City: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: President of the United States; lawyer
The 44th president of the United States had no primary challenger, but his toughest opponent may be an economy that hasn’t budged much since he took office in 2009.
Obama was swept into office on a platform of hope and change, but he found jump-starting the economy to be a difficult proposition. An $814 billion stimulus did not drop the unemployment rate, though the White House argued that things would have been much worse without the aid to state workers, tax cuts and infrastructure project funding the stimulus provided.
He fought a bruising battle to overhaul America’s heath care system, only to watch his party lose control of the House of Representatives and trim its majority in the Senate.
On Obama’s watch, Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have wound down. But he is pilloried by the right for being soft on Iran, and by the left for keeping detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay.
He let the Bush-era tax cuts stand, outraging liberals who want the wealthy to pay more. But his attempts to raise taxes on the rich get tarred as “class warfare” by conservatives.
He and his wife, Michelle Obama, have two children. Her served in the U.S. Senate and in the Illinois legislature prior to that. Obama is a lawyer by profession.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation’s stubborn economic woes but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, “Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — President Barack Obama inherited a wreck of an economy, “put a floor under the crash” and laid the foundation for millions of good new jobs, former President Bill Clinton declared tonight in a Democratic National Convention appeal aimed at millions of hard-pressed Americans yet to decide how to vote.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Bill Clinton offered some of his luster to the Democratic National Convention with a prime-time address today even as an uncertain weather forecast forced President Barack Obama to scale back plans for a grand acceptance speech before a throng of 74,000 at an outdoor stadium on the convention’s final night.
TAMPA, Fla. — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team reached out today to connect with critical voting groups — veterans, Hispanics and women — while gleefully mocking the man he is out to defeat in November.
Jim Gray has a strategy that results in neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney occupying the White House next year. It goes like this: