The Obama Era

  • Birth

    Barrack Hussien Obama II was born in Honululu, Hawaii. His parents were Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham. This is significant to U.S History because Obama would become the first African American President of the United States
  • Teenage Years

    Teenage Years
    During highschool, Obama was infleunced by rap culture and other influences of Chicago. He admits that his use of marijuana and alcohol were mistakes, but he also feels that it helped me mature.
  • Occidental College

    Occidental College
    Obama was admitted and chose to attend this small college in Los Angeles. He would eventually transfer out of the college.
  • Transfer to Columbia

    Transfer to Columbia
    Obama transfered to Columbia University where he majored in Political Science. He also specialiazed International Relations.
  • Harvard Law School

    Harvard Law School
    Obama entered Harvard Law School
  • UChicago Lecturer

    UChicago Lecturer
    Obama returned to Chicago as a teacher at UChicago in 1992 and taught until 2004.
  • State Senator

    Obama was selected as a State Senator for Illinois 13th District in 1996. He was a state senator and a lecturer at the same time! This was Obama's first major political achievement,
  • Re-elected to State Senate

    In 1998, Obama was re-elected to the Illinois State Senate
  • Lost Election for Congress

    Obama ran for the House of Representatives and was not elected
  • Chairman in State Senate

    Obama became chairman of the State Senate's Health and Human Services committie. He lead the way to bipartisan reform in racial profiling and police organization.
  • U.S Senate

    In 2004, Obama was elected to the U.S Senate with 70% of the vote. While campaigning, he actively spoke out against Bush's War in Iraq.
  • Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act

    Obama consponsered this legistation to create a online serach engine to track government spending. USAspending,gov
  • Announcement for Presidency

    Obama announced that he would run for President in 2008; hoping to become the first African American President of the United States.
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    First Term

    Obama's first term as President
  • Election Day!

    Obama was elected as the first African American President of the United States. He beat John Mccain by winning 52.9% of the popular vote to Mccain's 45.7%. History was made as he gave his victory speech in Chicago's Grant Park.
  • Resignation from Senate

    Obama announced that he would leave the Senate to focus on his transition to President.
  • Inauguration

    The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President took place on January 20, 2009. This was a historical event; many people visited Washington D.C. to celebrate the first African American President.
  • War in Afganhistan

    Obama sends 17,000 aditional troops to Afgahnistan to stop terrorism.
  • Guantanamo Bay Closing?

    Early in his Presidency, Obama ordered the closing of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facililty. Congress prevented his order from completion. This set the stage for a long four years. It was apparent that Republicans would not allow Obama to pass much legistation.
  • Bailouts?

    Obama warns congres that bailouts may be necessary to strengthen the economy in the long term.
  • AIG

    AIG recorded a 62 billion dollar loss in the 4th quarter of 2008. Congress provides a bailout of 30 billion dollars to help the company. This was an additional bailout. Questionable decision, I don't know. But, it was a controversial topic.
  • Stem Cells

    Obama overturns Bush policy and promises human clonning will be banned.
  • Recession Statistics

    Report from Federal Reserve shows that families los 18% of wealth in 2008. This shows that our recsession was very series and could have more devastating effects if not dealt with quickly and carefully.
  • Iowa Supreme Court

    Iowa Supreme Court decides denying marraige to same-sex couples is unconsitutional. Iowa is first mid-western state to allow same-sex marraige. Same-sex marraige has been one of the most contreversial issues in the Obama Era.
  • Somalian Pirates

    Pirates capture American ship and kidnap captain. Obama authorized a successful sniper operation to rescue. Displays the hostile world.
  • Swine Flu

  • Nebraska Smoking Ban

    Nebraska issues a statewide ban on smoking in public places. America moves to a healthier society.
  • Sarah Palin Resignantion

    Sarah Palin resigns as governor of Alsaka. This promted media speculation of her run for presidency in 2012.
  • Sonia Sotomayor

    Sotomayor becomes the first hispanic supreme court justice in this history of USA.
  • G20 Summit

    Many world leaders gather in Pittsburgh to discuss future of the world. Obama annouces movement towards non-proliferation and global economy.
  • Too-soon-nami

    8.3 magnitude earthquake near Samoan Islands triggers tsunami killing 189 people.
  • Unemployment

    Unemployment reaches 10.0%, which is the highest since 1983. Many people become annoyed with Obama since improvements are not quick.
  • Mass Shooting

    Ft. Hood military base experiences the worst mass shooting at a U.S. military base when Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opens fire, killing 13 and wounding dozens.
  • Nobel Peace Prize

    Obama was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to make peace in the Middle East
  • Same-Sex Marraige

    Same-Sex Marraige becomes legal in New Hampshire. This adds to the debate of marraige in the USA.
  • Google Cyber-attack

    Google annouces that they were attacked through cyber medium by China. This causes Google to threaten leaving China and bringing jobs to other countries.
  • State of the Union

    Obama gives his first State of the Union Speech, in which he calls for the end of the Don't Ask Don't Tell, creation of jobs, and healthcare reform.
  • Women in the Navy

    The United States Navy officially announces that it will end its ban of women in submarines.
  • Congress makes Progress

    Congress passes the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
  • Obamacare

    Obama signs the Affordable Care Act into law aiming to insure 95% of Americans.
  • Oil Spill...

    Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig explodes and spills oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This is the biggest enviromental disaster in American history
  • Troops Out!

    The last combat troops from Iraw head home. Obama keeps his promise to remove troops from Iraq and end the war.
  • General Motors!

    GM returns to the New York Stock Exchange after decarling for bankruptcy. Shows promise for American Auto Industry. On Nov. 30, GM would celebrate the Chevy Volt (GM's first all electric).
  • Arab Spring

    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigns after widespread protests calling for his departure, leaving control of Egypt in the hands of the military until a general election can be held.
  • Japan Earthquake

    A 9.1-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, killing 15,840 and leaving another 3,926 missing. Emergencies were declared at four nuclear power plants affected by the quake. Some of these nuclear areas are still deserted.
  • Tango Down

    Obama announces that Osama bin Laden, the founder and leader of the militant group Al-Qaeda, has been killed during an American military operation in Pakistan
  • Organ Transplant

    The world's first artificial organ transplant is achieved, using an artificial windpipe coated with stem cells.[
  • Occupy Wall Street

    Is Wall Street Occupied? Occupy Wall Street protests begin in the United States. This develops into the Occupy movement which spreads to 82 countries by October.
  • Gaddafi Dead

    Arab Spring and the Libyan civil war: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is killed in Sirte, with National Transitional Council forces taking control of the city, and ending the war. Gaddafi has been a threat and enemy to America and this is a victory for us.
  • Egypt's Back

    At least 79 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured after a football match in Port Said, Egypt

    Hurricane Sandy kills at least 209 people in the Caribbean, Bahamas, United States and Canada. Considerable storm surge damage causes major disruption to the eastern seaboard of the United States.
  • Attacks on US Embassies

    A series of terrorist attacks are directed against United States diplomatic missions worldwide, as well as diplomatic missions of Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the US, opinions are divided over whether the attacks are a reaction to a YouTube trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims. In Libya, among the dead is US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.