Barack Obama

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Chelsea Andrade, Senior Writer

Barack Obama was born August 4,1961 in Honolulu Hawaii and was the first president born outside the contiguous 48 United States.

Obama was the first African American president of the United States.  Obama signed many landmark bills into law during his first two years in the office. The main reforms included the Affordable Care Act, and the 2009 economic stimulus package, which dealt with the economic crash of 2008.

“This dream of equality and fairness has never come easily but it has always been sustained by the belief that in America change is possible. We live in a moment when the dream of equal opportunity is within reach for people of every color and creed.”

~ Barack Obama

Obama’s legacy is that he became the first African American chief executive on January 20,2009, having embraced the audacious hope of prompting a more inclusive America and providing affordable healthcare for all of its citizens. Eight years later after  two terms in the office, Obama could still look back on his presidency with the satisfaction of a landmark of accomplishments achieved despite partisan opposition. His legacy of foreign and domestic achievements appeared precarious with the assumption of the presidency on January 20, 2017.