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Timeline of the presidency of Barack Obama (2009)

 

Timeline of the presidency of Barack Obama (2009)

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The following is a timeline of the Presidency of Barack Obama from his inauguration as president of the United States on January 20, 2009 to December 31, 2009. For his time as President-elect, see the Presidential transition of Barack Obama; for a detailed account of his first months in office, see First 100 days of Barack Obama's presidency; for a complete itinerary of his travels, see List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama.

January

Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States
  • January 20 – Minutes after the administration of the [1] In one of his first official acts, President Obama issues a proclamation declaring January 20, 2009 a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation.[2] President Obama enacts a pay freeze for Senior White House Staff making more than $100,000 per year[3] and announces stricter guidelines regarding lobbyists in an effort to raise the ethical standards of the White House.[4]
  • January 22 – President Obama signs an executive order announcing the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year,[9] and signs a prohibition on using torture and other illegal coercive techniques, such as waterboarding, during interrogations and detentions,[10][11] requiring the Army field manual to be used as a guide. The President issues an executive order entitled "Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel", governing the limitations on hiring of employees by the executive branch to qualified individuals only, and placing very tight restrictions on lobbying in the White House.[12]
Obama presents his first weekly address as President, discussing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

February

Barack Obama visiting Fort Myers on February 10
  • February 13 – The First Family spends a weekend in their former home of Chicago, Illinois.[57][58]
Obama addresses a joint session of Congress, with Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Obama addresses the 111th United States Congress

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March

  • March 4 – President Obama issues a memorandum limiting the possibility to grant no-bid contracts to private businesses.[106]
  • March 20 – President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.[132]
  • March 23 – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveils the government's plan to help investors purchase toxic assets from banks.[133]
Obama answers questions in the first online town hall meeting.
  • March 26 – President Obama holds an online town hall at the White House, a historic first in American Presidential conveyance.[139][140]
  • March 31 – President Obama and Mrs. Obama arrive in London for G20 meeting with World Leaders.[145]

April

Barack and Michelle Obama meeting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
  • April 2 – The G-20 summit begins in London, England.[148] The President announces Robert Groves to be his candidate for director of The Census Bureau[149]
  • April 3 – President Obama meets French President Nicolas Sarkozy[150] and holds a town hall meeting with French and German students.[151]
  • April 5 – President Obama meets with Czech President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek.[154] The President gives a thoughtful speech on nuclear proliferation disarmament to a public crowd in Prague. Earlier the North Korean government had launched a long-range multi-stage rocket.[155]
Obama meets Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad.
  • April 7 – President Obama finishes his trip in Istanbul, including a town hall meeting,[157] and makes a surprise visit to Baghdad, Iraq (his first as president), where he meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.[158]
  • April 9 – In a presidential first, President Obama hosts a White House Seder for the second night of Passover.[159]
  • April 13 – President Obama signs a presidential memorandum eliminating limits on Cuban-Americans governing family visits and remittances sent to the island.[161]
Obama with Calderon in Mexico City.
  • April 16–17 – President Obama visits Mexico to meet with President Felipe Calderón.[165] President Obama states the US is a "full partner" with Mexico in its fight against the Mexican drug cartels.[166]
  • April 27 – President Obama addresses the National Academy of Sciences and announces that more than 3 percent of the GDP will be devoted to research and development. He also announces a doubling of the budgets of NSF and NIST, and a goal of reducing carbon pollution by more than 80 percent by 2050.[172][173][174][175]
  • April 29 – President Obama meets the Media in a primetime news conference, to discuss the first 100 days of his presidency, and the plans already implemented that will continue into the rest of his term.[177]

May

  • May 4 – President Obama marks Cinco de Mayo a day early in a small speech to Latino Americans. President Obama was joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Second Lady Jill Biden, United States Ambassador to Mexico Arturo Sarukhan and his wife Veronica Valenca-Sarukhan.[178]
Obama and President Peres.
  • May 5 – President Obama meets with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office of the White House to discuss the foreign affairs of Israel, the relationship between Palestinians and Israelis, and the prospects of a two-state solution.[179]
  • May 13 – At Arizona State University, President Obama gives his first commencement address as president, but does not receive an honorary degree from the University.[182]
Obama meeting with Sotomayor.
  • May 18 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington.[188]
  • May 19 – President Obama announces plans to create new automobile fuel efficiency standards requiring cars, as well as light trucks to have an average of at least 35.5 miles per gallon, by 2016, in an attempt to curve emissions and reduce the United States' contributions to global warming.[189]
  • May 26 – President Obama nominates federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court justice David Souter. In Sotomayor's speech soon after the announcement, she accepted President Obama's nomination, and prominently noted her mother as one of her greatest influences.[195] If confirmed, she will become the first Hispanic and just the third woman appointed to the court.[196]
  • May 30 – Plans for a CyberSpace Czar to help prevent web crimes such as identity theft and other breaches of computer security networks are announced by the President.[197]
  • May 31 – President Obama denounces and condemns the killing of [198]

