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Current and 44th President of United States

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Barack Hussein Obama II is the first African American to hold the office, as well as the first president born in Hawaii. Obama previously served as the junior United States Senator from Illinois from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

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 Getting that first big kid, 10-speed bike - that's always special... I remember that one. 
— Barack Obama recalling his favorite Christmas gift / December 12, 2009
 He gave me a basketball... I think there was some cause and effect there in terms of the degree to which I just ended up taking up the sport as a kid who didn't know his dad. 
— Barack Obama on meeting his father for the first time for Christmas / December 12, 2009
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 Ultimately, in order for us to eradicate the problem, to really go after al Qaeda... we are going to need more cooperation from Pakistan. There is no doubt about that 
— Barack Obama saying Pakistan's full co-operation is required in war against al Qaeda / December 12, 2009
 In the absence of a deadline, the message we are sending to the Afghans is, 'It's business as usual. This is an open-ended commitment,'... That's not what the American people signed up for when they went into Afghanistan in 2001. 
— Barack Obama defending his setting a deadline to begin withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan / December 12, 2009
 There are, I think, elements in Afghanistan who would be perfectly satisfied to make Afghanistan a permanent protectorate of the United States 
— Barack Obama / December 12, 2009

 Instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace, 
— Barack Obama after receiving the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize / December 11, 2009
 So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly irreconcilable truths -- that war is sometimes necessary, and war is at some level an expression of human feelings, 
— Barack Obama saying war is part of peace, after accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize / December 11, 2009
 I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people, For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. 
— Barack Obama saying evil does exist in the world / December 11, 2009
 Perhaps the most profound issue surrounding my receipt of this prize is the fact that I am the commander in chief of a nation in the midst of two wars... I am responsible for the deployment of thousands of young Americans to battle in a distant land. Some will kill. Some will be killed. 
— Barack Obama in acceptance speech after accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize / December 11, 2009
 Whatever mistakes we have made, the plain fact is this... The United States of America has helped underwrite global security for more than six decades with the blood of our citizens and the strength of our arms. 
— Barack Obama in acceptance speech after accepting the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize / December 11, 2009

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