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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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 I would like to think that with my election and the early decisions that we've made, that you're starting to see some restoration of America's standing in the world. 
— Barack Obama at G20 summit in London / April 02, 2009
 If you look at the sources of this crisis, the United States certainly has some accounting to do with respect to a regulatory system that was inadequate. 
— Barack Obama at a press conference ahead of the G20 in London / April 01, 2009
 All too often the United States starts by dictating ... and we don't always know all the factors that are involved. So let's listen. And I think if we do that, then there's a possibility at least of achieving some breakthroughs .. My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy. We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. 
— Barack Obama as in an interview to Al Arabiya / January 26, 2009
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 On this day, we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. We come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises. 
— Barack Obama / January 20, 2009
 Time of crisis can be 'great opportunity' 
— Barack Obama speaking about the global economic crisis / 2009

 The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you, we as a people will get there. 
— Barack Obama in his victory speech on winning the US Presidential Election / November 04, 2008
 We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes we can. 
— Barack Obama on New Hampshire primary night / January 08, 2008
 I love America too much, am too invested in what this country has become, too committed to its institutions, its beauty, and even its ugliness, to focus entirely on the circumstances of its birth. But neither can I brush aside the magnitude of the injustice done, or erase the ghosts of generations past, or ignore the open wound, the aching spirit, that ails this country still. 
— Barack Obama in The Audacity of Hope / 2006
 Evolution is more grounded in my experience than angels. 
— Barack Obama in The Audacity of Hope / 2006
 My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. They imagined me going to the best schools in the land, even though they weren't rich, because in a generous America you don't have to be rich to achieve your potential. 
— Barack Obama in a speech at the Democratic National Convention / July 04, 2004