Barack Obama by Catherine Nichols

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Members of al-Qaeda carried out the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. S. soil. 34 The economy was still the biggest issue facing the country when the 2012 presidential election season began. During much of 2011, three out of every four Americans thought the nation was headed in the wrong direction. In 2012, the unemployment rate remained above 8 percent. In the past, presidents have not been reelected when unemployment is that high. Yet more people said they approved of Obama’s performance as president than those who said they didn’t approve.

The dramatic event showed Obama was willing to take risks to protect the United States. Pa r t i s a n s h i p : A D e e p D i v i d e From the beginning of his presidency, Obama faced a lot of criticism for his policies. Many Republicans thought Obama was expanding the role of government more than he should. Many Democrats thought Obama wasn’t doing enough, especially when it came to ending global warming and stopping the war in Afghanistan. Republican leaders in Congress often challenged the president.

Obama considers empathy a guidepost to his politics. heritage (HAER-i-tij): A person’s heritage is the cultural traditions and other things of value that have been passed down through the generations. Obama has a multicultural heritage. intern (IN-turn): An intern is a student who works at a job, often without pay, to gain experience. During law school, Obama spent a summer working as an intern at a Chicago law firm. landlords (LAND-lordz): Landlords are people who own houses or apartments they rent to other people.

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