning Kathleen Sebelius.
  • Apr 26, 2014: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah thanks US President, Barack Obama over US assistance in search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
  • Apr 27, 2014: US President, Barack Obama meets Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak at Seri Perdana, Putrajaya.
  • Apr 28, 2014 - Apr 29, 2014: United States President Barack Obama visited the country as part of his "four-nation Asian tour." He visited President Aquino III and discussed with him several bilateral and defense issues involving the two countries. Hours ahead of the arrival of President Obama, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) was signed by the U.S. and the Philippines. The agreement grants the temporary use of the local military bases for the US forces.
  • Apr 28, 2014: US President, Barack Obama visits Malaysia (Day 3)
  • Apr 29, 2014: The United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs approves three of President Obama's nominees to the Federal Reserve, including the nomination of Stanley Fischer to be its vice chairman.
  • May 15, 2014: First Family Barack and Michelle Obama and numerous political figures visit and dedicate the memorial with the victims on Ground Zero.
  • May 23, 2014: Barack Obama nominates Julian Castro, the Mayor of San Antonio, to become the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
  • May 27, 2014: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, announces that 9,800 U.S. troops will stay in Afghanistan for a year after the withdrawal of combat troops in December.
  • May 27, 2014: The White House accidentally reveals the name of the CIA's top intelligence official in Afghanistan to approximately 6,000 journalists during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Bagram Airfield.
  • May 28, 2014: US President Barack Obama announces a $5 billion "terrorism partnership fund" to help other countries tackle extremists.
  • Jun 3, 2014: Amid the crisis in Ukraine, President of the United States Barack Obama announces the European Reassurance Initiative—a $1bn plan to fund the increase of the United States military presence in Europe and step up defense capabilities of Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.
  • Jun 6, 2014: Welsh veterans of the D-Day landings return to Normandy to take part in the 70th anniversary commemoration.
  • Jun 17, 2014: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, proposes to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, creating the world's largest marine sanctuary in the Central Pacific Ocean.
  • Jul 25, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks by phone with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and they both agree on the need to impose more sanctions on Russia for continuing to arm pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
  • Aug 1, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014: American military jets and unmanned aerial vehicles conduct four airstrikes against Islamic State forces around Mount Sanjir in northern Iraq, destroying several armored personnel carriers and armed trucks. U.S. military aircraft make a third airdrop of supplies to Yazidi Kurds surrounded on Mount Sanjir by Islamic State forces.
  • Aug 7, 2014: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, delivers a statement promising increased humanitarian and military assistance including air strikes.
  • Aug 14, 2014: The President of the United States Barack Obama orders an independent inquiry by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown by the Ferguson Police Department.
  • Aug 14, 2014: President Obama announces that U.S airstrikes broke the IS siege of Mount Sinjar, allowing thousands of Yazidi refugees to escape, and declares plans for further airstrikes against IS forces.
  • Sep 3, 2014: The President of the United States, Barack Obama, visits Estonia in a move to reassure the Baltic states ahead of a NATO summit in Wales.
  • Sep 10, 2014: The President of the United States Barack Obama authorises $25 million for "immediate military assistance" to the Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government. He also outlines plans to expand US operations against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant to Syria in a televised address to the nation.
  • Sep 18, 2014: The United States Senate passes a budget measure authorising President Barack Obama to equip and train moderate rebels to fight ISIL in Syria.
  • Sep 25, 2014: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, signs a memorandum expanding the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to 490,000 square miles, making it the biggest marine preserve in the world.
  • Oct 17, 2014: The President of the United States Barack Obama names lawyer and former political operative Ron Klain as "ebola czar" to coordinate US response to the Ebola outbreak.
  • Nov 7, 2014: United States President Barack Obama orders 1500 more troops into Iraq.
  • Nov 10, 2014: President Obama recommends the FCC reclassify broadband Internet service as a telecommunications service in order to preserve net neutrality.
  • Nov 12, 2014: Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President of the United States Barack Obama reach a deal to limit greenhouse gases.
