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U.S. Presidential Election
Obama's major moments - Sort by:
Obama's major moments
Historic moments in Barack Obama's presidency.
USA-OBAMA/GUNA
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5 Jan. 2016
PLEA FOR GUN CONTROL: In January 2016, Obama shed tears... more
USA-OBAMA/GUNA
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5 Jan. 2016
Washington, UNITED STATES
PLEA FOR GUN CONTROL: In January 2016, Obama shed tears while speaking about the young victims of Sandy Hook, the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," he said. "That changed me, that day ... My hope earnestly has been that it would change the country."

In a powerful address in the White House, surrounded by family members of people killed in shootings, Obama's voice rose to a yell as he said the constitutional rights of Americans to bear arms needed to be balanced by the right to worship, gather peacefully and live their lives.

At that announcement, Obama ordered stricter gun rules that he can impose without Congress and urged American voters to reject pro-gun candidates, and laid out executive action that requires more gun sellers to get licenses and more gun buyers to undergo background checks.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
USA-FLORIDA/SHOOTING
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27 Feb. 2013
SHOOTING DEATH OF TRAYVON MARTIN: "If I had a son,... more
USA-HEALTHCARE/ENROLLMENT/
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28 Mar. 2014
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: The law, which expanded health... more
OBAMA-AUTOS/
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7 Jan. 2015
REVIVING THE AUTO INDUSTRY: Obama's rescue of the American... more
USA-COURT/GAYMARRIAGE
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27 Jun. 2015
LEGALIZATION OF GAY MARRIAGE: The Supreme Court ruled... more
PAKISTAN-POLIO/
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18 Dec. 2012
POST-BIN LADEN BACKLASH AGAINST PAKISTAN'S POLIO AID... more
IRAN-NUCLEAR/
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14 Jul. 2015
IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: After the U.S. signed a nuclear... more
USA-CUBA/
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21 Mar. 2016
THAWING RELATIONS WITH CUBA: Breaking with longstanding... more
G8/
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17 Jun. 2013
FREEZING RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA: President Barack Obama... more
USA-OBAMA/CRIMINAL-JUSTICE
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16 Jul. 2015
HISTORIC PRISON VISIT: Obama, who wrote in his memoir... more
USA-SHOOTING/SOUTH CAROLINA
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26 Jun. 2015
CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING EULOGY: An impassioned President... more
USA-CIVILRIGHTS/SELMA
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7 Mar. 2015
50th ANNIVERSARY OF SELMA MARCH: "Fifty years from... more
OBAMA-REGULATION/
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14 Sep. 2009
FINANCIAL REFORM: In July 2010, Obama signed into law... more
USA-IMMIGRATION/GRADUATES
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16 Jun. 2012
PUSH FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM: Obama's plan to spare... more
USA/
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11 Jul. 2009
DEPORTATIONS CONTINUE: Since taking office in January... more
NORTH DAKOTA-PIPELINE/
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21 Nov. 2016
STANDING ROCK PIPELINE PROTESTS: Thousands of Native... more
USA-SOTOMAYOR/
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8 Aug. 2009
APPOINTING JUSTICE SONIA SOTOMAYOR: Sotomayor became... more
USA-COURT/KAGAN
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1 Oct. 2010
APPOINTING JUSTICE ELENA KAGAN: Elena Kagan joined... more
USA/
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5 Nov. 2007
BANNING TORTURE: Obama banned the use of interrogation... more
IRAQ-WITHDRAWAL/
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20 Dec. 2011
WITHDRAWING FROM IRAQ: After nine years of war that... more
OBAMA-MUSLIMS/ISLAM
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4 Jun. 2009
OBAMA AND THE MUSLIM WORLD: Addressing the world's... more
CLIMATECHANGE-PACT/
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23 Apr. 2016
FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE: The U.S. signed the Paris... more
JAPAN-OBAMA/HIROSHIMA
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27 May. 2016
ATOMIC LEGACY OF HIROSHIMA: Obama became the first... more
OBAMA/
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30 Jul. 2009
BEER SUMMIT: In July 2009, Harvard scholar Henry Louis... more
OBAMA/LABOR
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29 Jan. 2009
LILLY LEDBETTER EQUAL PAY ACT: The first bill Obama... more
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