June

  • June 1 – President Obama speaks to the American public about the General Motors bankruptcy crisis in a press conference at the White House.[199]
Obama speaking in Cairo, Egypt.
  • June 4 – President Obama gives a speech in Cairo, Egypt, as a part of a worldwide attempt to repair the image of America around the world, a promise he made during his campaign for President of the United States. During the speech, President Obama notably references the Bible, the Torah, the Qur'an, and other Muslim texts in his address to the more than one thousand Cairo University students in attendance.[203] The President also announced that the U.S. Government would host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.[204]
  • June 17 – President Obama announces sweeping proposals to rework financial regulation[213] and move the country toward financial stability. President Obama also signs a memorandum extending certain benefits to federal employees involved in same sex partnerships.
  • June 19 – Along with other prominent fathers, Obama holds a town hall meeting at the White House to commemorate Father's Day, and bring awareness to the relationship of American fathers and children. President Obama notably identified his father as one of the greatest influences in his own life, in the short time that they were together.[214]
  • June 23 – President Obama holds a press conference to discuss the issues of healthcare, as well as the recent Iranian election protests in Iran.[217]
  • June 27 – The removal of American combat troops from major Iraqi cities begins.[219]
  • June 28 – President Obama meets with President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia in the Oval Office. The President and First Lady also host a reception in the East Room for LGBT Pride Month.[220]
  • June 30 – The President delivers remarks at an event in the East Room to highlight programs that have been able to make a difference in communities across the country.[221]

July

  • July 1 – President Obama holds an online townhall meeting to discuss health care reform. President Obama is joined by Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.[222]
President and First Lady Obama watch fireworks on Independence Day.
G-8 leaders in L'Aquila, Italy.
Obama with Dr. Regina Benjamin.
Obama with Apollo 11 crew.
Obama, Henry Louis Gates, and James Crowley at the "beer summit" on July 30.
  • July 4 – The White House celebrates Independence Day and honors military heroes and their families with a barbecue on the South Lawn. The celebrations conclude with fireworks on the White House grounds and at the Washington Memorial.[224]
  • July 9 – President Obama attends the second day of the G-8 Summit, and holds a bilateral meeting with Brazilian President Lula da Silva. The President also attends a working dinner hosted by Italian President Napolitano later that day.[231]
  • July 10 – On the final day of the G-8 Summit, President Obama meets with South African President Jacob Zuma, President Obama also visits Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City. The President then heads to Ghana in Africa, his first visit to any sub-saharan African nation since he was elected president.[232]
  • July 15 – A milestone is achieved when a Senate committee approves a plan to revamp the U.S. health care system.[240] The Senate confirmed President Obama's nominations of retired astronaut Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden as administrator of NASA and Lori Garver as the assistant administrator.[241]
  • July 16 – President Obama gives a speech in New York City at the NAACP's 100th anniversary celebration.[242]
  • July 17 – President Obama gives a speech on healthcare reform, to help to pass a national healthcare bill in the Congress, and address concerns over a government run healthcare program.[243][244]
  • July 22 – The President holds a primetime news conference to address concerns over the healthcare bill in Congress. President Obama also comments on the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, and the actions of the police in arresting Gates.[247] President Obama also meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Oval Office, and hold a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden.[248]
  • July 23 – President Obama travels to Cleveland, Ohio to tour the Cleveland Clinic, as well as deliver further remarks about healthcare reform.[249]
  • July 30 – President Obama and Vice President Biden hold a "beer summit" at the White House with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates and the arresting officer Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambride Police Department, in order to address the issue of race in America and discuss the arrest of Gates in his Massachusetts home on July 16, 2009.[252] Obama also discusses remarks he had made during his news conference on July 22, in which he stated that the police department had "acted stupidly" in arresting Gates.[253]
  • July 30 – President Obama meets with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of the Philippines in the Oval Office. The 2 leaders talk about the strong relationship between the Philippines and United States. They also discuss terrorism in the Southern Philippines and environmental issues. President Arroyo is the first Asian Leader to attend discussions at the White House during Obama's Presidency.

August

Obama with Sotomayor in the Oval Office.
Obama with Harper and Calderón during a joint press conference.
Obama at the Grand Canyon.

September

Obama speech to joint session of Congress, September 2009
Obama with Late Show host David Letterman.

October

Obama speaking in Copenhagen.
  • October 2 – President and First Lady, along with Oprah Winfrey, travel to Copenhagen, Denmark, to give a speech to the International Olympic Committee in a failed attempt to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics to Chicago.[294][295]
  • October 3 – The President and First Lady celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary at the Blue Duck Tavern in Washington, D.C. before heading back to the White House.[296]
  • October 5 – President Obama gives a speech to doctors about health care reform on the Rose Garden of the White House.[297] Obama also participates in a CEQ Executive Order signing in the Oval Office.[298]
  • October 6 – President Obama meets with the National Counter Terrorism Center leadership and analysts during a visit to the NCTC in McLean, Virginia.[299]
  • October 7 – The President presents 2008 Medals of Science and Medals of Technology and Innovation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.[300] President Obama also hosts an Astronomy Night on the South Lawn, with Sally Ride.[301]
  • October 9 – The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to President Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".[302][303]
Obama speaking to the Human Rights Campaign.
Obama speaking to servicemen and women at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

November

Obama meeting with Yukio Hatoyama.
Obama with Manmohan Singh in the East Room of the White House.
  • November 24 – The first state dinner of the Obama presidency honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is held in a reception on the White House grounds.[360][361]
  • November 25 – President Obama officially pardons two turkeys in recognition of Thanksgiving in the United States.[362]
  • November 30 – President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton meet Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.[363]

December

See also

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