  • Nov 20, 2014: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces executive orders to defer the deportations of a certain group of illegal immigrants: parents whose children are already U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who have lived in the United States for five years or more.
  • Nov 21, 2014: The United States House of Representatives files a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for executive actions undertaken in relation to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Nov 24, 2014: Protests turn violent following the announcement despite a request by the President of the United States Barack Obama and Brown's family for any protests to be peaceful.
  • Nov 24, 2014: President Barack Obama accepts the resignation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
  • Dec 8, 2014: United States President Barack Obama unveils new limits on racial profiling. These new limits outlaw profiling based on race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Dec 16, 2014: Judge Arthur J. Schwab of the US District Court of Pennsylvania declares President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration unconstitutional.
  • Dec 17, 2014: U.S. President Barack Obama announces the resumption of normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.
  • Dec 25, 2014: United States President Barack Obama praises U.S. troops and reflects on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan during his annual Christmas message from Hawaii.
  • Jan 3, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015: 30 pm: US President, Barack Obama arrived in Kuala Lumpur from Manila for three-day visit and attending the 27th ASEAN and Related Summits.
  • Jan 4, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015: 00 pm: US President, Barack Obama attend a town hall session with ASEAN Youth as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSALI) at Taylor's University lakeside campus in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
  • Jan 5, 2015 - Dec 22, 2015: 30 pm – US President, Barack Obama concluded his three-day visit to Malaysia for the 27th ASEAN Summit and Related Summit. The Air Force One departed from Subang at 5.20pm.
  • Jan 8, 2015 - Dec 18, 2015: 00 pm: US President, Barack Obama meets Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak at the 2015 ASEAN Business and Investment Summit at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Jan 9, 2015: Barack Obama proposes a new program to waive tuition at community colleges in the United States for the first two years.
  • Jan 10, 2015 - Dec 21, 2015: 30 am – US President Barack Obama visits the Dignity for Children Foundation, an educational institution for refugee and urban poor children in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Jan 11, 2015 - Dec 22, 2015: 00 am – US President, Barack Obama announced plans to host the leaders of 10 ASEAN nations in 2016.
  • Jan 20, 2015: The President of the United States Barack Obama delivers a State of the Union address to the United States Congress. ,,
  • Jan 25, 2015: US President Barack Obama meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a three-day visit in India.
  • Jan 26, 2015: Republic Day celebrations were held, US President Barack Obama was the chief guest.
  • Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 28, 2015: President Barack Obama issues an executive order requiring United States Government agencies to disclose publicly where they operate UAVs and how they safeguard personal information gathered during UAV flights, as well as to publish an annual report on their UAV operations. The order also directs the United States Department of Commerce to work with private companies and UAV manufacturers to develop a voluntary code of conduct for the gathering and protection of personal information collected during commercial UAV flights.
  • Feb 16, 2015: A Federal District Court judge in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily halts President Barack Obama's November 2014 executive orders on immigration , allowing Texas and 25 other states to file a lawsuit opposing the orders. The Department of Justice indicated it will appeal.
  • Feb 24, 2015: Barack Obama, the President of the United States, vetoes a bill approving the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline between Canadian oil sands and refineries on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Mar 7, 2015: The US Secret Service locks down the White House after a loud noise (later revealed to be a burned-out souvenir truck) is heard on the South Lawn, moments before U.S. President Barack Obama and his family were due to take off by helicopter. He and his family were not yet on the South Lawn when the noise was heard.
  • Mar 9, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama signs an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat to the U.S.
  • Mar 17, 2015: Federal authorities arrest a Missouri man, Cameron James Stout, 24, of Stover, Missouri for threatening to shoot U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Apr 11, 2015: The President of the United States Barack Obama and the President of Cuba Raul Castro meet at the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas in Panama. This marks the first meeting of the leaders of the two countries since the Cuban Revolution.
