Former president Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961. Obama accomplished a lot in his eight years as president, but in just a few months since leaving office, he’s shown his commitment to improving the lives of his fellow Americans goes far beyond the White House.
1 – Rescued the country from the Great Recession, cutting the unemployment rate from 10% to 4.7% over six years.
2 – Signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans.
3 – Ended the war in Iraq.
4 – Ordered for the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden.
5 – Passed the $787 billion America Recovery and Reinvestment Act to spur economic growth during the Great Recession.
6 – Supported the LGBT community’s fight for marriage equality.
7 – Commuted the sentences of nearly 1200 drug offenders to reverse “unjust and outdated prison sentences”.
8 – Saved the U.S. auto industry.
9 – Helped put the U.S. ontrack for energy independence by 2020.
10 – Began the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan.
11 – Helped negotiate the landmark Iran Nuclear Deal.
12 – Began the process of normalizing relations with Cuba.