Tribpedia: Barack Obama

 

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.

Texas vs. the Feds — A Look at the Lawsuits

Since President Obama took office in 2009, the state of Texas has sued his administration at least 42 times. Attorney General Ken Paxton's office has provided cost estimates for 39 of those cases, which as of mid-2016 totaled about $5.9 million. Here's a look at each of those lawsuits, including summaries of the case, related costs and where things stand.

Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday reads a speech during an evening vigil to honor five slain Dallas police officers at the state Capitol on July 14, 2016.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday reads a speech during an evening vigil to honor five slain Dallas police officers at the state Capitol on July 14, 2016.

Vigil Honors Fallen Dallas Police

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Law enforcement officials, legislators and citizens formed a sea of blue Thursday night at the state Capitol, raising blue glow sticks in the air during a vigil to honor the lives of the five police officers who were killed in Dallas one week ago.

 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas on July 12, 2016.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas on July 12, 2016.

Obama, Bush Call for Unity at Dallas Memorial

President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the best way to honor the lives of the officers is for Americans to put aside their differences and unite. 

Opponents and supporters of the Fort Worth Independent School District's guidelines for transgender children pack a school board meeting on May 10, 2016.
Opponents and supporters of the Fort Worth Independent School District's guidelines for transgender children pack a school board meeting on May 10, 2016.

U.S. to Order Schools to Accommodate Transgender Student Bathroom Use

The Obama administration plans to issue a type of executive order on Friday directing every public school in the nation to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity, according to a report in the New York Times.

President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at the Austin Music Hall on Friday, March 11, 2016.
President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser at the Austin Music Hall on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Obama Mocks GOP For Giving Rise to Trump

Weighing in on the controversial candidacy of Donald Trump, President Obama ridiculed the so-called "Republican establishment" for being "shocked" by the billionaire's rise to presidential frontrunner. 

President Barack Obama spoke about civic engagement in a digital age at Austin's South by Southwest on March 11, 2016.
President Barack Obama spoke about civic engagement in a digital age at Austin's South by Southwest on March 11, 2016.

Obama: Texas Leaders "Aren't Interested" in Higher Voter Turnout

Texas’ Republican leadership has stifled voter turnout, and the public sector should do more to encourage online voting and other civic engagement, President Barack Obama said in an interview Friday with Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.

Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith interviewed President Barack Obama about civic engagement in a digital age at Austin's South by Southwest on March 11, 2016.
Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith interviewed President Barack Obama about civic engagement in a digital age at Austin's South by Southwest on March 11, 2016.

Watch President Obama Speak at SXSW

South by Southwest got a visit Friday from President Obama, who sat down with Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith for a conversation focused on civic engagement in a digital age. Watch the interview here.

Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston Saturday, February 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.
Hillary Clinton greets supporters at Texas Southern University in Houston Saturday, February 20, 2016, after winning the Nevada caucus.

Five Texas Counties Rejected Clinton Twice, Eight Years Apart

Hillary Clinton ran for president in a Texas Democratic primary in 2008, winning most of the counties in the state. Eight years later, she did it again. We’ve mapped the results to show where she was consistently strong and weak.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz takes questions after The Family Leader's Presidential Family Forum on Nov. 20, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cruz: I Would Carpet Bomb ISIS Into Oblivion

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Ted Cruz said here Saturday that the 2016 presidential race has entered a more serious phase following the shooting massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., and escalated his rhetoric on foreign policy with a vow to kill Islamic State terrorists.

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.