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Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017. Use for questions specific to Barack Obama or his policies. Use with the [united-states] tag.

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Why didn't Obama nominate replacement for Scalia?

When Justice Scalia died in February 2016, why didn't Obama nominate a progressive replacement while he still could instead of risking that the succeeding president nominates a conservative one, which ...
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How did Obama improve the economy

Obama inherited a bad economy from Bush. My question what policies is Obama responsible for for improving the economy? What exactly did Obama do? When I look at the stats its clear during his ...
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Is it possible for a US President to end DACA?

President Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy that his predecessor President Obama had created. Trump's administration failed to end it. Is it ...
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During Trump's presidency, did White Americans (on average, still) believe there was more anti-White than anti-Black bias in the US?

An interesting, perhaps, survey on perceptions of racial inequality in the US, conducted some 10 years ago, as (somewhat better) summarized in another paper (of the same authors): Norton and Sommers (...
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Is there a "double-standard" in the SCOTUS June 2020 ruling on DACA?

On June 18, 2020, SCOTUS ruled Trump's ending of DACA was invalid. The reason -- as I understand it -- was that Trump acted by written memorandum instead of following the formal Administrative ...
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Did Obama tweet in any foreign languages during his presidency?

During Obama's presidency, did he tweet (or otherwise post on social media) in any foreign languages, akin to Trump's tweet in Farsi today? (And yes, I'm aware that he probably didn't type out that ...
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Has Trump done more for Taiwan than Obama has during their respective terms in office?

After visiting relatives living in Taiwan that a good many of them have favorable impressions towards Trump, more so than Obama. It surprises me, because Taiwan is viewed more as a liberal country ...
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Did the Obama administration make any statements on lethal aid for Ukraine?

In today's impeachment hearing, Republicans mentioned a number of times that the Obama administration did not provide lethal aid to Ukraine, even though officials (at least today's witness Ambassador ...
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Did Obama notify Congress (the Intelligence committees in particular) that the bin Laden raid was ongoing?

Trump said recently that he did not notify Congress that the raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was ongoing because Trump feared a leak from Congress. So he only notified Congress after the US ...
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What percentage of Obama and Bush's speeches were aired?

Recently, the major over-the-air (OTA) broadcast networks aired a speech by Donald Trump on immigration. Many news organizations and commentators contrasted this to a previous decision, in 2014, to ...
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How do Obama and Trump era uses of pepper spray and tear gas against migrants on the Mexico-US border differ?

A caravan the Trump administration discussed at length before the US midterms recently reached a port of entry, and was attacked with tear gas. After this proved controversial, there was much ...
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Was the enacting of DACA unconstitutional?

I had seen one of the arguments towards Trump's efforts to end/reform DACA was that Obama had exceeded his Presidential power when executing such an order. U.S. District Judge William Alsup ...
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Did Obama make any statements on the OPM breach?

From Wikipedia's page on Office of Personnel Management data breach : In June 2015, the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced that it had been the target of a data breach ...
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Why didn't Barack Obama try to force the Senate to hold hearings on SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland?

US Constitution Article 2 says this about the appointments to the Supreme Court: [the President] shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint (...) Judges ...
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Searching for an explanation of the following Trump tweet about phone taps

Does anybody understand what Trump was referring to in the following 3/4/17 tweet: How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/...
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Did Obama enable the US gov't to spend close to 20,000 dollars per month on every illegal immigrant's child?

This "meme" http://static.politifact.com.s3.amazonaws.com/politifact/photos/Obama_paying_illegal_kids_FB_post_1.jpg managed to get circulated to my facebook. I looked it up and according to ...
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What did the 2012 Obama campaign election app ask of its users vs. what did it actually do?

What I mean is, if I downloaded the app: What information did the app ask of me? What did the app want me to do? What did I knowingly agree to, that the app will do? I don't seem to find a lot of ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

Based on this answer, and the fact that the discussion was said to get off topic and I wanted to know more, I thought about asking this question to find an answer. It seems to me that both campaigns ...
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How does Trump's new national security plan differ from Obama's?

President Trump just recently released a new national security plan (full report). How does it differ from Obama's?
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Could Obama have legally appointed a third party or more than three Democrats to the FCC?

I've read the president's party can only have a 3-2 majority in the FCC? Is this a law or a tradition? And, is there anything that prohibits the president from appointing a different minority to the ...
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How did Obama "Fundamentally transform America?" [closed]

Most conservatives I talk to or hear about are very hot and bothered by what Obama has "done to America". They are very passionate about it. So passionate that I would like to understand where they ...
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How does Trump's stance on Cuba differ from Obama's?

Obama administration were in the midst of restoring diplomatic relation with Cuba. Towards the last months of his presidency, he visited the nation. How does Donald Trump's policy regarding Cuba ...
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Did the White House hold any Yazidi religious festivities during the Obama administration?

During the Obama administration, were any Yazidi religious festivities held in the White House? Also, what is the most populous religion (ideally worldwide but US-based is also ok) that has religious ...
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Has John Kerry explained why he is against a new Iran bill?

John Kerry said on Twitter: After Rouhani’s reelection, there is much up in the air/room for misinterpretation. This is not the moment for a new Iran bill. 9:04 PM - 24 May 2017 Has he made any ...
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Why did Obama tell Trump that North Korea would be his toughest task?

