Full Text Documents Obama Presidency

Potential Political Thought (full texts of some of Obama’s speeches and remarks)


Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (2011)

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010)

Obamacare of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)


Federal Regs — Federal Regulations (regulations indicating how the federal government plans on implementing a law, such as the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act ADAAA, defining a disability.  The judicial branch interprets federal regulations if any individuals or institutions contest a regulation.)

Directives and Guidance about how the Federal Government implements Civil Rights Laws:

How does the ADAAA define a disability?  The key means the Supreme Court gutted the ADA employment provisions ensuring that persons with disabilities found no relief from this civil rights laws was its limited definition of a disability.  In 2008, Congress and President George Bush overturned the Supreme Court restrictive decisionmaking by passing the ADAAA (See Crippled Justice, the History of Modern Disability in the Workplace). 

It was the Obama’s Justice Department, however, that issued the federal “regs” ensuring the definition of a disability became more expansive.


White Papers are reports released by the Executive Branch the President leads (Cabinet Departments, such as the Justice Department, the Defense Department, etc.)

White Paper on Patriot Act

White Paper on the Right to Kill

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: Professorette by Rush Limbaugh (see http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)

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