Tribpedia: Barack Obama

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Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States, first elected on November 4, 2008, and sworn in on January 20, 2009, re-elected on Nov. 4th, 2012 and sworn in on Jan. 20, 2013. He and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.

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President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.
President Obama talked about the U.S. economy in a speech on July 10, 2014, at the Paramount Theatre in Austin.

In Conference Call, Obama Urges Texas Democrats to Vote

President Obama on Monday urged Democratic voters to turn out on Election Day for Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, the candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, warning in a conference call that voter apathy would ensure Republicans retain control in Texas. 

Despite a double-digit shortfall in most early polls, Democratic candidate Wendy Davis predicts victory in the race for Texas governor on Oct. 22, 2014.
Despite a double-digit shortfall in most early polls, Democratic candidate Wendy Davis predicts victory in the race for Texas governor on Oct. 22, 2014.

Davis: I'd Be "Thrilled" to Have Obama's Help

While many Democrats in southern states are running away from Barack Obama as fast as they can, Sen. Wendy Davis leaned into her embrace of the president on Wednesday, saying she valued his support and would welcome him on the campaign trail. 

President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theater in Austin July 10, 2014, following a two-day swing thorough Texas.
President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at the Paramount Theater in Austin July 10, 2014, following a two-day swing thorough Texas.

Analysis: In 2014 Campaigns, President's Shadow Looms

This isn’t going to go down as a year when big ideas and political celebrity decided the elections. It’ll go down as a referendum on the Democrat who has been in the White House for the last six years. Democratic candidates want to talk issues; Republicans just want to talk about Barack Obama

Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.
Gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are shown on primary night on March 4, 2014.

Analysis: A Personal and Political Race for Governor

Political campaigns can be cunning and crafty affairs where candidates are cautiously presented and positions are carefully tailored to voters. But the contenders are humans, and policy is sometimes personal. Consider Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott, the two candidates for governor. 

GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.

Abbott Calls Davis "Obama's Ideological Twin"

Dismissing his opponent as “Barack Obama’s ideological twin,” Attorney General Greg Abbott on Saturday expressed confidence that he will trounce Democrat Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial election in November. Asked about a Davis TV ad on his dissenting opinion in a 1993 case involving a woman raped by a door-to-door salesman, Abbott said “the opinion speaks for itself.”

Gov. Rick Perry announces the deployment of National Guard troops along the Texas border as Texas Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listens at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry announces the deployment of National Guard troops along the Texas border as Texas Guard Adjutant General John Nichols listens at the Texas Capitol on July 21, 2014.

The Brief: A Home-State Reality Check for Perry

This week's House committee hearing in which leading officials in charge of executing the plan said they never asked for Guard troops revealed another aspect of Rick Perry's border action, according to the Houston Chronicle's Patrick Svitek.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor, addressing supporters on July 13, 2014, in East Austin.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the 2014 Democratic nominee for governor, addressing supporters on July 13, 2014, in East Austin.

The Brief: Is Running From Obama a Viable Strategy?

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bob Ray Sanders is pushing back against one major tenet of the conventional wisdom surrounding the race for governor: Wendy Davis needs to maintain a healthy separation between her and President Obama.

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

In McRaven or Fisher, a New Kind of UT Chancellor

The two candidates to replace outgoing UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa — Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of the United States Special Operations Command, and Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas — are neither a product of state politics nor of academia, the typical backgrounds of the heads of university systems in Texas.  

 

Gov. Rick Perry points out his new glasses in a speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.
Gov. Rick Perry points out his new glasses in a speech to the Texas Republican Convention on June 5, 2014.

Analysis: Not Bad, for a Lame Duck

The governor is coming to the end of his 14-year reign at the top of state governor, but Rick Perry is not showing the normal tendencies of a political short-timer. He was center stage on the national and state levels last week, in parleys with the president on border matters and, through his appointees, forcing changes at the University of Texas.

Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014
Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Greg Abbott, speaks to crowd at Lavazza Coffee House on Congress Avenue, a few blocks away from Paramount Theater where President Obama was scheduled to speak later in the day. July 10th, 2014

The Brief: Abbott Puts $50M Price Tag on Surge of Child Migrants

Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has put a price tag on the cost to Texas taxpayers of the surge of unaccompanied minors across the border.

President Barack Obama in a speech to Texas Democrats at the Paramount Theater July 10, 2014.
President Barack Obama in a speech to Texas Democrats at the Paramount Theater July 10, 2014.

Amid Immigration Crisis, Obama Focuses on Economy

In a speech in downtown Austin on Thursday, President Obama largely avoided discussion of the ongoing immigration troubles in Texas, and instead talked about economic progress made under his watch. Then, he skipped the line for lunch at Franklin Barbecue before heading back to Washington.

Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP nominee for governor, spoke at the Lavazza coffee shop, a few blocks away from where President Obama spoke later in the day on July 10, 2014.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the GOP nominee for governor, spoke at the Lavazza coffee shop, a few blocks away from where President Obama spoke later in the day on July 10, 2014.

Obama Visit Becomes Talking Point in Governor's Race

President Obama’s visit to Texas became fodder in the governor’s race Thursday, with Democrat Wendy Davis suggesting he should visit the U.S-Mexico border in person and Republican Greg Abbott challenging him to adopt the “Texas model” in Washington.

 

Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.
Gov. Rick Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw spoke at a June 23, 2014, news conference following a tour of a federal facility housing unaccompanied minors in Weslaco, Texas. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to step up border patrols.

In Border Crisis, Perry Finds a Political Advantage

While the federal and state governments squabble over what to do about immigrant children on the Texas-Mexico border, Gov. Rick Perry is scoring political points on an issue of high importance to Republican voters. His positions on related issues helped sink his first run for president in 2011.

President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
President Barack Obama speaking in Austin on Thursday, May 9, 2013.

Polling Center: Obama Weighs Heavily on Texas Democrats

There is a reason so many Texas Republicans are mentioning the Democratic president in their commercials: He's unpopular with Republicans, and moderates and some Democrats have their reservations, too. The president's numbers among his own supporters in Texas are as low as they have ever been.

Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010. Founded in 1970, the People's Community Clinic is a primary care center for the medically under served and uninsured.
Patients wait to be seen at the People's Community Clinic in Austin, on Nov. 8, 2010. Founded in 1970, the People's Community Clinic is a primary care center for the medically under served and uninsured.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Dec. 4, 2013

Your evening reading: Texas gets OK to boost payments to primary care docs; Davis says she would have vetoed cuts to public schools; radioactive material stolen in Mexico