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Barack Obama (1961- ) was elected as the 44th President of the United States in November 2008 - and the first African-American president in history. Born of a white American mother and black Kenyan father, Obama became a law lecturer, civil rights lawyer and senator for Illinois. A fine orator and charismatic speaker, he is admired around the world for his attitude to diplomacy and peace.
The clear margin of his victory created an international wave of optimism. Many no doubt breathed a sigh of relief to see an end to the Bush presidency and its years of conflict. A year after his election, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples". Obama’s first office has proved challenging, with massive global and domestic economic woes, problem wars, and Middle East conflicts to firefight.
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