I have seen a few references to Obama telling President Trump that North Korea would be his toughest challenge. With all the other activities going on such as Russia meddling with US elections, ISIS ...
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Where can I find the text of the DACA action?

I am looking for a PDF or website that has the actual text of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order that President Obama issued in 2012. Is there a PDF out there for it?
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What policy implication would "non-whites-only space" generate? [closed]

A group of students in Michigan is demanding a "non-whites-only" space so they can organize on social justice, specifically for people of color; (See here). The group's stated goal is to "fight ...
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Did anyone associated with Nobel Peace Prize comment later on Barack Obama being awarded one?

There are lots of random people (ironically, both left and right) who have issues with Barack Obama being awarded Nobel Peace Prize, although perhaps for different reasons. Of course, their opinions, ...
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How many bombs were dropped by the US military during Obama's entire presidency?

It was recently stated that Obama dropped a total 26 171 bombs in the year 2016 which makes me wonder: How many bombs were dropped by the US military during Obama's entire presidency? I could not ...
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Why were Obama's refugee admissions so few during the bulk of Syrian crisis?

David French had this to say: The Syrian Civil War touched off in 2011. Here are the Syrian-refugee admissions to the U.S. until Obama decided to admit more than 13,000 in 2016: Fiscal Year 2011: 29 ...
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Obama's 2011 ban on Iraqi refuges vs Trump's ban

Quoting ABC News: As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News Trump's January 25 ban applied to ...
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Difference between Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda

As seen on Wikipedia, Donald Trump seems to have signed only 1 executive order and 5 presidential memoranda, as opposed to all being executive orders. What's the difference between an executive order ...
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Did President Obama put any conditions of the aid to Palestinians to prevent funding terrorists?

There has been a rapprochement of sorts between Hamas and the PLO recently. The Palestinian Authority's announcement that it will send 3,000 police officers to Gaza as part of a unity agreement ...
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What reason would the Obama Administration have for releasing $221M to Palestine, right before leaving office?

I had just learned of this from Bradley's question here. What reasons would that administration have for suddenly giving such a large amount of money to a country in direct conflict with one of its ...
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Could Snowden (in theory) be pardoned by the US president?

The German Tagesschau writes* that Snowden was not among those pardoned by Obama, contrary to prior speculations. As far as I am aware, pardoning means to reduce a sentence. However, I thought that ...
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Why did Obama commute Chelsea Manning's sentence?

I honestly don't understand, she leaked hundreds of thousands of US government documents to WikiLeaks when she was a Private in the U.S. military, and she's going to be released on 17 May 2017 after ...
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Who runs the USA when the presidents are switching?

I assume Obama wouldn't be responsible for anything that happened on the 20th January but neither Trump could be as he wouldn't have the chance to practically manage to take over the important ...
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How did George W. Bush make torture legal and what did Obama undo?

In the George W. Bush era, how did government organizations get away with using torture? Obviously it was illegal. What legislation did they pass, and what did Obama undo? In this article, it talks ...
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Has power been stripped away from the US Constitution, during the Obama Administration?

In an interview on 60 Minutes last month, the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, was being asked about his opinions of Donald Trump. One of his answers included the following quote (...
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How many jobs were created during Obama's presidency?

This report on Wikipedia seemed to indicate that about 11 million jobs were created during Obama's term. But there seems to be some controversy in the numbers, like from this source: claiming 14 ...
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The US Congress has passed a restoration of sanctions on Iran; can the President veto it?

The US senate has passed (99 to 0) an extension of the sanctions against Iran. President Obama could veto the bill before it becomes law. The veto can be overridden. What then? What tools does ...
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Why did Chancellor Merkel invite just five European leaders to Berlin at "Obama's final day in Berlin"?

Chancellor Merkel held talks with US and European leaders in Berlin. Anyway, from a politico-economic union of 28 member states, just the representatives of 5 were invited. Did her office give an ...
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When is the authority to launch a nuclear strike transitioned?

At what exact moment in a presidential transition does the outgoing president lose and the incoming president gain the authority to launch a nuclear strike?
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The GOP, Obama administration, and Cuba

Why do Republicans in Congress oppose the Obama administration's rapprochement with Cuba?
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What's the explanation behind Obama's joke about Bernie Sanders?

I am French and not well-informed on everything happening with the US election. Hence my puzzled state when hearing the joke Obama made about Bernie Sanders: You look like a million bucks. Or, to ...
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Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Why won't President Obama apologize for the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? He will be visiting Hiroshima soon, and he has said that he isn't going to be apologizing.
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Why is Obama visiting Hiroshima?

Obama will be visiting Hiroshima. He has said that he isn't going to be apologising, and it seems unlikely that he'll be there to praise the fruits of a government scientific/technological project ...
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On what grounds can President Obama run for a third time?

Only one president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, has ever served more than two terms. A while ago President Obama has announced that he will not run a third time and said: "even if the 22nd Amendment ...
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In what issue was Barack Obama the only dissenting vote

I think I heard somewhere that there was a vote in the senate where Barack Obama was the only dissenting vote. I believe it was a vote to validate a war action. This would be when Obama was a ...
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Does Obamacare grant transitional authority to the President?

President Obama has been claiming that a lot of his actions lately on Obamacare are allowed because the ACA grants him broad "transitional authority" to do certain actions necessary to make the ...
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