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)

College Student With A Question For An Assignment

Dear President Obama,
Hello, my name is Kasondra Maleski and I am currently enrolled at Del Mar Community College in Corpus Christi, TX. I am writing this email as part of a group class assignment in my Government class, but also as a concerned citizen. My husband passed away three years ago and I decided to go to college since I have a son who is young and in an effort to better our lives by sacrificing now in order to gain in the long term. By sacrificing I mean living frugally and on welfare for a period of time until I get my degree. As I am sure you realize, school is quite expensive and I am grateful for the help welfare provides my family of two. My question and concern is with the food stamp reduction under your administration. Does your administration plan to make any further reductions in the next few years? I realize it is a heavy burden for the United States to carry to feed so many, and like I said I am grateful we receive any governmental assistance at all, I also understand that many citizens take advantage of the system. Please remember that a few of us out there are currently trying to better our lives and it is a very important stepping stone in getting there. I would greatly appreciate a timely response to my question and I appreciate your time in the matter. Thank you, Kasondra M. Maleski

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