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Obama Presidency

These resources highlight the events and policies of President Barack Obama's tenure. Use these resources to support your students' research of Obama's time in office. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

  • Why was Barack Obama's election in 2008 considered so significant?
  • What reasons did President Barack Obama provide for healthcare reform? What criticisms did Obama's healthcare policy face? What, if any, is the proper role of the federal government in issues related to healthcare coverage for the nation's populace?.
  • What was the "Arab Spring?" What challenges did the Arab Spring pose for the Obama administration; should the United States become involved in supporting democratic uprisings in traditionally authoritarian societies?
  • Evaluate the success of President Barack Obama's tenure; would you view Obama's time in office as mostly successful or mostly unsuccessful? Explain.


  1. Overview: Obama Presidency
  2. Topic Center Overview: Beginning of a New Era, 2008–Present
  3. Outline: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Glossary Terms: individual mandate
  6. Glossary Terms: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  7. Photos & Illustrations: Obama, Barack signs American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  8. Photos & Illustrations: Obama, Barack, addresses Congress (2009)
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Obama, Barack: takes oath of office
  10. Reference Articles: birther movement
  11. Reference Articles: election of 2008
  12. Reference Articles: election of 2012
  13. Reference Articles: health care reform
  14. Political, Government & Court Documents: Bin Laden, Osama: press briefing on his death
  15. Speeches: Obama Barack: Inaugural Address (2009)
  16. Speeches: Obama, Barack: Statement on Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston, South Carolina
  17. Speeches: Obama, Barack: Statement on the Boston Marathon bombing (2013)
  18. Maps: Election map 2008
  19. Maps: Presidential Election, 2012
  20. Video: Obama, Barack: campaign speech

MLA Citation

"Obama Presidency." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2020, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Support/Display/2151804?cid=256. Accessed 20 Jan. 2020.

Entry ID: 2151804

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