Barack Obama
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"Barack Hussein Obama II" is the List of Presidents of the United States/44th and Presidency of Barack Obama/current President of the United States/President of the United States, and the List of African-American firsts/first African American

In 2004, Obama received national attention during his United States Senate election in Illinois, 2004/campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party Primary election/primary, his 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address/keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention/Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after Barack Obama presidential primary campaign, 2008/a close primary campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party presidential primaries, 2008/Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican Party (United States)/Republican nominee John McCain in the United States presidential election, 2008/general election, and was First inauguration of Barack Obama/inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. Nine months after his election, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

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My job is not to represent Washington to you, but to represent you to Washington.

If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress.

America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.

Today we are engaged in a deadly global struggle for those who would intimidate, torture, and murder people for exercising the most basic freedoms. If we are to win this struggle and spread those freedoms, we must keep our own moral compass pointed in a true direction.

Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.

As Americans, we can take enormous pride in the fact that courage has been inspired by our own struggle for freedom, by the tradition of democratic law secured by our forefathers and enshrined in our Constitution. It is a tradition that says all men are created equal under the law and that no one is above it.

We cannot meet 21st Century challenges with a 20th Century bureaucracy.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

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.

There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. 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. There will be setbacks and false.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. They 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.

We can rattle our sabers all we want but, realistically, we don't have troops for an invasion [Iran] and surgical strikes aren't going to work.

Three months is a lifetime in politics.

We are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight.

I'm so overexposed, I'm making Paris Hilton look like a recluse.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights. Yes we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. Yes we can.