Follow Barack Obama prior and during his tenure as the 44th President of the United States. Read about my personal observations along with every day facts as they happen. This blog will only submit factual information about the first black President, now in his 2nd term of office.


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President Obama's First 100 Days

Sunday, May 10, 2009

MY FELLOW AMERICANS - Well over a million people headed to Washington, D.C. to witness the inauguration of the first African-American U.S. president. President Obama’s solemn speech, at 18 minutes and 33 seconds, was a break from the soaring oratory he’s long been known for, but he ended with these very familiar words: “Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.
” (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

CONSTITUTIONAL DO-OVER - With one hand on the Lincoln Bible, Obama's presidency got off to a slightly rocky start when Chief Justice John Roberts bumbled the 35-word, constitutionally prescribed oath of office. While the White House insisted it wasn't exactly necessary, Roberts showed up the next day to re-administer the oath. And this time, the task was faithfully executed.
(Pete Souza/The White House/Getty Images)

MAKING A STATEMENT - On his first full day in office, Obama got right to work. He issued three presidential memorandums, including a White House pay freeze, a transparency commitment, and two executive orders regarding ethics and presidential records. The next day, three more actions came down, including the closure of Guantanamo. At recent count, the White House website lists 19 actions, 20 memorandums and 20 proclamations.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

LOOKING FOR WORK - The new Obama administration had its fair share of trouble filling Cabinet and high-level aide positions. From tax woes, to a federal investigation, to a change of heart, the president lost his first - and sometimes second - nominees. While Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was confirmed despite a $40,000 tax error (that he later fixed), Tom Daschle (at left), Bill Richardson, Judd Gregg and Nancy Killefer all withdrew their names. Obama notably took blame for Daschle's drop-out saying, “I screwed up.
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SIGNATURE REQUIRED - The $787 billion stimulus package was a thorny legislative battle – it garnered only three GOP votes in the Senate and none in the House – but it ultimately gave Obama his first major victory in Congress. Many blogs were asking why Obama used so many pens to sign the bill. It turns out the engraved pens are given away as gifts, mainly to people who were helpful in getting the bill created or passed.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“THE WAR WE NEED TO WIN” - On the same day Obama signed the massive stimulus bill, he also approved an increase of 17,000 more U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Throughout his campaign, Obama said he believed the U.S. needed to focus less on the war in Iraq and more on the war in Afghanistan. He later told “60 Minutes” that approving the troop increase had been his most difficult decision in office so far.
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

STAND UP - When Obama delivered his first speech to the joint session of Congress, he said energy, health care and education were his budget priorities, and assured Americans: “We will rebuild, we will recover.” In the 52-minute speech he received 37 standing ovations. Obama’s speech was well-received by both the press and polls, but he still has his work cut out for him. Bush got 44 standing ovations for his 2005 State of Union.
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool/Getty Images)

“I’M OUTRAGED, TOO” - Public anger soared over bailouts and CEO compensation when AIG doled out more than $165 million in bonuses after accepting more than $170 billion in federal aid. After being criticized for waiting too long to respond, Obama went on a whirlwind media tour. He appeared on “60 Minutes,” “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and ESPN; he also held a prime time press conference and two town halls. When all was said and done, Obama said: “Blame me.
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AUTO LOANS - Amid public fury over bailouts, Obama’s auto plan – giving GM and Chrysler limited time to restructure if they wanted to receive more federal funding – was a decisive move. Even as he forced the resignation of GM CEO Rick Wagoner, Obama explained his bold plan: “This industry is, like no other, an emblem of the American spirit; a once and future symbol of America’s success.
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HISTORIC HOLLYWOOD MOMENT - Obama became the first sitting president to appear on “The Tonight Show.” He said he was “stunned” to learn of AIG’s bonus payments, defended Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and promised the puppy would soon be in the White House. Obama also made a careless joke about how his poor bowling performance, saying it was “like the Special Olympics.” He later phoned the chairman of the Special Olympics to apologize.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

FOREIGN AFFAIRS - While Obama’s first international trip was close to home – Canada – he soon racked up frequent flier miles, hitting eight more countries. In Europe, he attended G-20 meetings and visited Queen Elizabeth in Britain, met NATO leaders in France, made stops in Germany and the Czech Republic, reached out to Muslims in Turkey, and surprised U.S. troops in Iraq. Obama also went to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of the Americas.
(AP Photo/John Stillwell/Pool)

THE WAR IN IRAQ - On an unannounced – and short (about four hours) – stopover in Iraq, Obama told U.S. troops it is time for Iraqis “to take responsibility for their own country.” In February, Obama announced: “Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end.” But he added that a “transitional force” of up to 50,000 would remain.
(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HANDSHAKE DIPLOMACY - Obama smiled and shook hands with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas. Chavez gave Obama a book by Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano. The next day, “Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent” jumped from 54,295 to No. 2 on’s bestseller list.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


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