  • Apr 14, 2015: President of the United States Barack Obama endorses a proposal to remove Cuba from a list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
  • May 5, 2015: The President of the United States Barack Obama nominates Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. ,
  • May 10, 2015: King Salman of Saudi Arabia will not meet with President of the United States Barack Obama at Camp David or at a summit meeting sending senior Ministers instead reportedly due to disagreement over a nuclear deal with Iran.
  • May 10, 2015: The President of Cuba, Raul Castro, is received in an official private audience with Pope Francis, who will become the third Pope to visit the still officially Communist island before visiting the U.S. this October. Some restrictions on exercise of religion, and a few restrictions on other rights, have been lifted or relaxed, especially after Saint Pope John Paul II's historic 1998 meeting with Fidel Castro, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's trip during his reign, and especially in 2014 and earlier this year, after Raul and Francis and U.S. President Barack Obama's diplomatic team dramatically improved U.S.-Cuba relations. President Castro went there to thank Francis, whom he publicly has stated his admiration for, for his efforts, and spoke of the possibility of converting and of officially restoring the Church.
  • May 12, 2015: Democrats in the United States Senate block passage of a fast-track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership sought by President Barack Obama.
  • May 14, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the Gulf Cooperation Council at the White House with a proposed nuclear deal with Iran top of the agenda.
  • May 18, 2015: President of the United States Barack Obama bans the provision of some military-type equipment to local police departments and restricts access to other types of equipment following recent tensions between police and minority communities.
  • May 19, 2015: The United States Congress sends a human trafficking bill to President Barack Obama for signature.
  • May 22, 2015: The United States Senate passes legislation to allow President Barack Obama to fast track trade negotiations with other countries.
  • May 26, 2015: A US Appeals Court rules that President Barack Obama will not be able to implement his executive action on immigration while it is being challenged by Texas and 25 other states.
  • Jun 4, 2015: President Barack Obama signs the bill, reinstating expired provisions of the Patriot Act while reforming Section 215 of the Act.
  • Jun 10, 2015: President Barack Obama authorizes up to 450 additional troops in Iraq to train Sunni forces.
  • Jun 24, 2015: The United States House of Representatives votes 247-180 to allow states to opt out of Barack Obama's carbon emissions reduction if the state governor believes compliance would increase electricity bills too much or have an adverse effect on reliability of supply.
  • Jun 24, 2015: The United States Senate approves a motion giving President Barack Obama fast track authority to complete trade negotiations with 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Jun 25, 2015: The United States House of Representatives votes to grant President Barack Obama fast track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Jun 29, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act (H.R. 2146), renewing Trade Promotion Authority, and the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (H.R. 1295), extending Trade Adjustment Assistance.
  • Jul 10, 2015: US President Barack Obama signs an executive order picking Berryessa Snow Mountain (California), Waco Mammoth Site (Texas), and Basin and Range (Nevada) as three national monuments.
  • Jul 13, 2015: President Barack Obama commutes the sentences of 46 American prison inmates serving long sentences for drug related offences.
  • Jul 28, 2015: Barack Obama is the first US president to speak in front of the African Union (AU). He encourages the world to strengthen economic ties with the continent, but also criticises the lack of democracy.
  • Aug 21, 2015: President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency across northeastern and central Washington as the amount of burned land in the state reaches nearly a half-million acres. ,
  • Aug 31, 2015: Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America, officially regains its original Alaska Native name through an executive order issued by American President Barack Obama. Previously, since 1917, it had been known as Mount McKinley.
  • Sep 2, 2015: Upcoming congressional votes President Barack Obama has sufficient support in the United States Senate to uphold a veto of the proposed congressional vote of disapproval of the nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Sep 7, 2015: During U.S. Labor Day holiday activities in Boston, President Barack Obama announces a new executive order requiring federal government contractors to offer workers seven days of paid sick leave per year. On July 1st, Massachusetts became the third state, Connecticut and California being the others, with similar requirements.
