Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961. He was the 44th President of the United States. The first African-American President, who was born outside the United States, Obama was elected twice as the President. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama did his graduation from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. He was elected as President in 2008, beating his opponent Senator John McCain at the National Convention. Despite the horrid racism that exists in America, and around the world, Barack managed to rise to the top of his profession, to become the leader of the world’s foremost democracy. People who had never been able to relate or look up to the White House for guidance were finally happy to find a figure in which their own attributes were embodied. He gave the community hope and broke many barriers in American politics.
He is a great orator and was also adored very much by the young generation of America. He is a man who in a very public and symbolic way showed different dimensions to his personality. Under his leadership, there has not been a single scandal in the White House. Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Many people around the world hated America before Obama, because of dominance and foreign policy – with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Obama calmed things down, with a new focus. He stabilized the US ship under his control. He also concentrated on domestic issues such as Obamacare. He was an effective leader, both at home and abroad, and brought many changes in the American’s life. He once said,”Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
But this is the same man who has authorized air strikes, rightly or wrongly, and Osama Bin Laden was killed under his presidency. As a president, he has stayed grounded and kept his cool – just what America needed after the Bush years.
Obama was re-elected President in November 2012 and defeated Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Obama never promised anything beyond the limits of his team, and never set himself up as a messiah. He offered hope and change, not salvation, and tried his best to make America much better. Many now live in a stronger and prosperous America. He always tried to walk on the right path and was always willing to keep moving, eventually, he made progress.
History will judge Barack well, and he will be remembered as one of the finest Presidents America has had – a man of character.
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