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      Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai'i in 1961; he worked in Democratic politics in Chicago, Illinois and served as State Senator 1997-2004 and U.S. Senator 2005-2008. He was elected as President #44 in 2008 and served two terms. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

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“Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is
just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.” as President-elect  {blog 2/2009}
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“The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small,
but whether government works.” – Inaugural Address 20 January 2009  {blog 2/2009}
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“I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay.” (on 23 February 2009)  {blog 4/2009}
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“I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way
they are. . . . Not this time. Not now.” (speech to Joint Session of Congress, 9 September 2009)  {blog 9/2009}
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“You're going to face a choice in November. This is a choice between the policies that got us into this
mess in the first place and the policies that got us out of this mess – and what the other side
is counting on is people not having a good memory.” (8 July 2010)  {blog 10/2010}
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“[Republicans in Congress] will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”
in January 2013  {blog 1/2013}
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“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.”
— during Feb 2013 State of the Union Address  {blog 3/2013}
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“We can get this done! Take a vote, and send me that bill.”
— during Feb 2013 State of the Union Address  {blog 3/2013}
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“In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty.”
— during Feb 2013 State of the Union Address  {blog 5/2013}
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“Together, we're going to finish the job [that] we started.”  {blog 11/2013}
~~ the new Obamacare video [1:31], 1 October 2013

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“Dream big dreams.”  {blog 2/2014}
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“So don't get cynical. Cynicism didn't put a man on the moon. Cynicism has never won a war, or cured a disease, or
built a business, or fed a young mind. Cynicism is a choice. And hope will always be a better choice.” (November 2014)  {blog 11/2014}
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“The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth,
but from the enduring power of our ideals.”  {blog 5/2015}
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“The path [that] we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.”
- in his acceptance speech at the 2012 Democratic Party Convention  {blog 10/2015}
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“Make no mistake, the Paris Agreement establishes the framework [that] the world needs to solve the climate crisis.”  {blog 2/2016}
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“What I've told Speaker Boehner directly is: If you're really concerned about my taking too many executive actions,
why don't you try getting something done thru Congress?” - in 2014  {blog 2/2016}
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“I'm not going to apologize for trying to do something while [Congress is] doing nothing.”  - in 2015  {blog 2/2016}
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“We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it.”  {blog 5/2016}
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“Even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up
and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet [that] we've got.” - on 1 June 2017  {blog 6/2017}

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