  • Sep 10, 2015: President of the United States Barack Obama directs his administration to accept at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next fiscal year from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • Sep 17, 2015: Along with 15 other international envoys, Cuban diplomat Jose Ramon Cabañas Rodriguez presents his credentials to U.S. President Barack Obama, becoming the island's first ambassador to the United States since 1961. The Obama Administration has yet to name an ambassador to Cuba. ,
  • Sep 19, 2015: Pope Francis departs from Rome to begin his Apostolic Visit to Cuba. Francis will then visit the US. In the US, he will address a joint session of Congress (the first by an incumbent Pope), meet with President Obama, canonize Junipero Serra, tour a prison and the World Trade Center site, hold Masses in New York, Washington, and Philadelphia, and preside over the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. , ,
  • Sep 22, 2015: Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. from his last stop in Cuba, Santiago de Cuba, at Joint Base Andrews (formerly, Andrews Air Force Base), near Washington D.C., to start his first tour of the United States. He is received by U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha Obama, Marian Lois Robinson, U.S. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, his wife, U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, two Biden granddaughters, the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, military and base leaders, and Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl. He will be received tomorrow morning in a second arrival ceremony, at the White House, and will meet with the President there.
  • Sep 22, 2015: The President of the United States Barack Obama signs a disaster declaration for the Valley Fire which has claimed three lives in Lake County, California.
  • Oct 4, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama declares a state of emergency for South Carolina, after the state receives over two feet of rain in some areas. More than 250 roads across the state close. A low pressure area funnels heavy tropical moisture into the region, as well as, pulls in Hurricane Joaquin-related precipitation. ,
  • Oct 7, 2015: United States President Barack Obama telephoned MSF International President Joanne Liu to apologize for the U.S. bombing of the hospital in Afghanistan, express his condolences for the 22 people killed, commit to provide a transparent, thorough, and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident, and implement any changes to make tragedies like this one less likely to occur in the future.
  • Oct 15, 2015: President of the United States Barack Obama announces that he will keep 5,500 troops in Afghanistan.
  • Oct 16, 2015: President Park Geun-hye of South Korea is in Washington, D.C. and met with President Barack Obama at The White House.
  • Oct 20, 2015: Canada's prime-minister elect Justin Trudeau informs U.S. President Barack Obama that Canada will be withdrawing fighter jets from both Iraq and Syria, effectively ending Canada's military participation in the war on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
  • Oct 22, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama vetoes the $612 billion annual defense authorization bill because of the way it would sidestep budget limitations for the military and because it would restrict the transfer of detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay. This is the President's fifth veto since 2009.
  • Oct 30, 2015: American-led intervention in Syria U.S. President Barack Obama is set to send Special Operations forces to regions in northern Syria under Kurdish control to help local forces fight the Islamic State.
  • Nov 1, 2015 - Nov 30, 2015: Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom says that "more likely than not a terrorist bomb" destroyed Metrojet Flight 9268. In the evening, President Barack Obama says that it was "a possibility" that a bomb brought the plane down.
  • Nov 6, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama announces that the State Department has rejected TransCanada's application to complete the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Nov 6, 2015: The U.S. House passes the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 370-58. In addition to funding the U.S. military, the bill contains provisions for sweeping personnel reforms. The previous version of the bill was vetoed by President Barack Obama. Some sources expect swift passage by the U.S. Senate while other sources are not so optimistic.
  • Nov 16, 2015: United States President Barack Obama, in Antalya, Turkey, says America will continue to accept refugees from Syria and elsewhere, though, "Only after subjecting them to rigorous screening and security checks." Responding to calls to admit Christians but not Muslims into the country, he said, "We don’t have religious tests to our compassion."
  • Nov 18, 2015: U.S. President Barack Obama calls on China to stop constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea. Obama’s comments to reporters come after a meeting with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III. The U.S. president is in Manila for the latest Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where the Trans-Pacific Partnership is the central topic of conversation. China attempts to keep the topic of the islands off the agenda. ,
  • Nov 19, 2015: The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto-threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passes legislation to suspend the Obama administration's program to admit 10,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country. The bill will now face a vote in the U.S. Senate.
