Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

You are our leader....

Dear Mr. Obama,

I read this recently and felt it may speak to your heart. I trust that the interests of the general American public and their needs will speak louder than that of special interests who focus on what financial or political gain will come from major decisions our government, lead by you, make. This includes the obvious pollution, disease, contamination, bullying, and exploitation of our land and populace by major energy and agricultural corporations. The facts are out there and being reported about their egregious acts and behavior that affects us and generations to come. The changes of focus, and direction of legislation and spending need to be promoted by our country's leader, you. Please hear us!

Thank you,

Ginni Cook

July 4

Reading Between the Lines

"When the country is in chaos, everybody has a plan to fix it - But it takes a leader of real understanding to straighten things out." Proverbs 28:2 (The Message)

Leadership intuition is often the factor that separates the greatest leaders from the merely good ones. Some people are born with great leadership intuition. Others have to work hard to develop and hone it. But both ways it is a combination of natural ability and learned skills. The best way to describe this informed intuition is an ability to discern intangible factors, understand them, and work with them to accomplish leadership goals.

Successful leaders see every situation in terms of available resources: money, raw materials, technology, and people. They can sense people's hopes, fears, and concerns. And they can step back from the moment and see not only where they and their people have gone, but also where they are heading. It's as if they can smell change in the wind.

Leadership is more art than science. The principles of leadership are constant, but the application changes with every leader and every situation. That's why it requires intuition. Without it, you can get blindsided, and that's one of the worst things that can happen to a leader.

Excerpt from The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

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