Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama was the junior United States Senator from Illinois from 2005 until he resigned following his 2008 election to the presidency. He was inaugurated as President on January 20, 2009.
Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago prior to earning his law degree, and practiced as a civil rights attorney in Chicago before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He also taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, Obama was elected to the Senate in November 2004. Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.
Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
In the end, that's what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?
A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, 'Huh. It works. It makes sense.'
Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do.
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.
I don't oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
I don't take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House.
I know my country has not perfected itself. At times, we've struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all of our people. We've made our share of mistakes, and there are times when our actions around the world have not lived up to our best intentions.
I opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. It should be repealed and I will vote for its repeal on the Senate floor. I will also oppose any proposal to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gays and lesbians from marrying.
I think when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody.
If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.
I've got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
Issues are never simple. One thing IÕm proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.
We worship an awesome God in the Blue States, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the Red States. We coach Little League in the Blue States and have gay friends in the Red States.
We're not going to baby sit a civil war.
What Washington needs is adult supervision.
When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans - an avian flu pandemic.
Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.
I cannot swallow whole the view of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.
Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.
Why can't I just eat my waffle?
With the changing economy, no one has lifetime employment. But community colleges provide lifetime employability.
You know, my faith is one that admits some doubt.