  • Nov 20, 2015: A newly released ISIS video threatens attacks on the White House in the U.S., monuments in France, U.S. President Obama, French President François Hollande, and targets in Italy.
  • Nov 21, 2015: United States President Barack Obama vows to keep United States borders open to refugees, "as long as I'm president," as he visited a Malaysian humanitarian center and met migrant children, many of whom escaped violence in homelands that include Myanmar, Pakistan, and Syria.
  • Nov 22, 2015: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin says the United States was making political provocations with its patrols in the disputed South China Sea. He also says China is building military facilities on islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of its national defense policy. Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama said, for the sake of regional stability, countries should stop building artificial islands and militarizing their claims in this sea.
  • Nov 22, 2015: United States President Barack Obama orders an assessment of whether intelligence reports from U.S. Central Command were changed by supervisory military personnel before formal submission to present a more optimistic picture of the American military campaign against Daesh (Islamic State). The Pentagon's Office of the Inspector General investigators seized emails from military servers over the last few weeks.
  • Nov 24, 2015: Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 people including Willie Mays, Barbra Streisand, Itzhak Perlman, James Taylor, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan, Stephen Sondheim and Steven Spielberg.
  • Dec 6, 2015: President Barack Obama called the San Bernardino shootings "an act of terrorism designed to kill innocent people".
  • Dec 16, 2015: Members of the U.S. Congress reach a spending deal that, once passed by both houses, will prevent a year-end government shutdown and will fund Fiscal Year 2016 federal government operations. President Barack Obama signs a separate bipartisan bill that extends government funding through Tuesday, December 22.
  • Jan 23, 2016 - Dec 23, 2016: 24: State Visit of Barack Obama, President of the United States of America.
  • Feb 4, 2016: The U.S. President Barack Obama announces a plan to tax crude oil $10 a barrel in order to fund infrastructure spending, according to a White House statement.
  • Feb 15, 2016: United States President Barack Obama hosts a two-day summit in Rancho Mirage, California with leaders of the ASEAN member states, including democratically-elected Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines and Joko Widodo of Indonesia as well as autocratic rulers such as Hun Sen of Cambodia and Najib Razak of Malaysia. (
  • Feb 18, 2016: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces that he will visit Cuba next month becoming the first American president to visit Cuba since 1928.
  • Feb 23, 2016: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. Obama made similar statements during his first presidential campaign in 2007 and had previously stated that the camp would be closed by 2010.
  • Feb 24, 2016: United States National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agree on a draft resolution that would expand United Nations Security Council sanctions following North Korea's latest nuclear test. U.S. President Barack Obama participated in the meeting. The draft is now headed to the full 15-member council.
  • Mar 1, 2016: MLB announces the Tampa Bay Rays professional baseball team will play an exhibition game with the Cuban National Team on March 22, 2016, in Havana. United States President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit the island nation then, is expected to attend.
  • Mar 7, 2016: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a trip to the United States for an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference that was to include a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama.
  • Mar 10, 2016: Venezuela recalls its chargé d'affaires from its embassy in Washington, D.C. after U.S. President Barack Obama renewed a decree imposing sanctions on several top Venezuelan officials.
  • Mar 16, 2016: President Barack Obama nominates Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • Mar 16, 2016: President Barack Obama orders new sanctions against North Korea in response to 'illicit' nuclear, missile tests.
  • Mar 20, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama and the First Family begin their three-day visit to Havana, Cuba, to mark the end of 54 years of tensions in Cuba–United States relations. Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country since Calvin Coolidge in 1928.
  • Mar 21, 2016: At a 55-minute joint press conference, following their two-hour closed door meeting, United States President Barrack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro agreed this “new day” of openness between the two countries benefits the entire hemisphere as well. Each acknowledged more needs to be done. Obama said he spoke frankly about human rights, free expression, and democracy; Castro said the U.S. needs to remove the military base at Guantanamo Bay, and completely end the U.S. embargo. Obama's experience gave him an advantage when journalists delved into sensitive areas.
