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Farewell, Obama As Obama’s eight years comes to an end, it is time to say goodbye

Changes in the white house: One of the major renovations was the dining room, to make it more modern. Using modern art and design, First Lady Michelle Obama has made a bold statement in a room that has been normally used for private events. While retaining many of the Kennedy-era antiques and the glittering 1780 crystal chandelier, the artworks added to the room are contemporary, including original pieces by Robert Rauschenberg, Josef Albers and Anni Albers. One of the most significant additions is a 1966 painting by Alma Thomas, a force in the Washington Color School and the first African-American woman whose art is included in the White House permanent collection.

Source: The Washington Post

President Obama fun facts: }He was known as “O’Bomber” in high school for his skill in basketball. }He owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali. }He promised Michelle he would quit smoking before running for president, but he didn’t. }He kept a pet ape called “Tata” while living in Indonesia. }He is the sixth post-war president to be left-handed. }He would have been an architect if he were not a politician. }His culinary specialty chili. }He was given the code name “Renegade” by his Secret Service handlers.

Source: The Telegraph

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5 Achievements while in office:

The Affordable Care Act

In 2010, Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, which has resulted in 20 million Americans gaining health care coverage.

Ended the war in Iraq

In 2011, the war in Iraq came to an end and Obama ordered all troops to come back home on American soil.

Eliminated Osama bin laden

In 2011, the terrorist leader of la-Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, was killed U.S special forces raided his secret compound. A large stash of al-Qaeda documents was also discovered in the operative.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

In 2011, President Obama repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which reversed the law for LGBT members in the Armed Forces, so they no longer have to hide who they are.

Raised Minimum Wage

In 2013, Obama urged states to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Since then, 18 states have responded. Source: Washington Monthly

by foster hoch | staff writer by kayla willis | in-depth editor

features | ISSUE 2 | novEMBER 2016

Volume 79 | Issue 2 | 2016-2017  
Volume 79 | Issue 2 | 2016-2017  
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