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Barack Obama Biography (Barack Hussein Obama): Democratic Politician & 44th American President
Famous for : Being the fifth African American Senator in the United States and for being the first black president of the USA for the Democratic Party in 2008. Barack is married to Michelle Obama. Obama won reelection in 2012, defeating Mitt Romney.
Obama details : Born - August 4, 1961 Honolulu, Hawaii / Lives - United States of America

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Time Magazine CoverTwo years ago few Americans recognized the name "Barack Obama," but now it's synonymous with change in America and the World. As the new president-elect, Obama will be stepping into the White House with a long list of global challenges that await his action. He'll be the 44th president of the United States and is inheriting not only national economic concerns, but also global financial crisis, two wars, and worldwide climate change. Throughout his campaign, Obama has promised hope and encouraged a strong and prosperous future. But it's not his promises that have landed Obama on the front page of TIME magazine, but his persistence to act on his word.

Obama seemingly burst into the spotlight with the bid for his nomination for the Democratic ticket. Few people had heard of him, but everyone seemed to get caught up in his charisma and energy. He gained support from every level of society and used every technology to reach voters and connect with a skeptical public.

Even after the fanfare of the election was over, Obama seemed to carry the weight with strength. Apparently this politics were more than just rhetoric as Obama has quickly proven that he's ready to act on his promises. While most president-elects organize their teams quietly under the radar, Obama quickly jumped into his role and began collecting staff from all backgrounds and from all levels of science, business, and politics. He managed to put together a team of respected Democrats and Republicans that both Washington and the public admired. Obama even put together a survey for voters to take in 2010 to assess his performance as president.

Recent years and troubles proved that American politics needed change. Too many politicians were caught up in Washington spilling useless speeches in Congress or making phone calls from across the country to try and solve problems on the opposite coast. After Hurricane Katrina, Americans demanded more from their leaders. They needed people and politicians who could act and produce results from those actions. Past leaders had failed and, when Obama stepped into the spotlight and promised real change, Americans were ready to embrace it.

Obama's attitude towards politics and leadership has revolutionized the way American's feel about their leaders. Instead of assumed treachery and hypocrisy, Obama has taught Americans to start trusting their politicians. With a strong team of intelligent people aiding him in the transition to the White House, Obama openly admits that most of them are smarter than he, and trusts in his ability to hire competent individuals he can trust to do a good job. He even gave open access to campaign data during his run for office, a policy almost unheard of in American politics. But his seemingly strange plan made his election team accountable to themselves and the public and encouraged everyone to do the best job possible.

The idea of accountability carried over to his transition. Faced with the decision of keeping low or making his transition more public, Obama realized that Americans needed to trust their incoming president now more than ever. With a gloomy economy and two wars, Americans needed hope. Obama immediately jumped into preparations and made his transition months open to the public. By exposing his every move and giving voters insight into his life and decisions, Obama immediately started building rapport with his fellow countrymen. Where he made his staff accountable for their actions, Obama was giving Americans and the world a full account of his actions as incoming president. With months before his inauguration, Obama began preparing both the public and Congress for his actions as the new leader. He wanted to be open and make the transition as smooth and seamless as possible for everyone involved.

Most importantly, Obama has proven that his words are backed by true action that is both new and revolutionary in government. He has made it clear that he is willing to redefine the role of President of the United States and create a position of strong leadership that represents and supports every member of the public. He has promised hope and action and has so far delivered both. Let's hope the next four years continue on the same path.

Time magazine says the Person of the Year goes to "The person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or for ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse." Runners up for person of the year at Time magazine were American Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, and Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou.

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I don’t oppose all wars. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war.
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People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better.
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