  • Mar 21, 2016: Barack Obama, visits Cuba, marking the first time a sitting US president has visited the island nation since president Calvin Coolidge visited in 1928.
  • Mar 26, 2016: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford makes a proposal to President Barack Obama to increase the number of American troops in Iraq, so as to help the Iraqi Army with advisors closer to the front lines and to recapture Mosul, which fell to ISIL in June 2014.
  • Mar 31, 2016: A U.S. official announces that The Pentagon plans to transfer about a dozen inmates from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to at least two countries that have agreed to take them, in the latest move in Barack Obama’s final push to close the facility. The official declined to name the countries ready to take them in.
  • Apr 21, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama, in an op-ed in London's Daily Telegraph, urges Britons to keep the U.K. in the European Union. Tomorrow, Obama is scheduled to have lunch with Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, who celebrated her 90th birthday today. He then will hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.
  • Apr 21, 2016: United States President Barack Obama, at the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit in Saudi Arabia, says the United States will continue to deter and confront aggression against Gulf Arab states; joins others in warning the fragile cease-fire in Syria is on the verge of collapse; pledges vigilance about Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East; wants Gulf allies to offer more democratic reforms and improve human rights; and, says the U.S. and its Gulf partners should wait to see whether Iraq can resolve its political crisis before committing more financial aid which is impeding the fight against ISIL.
  • Apr 22, 2016: Mayor of London and cabinet member Boris Johnson says that U.S. President Barack Obama is "inconsistent and hypocritical" in persuading the British people to remain in the European Union.
  • Apr 24, 2016: President Barack Obama says the United States isn't taking North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong's proposal to halt nuclear activity seriously. Pyongyang would "have to do better than that," he added.
  • Apr 24, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama rules out deploying U.S. ground troops in Syria and says military efforts alone cannot solve the country's problems. He also said he did not think that ISIL would be defeated in his last nine months of office.
  • Apr 24, 2016: U.S. officials report President Obama will announce plans to send as many as 250 more U.S. troops to Syria to help fight ISIL militants. The troops are likely to include special operations forces and medical or intelligence support personnel, an official added. The decision is scheduled to be announced around noon tomorrow in Hanover, Germany, during the President's farewell tour of Europe.
  • Apr 25, 2016: The President of the United States Barack Obama announces that the U.S. will send an additional 250 troops to fight ISIL in Syria.
  • May 20, 2016: The Oklahoma Legislature files a measure asking for Congress to impeach Barack Obama over his decision to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms corresponding to their gender identity.
  • May 23, 2016: United States President Barack Obama ends the American arms embargo with Vietnam during his visit in the country.
  • Jun 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016: United States Department of Defense officials announce that in late May 2016 President Barack Obama granted U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan expanded powers to assist Afghan military and security forces in combat against the Taliban. Among them is the authority to order U.S. airstrikes in support of Afghan offensive operations against the Taliban in limited circumstances in which the strikes are expected to have "strategic effect." Previously, U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan had been authorized only to defend U.S. personnel, protect Afghan forces facing serious danger, or conduct counterterrorism operations against al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.
  • Jun 9, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
  • Jun 10, 2016: Georgia Senator David Perdue is criticized for remarks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in which his quote of Psalm 109:8, "Let his days be few, and may another have his office," appears to be a prayer for President Barack Obama’s death. Perdue says, "It was a little humor and I said it in a way that we were talking about his days as president."
  • Jun 22, 2016: United States President Barack Obama signs the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law. The legislation is the first major overhaul of toxic chemicals rules in America in 40 years.
  • Jun 23, 2016: The Supreme Court deadlocks (4–4) in the challenge to President Barack Obama's executive order that set up the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans plan, which could have shielded up to five million illegal immigrants. The tie leaves in place an earlier ruling against the plan.
