Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He is the first African American to have served as president, as well as the first born outside the contiguous United States. He previously served in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois from 2005 to 2008, and in the Illinois State Senate from 1997 to 2004.
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And we have done more in the two and a half years that I've been in here than the previous 43 Presidents to uphold that principle whether it's ending "don't ask don't tell " making sure that gay and lesbian partners can visit each other in hospitals making sure that federal benefits can be provided to same-sex couples.
The thing about hip-hop today is it's smart it's insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.
Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes " he said his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do.
I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
I think that there's no doubt that as I see friends families children of gay couples who are thriving you know that has an impact on how I think about these issues.