Notable moments in Obama's presidency
Notable moments in Obama's presidency
January 20, 2009: Obama sworn in.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States becoming the first African-American to assume the office and ushering in a year of policy changes on the economic, international, domestic and political fronts. President Obama and his family also dominated pop culture, impacting everything from fashion to race relations to gardening. (Jan. 20, 2009)
January 22, 2009: Obama signs executive orders to shut down Guantanamo Bay.
President Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, and retired military members, began overhauling U.S. treatment of terror suspects by signing executive orders and a presidential directive aimed at closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center in the Oval Office of the White House. (Jan. 22, 2009)
February 27, 2009: Obama announced his plan to withdraw from Iraq.
President Barack Obama reads his speech for photographers after delivering a televised address marking the the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House. (Aug. 31, 2010)
March 9, 2009: Obama allows federal funding for embryonic research.
President Barack Obama signed an executive order to permit federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. In the photo above, Obama speaks during a Democratic National Committee event at the Broadway Theatre. (June 23, 2011)
March 20, 2009: First sitting president on “Tonight’s Show.”
President Barack Obama, left, appears on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in Burbank, Calif. (March 20, 2009)
March 29, 2009: Obama bails out General Motors and Chrysler.
Fritz Henderson, the new Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, holds a news conference to discuss announcements made by President Obama about the Task Force on Autos and U.S. Treasury's decisions on aid to the auto industry at GM World Headquarters March 31, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Henderson replaced former GM CEO Rick Wagoner who was forced out by the Obama administration.
March 31, 2009: President Obama’s first meeting with the Queen of England. Obama gives her an iPod.
President and his wife Michelle, in conversation with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, during an audience at Buckingham Palace in London.
July 30, 2009: Hosted a “Beer Summit.”
In this July 30, 2009, photo, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, second from right, in the Rose Garden of the White House. Obama invited Gates Jr. and Crowley to join him for a beer in hopes of quieting the furor over the president's comment that in taking Gates into custody police had "acted stupidly."
October 9, 2009: Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize.
Nobel peace Prize laureate, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive for the Nobel ceremony in the City Hall. (Dec. 10, 2009)
March 23, 2010: Signs health care bill.
President Barack Obama signs the health care bill in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (March 23, 2010)
August 6, 2010: Elena Kagan becomes President Obama's second successful pick for the Supreme Court.
Elena Kagan as she takes her seat on Capitol Hill in Washington. (June 28, 2010)
April 9, 2011: Avoided government shutdown.
U.S. diplomats and federal workers take part in a rally against the prospect of a government shutdown in Washington. (April 8, 2011)
April 27, 2011: Obama releases birth certificate.
This handout image provided by the White House shows a copy of the long form of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii.
April 30, 2011: President Obama mocks Donald Trump.
President Barack Obama points to the video screen as he starts his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington. During the Correspondent's Dinner Obama mocked reality star Donald Trump. (April 30, 2011)
May 1, 2011: Death of Osama bin Laden
In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Vice President, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House. (May 1, 2011)
May 5, 2011: President Obama comes to New York to honor 9/11 victims.
Obama lays a wreath in honor of 9/11 victims four days after U.S. forces found and killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. (May 5, 2011)
May 29, 2011: President Barack Obama visits Missouri Tornado Victims.
Obama walks with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, and FEMA director William Craig Fugate, left, as they view damage from the tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo. (May 29, 2011)