On Monday, January 21 President Barack Hussein Obama II will take his second oath of office for President of the Untied States. It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since he first took office, but he’s managed to do it with high approval ratings and without any scandals.
In honor of President Obama’s second term, lets take a look back at 15 of his most memorable moments as commander-in-chief.
1. Inauguration Day
President Barack Obama took the oath of office to become out nation’s first African-American president on January 20, 2009. More than 1.8 million people flooded the National Mall in Washington D.C to see the historic inauguration.
2. Wins Nobel Peace Prize
On December 10, 2009, President Obama was honored with the Noble Peace Prize “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
3. Passes Stimulus Package
President Obama signed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 during our nation’s greatest recession since the Great Depression.
4. Ends War in Iraq
The commander-in-chief ordered all U.S military to leave Iraq. On December 18, 2011 the last American troops evacuated the country.
5. Passes Health Care Reform
President Obama signed the health care bill into law on March 23, 2010. This expanded healthcare coverage to over 32 million uninsured Americans. Part of the bill included kicking banks out of the federal student loan program. Starting in July 2012, college students began getting their federal loans directly from government, and the amount of the Pell Grant increased for lower-income students.
6. Helps U.S. Auto Industry
The federal government gave $62 billion to General Motors and Chrysler to save the auto companies from filing bankruptcy. In 2011, the companies gained market share for the first time in 20 years.
7. Repeals Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
This repeal allowed gays and lesbians to openly serve in the U.S. military.
8. Releases Birth Certificate
The White House released copies of the President’s long-form birth certificate in April 2011 to end rumors that he was not born in the U.S.
9. Kills Osama bin Laden
In 2011, President Obama ordered a secret raid to enter a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The mission resulted in the murder of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.
10. Supports Gay Marriage
During an interview with ABC News, President Obama revealed that he believes same-sex couple should be able to get married. He became the first U.S. president to openly support gay marriage.
11. Sings Al Green
The Twitterverse went crazy when President Obama sang his version of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at a fundraiser in New York.
12. Improves School Nutrition
With the help of Beyoncé, Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign encouraged exercise and healthy living to millions of Americans. The President also signed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010 to require schools to provide healthier lunch options.
13. Helps South Sudan Declare Independence
President Obama appointed two envoys to Sudan and attended a special United Nations meeting to help the country achieve a peaceful split.
14. Holds First Twitter Town Hall Meeting
President Obama is clearly up on the times. In July, he held the first live Twitter town hall meeting to answer questions about the economy and jobs.
15. Re-elcted for a Second Term
President Obama won the presidential race over Republican nominee Mitt Romney after winning the popular and electoral vote on November 6.
What was your favorite moment of President Obama’s first term?