Barack Obama: First and only Black President 2009 to 2017. 

Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1961 to a Kenyan father and an American mother. Obama attended Columbia University in New York City, where he earned a degree in Political Science, and later attended Harvard Law School, where he earned his law degree.

Prior to becoming President, Obama was a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and a member of the Illinois State Senate. In 2004, he gained national attention after delivering a keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, where he emphasized the need for unity and a sense of shared responsibility among Americans.

Obama campaigned for President on a platform of hope and change, promising to bring about reforms in areas such as healthcare, education, and the economy. He won the election in 2008 by a large margin, becoming the first African-American President in US history.

As President, Obama made significant strides in many areas, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which expanded healthcare coverage to millions of previously uninsured Americans. He also oversaw the economic recovery from the Great Recession, which included the creation of millions of new jobs and the rescue of the American automobile industry. Under the Obama administration, we would also see marriage equality for same-gender loving communities.

During his presidency, Obama faced a number of challenges, including the rise of ISIS, the conflict in Syria, and the ongoing issue of gun violence in the United States, not to mention the barrage of racist attacks toward him and his family. Obama was also responsible for negotiating the historic Paris Climate Agreement, which committed the United States and other countries to reduce carbon emissions in order to combat climate change.

Throughout his two terms in office, Obama was widely admired for his intelligence, eloquence, and leadership. He was a strong advocate for social justice, civil rights, and equality. He was seen as a unifying figure who brought people together across lines of race, gender, and political ideology.

Since leaving office, Obama has continued to be involved in politics and social issues. He has written several books, including a memoir titled “A Promised Land,” and has been actively engaged in promoting voter registration and civic engagement through his organization, the Obama Foundation.

Today, THRIVE SS would like to celebrate this amazing community advocate and leader who would go on to reshape America and the world. President Obama is the truest example of compassionate hope-driven leadership! 

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