  • Jun 29, 2016: Takes place in Ottawa, Canada as US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. President Obama later gives a special address to the Parliament of Canada.
  • Jul 19, 2016: United States president Barack Obama and his vice president Joe Biden endorse Kamala Harris over Loretta Sanchez, both of whom are Democrats.
  • Jul 27, 2016: Barack Obama chooses his home city of Chicago for his presidential library.
  • Jul 27, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama's advocates for Hillary Clinton stating there has never been anyone more qualified than Hillary to serve as president.
  • Aug 1, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016: At the request of Libya′s Government of National Accord (GNA), U.S. manned and unmanned military aircraft conduct two strikes against Islamic State forces in Sirte, Libya, destroying a T-72 tank and two other ground vehicles. They are the first strikes requested by the GNA and the first direct U.S. military intervention in the Libyan Civil War. President Barack Obama approves the strikes, but United States Africa Command commander General Thomas D. Waldhausen receives the authority to approve future strikes. The United States Navy amphibious assault ship is operating off Libya, carrying United States Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier aircraft and helicopters.
  • Aug 15, 2016: At least seven people have died and thousands have been rescued in the American state of Louisiana. President of the United States Barack Obama has declared a federal emergency in the state. ,
  • Aug 26, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama expands the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument off the coast of Hawai'i, making it the largest national park on the planet.
  • Sep 1, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016: Visiting Laos, President Barack Obama pledges that the United States will provide $90 million in additional aid to Laos to help in cleaning up an estimated 80 million unexploded bombs remaining in that country after the U.S. air campaign there during the Vietnam War. Between 1964 and 1973, the United States conducted 580,000 bombing raids over Laos, dropping an estimated 270 million cluster bombs, in an effort to cut off supplies passing through Laos to Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army forces operating in South Vietnam.
  • Sep 6, 2016: Barack Obama pledges US$90 million to clear Laos of unexploded ordnance dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War.
  • Sep 9, 2016: The United States Congress passes a law allowing families of the victims of the September 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. U.S. president Barack Obama threatens to veto it.
  • Sep 12, 2016: Baracktrema obamai, a new species of parasite is named after Barack Obama.
  • Sep 15, 2016: Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi asks U.S. businesses to invest in Myanmar after Barack Obama agrees to lift U.S. sanctions.
  • Sep 20, 2016: In his final speech as President of the United States to the United Nations General Assembly, Barack Obama calls for a renewed commitment to collaborative efforts in facing many of the challenges confronting “an integrated world” community.
  • Sep 27, 2016: President Barack Obama nominates Jeffrey DeLaurentis as the first United States Ambassador to Cuba since 1961.
  • Sep 28, 2016: The United States Senate and House of Representatives override the veto of President Barack Obama in regards to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. The act narrows the scope of the legal doctrine of foreign sovereign immunity, specifically, in this instance against the sovereign nation of Saudi Arabia. The action is the first such congressional veto override to Obama.
  • Oct 3, 2016: The U.S. Supreme Court declines to rehear President Barack Obama's 2014 plan (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) to spare from deportation millions of immigrants in the country illegally, a case in which the justices split 4–4 in June. The justices' June 23 decision (United States v. Texas) is final.
  • Oct 4, 2016: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tells U.S. President Barack Obama to "go to hell" after the United States refuses to sell some weapons to his country, while also acknowledging the cooperation of Russia and China.
  • Oct 11, 2016: President Obama renews a vision for US government involvement in a human mission to the planet Mars by the mid-2030s.
  • Oct 14, 2016: President Barack Obama issues an executive order on Cuba lifting monetary limits on the amount of Cuban products, including cigars and rum, which Americans can bring back for personal use, allowing Cubans and Americans to engage in joint medical research, and allowing Cubans to buy certain U.S. consumer goods online. , ,
  • Nov 10, 2016: President-elect of the United States Donald Trump meets with President Barack Obama for the first time at the White House.
  • Nov 13, 2016: Protests against Donald Trump Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway asks outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama and former U.S. First Lady and Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to discourage the protests.
