Barack Hussein Obama was a community organizer, a civil rights attorney, taught constitutional law, and served three terms in the Illinois Senate. In 2004 he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Obama is the first president from the state of Hawaii and the first of African American descent. Elected president in 2009, he inherited a worldwide economic crisis known as the Great Recession. Barack Obama signed into law major economic stimulus legislation, Wall Street reforms, and the Affordable Care Act. He began the end of military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. A highly partisan political environment resulted in conservatives blocking many pieces of legislation, nominations, and appointments.
The United States Senate and House of Representatives comprise the legislative branch of the U.S. government. Each state has two senators regardless of the state’s population. U.S. senators serve staggered terms of six years. Prior to 1913, senators were appointed by their state legislatures. This changed with the 17th Amendment, which mandated senators be elected by popular vote. The Senate has the power to ratify treaties and to confirm cabinet secretaries, federal judges, Supreme Court justices, and other federal executive officials.
Barack Obama was a member of the U.S. Senate prior to his election as president. Many of the men who become president and vice president first served in Congress as members of the House of Representatives or in the U.S. Senate. A number of these individuals first served in their state government as governor, state senator or in their state House of Representatives.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
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