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President Obama: Raising The Benchmark for World Leadership

In 2004, the United States of America was waging a war that was highly unpopular with its citizens. The ideological divide between the Republicans and Democrats was at its widest. It was at this time that Barack Obama grabbed eyeballs during a Democratic National Convention.

There is not a liberal America or a conservative America, there is the United States of America.
Barack Obama at DNC 2004

Obama brought this message of unity and change to his 2008 Presidential campaign.

When we have faced impossible odds, Americans have responded with a simple creed. Yes we can!
Barack Obama, 2008 Presidential Campaign

And he did it. Barack Obama became the first African-American President of the United States of America. As the President, he made good on his promise of taking forces out of Iraq. For his efforts, he was conferred the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

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