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PLEA FOR GUN CONTROL: In January 2016, Obama shed tears while speaking about the young victims of Sandy Hook, the December 2012 massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. "Every time I think about those kids, it gets me mad," he said. "That changed me, that day ... My hope earnestly has been that it would change the country."
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REVIVING THE AUTO INDUSTRY: Obama's rescue of the American auto industry was a cornerstone of his major economic stimulus plan after taking office in 2009. The government gave General Motors and Chrysler more than $62 billion in direct bailout and bankruptcy assistance, and pushed them to transform their operations to make more fuel-efficient cars and trucks, building on previous bailouts by the Bush administration.
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FREEZING RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA: President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have never had anything close to personal chemistry. From Russia's decision to grant asylum to fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to the annexation of Crimea and Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's civil war, a long list of grievances separate the two governments. Scrutinizing body language between the two has become a diplomatic pastime as Obama and Putin have engaged in some of the most awkward personal encounters of U.S. and Russian leaders since the end of the Cold War.
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CHARLESTON CHURCH SHOOTING EULOGY: An impassioned President Obama led thousands of mourners in singing "Amazing Grace" at the funeral of a pastor slain in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church shooting in Charleston.
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OBAMA AND THE MUSLIM WORLD: Addressing the world's more than 1 billion Muslims from Cairo, Obama called for a "new beginning" in ties between Washington and the Islamic world in his June 2009 speech that also tackled grievances over two U.S.-led wars and tensions over Iran.