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President Barack H. Obama

44th President of the United States of America, 2008 - 2016

A trailblazer and inspirational 

President Obama is a great man, but how much do you really know about the newly elected President other than hes the 44th President of the United States of America?  Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii.  His dad, whose name is also Barack Obama, was born in Kolego, a small village in western Kenya, a country in Africa.  His mom, Stanley Ann Dunham, was from Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

His story is the American story values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. With a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas, President Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961. He was raised with help from his grandparents.  His grandfather served in Patton's army, and his grandmother worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management at a bank.

President Obama worked his way through College and received Scholarships.  After graduating from college, he moved to Chicago  where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. He went on to attend law school, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.  Upon  graduation, he returned to Chicago to help lead a voter registration drive, teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago, and remain active in his community.

President Obama's years of public service are based around his unwavering belief in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose. In the Illinois State Senate, he passed the first major ethics reform in 25 years, cut taxes for working families, and expanded health care for children and their parents. As a United States Senator, he reached across the aisle to pass groundbreaking lobbying reform, lock up the world's most dangerous weapons, and bring transparency to government by putting federal spending online.

In the summer of 2008, Barack Obama became the first African-American that would be the presidential candidate of a major political party, the Democrats.  On November 4, 2008, after a long and historic campaign, he won the general election by defeating John McCain a Republican, to become the 44th President of the United States.  His Presidential Inauguration was on January 20, 2009.

In April 2011, Obama announced that he would run for re-election in 2012.  On November 6, 2012, History repeated itself, i.e., he won the Presidential Election again.  This time, he defeated the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney.  This year, President Obama will have two Presidential Inauguration ceremonies because January 20th, the date designated by the Twenty First Amendment to the Constitution, falls on a Sunday.  Therefore,  a private Inauguration Ceremony will be held on Sunday, January 20th, and the public televised ceremony will be held on Monday, January 21, 2013.  At both ceremonies, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court will swear in President Obama.

President Obama is a charismatic orator who tends to inspire and  motivate people globally.   He continues to encourage people to do more, make an impact on the world and to face challenges not run away from them.  Two of his inspirational quotes are:

"Making your mark on the world is hard.  If it were easy, everybody would do it.  But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failures along the way.  The real test is not whether you avoid these failures, because you won't. It's  whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere." 

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world.  Duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."

As the first African American President of the United States, President Obama is truly a trailblazer.  As a result, many youths are inspired to dream bigger, reach higher and never give up on their dreams.  This is also true of his own two daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11.    President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are very proud  of  their daughter's current accomplishments and dreams.