  • Nov 21, 2016: President Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin meet in Peru on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference to discuss involvement in the Syrian Civil War.
  • Dec 1, 2016: The United States Senate votes 99-0 in favor of a ten-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, the measure will now be sent to President Barack Obama to sign into law. The act was due to expire on December 31, 2016, if not renewed.
  • Dec 2, 2016: United States President Barack Obama blocks China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund's acquisition of the U.S. semiconductor business of German-based Aixtron because of national security concerns. The German Economy Ministry withdrew its approval in October.
  • Dec 20, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jointly ban offshore oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic coast.
  • Dec 22, 2016: U.S. president Barack Obama scraps the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), a registration system for Muslim immigrants.
  • Dec 29, 2016: U.S. President Barack Obama declares the Bears Ears in Utah and Gold Butte area of Nevada as National Monuments. Both are known for the presence of Native American populations and archaeological sites.
  • Jan 1, 2017 - Jan 31, 2017: As part of a review of the U.S. strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the administration of President Donald Trump issues a memorandum to U.S. military commanders directing them to look into loosening restrictions on U.S. airstrikes imposed by President Barack Obama to lessen the likelihood and frequency of civilian casualties in U.S. airstrikes.
  • Jan 12, 2017: President Barack Obama announces the end of the wet feet, dry feet policy, which previously allowed undocumented immigrants from Cuba to become permanent residents.
  • Jan 12, 2017: The President of the United States Barack Obama awards his Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction, the only time the president has awarded this particular honor during his tenure.
  • Jan 13, 2017: President of the United States Barack Obama signs an order to ease sanctions against Sudan, citing the country's efforts to "reduce internal conflict, improve humanitarian access to people requiring aid and curtail terrorism".
  • Jan 17, 2017: The President of the United States Barack Obama commutes the bulk of the sentence for Chelsea Manning for leaking documents to WikiLeaks. Manning will now be released in 2017 instead of 2045.
  • Jan 23, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump issues executive orders to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and reinstates the Mexico City Policy, a policy banning U.S. aid to foreign organizations that use funds from other sources to perform or discuss abortions, which Barack Obama scrapped in 2009.
  • Feb 2, 2017: The United States Department of the Treasury eases some sanctions on the Federal Security Service (FSB), allowing for limited transactions with the intelligence agency. The sanctions were put in place last year by Barack Obama over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
  • Mar 4, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump accuses former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower the month before the 2016 presidential election but offers no evidence to support his claim. A spokesman for President Obama rejects these claims.
  • Mar 10, 2017: United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions requests the resignations of 46 Barack Obama-era chief federal prosecutors, including United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who was previously told to stay on by then President-elect Donald Trump in November.
  • Mar 21, 2017: In a 6–2 decision (NLRB v. SW General, Inc), the U.S. Supreme Court puts new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board saying that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a person cannot serve as the acting head of a federal agency once the president nominates him or her to permanently serve in the role if it is a position that requires U.S. Senate confirmation. The court upholds a lower court's ruling that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority with his temporary appointment of an NLRB general counsel in 2011. The ruling will give President Donald Trump and future presidents less flexibility in filling jobs that require Senate confirmation.
  • Mar 28, 2017: U.S. President Trump signs an executive order undoing former President Obama's climate change policies.
  • Mar 30, 2017: United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he thinks the longer term status of president Bashar al-Assad is to be "decided by the Syrian people". This appears as a policy shift, since under president Barack Obama’s administration, the United States made the departure of Assad a key policy aim.
  • May 3, 2017: Plans for a Chicago-based presidential library in honour of the former U.S. President Obama are revealed.
  • May 17, 2017: United States Army soldier Chelsea Manning is released from prison after serving seven years. Manning was sentenced by a U.S. military court to 35 years in prison, but her sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama.
  • Jun 16, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump announces new restrictions on travel and business with Cuba, reversing policies of Cuban Thaw, implemented during the tenure of President Barack Obama.