Timeline of the Barack Obama presidency (2017)

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The following is a timeline of the Presidency of Barack Obama, from January 1, 2017 to his final day in office on January 20. 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; and for a complete itinerary of his travels, see List of presidential trips made by Barack Obama.


Vice President Joe Biden receives Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • January 12 – President Obama signs an executive order which ends the exemption for Cubans who arrive in the United States without visas.[5] Obama presents Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[6]
  • January 16 – President Obama welcomes the 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.[7]
  • January 17 – President Obama made a surprise appearance at the final press briefing given by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, praising Earnest for his two and a half years of service to his administration.[8] President Obama also issues a pardon to General James Cartwright, involving a case in which Cartwright gave information to reporters regarding the Stuxnet virus used against the Iranian nuclear program. Obama commutes the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of giving classified information to WikiLeaks.[9]
  • January 18 – President Obama held the final press conference of his presidency, at the White House's James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.[10][11]
  • January 19 – President Obama grants 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders. That was the most acts of clemency that Obama granted in a single day and the most granted on one day in U.S. history by any president.[12]
  • January 20 – President Obama finishes his time in office and departs the White House with the First Lady Michelle Obama. His successor, Donald Trump, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States, at noon EST. Barack Obama began his post-presidency with a vacation in Palm Springs, California.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lederman, Josh (2017-01-02). "Obama returns to Washington: Protecting healthcare law on the closing stretch agenda". Salon. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  2. ^ Eilperin, Juliet; Goldstein, Amy (2017-01-04). "Obama huddles with Democrats on protecting his signature health care law". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  3. ^ Gajanan, Mahita (2017-01-04). "Read President Obama's Farewell Address to the Armed Forces". Time. Retrieved 2017-01-05.
  4. ^ Parsons, Christi (January 2, 2017). "President Obama confirms farewell address in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Hirschfeld Davis, Julie; Robles, Frances (2017-01-12). "Obama Ends Exemption for Cubans Who Arrive Without Visas". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
  6. ^ Gittens, Hasani. "President Barack Obama Honors Joe Biden With Surprise Medal of Freedom". NBC News. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  7. ^ Sullivan, Paul (2017-01-16). "Obama welcomes Cubs to the White House: 'It took you long enough'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2017-01-16.
  8. ^ Boyer, Dave (2017-01-17). "Obama praises press secretary at last session with reporters". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  9. ^ Jarrett, Laura (2017-01-17). "Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  10. ^ "Obama to hold final news conference on Wednesday: White House". Reuters. 2017-01-14. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  11. ^ "Obama's Last News Conference: Full Transcript and Video". New York Times. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  12. ^ Horwitz, Sari (19 January 2017). "Obama grants final 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders". Washington Post. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  13. ^ Liptak, Kevin (2017-01-17). "Obama planning to travel to Palm Springs area after inauguration". CNN. Retrieved 2017-01-17.

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U.S. presidential administration timelines
Preceded by
Obama presidency (2016)
Obama presidency (2017) Succeeded by
Trump presidency (2017 Q1)