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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The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.

Our combat mission is ending, but our commitment to Iraq's future is not.

Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.

In December I agreed to extend the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans because it was the only way I could prevent a tax hike on middle-class Americans. But we cannot afford $1 trillion worth of tax cuts for every millionaire and billionaire in our society. We can't afford it. And I refuse to renew them again.

I believe in American exceptionalism just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

We want everybody to act like adults quit playing games realize that it's not just my way or the highway.

But what we can do as flawed as we are is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace. That's what I strive to do that's what I pray to do every day.

A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence, or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'

Over the last 15 months we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.

We the People recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights, that our destinies are bound together, that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me a freedom without a commitment to others a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism is unworthy of our founding ideals and those who died in their defense.

In the end that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?

Al Qaeda is still a threat. We cannot pretend somehow that because Barack Hussein Obama got elected as president suddenly everything is going to be OK.

Even when folks are hitting you over the head you can't stop marching. Even when they're turning the hoses on you you can't stop.

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.

If the critics are right that I've made all my decisions based on polls then I must not be very good at reading them.

You know one of the things I think you understand as president is you're held responsible for everything but you don't always have control of everything right?

There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.

I will never turn Medicare into a voucher. No American should ever have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies. They should retire with the care and dignity they have earned.

Our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America but they didn't have much to say about how they'd make it right. They want your vote but they don't want you to know their plan.

One of the great strengths of the United States is... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.

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