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Current and 44th President of United States


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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 Today is a major step forward for the American people. After a nearly century-long struggle, we are on the cusp of making healthcare reform a reality. 
— Barack Obama after democrats secured the 60th vote required to pass the health care bill / December 19, 2009
 After extremely difficult and complex negotiations this important breakthrough lays the foundation for international action in the years to come 
— Barack Obama on the climate change conference in Denmark / December 19, 2009
 It is going to be very hard, and it's going to take some time... We have come a long way, but we have much further to go. 
— Barack Obama on the climate change summit / December 18, 2009
 I am leaving before the final vote... We feel confident we are moving in the direction of a final accord. 
— Barack Obama on the climate change summit / December 18, 2009
 The time has come for us to get off the sidelines and shape the future that we seek; that is why I came to Copenhagen, 
— Barack Obama on the climate change summit / December 18, 2009

 I mean, if you look at a country like India, as I said, they've got hundreds of millions of people who don't have electricity, hundreds of millions of people who, by any standard, are still living in dire poverty. For them, even voluntarily to say, we are going to reduce carbon emissions relative to our current ways of doing business by X percent is an important step. And we applaud them for that, 
— Barack Obama applauding India for setting forth mitigation efforts / December 18, 2009
 On the other hand, from the perspective of the developing countries like China and India, they are saying to themselves, per capita our carbon footprint remains very small, and we have hundreds of millions of people who don't even have electricity yet, so for us to get bound by a set of legal obligations could potentially curtail our ability to develop, and that's not fair, 
— Barack Obama / December 18, 2009
 My view was that if we could begin to acknowledge that the emerging countries are going to have some responsibilities, but that those responsibilities are not exactly the same as the developed countries. And if we could set up a financing mechanism to help those countries that are most vulnerable, like Bangladesh, then we would be at least starting to reorient ourselves in a way that allows us to be effective in the future 
— Barack Obama / December 18, 2009
 We've been making excellent progress, I'm confident that it will be completed in a timely fashion. 
— Barack Obama on the nuclear arms control treaty with Russia / December 18, 2009
 No country is entirely satisfied with each element but this is a meaningful and historic step forward and a foundation from which to make further progress 
— Barack Obama on the climate change conferance / December 18, 2009