In 2008, Barack Obama became the first elected African American President of the United States of America. He went on to serve in that position for two terms. During his presidential administration, his accomplishments included healthcare reform, immigration reform, ending America’s wars overseas and Climate Change reform. Additionally, in 2009, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation. Considering that Obama ran both his presidential campaigns on the platform of hope, we believe his quotes will encourage you. So, in our post today, we would like to share fifteen quotes by Barack Obama to inspire you to greatness.
Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961 to a Kenyan father and an American mother of European descent. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Political science from Columbia University, he served as a writer and editor for a consulting firm. He returned to school three years later where he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in Law. He then went on to serve in the Illinois State Senate in 1997 and US State Senate from 2005. Obama then ran for President of the United States in 2007.
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In the following sections, we will share some interesting facts about Barack Obama and fifteen Barack Obama quotes.
Interesting Facts about Barack Obama
- He was the first African American to be elected editor of the Harvard Law Review Journal. This election brought him national recognition and led to the publishing of his first book, Dreams from My Father.
- In 2004, he became the third African American elected to the U.S Senate with 70% of the votes.
- He became the fifth youngest President of the United States of America at the age of 47.
- Obama ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Osama bin Laden was responsible for masterminding the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.
- In 1989, while he was a Summer Associate at a Chicago Law firm, he met Michelle Robinson. She was also a young lawyer and they got married in 1992.
- Barack does not have direct siblings except step and half siblings.
- He is a prolific Author of several books including The Audacity of Hope and Change We Can Believe In.
With that said, here are fifteen specially curated quotes by Barack Obama to inspire you.
Fifteen Inspiring Quotes by Barack Obama
- Change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.
- If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.
- Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.
- It’s important to make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.
- You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.
- Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference.
- I think perhaps education doesn’t do us much good unless it is mixed with sweat.
- What makes a man is not the ability to have a child but having the courage to raise one.
- So, let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look over not only ourselves, but each other.
- Where we are met with cynicism and doubt and those who tell us we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can.
- The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.
- Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
- But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That’s what I strive to do, that’s what I pray to do every day.
- We need to internalize this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.
- Issues are never simple. One thing I’m proud of is that very rarely will you hear me simplify the issues.
Which of these inspiring quotes by Barack Obama did you like best? We loved the tenth quote about how cynicism and doubt should be answered with Yes, we can. We also particularly loved the twelfth quote about how we are the chance we seek. Feel free to leave us your favorite quotes in the comments section at the end of this post.
Today’s Funny Quote
Our funny quote for today is by Sloan Wilson, the American Writer. He said:
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
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