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)


Please consider - bring the discussion to the roundtable in regards to changing the date of Memorial day. As you know, the American people are easily confused. In this case, rightly so. Memorial day has become synonyms with the start of "fun in the sun" summer. Do to this collision of these two celebrations, Memorial day purpose is taking a back seat to the real meaning of Memorial day. I find in appalling / morbid for people to attend festive events when in fact, should be a time of mourning in the remembrance of the killings of parent's children,

In closing, please take a look at the success ( financially & lower rime rate ) that has happened in the State of Colorado since the legalization of marijuana, I am not a user myself- I either fall asleep/ eat every thing in site or become paranoid- however I know for a fact that it reduces stress and pain in many people. In one particular case, I have a friend with a broken neck and back who was on many painkillers/opiates that he was so depressed he was considering suicide. Even though the use of marijuana is illegal
in the state of Ohio, the Dr. gave him the green light to use marijuana medically and discontinued the use of opiated. I believe many veterans would have the same result.

Lastly,, let me get back on track, I voted for you and still support you. It is unfortunate that there is a political gridlock on the hill as we speak(unfortunately , in my belief that it concerns race) and your hands are handcuffed to proceed with some of your
good intention spoken in your presidential campaign such an overhaul of the public education system. I have a passion in that area since I am a teacher and see first hand, there must be some resolution so our children-next generation can compete in this global network. I do not know all the answers(have a few very practical ones) but to paraphrase Albert Einstein- We can not solve this problem with the same type of thinking that created it. Also,, I bring up the legalization of marijuana in the State of Colorado because much of the revenue/ profits are earmarked directly for the improvement of their Public Education system. I venture to say that Colorado will have the "Best" public education system in the nation in a few years.
Mr. President Obama; if you want to got out on a "BANG" and be remember for some productive, successful controversial issues, man up and legalized marijuana nationally(it is not for every one just as alcohol is not) and change the date of Memorial Day so the America people will know the true meaning of this sobering day.
I thank someone for taking the time to read this.
P.S. I spent much thought /time and research in writing this, so I would appreciate an acknowledgment in response by someone who has some influence in regards to there matters.

Dale R Gray
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