On May 9, 2012, he became the first sitting US President to openly support legalizing same-sex marriage.
On December 14, 2012, after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut occurred, Obama had said, "We're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics".
Obama promised his daughters that the family would get a dog if he was elected president.
In April 2009, Senator Ted Kennedy, the brother of former President John F.
Obama reduced US participation in the Iraq War and continued the war on terror which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
Obama started a no-fly-zone policy on the Libyan civil war that ended in October 2011 with the killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi.Kennedy, gave Obama one of his dogs, a Portuguese water dog named Bo. His maternal grandmother died just before Obama won the election to become President.Obama has a half sister who is a teacher in Hawaii. Obama became President of the United States on January 20, 2009. He asked Congress to spend an extra 7 billion (7,000,000,000) to try to end the recession. The stimulus bill funded many road projects, gave money to schools, gave tax credits to many Americans, and funded many science and research projects. Bush started, giving billions of dollars to car companies and banks so that they would not go bankrupt.He criticized his Republican opponents for wanting to cut welfare benefits for the poor rather than raising taxes to help pay down the debt.He also signed the Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 in 2010, allowing openly gay men and openly lesbian women in the armed forces.He also enacted many acts to create public works jobs to help the economy.He became the first president to openly express support for gay marriage, proposed gun control as a result of the Sandy Hook school shooting and opened diplomatic relations with Cuba. In 1965 his mother married a man from Indonesia named Lolo Soetoro. He spent most of his childhood in Hawaii and Chicago, Illinois, although he lived in Jakarta, Indonesia with his mother and stepfather from age 6 to age 10.In foreign policy, Obama made a plan to slowly withdraw troops from Iraq, ending the War in Iraq by the end of 2011, while adding more troops to Afghanistan to help the United States win the War in Afghanistan.He also decided that the USA should help in the war against Libya. Obama received the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on October 9, 2009. He was the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold the office. Obama won the 2008 United States presidential election, on November 4, 2008. As president, he slowly ended US participation in the Iraq War, having prepared the country to defend itself.He also signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often called "Obamacare") which changed many health care laws.