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)
Children
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Parents
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Education
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)
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proud of you


Dear President Obama,
I am a middle school teacher at a wonderfully diverse school outside of Chicago. Your recent executive order giving amnesty (and you're not the first president to do this -- could someone please remind Mr. Boehner?) gave me a perfect "teachable moment" yesterday. We are studying social classes in ancient civilizations. The peasants who put the food on the table are stuck at the bottom, with no opportunity to move up. Thank you for illustrating the best about the United States to my group of 6th graders -- we are a country of immigrants who come here for precisely that reason: to move up.
We discussed how ALL of their ancestors have immigrated here...some legally, some not, some by force, some to escape danger. My students thought about what it would mean to separate them from their parents. Some of them have parents who ARE recent immigrants -- some will be positively affected by this order. We voted in my class whether we would want this order to be in effect, and the result was: 100%. Yes. Because, as one student said, "We can't just think about ourselves. We won't have a good country that way." Out of the mouths of babes.
I have been proud of you since you were working in Chicago as a community organizer. I applaud your continued compassion. I am proud that you represent us to the world. Thank you,
Cornelia Hoatson

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