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Happy birthday, Mr. President!

Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States of America, was born  in Honolulu, Hawaii on 4 August 1961, making him the first president to be born outside the continental United States. To celebrate, here are a few of the many notable things he’s said during his two terms as our nation’s leader:

  1. “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.”

  2. “The hope of a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too. The audacity of hope!”

  3. “The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice.”

  4. “While we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: yes we can.”

  5. “We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” 

  6. “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

  7. “I—like every politician at the federal level—am almost entirely dependent on the media to reach my constituents…I am who the media says I am. I say what they say I say. I become who they say I’ve become.”

  8. “More than a building that houses books and data, the library has always been a window to a larger world–a place where we’ve always come to discover big ideas and profound concepts that help move the American story forward…

    Libraries remind us that truth isn’t about who yells the loudest, but who has the right information. Because even as we’re the most religious of people, America’s innovative genius has always been preserved because we also have a deep faith in facts.

    And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we’ve changed their lives forever, and for the better. This is an enormous force for good.”

Find these and more quotes by the president and countless others in Oxford Essential Quotations

Image credit: Barack Obama and Bo by janeb13. CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay.

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Victory in Europe Day anniversary

May 8, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of VE Day, also known as Victory in Europe Day, and the end of WWII in Europe. On May 8, 1945, German soldiers laid down their arms throughout Europe surrendering to the Allied powers. Thousands of people marched on the streets celebrating this tremendous victory in both the United States and United Kingdom. (AP)

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WHILE BARACK OBAMA IS OFFICIALLY THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, HE IS ONLY THE 43RD PERSON TO OFFICIALLY HOLD THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT. 

GROVER CLEVELAND WAS THE 22ND PRESIDENT, BUT BENJAMIN HARRISON WAS ELECTED IN HIS STEAD AND BECAME THE 23RD PRESIDENT.

HOWEVER, WHEN HARRISON’S TIME WAS UP, CLEVELAND RAN AGAIN AND WON, MEANING THE SAME GUY WAS THE 22ND AND 24TH PRESIDENT. HE IS THE ONLY PRESIDENT TO SERVE TWO NON-CONSECUTIVE TERMS.

FUTURAMA WOULD MAKE A SUBTLE REFERENCE TO THIS IN A FEW OF THEIR EPISODES. IN THE “HALL OF PRESIDENTS,” WHERE THE HEADS OF THE FORMER PRESIDENTS ARE KEPT ALIVE AND ON DISPLAY IN JARS, THERE ARE USUALLY TWO GROVER CLEVELAND HEADS ON THE SHELF. 

Barack Obama is the 44th and current president of the United States of America. He is also the first African American president of the United States of America. He was elected as the president on November 4, 2008 and sworn in on January 20, 2009.

Before that, he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, while he attended law school. Before he started his law studies, he decided to visit Kenya in 1988. He went there because he knew very little about his father and wanted to know more about him so that he could know more about his own identity. That year, he started his studies at Harvard Law School. He got hired as a summer intern in Chicago at the firm, Sidley and Austin. While he was at the firm, he met the love of his life, Michelle Robinson, who was assigned to be his adviser. It wasn’t long before they started dating. In 1988, he went to Harvard and kept a long distance relationship with Michelle. In 1991, he graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree. After graduating, he returned to Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago. He married Michelle Robinson in 1992, making her Michelle Obama.

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America Elects Its First BLACK President…

On this date in 2008 Barack Obama became the first Black man to be elected president of the United States of America…

Obama, the multiracial son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father from Kenya, was elected as the 44th president of the United States, writing a remarkable new chapter in American history with a campaign built on the theme of hope.  

In an election race that captivated the nation–and the world–and that climaxed in the gloom of an economic crisis, the closing of polls on the West Coast showed that what began as the Illinois senator’s “improbable quest” nearly two years ago ended as a commanding electoral victory over Republican Senator John McCain. The Arizona senator had struggled to defy the pollsters in the waning hours of the longest and most expensive presidential election in history.  

“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dreams of our founders are alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer,” Obama told a huge, euphoric crowd in Chicago’s Grant Park.  

McCain conceded shortly after 10 pm Central Time, saying, “Senator Obama has achieved a great thing for himself and for his country.” As he spoke, spontaneous street celebrations erupted among Obama revelers from Los Angeles to Times Square.

In Chicago, tens of thousands of Obama supporters wept, waved flags, and chanted, “Yes we did!”  Obama reached victory by stringing together a series of crucial wins in battleground states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.