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The Obama Years How does Barack Obama plan to change the nation?
2008 Election • Senator Barack Obama defeats Senator Hilary Clinton in a very close primary election. Obama first Af-Am nominated for pres. • Obama runs against Sen. John Mc. Cain in general election • Obama’s campaign theme is hope & change, must undue the polices of the Bush Administration http: //www. jibja • Mc. Cain also distances himself from Bush, but chooses b. com/originals /hes_barack_o conservative Alaska Gov Sarah Palin as running mate bama • Obama easily wins election
Economic Crisis • Obama & Speaker of House Nancy Pelosi get congress to pass $780 billion stimulus package to help failing economy • Stimulus creates some jobs but slowly, increases deficit Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) 1. Requires all Americans to have health insurance 2. Insurance exchanges to provide coverage, Gov subsidies for those who can’t afford it 3. Cant be denied coverage for pre-existing condition 3
Republicans Retake House • 2010: Supreme Court rules in Citizen’s United case that corporations can give unlimited $ to campaigns (Super PACs) • Tea Party Movement -“right-wing” Republicans who want less taxes and less government gains momentum • Republicans take back house in 2010 midterm elections, elect John Boehner as Speaker (many Tea Party candidates elected) • Boehner and House Republicans will try to block many Obama programs and repeal Obamacare
Obama’s Foreign Policy • 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Obama appoints Hilary Clinton as Secy of State, goals include: End Iraq War Fix relationships with allies due to Iraq War End War in Afghanistan Finalize two state solution for Israel & Palestine Find Bin Laden/destroy Al-Queda Struggles in Middle East • 2011: Obama announces all US combat troops will leave Iraq at end of year • Iraq still struggling with violence and bringing true democracy to country • Obama pressuring Israel to sit down with Palestinians • Palestinians upset Israel building on their land, Obama asks Israel to stop 5
Bin Laden & Afghanistan • Intelligence reports Osama bin Laden may be living in a compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan • Obama orders Navy Seals to infiltrate house and kill Bin Laden • May 2, 2011: Navy Seals find & kill Bin Laden, Obama and cabinet watch event live Afghanistan • With Bin Laden dead, Obama announces he wants to wrap up war in Afghanistan by 2016 • But Taliban is becoming resurgent and country is very unstable 6