Barack Obama

Barack Obama

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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But let me perfectly clear because I know you'll hear the same old claims that rolling back these tax breaks means a massive tax increase on the American people: if your family earns less than $250 000 a year you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime.

The day I'm inaugurated this country looks at itself differently and the world looks at America differently. If you believe that we've got to heal America and we've got to repair our standing in the world then I think my supporters believe that I am a messenger who can deliver that message around the world in a way that no other candidate can do.

I think it is important for Europe to understand that even though I am president and George Bush is not president Al Qaeda is still a threat.

John Kerry believes in an America where hard work is rewarded.

The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam.

Contrary to the claims of some of my critics and some of the editorial pages I am an ardent believer in the free market.

I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

We have real enemies in the world. These enemies must be found. They must be pursued and they must be defeated.

The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country - I know because I am one of them.

What I think is fair to say is that coming out of the Republican camp there have been efforts to suggest that perhaps I'm not who I say I am when it comes to my faith - something which I find deeply offensive and that has been going on for a pretty long time.

As a nuclear power - as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon - the United States has a moral responsibility to act.

Issues are never simple. One thing I'm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.

Since I'm the president and Democrats have controlled the House and the Senate it's understandable that people are saying you know 'What have you done?'

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few and not the many.

When BP was not moving fast enough on claims we told BP to set aside $20 billion in a fund - managed by an independent third party - to help all those whose lives have been turned upside down by the spill.

People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time.

Four years ago I promised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. We have. We've blunted the Taliban's momentum in Afghanistan and in 2014 our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead.

What Washington needs is adult supervision.

In America there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world.

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