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)

I want to thank you for being who you are and for helping this country....

I am in my middle 50s and had a severe stroke in June 2009. I was in the hospital for 4 months and then a nursing home for more than 5 months. I had to learn how to do everything over again. When I say everything, I really do mean everything. I had to learn to walk again, how to feed myself again, everything. I am now blessed to be living life again. I have an adult daughter and 3 granddaughters. My oldest granddaughter went through some very trying times in her young life. She was diagnosed with leukemia and actually spent her 4th birthday in the hospital. She had to be in and out of the hospital for years. During that entire time, when she was actually not a patient in the hospital, she had to go to for her treatments, which took approximately 8 or more hours a day, 3 days a week. We live in Columbus, Ohio and she is blessed that we have such a wonderful Children's Hospital here. If it were not for that hospital and their staff, she would not be alive. God blessed my granddaughter and gave her the assets she needed to survive.
Most people take life for granted. I do not and my granddaughter does not. Every day that I wake up, I thank God that I did wake up. People complain about the silliest things. My answer is always stop and think about what you are complaining about. Is it really all that important? Learn to walk a few blocks in other peoples shoes and maybe then you will know what others have been through.
Until you ran for President, I had never even registered to vote. When you ran, I registered and voted. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. Keep up the good work Mr. Obama!

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