Barack Obama (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership)

Barack Obama (Pivotal Presidents: Profiles in Leadership)

Hope Lourie Killcoyne

Language: English

Pages: 80

ISBN: 1615309454

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Profiles the United States' forty-fourth president, describing his early life and career, rise in politics, historic nomination and election, and time as president.


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challenges emerged, including new concerns about Libya’s stability. On September 11, 2012, four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in the northeastern city of Benghazi. On the day after the attack, President Obama declared, “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation,” and vowed “to see that justice is done for this terrible act.” Although initial intelligence reports led administration

pledged to Obama surpass the total needed to win the Democratic nomination. Obama officially accepted the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in August, becoming the first African American to be nominated for the presidency by either major party. SHOWDOWN WITH MCCAIN Obama’s Republican opponent for the presidency was Sen. John McCain of Arizona. When McCain criticized Obama as being too inexperienced for the office, Obama countered by choosing Joe Biden, a longtime senator

calling for a new relationship between the United States and the Muslim world. In recognition of such efforts, Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, with the Nobel committee citing his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.” Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjørn Jagland looks on as Pres. Barack Obama stands with his diploma and gold medal during the Nobel ceremony in Oslo, Norway, Dec. 10, 2009. Jan Johannessen/Getty

leaders to shape important legislation, and Republicans, claiming that they were being largely excluded from substantive negotiations on key bills, took what most Democrats saw as an obstructionist approach, earning the nickname the “Party of No” from liberal commentators. In early 2010 Obama looked forward to “Recovery Summer,” anticipating the payoff of the massive federal investment in infrastructure-improvement programs aimed at creating jobs and stimulating the economy. But as the summer of

11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. Pres. George W. Bush announced that he wanted the mastermind of the attacks, Osama bin Laden, captured—dead or alive—and a $25 million bounty was eventually issued for information leading to the killing or capture of the al-Qaeda leader. Bin Laden evaded capture, however, including in December 2001, when he was tracked by U.S. forces to the mountains of Tora Bora in eastern Afghanistan. Bin Laden’s trail subsequently went cold, and he was thought to be living

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